E-Reading Reviews: A Roundup of the Latest E-Book Readers

By Tom Erik Dale – Sainsbury’s eBooks

With the holidays come new and improved e-readers, with better screens and more features to make reading more pleasurable. Tom Erik Dale, from Sainsbury’s eBooks, has written a helpful guide detailing the pros and cons of the three most popular new e-readers. Read on.

E-books are great. Not so much for swatting those off-putting flies, but for travel, convenience, space and geeky cool factor–they tick all the right boxes. Literary traditionalists will argue against me to the death claiming they signal the death of the book, but in reality it signals its renaissance. Endless books now sit patiently waiting at your fingertips, unrestricted by shelf space, finding time to get to a book store or what is in or out of stock.

With constant advances in the way e-books are read and a healthily competitive reader market we can be sure of even greater ways to enjoy e-books in the near future. For now though we take a look at the pros and cons of three newly released highly rated readers all around the £120 (~$195) mark. Continue reading


E-Books in the Global Marketplace

Last November, I attended an interesting webinar co-hosted by BISG and DBW, called E-Books in the Global Marketplace. Though this post is a little late, the information is still relevant, and I think it’s worth sharing some of the findings. Continue reading

What About Readers? (reblogged)

Readers are important, especially now that reader reviews play a big role in driving online sales. As a reader, how do you find your next e-book to read? What tools would you like to see available?

Official Site of Alex Laybourne - Author

The Indie explosion has revolutionized the writing / publishing world. There can be no doubt about it. It has changed my life in many ways. However, everything comes with its drawbacks.

You will see a lot of people online talking about the negative impact this same explosion has had on writers. Sure, it has made getting published that much easier, but at the same time, it has become that much harder to be noticed.

I just completed an interview with T.W. Brown, and in it I broached this very same subject. In fact, it was his question that inspired this post.

I guess we could equate it to the pleasure-pain theory, or to be a little professional for once, let me reference Newton… Sir Isaac (as I am sure his friends called him all the time.)

“When two bodies interact by exerting force on each other, these action and reaction…

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12/13/10: This Week in Publishing

Have hope, all of you who have declared print books as dead. According to David L. Ulin, the Los Angeles Times book critic, “print books aren’t going anywhere.” E-books complement print books, and the real issue “is that we read, that we continue to interact with long-form writing; by altering the conditions of the conversation, e-books and e-readers have already served an essential purpose.” E-books are the first step towards enhancing literature. Authors are already experimenting, whether it be with PowerPoint or by integrating websites with stories. Ulin ends his note with what he thinks e-books offer, “the promise of immersion, enhanced or otherwise, just as their analog counterparts have always done.”

E-books are good news for the literary world

Still, e-books are a force to be reckoned with. NPR says that e-books constitute one out of every 10 trade books sold. And, the companies who make ereaders can not only track what you download, but how much you read of your download, and even where you read it.

Is Your E-Book Reading Up On You?

Tim O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of O’Reilly media, says about publishing in an interview, you “need to care about more than preserving your business.” Here’s part of the interview on YouTube.

In Conversation with Tim O’Reilly. Part 5 of 7

12/12/10: This Week in Publishing

In Scandanavia, readers and libraries want more e-books and are getting e-books from other countries. But publishers distrust libraries, thinking they help piracy, and they are facing a dilemma with pricing and copyright protection.

SCANDINAVIA: e-Book market uncertainty

Even though there’s a lot of news about more schools using e-textbooks, a recent study shows that e-textbook sales are actually still low.

US: Despite the hype, e-textbook sales remain low

Still, e-books are making an impact. Print book sales are declining, down 8 percent in September, and nearly 4,000 independent bookstores have shut down since the 1990s. Several well-established indie bookstores had to close this week in Minnesota.

Local bookstores fall to ‘e-book revolution’

Despite what the New York Times said, publishers and BookScan figures prove that children’s picture books are still popular and thriving, representing more than 10% of the children’s market overall–which is the same as in 2005.

Don’t Write the Obit For Picture Books Yet

Just for fun, here’s a breakdown of how one writer managed to fool his editor’s into thinking he’d read and reviewed a book that hadn’t been published yet. The Onion’s A.V. Club has since apologized.

How to Review a Book Without Reading It

Lastly, Angry Birds recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and its popularity has suggested a larger shift in entertainment and in the kinds of brands that can win wide popularity.

