I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re...– Windowing can be a viable option for publishing but the challenge is now that all the big 6 publishers already chose greed over long term strategy can you delay an e-release long enough to force paperback sales or will the paperback just sit on shelves and Kindle and Nook owners just wait until the...
Love it or hate it, digital books are changing how... →
lordwilow: Douglas Adams about the electronics books
Libraries grapple with the downside of e-books →
thenightlightmagazine: - NPR
Mobile Nation Central: Inkling for Web puts iPad... →
mobilenationcentral: [TUAW] #iphone We’ve discussed Inkling’s interactive digital textbooks numerous times here on TUAW, both in terms of the products the publisher has released and in comparison with Apple’s own iBooks Author-created textbooks. Now the company has announced a way to read its books in…
Wattpad Insider: E-book vs. Print →
wattpad: by Cristian Mihai There are two types of people in the world: those who realize that this world is constantly reinventing itself and are usually capable of recognizing the new directions in which the world is headed, and those who can’t. There’s this pathological fear that the world is…
Suck On Steve Ballmer's 82 Inch Tablet →
Back at Mobile World Congress 2012 there was an 82 inch Windows 8 device, a behemoth of a contraption, that nobody thought it was actually for consumer use. Well, there’s at least one consumer with such a toy: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO.
Without Steve Jobs' vision to distract us are we... →
Without Steve Jobs’ Reality Distortion Mind Control Are Starting To Notice The Cracks In The iPad? Without Steve Jobs’ powers to bend reality and focus our attention on the future the way a magician focuses our attention on a distracting hand are we now beginning to see the cracks in the iPad? Jobs promised us us a revolutionary future of mobility and productivity but now we are starting...
Stop the press: half of self-published authors... →
daniscalifornia: The reason romantic fiction (and Christian fiction) works is that it is a well defined genre with readers who are self-organized. even traditionally published authors are now dabbling in self-publishing, and the survey found this was to good effect: they earned 2.5 times more when self-publishing than did rejected authors or authors who went straight to self-publishing. This...
What's the deal with 50 Shades of Grey hype?
With all this talk about how revolutionary 50 Shades of Grey is you would think this is the first erotic book women bought. When I was a bookseller (lets just say a long time ago) the most frequent question I was asked was, “Do you sell books by that author Anonymous?” Sure you can download a book and no one will know what the book is but Grove Press was making erotica that women could...
I need, therefore I imagine.– Carlos Fuentes (via sadburro)
My name is Ixca Cienfuegos. I was born and I live in Mexico City. Which is not...– Carlos Fuentes, Where the Air is Clear (via sadburro)
Pop Loser: Page Flipping →
poploser: Here’s an article called “Why flipping through paper-like pages endures in the digital world” that unfortunately doesn’t look at the answers in any kind of interesting way. Especially since it hasn’t “endured” so much as it’s making a comeback. Whether developers recognize it or not, users…
APPLE vs ANDROID + Gadgets : Live Updates: New... →
apple-vs-android: #Apple vs #Android Cult of Mac #apple New information made public in anti-trust suit against Apple and publishers The Justice Department’s anti-trust suit and the accompanying class action suit brought by various states (totaling 31 plus the District of Columbia) on behalf of consumers…
In E-Reader Age of Writer’s Cramp, a Book a Year... →
infoneer-pulse: For years, it was a schedule as predictable as a calendar: novelists who specialized in mysteries, thrillers and romance would write one book a year, output that was considered not only sufficient, but productive. But the e-book age has accelerated the metabolism of book publishing. Authors are now pulling the literary equivalent of a double shift, churning out short stories,...
E-Content blog: Library as Publisher: Your... →
As part of the work of ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group of ALA (which is tackling our many ebook-related issues), we are seeking some focused feedback before the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim next month. If you are experimenting with in the creation, publication, and preservation of digital content, we need to hear from you by June 1. Please read on for details, then...
Harry Potter e-books are among the most-requested titles through digital library...– Pottermore CEO: New Amazon deal so big, any lost Harry Potter sales “more than made up for” — paidContent (via infoneer-pulse)
Why e-books will soon be obsolete (and no, it’s... →
tamyka: Jani Patokallio reckons e-books will soon be obsolete, replaced by things that already exist: the web and PDF files. Now all we need is e-book readers that can reflow PDFs nicely. Or computers with e-ink displays instead of backlit displays. Hmm.
Luddites can take comfort in the persistence of vinyl records, postcards, and...– Will paper books exist in the future? Yes, but they’ll look different. - Slate Magazine (via infoneer-pulse)
Mixed Company: Libraries face the digital future →
jennyshank: I spoke to some librarians and a library specialists from the Knight Foundation for PBS MediaShift about how libraries are facing Americans’ transition to reading digital books, especially given the country’s ongoing financial difficulties that have struck library budgets hard. Here’s a snippet…
Shane: Something I cannot understand. →
aclockworkoranje: Why people detest ebook and it is somehow fashionable and cool to denounce them. I legitimately do not comprehend this. Yes, I like a reading a book in my hand, but that is for my own reason that I like to see tangible progress. Other than that, I would be more than happy to have all my ebooks on…
What happens when you give Kindles to kids in... →
Nonprofit Worldreader gives Kindles to students in sub-Saharan Africa (and is working on a reading app for mobile phones). The organization just published the results of iREAD, its year-long pilot program in Ghana, and many of the findings are promising: Primary school students with access to e-readers showed significant improvement in reading skills and in time spent reading, and the program is...
It's Not E vs. P - It Is Publish Or Broadcast
We are in a transition period with digital publishing, there is a lull, a lot of reevaluation, and a resurgence in discussions about eBook vs. Print Book. The argument is not about E vs. P, that just distracts from the content and our interaction with it. The passion we have for print is not just nostalgia it is function. Just like with records vs. digital music files we overlook the...
Amazon's Bold Move to Content Creation →
Amazon’s advantage has been price and convenience. For $0.99 I will try a book. If I don’t like it no harm is done and I move on. The problem Amazon faces is television and film is no matter how cheap the cost to the consumer if a TV show is bad the audience can smell it and they leave in droves. A book is a single unit produced for relatively little but a TV series is a major...
E-Books Drive Revenue Growth for Children’s, Young... →
Children’s and religious e-books continued their rise. Children’s and young adult e-book revenues were up to $22.4 million from $8 million in February 2011, a 177.8% increase. Religious e-books were up to $7.6 million from $5.1 million, a 49.2% increase.
Pottermore on Track for $60 Million Year →
The Pottermore e-book store sold £3m-worth of Harry Potter e-books in its first month, the company’s chief executive has revealed, while the Pottermore experience, which allows fans to explore the Harry Potter universe online, added five million new users in the two weeks since its own launch on 14th April.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think...– Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (via noseinabook)