Category: eBooks

eBook formats listed and discussed.

eBooks Open an Affordable Chapter in Education

Acting on another tip from Jorgen, I visited the Washington Times to read an article about how the cost of printing is forcing a move toward eBook use in schools. The article makes an excellent point. Texts with a shelf-life are no longer suited to cash-strapped school systems. Having purchased a few over-priced (single-use) texts and …

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“Muscular Debate” over eBook Pricing

Thanks to Jorgen for pointing us to this article at the Financial Times about the debate over eBook Pricing. Seems publishers are still blaming the greedy authors. More hilarious quotes as publishers continue to sell us this theory that they’ve never really made much money anyway, and this $9.99 per eBook at Amazon (STILL WAY TOO …

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For eBook Readers and Writers

This article at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing leans toward eBook Writers and Publishers, but it’s got some excellent background for those of us with only a general knowledge of the new technologies and exploding eBook Marketplace. There’s a focus on eBook format, too. Something that everyone who’s in the game as a reader or …

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An Aggressive move by Google!

It was a fight between eReaders by Sony and Amazon that Google Books is now going to turn into an outright mugging. Two weeks ago Sony adopted the open EPUB format for its eBooks and various eBook Readers. (Once it’s downloaded the eBook is yours to read on any device you want.) Now Google Books …

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Google Books Action Sparks Powerful Alliance

Another update on the continuing debate over Google Books’ ambitions, the rights of authors and publishers, and now the rights of other monopoly-minded corporations. It seems that Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to sign up for the Open Book Alliance in an attempt to stop Google’s push to create the world’s largest virtual library. …

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Digital and paper hook up…

Interesting story over at BBC. The first video ad is about to be published in a paper magazine. The story says the video ad plays on a mini-viewer placed on the page and will appear in special copies of Entertainment Weekly this September. I mentioning this because it represents an excellent mix of digital and traditional …

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Imagine a world with only one eBook format…

I really think it’s going to happen. After Sony ditched its proprietary format in favor of the cross platform EPUB, it seems possible that eBook and eBook Reader Retailers might stop trying to control their products and start selling them untethered. Just sell the eBook Reader and allow consumers to decide what and where they’ll get their …

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Da Vinci Code Sequel Set for eBook Success?

Here’s an interesting (if a trifle inflated) article at the guardian.co.uk about Dan Brown’s Davinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol arriving in time to SAVE the publishing industry. It more reasonably goes on to talk about the book’s positive impact on the burgeoning eBook marketplace. That’s the meat of the story for me since it …

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Weekend Read – Free Too!

Okay. A slow eBook news day is a good day to read an eBook. Check out these collections and free offers. The libraries and web sites in the list are constantly adding new titles and different editions so it’s always worth going back to download something to read, or to grab eBooks old or new …

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Sony Goes EPUB

In the intensifying battle for eBook supremacy, Sony has announced that it will use the XML-based EPUB format in the Sony eBook Store, opening the door to consumers buying from the list without having to own a Sony Reader. Seems like a logical move, but it’s a departure from Sony’s proprietary format beginnings. It’s a …

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