Will books survive? A scorecard...

Will books survive? A scorecard...
"New media generally don’t replace old media, as Marshall McLuhan pointed out. After TV we still have radio. After telephones we had telegrams for a good long while. So what about books? After we have networked digital books, we’ll still have and produce physical books. But will physical books be as ubiquitous and culturally important as radio? Or will they be as cherished but infrequently attended as live theater? "


What it will mean when the ebook comes first

Blog entry by Mike Shatzkin a publishing industry consultant:

The “ebook tipping point” has recently been a frequent subject of discussion for me. I started out thinking about the business implications and that’s the main focus of the panel discussion on the subject at Digital Book World.

As I mentioned briefly in my last post, I have lately been turning my thinking to a huge shift I think might just be around the corner: that editors and authors will have to start thinking “ebook first”. When we get to that point, it will cause huge upheaval. And personnel changes.

Full blog post here.

Free Choose Your Own Adventure Book

You can download the book "House Of Danger" on Amazon for free. It is a Choose Your Own Adventure book.
The book is here: http://www.amazon.com/House-Danger-Choose-Adventure-ebook/dp/B002LSIKGA

You do not need to own a Kindle to read the book. Amazon now has Kindle software for the PC. With the Kindle software you can read Kindle books on a laptop or desktop computer. The Kindle software for your computer is free.

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Pay up: Publisher sets hefty US$35 pricetag for Stephen King ebook

There is this article that discusses how Stephen King's new book is priced at $35 in ebook format.

Excerpt from article:

Amazon.com and others already have been losing money by offering such deep discounts and presumably would lose even more if they sold King's for $9.99.

In another shot at the emarket, King's ebook will not be released until Dec. 24, virtually the end of the holiday season and a month after the hardcover. Ebooks already have been delayed for Senator Edward Kennedy's "True Compass" and Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" as publishers try to prevent the cheaper digital editions from taking sales from hardcovers, which, until recently, cost more.


Amazon does have the ebook and it is being sold for $9.99


No Nook for the Holidays

Nook sold out for the holidays

If you were interested in buying the Barnes & Noble Nook as a holiday gift, strike it off your list. The e-reader is now officially sold out through 2009, according to the B&N Web site.
"The hottest holiday gift is out of stock," a message at the top of the page reads. "Order the Nook today to be first in line for the new year."
If this sounds familiar, it's because last year Amazon had a similar message on its site when it stock ran out of the Kindle. However, in the case of the Nook, the company hasn't shipped a single unit yet, and it's a little unclear what day it actually will. (We've yet to receive word when we'll get our review sample).

Full story here.


Kindle ad with catchy tune

You can download the full mp3 of the song on Amazon for free. It is here.

Pogue and Carr on eBooks

The Times's personal technology columnist, David Pogue, teams up with media columnist David Carr to take a look at different electronic book readers.

See video here.

This piece is part of the - "Pogue & Friends 2009 Holiday Guide"


Lucy Knisley comic on books vs. e-books

See comic at Teleread.org


We need atoms as well as bits

Nice <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8365799.stm">article by BBC Commentator Bill Thompson</a> discussing the transition to a digital world, and if we will ever get there. "On first glance, the laptop and the typewriter are just two different ways of putting words in order, but there is a fundamental difference: the laptop remembers."

Library in a Pocket

With Amazon’s Kindle, readers can squeeze hundreds of books into a device that is smaller than most hardcovers. For some, that’s not small enough.

Many people who want to read electronic books are discovering that they can do so on the smartphones that are already in their pockets — bringing a whole new meaning to “phone book.” And they like that they can save the $250 to $350 that they would otherwise spend on yet another gadget.

“These e-readers that cost a lot of money only do one thing,” said Keishon Tutt, a 37-year-old pharmacist in Texas who buys 10 to 12 books a month to read on her iPhone, from Apple. “I like to have a multifunctional device. I watch movies and listen to my songs.”

Full story here.



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