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Electronic “is going to be the center of the universe,” said Ms. Friedman, a flamboyant and relentless booster of authors during her four-decade career in New York publishing. “We really think that what we’re going to do is to help transform the industry, which is built on models that we all know are broken.”
When traditional publishers reissue print editions, they tend to do so with little fanfare. Ms. Friedman, by contrast, plans to push a torrent of online marketing on new readers in the hopes of reigniting the backlists of well-known authors in the digital world.
Excerpt from story: The bookseller also hopes to make e-book lending a centerpiece of its device, according to two people in publishing who asked not to be named because talks were confidential. Readers can not lend digital books on the Kindle, although books can be read on up to six separate devices linked to the same Amazon account.
Pull post at the NYT Bits Blog
If you live in Zimbabwe, Myanmar or the Falkland Islands, rejoice – you can now buy Amazon's white-hot electronic book-reader, the Kindle.
Canada, however, is still off-limits.
Amazon.com Inc. announced Wednesday it will begin selling the Kindle – which the company describes as the best-selling product among the millions it sells – in about 100 countries around the world.
But customers in Canada are still unable to order the device, possibly because of a delay in an agreement being reached with carriers over the Kindle's use of wireless technology to download content.
10 Ways Publishing Can Be Saved: Instead having legal waste their time combing the Internet trying to find every single book illegally posted, they should be spending money on young marketers who might actually find a free-based model that would work. Here are a ten relatively simple ways publishers can make money off electronic publishing:
Article in the Guardian about the Kindle in the UK.
Article raises some interesting questions. Because rights with some books differ from country to country you may not be able to download certain books depending what country you are in.
The article is here.
Although Amazon’s Kindle e-reader has become the first major hit in its category — and the best-selling product in Amazon’s entire store this year — it does have its drawbacks. One of the biggest is that its wireless connection to the Kindle store works only in the U.S.
That changes on October 19, when Amazon begins shipping a new version of the Kindle that can be used to purchase and download books in over 100 countries. The new version, with the snappy name of “Kindle with US and International Wireless,” will sell for $280 and can be pre-ordered now.
The current version will still be for sale, and Amazon is dropping the price from $300 to $260. The bigger Kindle DX is unchanged.
YOU can buy “The Lost Symbol,” by Dan Brown, as an e-book for $9.99 at Amazon.com.
Or you can don a pirate’s cap and snatch a free copy from another online user at RapidShare, Megaupload, Hotfile and other file-storage sites.
Until now, few readers have preferred e-books to printed or audible versions, so the public availability of free-for-the-taking copies did not much matter. But e-books won’t stay on the periphery of book publishing much longer. E-book hardware is on the verge of going mainstream. More dedicated e-readers are coming, with ever larger screens. So, too, are computer tablets that can serve as giant e-readers, and hardware that will not be very hard at all: a thin display flexible enough to roll up into a tube.
The shift toward digital books is helping small-fry authors and publishers to get in front of wider audiences than ever before. That trend is being reinforced today as Smashwords announces that it has a distribution agreement to get its books published on Sony’s new eBook portal.
"The dispute over Google Books continues to rage in the courts and op-ed pages of the country. There are legitimate questions about Google, profit sharing and privacy. But let’s not let the litigation obscure that Google Books provides an unprecedented and irreproducible service to its users.
Libraries have been important for millennia because they could control access to valuable information. Now, that’s a strategy that leads straight to irrelevance.
A lot of smart librarians recognize the imperative of digitization but their institutions rarely give them money for such “low-priority” tasks."