E-Readers Versus the World

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg To those looking for an e-reader –- you may already have one. E-reader software has allowed electronic books to be read on mobile phones for some time. Now, Chronicle Books, together with Mobifusion, have partnered to provide Chronicle content exclusively to mobile phones. Seven of the publisher’s titles on health and sexuality that were originally printed as …

Race to the Bottom for E-readers Part II: Amazon Strikes Back

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg It’s on. In response to Barnes and Noble’s price reduction on its Nook e-reader, Amazon.com Inc. quickly slashed the price on its Kindle, reported the Wall Street Journal. Barnes and Noble announced this morning that the Nook with 3G connectivity will now retail for $199, down from $259. Hours later, Amazon knocked its previously-$259 basic Kindle to …

China Mobile to Build China’s Biggest E-bookstore, Reveals Digital Strategy

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: China Mobile — the world’s largest cell phone carrier — has announced that it was building China’s largest online digital bookstore. The company plans to offer its subscribers 3G wireless access to online publications including digital books, comics, newspapers and magazines — some 60,000 titles in all — and hopes to attract some 200 million users …

“E” is for Experiment (Not E-books)

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez The year 2010 will undoubtedly be the year of “e,” but it’s not going to stand for e-book; it will stand for experimentation. Experimentation with contracts, rights, formats and distribution channels; experimentation that will certainly include e-books, and rightfully so, but they won’t be the central focus — for publishers nor readers. Upon the Kindle’s …

Are Existing E-readers Good Enough for Most?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s editorial about the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I argue that existing e-readers are already adequate enough to serve most readers’ needs. What’s more, I suggest that those who are interested in e-books have likely already purchased such a device (or are planning to in the near future) and that new …

CES is Not a Book Fair (and Steve Jobs is No Joe Gutenberg)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka LAS VEGAS: Today is the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where more than two dozen dedicated e-reading devices are expected to be introduced. There are devices coming from the known brands, such as  iRex, Cool-ER, and Plastic Logic, and numerous newcomers. Also on the docket to be presented are several new iterations of the …

Has Owning an E-reader Changed Your Book Buying Behavior?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, author and book marketer M.J. Rose writes that her company AuthorBuzz.com, recently conducted a poll with 200 people who own e-reading devices. “Every one of them reported they were buying at least two times more books because of their e-purchases. Some reported a 300% increase,” she said. Granted, this is a small sample, …

Bonus Material: Catalogs, Galleys…Is Something Lost if Publishers Go all “E” for B2B?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead article, Dev Ganesan, CEO and President of Aptara, argues by implication that the business-to-business market is far more significant than the trade market. In the piece he suggests that all forms of printed business communication, from annual reports to brochures, could be efficiently replaced with e-books, and at a significant cost savings as well. …