Angry Birds, Flocking to Cellphones Everywhere

11/29/10: Publishing This Week

California, as a way to save money and improve education, is going to use open source, free textbooks (yay!). Since there’s not enough money to give every student a laptop, there’s some skepticism as to how well this will work. But it’s the first state to try this and something is better than nothing (California K-12 education was ranked 49th in 2009). As a side note, Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public School Systems in Washington, D.C., was the guest on The Colbert Report on Dec.1. She said that in the 1950s, California was #1 in education. What happened?

California Embraces Open Source Digital Textbooks

Sesame Street this week added a monthly subscription option to its e-bookstore. Now users can pay either $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year and gain access to over 125 cloud-based e-books, including “There’s a Monster at the End of This Book” (one of my favorites when I was a kid!)

Sesame Street Adds Monthly Subscription Option to E-Bookstore

Are scammers taking advantage of Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle? Supposedly there are people selling free books through these e-readers. For example, one person has been selling The Brother’s Grimm fairytales, even though they are no longer copyrighted and therefore in public domain. (And you can download for free at Gutenburg.org). Buyer beware!

Barnes & Noble letting users sell free books on the Nook?

Google is launching its own online bookstore, and here are five reasons why this will change the e-book industry.

Five Reasons Why the Google ‘Editions’ Bookstore Matters

Groupon is becoming a big deal, even in the publishing industry. Simon & Schuster now offers Groupon promotions for any of their 35,000 titles. And now Google is trying to buy Groupon. What will this mean for publishers? Some people think Google will evolve to control everything signifiant on the web. This may seem bad, but I don’t think it will end up changing Simon & Schuster’s strategy, so long as it continues to work. I once had a professor who said that big conglomerate media companies are actually good for consumers. He admitted that sounded counterintuitive, but he explained that the less competition, the better, because then the big companies can focus on providing products and services for smaller niches and can keep costs down. Since they’re not worried about competing with themselves, and they’re making all this money just from being huge, the products and services don’t need to be expensive to keep the company afloat. I’m not sure I totally agree with this—I’d have to do my own research before I came to a conclusion—but it is a different way of looking at things.

Google in talks to buy Groupon deals site

UPDATE: Sources: Groupon rejects Google’s offer; will stay independent

Richard Branson has developed an exclusive to iPad magazine, Project. Seems to go with the line of thinking that exclusivity and coolness will sell, so we’ll see how it works out for him.

A Peek Inside Richard Branson’s Project iPad Magazine

According to Barnes and Nobles second quarter, it’s the Nook and digital content that is supposedly helping them. They plan on launching more digital devices next year.

Nooks and Digital Content Drive Barnes & Noble

The e-reader market is dominated by Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad. More people are expected to buy e-readers over the holidays, but a recent survey shows that the iPad is expected to beat the Kindle this year.

Impact of the Apple iPad vs. the Amazon Kindle on the e-Reader Market

iPad Beating Kindle This Holiday Season, Says Survey

Next Tuesday, Dec. 7, Digital Book World will sponsor a one hour webcast devoted to what recent developments in electronic publishing (such as color in e-readers and new apps) will do to children’s book publishing.

Webcast Set on the Impact of Digital Developments on Kids Publishing

This is related to book or magazine publishing, per say, but it does have some legal implications for publishers in general. On Sunday, Nov. 28, WikiLeaks began publishing thousands of leaked United States embassy cables. Some people claimed this was a terrorist act, though I read somewhere that most of this information was already out in the public, and it was just the shock of seeing it all together. However, there are claims that this potentially damaged the U.S.’s relationship with other countries. I read one or two of the cables, and it sounds like gossip to me. But to the point. The founder, Julian Assange may have already been secretly indicted by the U.S., for violating the Espionage Act. I’m currently taking a publishing law class and so far there haven’t been too many cases involving the Espionage Act, but I am concerned about what this means freedom of speech-wise. I understand security is important, but I am also an avid, liberal supporter of the First Amendment.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange:  Has US already indicted him?

On another note, I mentioned the Bad Sex in Fiction Award in my post, “Writing Sex.” Well The Guardian wants to know why there isn’t a good sex in fiction award.

How about a good sex in fiction award?

For would-be first-time authors or excited writers such as myself, Amazon and Penguin are once again having their Breakthrough Novel Award Competition. Two grand prize winners will be published by Penguin Group. Good luck!

Amazon and Penguin Announce Fourth Novel Award Competition

And lastly, Simon & Schuster announced on Nov. 30 that they have “sealed a book deal with God.” You can learn more about the book on the Twitter Feed, @TheTweetofGod.

Simon & Schuster Cuts ‘Book Deal with God’