"The popularity of e-books also may bring in more library customers. "Sometimes I'll get emails from people who have never set foot in our library before," said Marlon Romero, who conducts classes on using e-readers at the Alameda Free Public Library. "They want to know if it's still possible to get a library card to check out e-books without coming inside the library."
The rise in popularity of e-readers such as Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPad presents a new market for magazine and newspaper publishers to explore.
It is a truism of online journalism that finding a business model that pays is an ongoing challenge. Yet, while newspapers experiment with different subscription models and types of paywall, others are turning to a relatively new market: ebooks.
What do you use your iPad for? Chances are it’s not quite the same as anyone else. Part of the key to Apple’s success has been the company’s skill in creating an object that’s intimate because it’s personal. With the third-generation iPad, out tomorrow, Apple has taken its winning formula and upgraded the display, camera and connectivity to offer a greatly enhanced experience.
"It’s been just over 2 years since Qualcomm first started showing off the Mirasol screen, and a little over a month since the first Mirasol equipped e-reader hit the market.And today I have one in my grubby little hands and can finally post a first hand review..."
Reseña muy completa del nuevo Kyobo Mirasol eReader, con pantalla en color. | Very complete review of the new Kyobo Mirasol eReader
Reading. It’s a simple act. You’re doing it right now. You probably read something off of billboards, screens, and packages hundreds of times throughout the course of a single day. Can something so fundamental really be changing?
Children's book publishers from around the world, schedules packed with meetings, award announcements, elegant parties, mouth-watering meals, and—everywhere you look—books: the 2012 Bologna Children's Book Fair was as busy as ever.
En el Día Mundial de la Poesía / In World Poetry Day:
"NEW YORK — Billy Collins, one of the country's most popular poets, had never seen his work in e-book form until he recently downloaded his latest collection on his Kindle. He was unpleasantly surprised."
One day into the 49th annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the mood was upbeat but realistic, with the strongest interest in the robust fiction category, and even a few positive signs for the comparatively flat picture book market.
New reading devices might not change the face of literature, but they will create readers' communities.
"Literature is a strange form of art: the art behind all arts, it rests inscribed in every other art discipline, laying the foundations of what we know as the arts today. The literary concepts such as “narrative”, “discourse” and “voice” have been widely deployed in various art practices from theatre and film to music, contemporary art and new media. Literature is the driving force of culture and yet, it seems there is nothing more conservative than putting words on paper. The very form of writing has not changed since its origins, right?"
"I see the logic at work here. Not only that, I recognize it. I recognize myself in it. This article was written by someone who really loves books. Really. Someone who is sad to see them go, but ultimately someone who has been forced to admit that using an e-reader is more convenient than sticking to real books. I do not agree, but when I look at it from this perspective, I realize that I easily could. I know this same phenomenon has happened in other spheres (music, transportation etc.) and I have not even batted an eye. Old cars mean nothing to me. I actually like booking my own flights. I do not mourn the loss of the CD or the vinyl record. Cassette tapes were pretty cool (I am a child of the 80s after all) but no one misses rewinding. But now, for the first time this dynamic is touching something I love and care deeply about, and I am freaking out."
"The De Morgen reporter then contacted SABAM (probably to check if this wasn’t an elaborate hoax or some grave error in judgment) and received a formal statement from the organization asserting that, indeed, public libraries need to pay up for the right to – once again – READ BOOKS TO KIDS."
A new site run by veteran science writers aims to create a community around electronic books - and not the kind that are simply “digital clones” of the stuff you can still pick up in bookshops. New Scientist caught up with founder and prolific science writer Carl Zimmer to learn more about the Download the Universe project (http://www.downloadtheuniverse.com), and how he sees ebooks changing the way we read.
"I received a Kindle for my birthday, and enjoying “light reading,” in addition to the dense science I read for work, I immediately loaded it with mysteries by my favorite authors. But I soon found that I had difficulty recalling the names of characters from chapter to chapter. At first, I attributed the lapses to a scary reality of getting older — but then I discovered that I didn’t have this problem when I read paperbacks."