What’s the Buzz: Twitter Considers Subscriptions; Amazon Reveals Kindle Statistics; Waiting to Buy an E-reader

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

Would you pay to read certain people’s Twitter streams? Next year, you might have to. As reported in Techradar, a new subscription model is set to launch in Japan in 2010, which will give Twitter users the option to charge a fee to their followers. Most likely, the fee will be a small one. If the model succeeds in Japan, you can expect to see other countries following suit.

In a recent discussion about Cyber Monday (the online alternative to Black Friday, when retailers in the US offer discounts to shoppers and mark the start of the holiday shopping season), Amazon spokesperson Cinthia Portugal revealed some numbers about Kindle e-book sales: “For every 100 books we sell in physical books, we sell 48 Kindle books…This is up from 35 books for every 100 in May.” What Amazon did not reveal was how many of those 48 e-books are free Kindle editions. The ten bestselling books for Kindle are all free.

However, Mike Elgan at ComputerWorld (via Teleread) gives us seven reasons why we might want to wait before buying an e-reader anytime soon. Here are the first three:

  1. We’re on the brink of radical change in how people read e-books
  2. E-book readers are the least discounted gadgets on the market
  3. There are so many other new ways to read e-books
About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.