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The Los Angeles Times carried this column on writers and thier feelings on e-books.
\"Writers tend to be Luddites,\" said Steve Wasserman, book review editor of The Times. He noted how Gore Vidal still writes his novels in longhand, on legal pads, and then has those pages transcribed. Vidal still believes that the tactile feel of a pen in hand is important to the creative process, the way many readers think that the feel of a book and its pages are essential to the appreciation of writing. But Wasserman believes that e-books may expand the choices for readers.\" -- Read More
CNET carried two columns on the effects of E-books on traditional books. One says that \"After marshaling their forces against the growing threat of Internet booksellers, old-fashioned book clubs now face a new challenge: electronic publishing.\" and the other says \"The ability to download and read books on portable devices will likely not reduce sales of traditional books to any great extent.\"
\"With help from Michael Crichton and Star Trek, the Redmond, Washington, company plans this summer to distribute, via free downloads, new software that lets standard PCs display electronic books as crisp text and pictures. The technology may finally give the big publishers, such as Bertelsmann\'s Random House and Viacom (NYSE: VIA)\'s Simon & Schuster, reason to abandon paper in favor of bytes, at least for some types of work.\" -- Read More
This is an interesting concept. A library in Texas has started its own online book club. Access Waco has the article.
\"The service provides readers with about five minutes worth of reading per day through a free e-mail account. All readings in a week are from a single book, for a total of about two or three chapters posted online by week\'s end.\" -- Read More
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.\" -- Read More
Deborah Wiesehan writes:
Microsoft recently released their new Pocket PC, a handheld device
which combines the functions of a PC in a handheld device with handheld
reader functions. Their journey into the digital book world signifies
something important for the digital book industry. I think all would
agree that Microsoft doesn\'t venture into anything that they don\'t think
will be profitable.
Earlier this year, the Patchogue-Medford Library in Patchogue New
York started circulating Nuvomedia Rocket eBook readers. Although we do
not believe that our venture into the electronic book world holds the
same significance, generally, as Microsoft\'s does, we still learned some
interesting things on the journey. -- Read More
After all the e-book news this week, ZDnet offers its perspective on the issue.
One big publishing house entered the electronic book market Tuesday and two more joined with tech giant Microsoft Inc. to offer popular titles in a burgeoning market they say will revolutionize the way people read in the 21st century.\" -- Read More
\"As more and more authors stop writing for the
physical book--paper leaves bound with cardboard
covers--and begin writing for electronic reading
screens, the kinds of histories and biographies and
novels and poems and scripts and plays they produce
are changing forever.\" -- Read More
Project Abstract: The publishing industry is at the doorstep of the biggest change since the invention of the printing press - the advent of the electronic book. Though the shift to a non-print environment has been occurring steadily, advances in electronic reading devices promise to accelerate this trend. Electronic readers now feature paper-thin screens that can be turned like pages and can hold several volumes. Print size is adjustable to suit the reader and books can be downloaded directly from the web at a cost lower than the print version. Though libraries represent a major portion of the customer base of publishers, no efforts have been made to establish products and pricing mechanisms to meet the unique needs of libraries.
Internet News has this article on Microsoft and their latest e-book activities.
\"So much for dog-eared pages and watermarks. Microsoft Corp. Tuesday teamed with Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble.com to test the offering of electronic books on pocket PCs.\" -- Read More