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Bezos on "The Daily Show"

Jeff Bezos was on "The Daily Show" discussing the Kindle 2. Piece has several good laughs in it.

See: http://nonstopbooks.blogspot.com/2009/02/bezos-on-daily-show.html

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Very expensive Kindle title

Before you click the link to see the book take a guess at the cost. See how close you are.

Very expensive Kindle ebook title: Practical Variable Speed Drives and Power Electronics (Practical Professional Books)

The sales rank for the book is 32,000. I wonder if Amazon really sold a copy or if certain Amazon employees have free downloads and they got the book just to say they had a title this expensive or just to see what a book that cost this much looks like.

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Paper Cut: Missouri College Embraces E-Textbooks

The college textbook is on track to becoming a relic of the paper-and-ink era. On campuses around the country, professors and students are selecting digital versions of books that can be read off of a computer screen.

Most college students are used to going online for music, videos and news — so why not textbooks?

One college in rural Missouri is the first trying to go entirely book-free.

Full story at NPR

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Booksellers Discuss the Value of E-books and Print Books

From Shelf-Awareness, a discussion of e-books and print books from booksellers.

From Rachel Whang of Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD: I don't understand why anyone would go to a bookstore to download e-books, as some have proposed. Do people go to record stores to download music? No. People don't go to places to download anything. That's why they like it. And that's why music-selling stores are going away.

From Jodi Kaplan who runs Squidoo lens: For print and bookstores to survive, they have to add value. Bring authors in, host book groups, have authors blog on their sites (or connect to the authors' blogs). Send e-mails to loyal customers informing them of new books they might like to read. Invite people into the store to form connections with the store, the authors and other readers.

Michael Herrmann of Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH: As not only a bookseller but a booklover, I can see why e-books would be priced lower than real books. Not only do you not have printing, storing and distribution costs at the producer's end, but you also do not have a permanent artifact at the consumer's end. That is to say, e-books are not collectible. They are ephemeral. There is no guarantee that they will be readable or retrievable in two, 10, 50 years. They have less value than a real book. So perhaps they should cost less.

Kindle And Beyond: 15 E-Reading Devices, Apps You Need to Know

The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that about 538,000 e-readers were shipped in 2008, representing 235 percent growth in the market from 2007. While this week's unveiling of Amazon's Kindle 2 makes the device the hot item in e-readers, the Kindle's hardly alone in the expanding market for e-reading devices and applications.

Channelweb.com saved you the trouble of rounding them all up by taking a long look at what's out there.

See pictures of the Jinke, Netronix EB-100, Readius, and other readers you may not have heard of.

Slideshow here.

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The Google eReader?

Android OS on eReaders
Blog post here.

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Battle Brewing Over Electronic Books

As Amazon unveils its updated reader, some booksellers are saying A.B.K. — anything but Kindle.

Story on NPR: All Things Considered

The Greenest Library, In Your Hands

I am predisposed to dislike the Kindle because I love books.

.........Yesterday, though, I started thinking seriously about the environmental comparison between print and technology and was struck by the potential advantage of well-wrought and properly made digital readers.

.........Even before it hits the storage shelf, each book has a long history of pollution. Last March, the Green Press Initiative investigated the environmental ramifications of the publishing industry, and their findings were daunting.

Full piece at the Huffington Post

Kindle Update Enhances Kindle 1.0

Scott Douglas writes on his blog that the somewhat new Kindle update makes pages turn quicker and the Web load faster; he also notes a still unexplained feature called "Sync to Furthest Page Read."

The New Yorker, Narrative Magazine, and several regional newspapers have also made their way onto Kindle.

http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2009/02/mysterious-case-of-kindle-update.html

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Author's Guild Claims Kindle 2 Copyright Infringement

The Kindle 2 has a feature which allows the book to be read out loud. And wow, does this have the Author's Guild up in a tizzy.

"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. "That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law."

Amazon is moving forward with the rather logical opinion that there's no way a person would confuse the computerized text to speech voice with an audiobook.

So all of you youth librarian types doing story time? STOP IT. You're violating copyright and you're probably doing it more ways than one since you're not only reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom out loud, but you're putting on a public performance.

Boing Boing Gadgets has the run down. More on this story from the Wall Street Journal.

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