Is “Spotify for Books” Possible?

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The concept of cloud reading, also known as “Spotify for books,” sounds appealing, but has different implications depending on your position in the market. By Javier Celaya MADRID: During most of the meetings I held with national and international publishers at the last London Book Fair earlier this month, I was asked by many what my thoughts were on the …

At #LBF11: 24symbols – the Spotify Model for Books

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm Given that music is now “tasted” and explored through sites like Last FM and Spotify, why shouldn’t this model be applied to books? That is part of the reasoning behind 24symbols, the Madrid-based books site whose co-founder Justo Hidalgo is at the fair to outline his particular vision of the digital future. “With 24symbols you can read …

Friends, Romans, Librarians: Lend Me Your E-books (Part 2)

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Yesterday, in Part 1, Erik Christopher looked at the e-book models offered to librarians by the United States’ two largest e-book retailers, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Today, he considers the model offered by Overdrive and the future of lending as seen by the Open Book Alliance’s Peter Brantley. By Erik Christopher Despite the user-friendly devices and what they can …

Apple Has Built the Tablet, But Will Consumers Buy?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The moment we’ve all been anticipating is finally here…almost. The Apple tablet has been the talk of the town for months, and we will finally get a look at the “unicorn” device at the unveiling on January 26. According to the Wall Street Journal, “analysts currently believe” the device will cost around $1,000 (Apple has not commented …