If you were to count up all of the earnest articles, blog entries, and even Colbert Report routines that have been dedicated to the Amazon vs. Hatchette dispute, well, you wouldn’t have an accurate number, because more would have been written while you were counting. Curiously enough, almost 100% of them miss the point of greatest concern to authors. The real issue isn’t whether the on-line retailer or the publishers win the current battle, but whether there will be any real competition in the marketplace in the future regardless of who wins. Right now, it’s very hard for me to see how there can be. Here’s why.
For soccer nations such as Germany, Brazil, and The Netherlands, there’s no event more anticipated than the World Cup. With the top national squads fighting it out for global supremacy and nearly a billion people watching worldwide, no one is safe from the gravitational pull of the games. Not even readers. To investigate the “World Cup Effect,” Kobo looked at the reading habits of five fanatic football nations: Brazil, England, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands over the last month. This is what we found:
Freescale and e-Ink have both played a pivotal role for the entire e-reader revolution. E-Paper and the processors that power them have run in tandem from the very first Sony e-Reader to the modern day Kindle Paperwhite 2. Many people in the industry are unfamiliar on the exact role that Freescale has played in the evolution of eBook readers. Today we talk to i.MX Product Management Manager, eReader Business Development Nik Jedrzejewski about Freescales role in history.
Get ready to drink deep from the fountain of knowledge. As he's done in years past, Microsoft senior sales excellence manager Eric Ligman has compiled a veritable flood of free Microsoft ebooks and other resources, offering up nearly 300 gratis guides for your reading pleasure.
For fans of both Adobe Digital Editions ebook reading platform and the ePUB3 format, long-awaited good news is on its way. Adobe’s adoption of the ePUB3 standards is currently in private beta, and some sources say that full adoption for the public will be coming as early as the fall.
Bookshops are the platypus of the retail world. Not only are they part of an industry with a unique obsession with and attachment to its products, but they are also one of the types of retailers which are the most susceptible to losing business to online competitors.
I have written about kids’ books more than once for this blog, and my feeling has always been that eBooks are fine for grown-ups like me, where how it looks doesn’t really matter. But for kids, I still think that how it looks does matter. And while I have seen my share of them muck around with reading apps on the iPad, I think that there is still something special about bonding with a tiny child over a printed, paper book. And two book-ish encounters this past week have inspired me to start building up my paper library again, with favourite stories for the kids in my life.
The BiblioTech digital library in Bexar County Texas has officially opened their doors to the public. Patrons will be able to access to over 10,000 eBooks and residents will be able checkout 600 E-readers, 9 laptops and 40 tablets to read them on. BiblioTech branch manager Catarina Velasquez said if compared it to any other library, you’ll find one major difference. “The biggest difference that you are going to find is that you’re not going to see rows and rows of books. Instead, you’re going to see rows and rows of computers,” said Velasquez. “We have all of our content digital and online.”
American students have yet to embrace digital textbooks in considerable numbers. Many of the top universities and colleges have a very slim minority that either use them exclusively or in parallel with print. A recent survey by Hewlett Packard illiminates the role digital is playing in the classroom.
[Press Release] FarFaria Brings Unlimited Children’s Reading to the iPhone with New 3.0 Release The 3.0 release makes FarFaria a universal app, allowing families to extend their current iPad subscriptions to the iPhone platform
The Transportation Security Administration has announced that e-readers must be turned on when going through customs for travelers taking international flights headed to the US. They are concerned that your trusty Kindle may be hollowed out and explosives planted within.
We have all read about the decline of the independent bookstores in the UK and US. However, we have also seen the relaunch of Foyles in Charing Cross, the expansion of the Hatchards brand by Waterstones to St Pancras, the growth online of the bargain bookseller, The Works. So what is the future of the Bookstore and does it have a vision of itself in 2020, or is its vision somewhat out of focus and requiring both short and long sighted correction?
At a certain type of BBQ or dinner party the printed book versus e-reader debate is always likely to break out.
Printed book defenders tend to be more forceful and emotional in their advocacy.
Their preference for the printed book is based on intangible factors such as the feel of a book and the smell of a book. A deep passion that the traditional book is the right and proper way to read and should never be allowed to die is evident.