E-Books a Focus of Annual Book Industry Meet

This Story from Reuters will
give you a good idea of how the book publishing world
is acting and reacting to the E-Book market. Big
changes are coming in publishing, and books.

\"``We are experiencing a revolution in publishing
and bookselling and we still don\'t know how the dust
will settle, who will be the winners, or who will be the
losers,\'\' said Mark Dressler, president of the Crystal
River Publishing Group.\"Organizers of the event said it would ``mirror the
extraordinary change that has occurred in the book
industry; an industry where a consumer or would-be
writer can satisfy their individual needs simply by
\'logging on\' or a U.S. publisher can sell the Malaysian
rights to a new title in 24 hours without ever picking up
the phone or sending a manuscript.\'\'

The recent announcement that three major publishing
houses will offer titles for the electronic literary market
is likely to speed the pace of change.

Big Name Entries

Time Warner said it was creating an online publishing
venture called iPublish.com and iWrite.com to solicit
manuscripts for review and online publication. Simon
and Schuster and Random House also announced
they had teamed up with Microsoft to publish books for
hand-held devices and computers using new Microsoft
reader software.

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