Does the Fast-Evolving E-book Device/Platform Landscape Ultimately Benefit DRM-Happy Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Have you been loyal to a single e-book device and platform or do you graze? I’ll admit, I’m neither device agnostic nor platform or retailer agnostic. I think of all the e-reading devices I own or have owned, including a Kindle (Gens 1 & 2), an iPad, a NookColor, a Franklin Reader, a Rocket E-book, and various smartphones, PCs …

No Surprise: US is 75% of Global E-Reader Market, Apple & Amazon Dominate, Says IDC Study

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka US-based Apple and Amazon are the leading global vendors of tablet computers and e-readers, respectively, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, published by International Data Corporation (IDC). Pandigital and Barnes & Noble have lapped Sony to become the #2 and #3 global vendor of e-readers. Sony is neck and neck with Chinese-producer Hanvon in distributing …

CES 2011: Video Interview with OverDrive’s David Burleigh

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson “It’s not so much about the content here . . . it’s more about manufacturers, retailers, traditional booksellers, non-traditional booksellers, anyone who wants to get into the bookselling business,” said David Burleigh, Director of Marketing for OverDrive, of the Consumer Electronics Show. However, media companies played a bigger role at CES this year. In fact, Burleigh said, …

CES 2011: Video Interview with Bookeen Cofounder Laurent Picard

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Publishing Perspectives was on the lookout for book-related companies, and we stopped by the Bookeen booth to look at their e-readers and talk about the business they did at CES. Take a look at our full-length video interview for a closer look at the Bookeen e-readers and their …

For Digital Publishers and Device Manufacturers, CES 2011 Was All About the Deal

In Digital by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson LAS VEGAS: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) concluded on Saturday with over 140,000 total visitors and 2,700 exhibitors representing a huge range of products and companies, from the largest technology giants like Microsoft and Sony to small startups — and now, media companies. Since its debut in 1967, the focus of CES has been on hardware. Well-known …

Photos from Day One at CES

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Today in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off with product launches, demos and cool gadget displays. This year, content companies are participating more than ever. Also spotted on the show floor were tons of new tablet devices, 3D televisions and cameras, e-reading devices and tons more. Publishing Perspectives will have more coverage of CES …

Memoirs: The Yin to Twitter’s Yang

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Franz Wisner, author and founder of Story-Driven Ink—a new online writing workshop—on why he’s bullish on the future of the memoir. Editorial by Franz Wisner I just returned from a funeral, one in a long string. This one mirrored the others — a bunch of somber-faced mourners, huddled in a room, cradling fermented beverages, mourning the death of our beloved. Oh, memoirs. …

German Study Reveals Surprising Attitudes to E-readers

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Most publishers are operating on the assumption that, even though e-book sales are still a small percentage of overall book sales, there is vast potential for this segment to expand. According to the latest annual study conducted by the Institut für Demoskopie in Allensbach, as reported in the Boersenblatt, only one percent of Germans between the ages …