Category: eBooks

eBook formats listed and discussed.

It’s the Pirate’s Life for Me!

DRM is EVIL… Remember when you could buy a book, read it and then loan it to a friend? I started buying books that way. A friend loaned me a novel, the first in a series, and I went on to buy the rest of that series, and more titles by that author. Imagine buying a book on …

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Google Books

All right, I’ve put this off long enough. I suppose I was waiting for all the legal blather to pass (wishful thinking on my part). You can read about the court wrangle over Google Books at PCWorld here. Google Books offers tons of public domain material for download, as well as sales and samples from a growing …

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eBook Sales on the Rise despite Down Economy

Read a Fiction Matters story here about the eBook’s continued success. The numbers suggest a widespread and rapid adoption (despite some faltering moments) regardless of the ridiculously high prices for eBook Reading devices (Kindle & Sony almost $400) and the eBooks themselves ($9.99 and up). Can you imagine what will happen when the $99 eBook Reader hits …

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Important News Item

Read this article at CNN about the ridiculous $1.9 million fine handed down to mother and internet music pirate, Jammie Thomas-Rasset. While you do, imagine the word ‘eBooks’ in place of ‘songs,’ and substitute ‘publishers’ for ‘Recording Industry of America…’  The high price of eBooks and attempts to control the product with DRM (locked) files will create …

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Interesting development at MP Publishing.

From a press release: “MP Publishing is acquiring thousands of book titles from publishers all over the world and making them available for instant download through their website, www.skoobestore.com, and through mass distribution channels.” Read the full release here. What I like about this crew is they’re open to established publishing houses and independent authors. …

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Sounds more complicated than it is…

At least the delivery is straightforward. I wouldn’t want to touch the coding…but:  The Software developer, Language Technologies, Inc., that specializes in reading technology announced the release of its ReadSmart Edition applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store. Read the press release here. You can get the apps direct from …

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Amazon’s ASIN versus ISBN

We talked about this before, but I have to wonder when this is going to become a thorn in everyone’s side. (Especially those agencies authorized to print money issuing ISBN for every damn thing). Now that Amazon is embracing the vast number of Independent authors and artists by issuing unique Amazon Standard Identification Numbers regardless …

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The Revolution Continues…

An excellent article here for a Sunday read suggesting the shape of things to come. Scott Stein at CRAVE the Gadget Blog from Cnet details an interesting experience in which he ends up favoring the present over the past. And I think you’ll find that common sense and economic realities are the driving forces behind …

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Simon and Shuster gets into the act…

Stephen King publisher Simon & Shuster has taken the leap and opened a virtual storefront at Scribd.com. Read the story here. Called the Youtube for eBooks, the document sharing site, Scribd.com, allows publishers and independent authors to offer samples of their eBooks and make direct sales to readers. Simon & Shuster is making 5,000 titles …

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California Governor sets his sights on the future…

I will resist the urge to make any ‘killer robot’ allusions or asides. Sometimes a governor is just a governor. The Ventura County Star reports California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announcing the adoption of the nation’s first Free Digital Textbook Initiative designed to save schoolboards (and his financially strapped state) millions of dollars per year. Read …

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