The Global Antitrust Battle Over Google's Library

The case presents a tangle of issues: how to create new markets for old books without shortchanging authors; how to nurture new technology without stifling competition; and how to preserve all that when one company — in this case, Google — is pioneering the revolution and could profit handsomely. One commentator, who supports the original settlement, has called it "the World Series of antitrust."

Kindle, Price War Changing the Way We Read

NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

In the latest chapter in the story of publishing, some important details -- how we read books, where we buy books, even how we define the word "book" -- are all being rewritten. Jeffrey Brown reports.

At the NewsHour website there is a full transcript. You can also see the full video via streaming or you can download the audio.


Ebooks making libraries popular again, can do nothing about your 80s scrunchie

Engadget: Ebooks making libraries popular again, can do nothing about your 80s scrunchie: A few forward-thinking libraries in the UK have started offering ebook downloads as an alternative to borrowing physical copies of books, and the local public's reaction has been one of overwhelming enthusiasm. Seemingly attracted by the idea of being able to collect and return books without having to actually attend the library, Brits have been eagerly joining up to the new scheme.

Writers who don't know how to read

Found this blog post, BN E-Reader Nook is bad for authors, by Michelle Richmond.

She reads one little blurb about BN's ebook reader the Nook allowing users to share their ebook and she wrote this:

"Which means that authors, like musicians, will have no way to protect their intellectual property from being distributed ad infinitum, without compensation."

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Amazon unveils Kindle book reader for PCs

The free software application is expected to be released in November. It will run on the Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems from Microsoft.

Full story in the L.A. Times


E-Book Fans Keep Format in Spotlight

...some sellers and owners of electronic reading devices are making the case that people are reading more because of e-books.

Amazon for example, says that people with Kindles now buy 3.1 times as many books as they did before owning the device. That factor is up from 2.7 in December 2008. So a reader who had previously bought eight books from Amazon would now purchase, on average, 24.8 books, a rise from 21.6 books.

........That point resonates with Candy Yates, a loan officer assistant in Newland, N.C. Ms. Yates owns a computer, a BlackBerry, and an iPod Touch and calls herself a “gadget person.” She says that paper books just feel strange to her, even though she was an avid reader as a child.

The nearest bookstore is also 30 miles away in Boone, and the collection at the local library does not interest her, she said. The Kindle cannot pick up a wireless signal in her home town, but she can plug it into her PC and buy books online.

Full article in the NYT


Barnes & Noble’s Shiny, Sharing-Friendly ‘Nook’ eBook Reader

Barnes & Noble’s Kindle competitor may have been the worst-kept secret since balloon boy’s disastrous appearance on CNN last week.

But the advance hype doesn’t seem to have hurt the launch of the Nook, an impressive-looking $260 device that will go head-to-head with Amazon.com’s Kindle, currently the most successful product in a small but growing market for e-book readers.

Basic details of the Nook were published by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday following leaked images that appeared on Gizmodo last week. And Barnes & Noble leaked product details hours before reporters filed into Pier 60 in Manhattan for the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

“Simply following the leader is not in our DNA,” said Barnes & Noble president William Lynch.

Full article at Wired.com

B&N website about the Nook

The Nook allows you to lend ebooks to friends: Share favorite eBooks with your friends, family, or book club. Most eBooks can be lent for up to 14 days at a time. Just choose the book you want to share, then send it to your friend's reader, cell phone, or computer.


BookServer: A Plan to Build an Open Web of Books

RWW Points Out The Internet Archive has just unveiled their ambitious project called BookServer, which will allow users to find, buy, or borrow digital books from sources all across the web. The system, built on an open architecture and using open book formats, promises that the books housed there will work on any device whether that's a laptop, PC, smartphone, game console, or one of the myriad of e-Readers like Amazon's Kindle.

Does the Brain Like E-Books?

In the NY Times Room for Debate commentary, five professionals from various fields give their views on e-books and what they do to our brains.

"Is there a difference in the way the brain takes in or absorbs information when it is presented electronically versus on paper? Does the reading experience change, from retention to comprehension, depending on the medium?"


Libraries and Readers Wade Into Digital Lending

Kate Lambert recalls using her library card just once or twice throughout her childhood. Now, she uses it several times a month.

The lure? Electronic books she can download to her laptop. Beginning earlier this year, Ms. Lambert, a 19-year-old community college student in New Port Richey, Fla., borrowed volumes in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series, “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold and a vampire novel by Laurell K. Hamilton, without ever visiting an actual branch.

Full story in the NYT


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