Sony’s Super Reader Ships…

Thanks Jorgen for pointing us to this story at Electronista about the Sony Reader Daily Edition starting to ship. The device offers a seven-inch touchscreen configured for newspaper and magazine display delivered wirelessly through a 3G connection.  Designed for office and business the large-platform, $400 eReader is optimized for professional adoption. Read the full article here.

It’s a beauty, yah?

Nook buyers offered a deal!

Barnes and Noble is offering frustrated Nook buyers in the US a $100 coupon if they do not receive the popular eBook reading devices in time for Christmas.

Read the full story at TechRadar.com. Now cut to the festivities at Amazon.com where the Kindle eBook Reader continues to dominate the market this Christmas for no other reason than that it is available.

eBook Privacy Addressed…

Jorgen gave us this fantastic link to An eBook Buyer’s Guide to Privacy by Ed Bayley at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Here’s a quote from the article to capture your interest: “E-readers possess the ability to report back substantial information about their users’ reading habits and locations to the corporations that sell them. And yet none of the major e-reader manufacturers have explained to consumers in clear unequivocal language what data is being collected about them and why.”

This is something we knew that some eReader manufacturers could do, but never thought they would. On the surface, we’re worried about junk mail and directed advertising clogging up our inboxes. But what else can they do with the personal information they collect from your eBook reader?

Read the article. Bonus too! There’s a chart that separates the secure eBook Readers from the known offenders.

Have You Got a Minute?

Amber Johnson popped in to offer a link they posted at OnlineCourses.org called “101 Tips for All Your eBook Reader Needs.” An excellent checklist for the would-be adopter, and probably the most comprehensive list I’ve seen a long time.

Now the question: Does anyone have 102 Tips?

More manipulation from publishers…

It seems publishers are still promoting piracy and illegal file sharing as suggested by this story at Bookseller.com about the dirty trick of deferring the publication of eBooks to force anxious fans to buy the much more expensive hard cover editions.

John Makinson, Penguin Group c.e.o., said, “We need to try to understand those dynamics better.”

Hmmm. “Yah, think?” Do they not understand this yet? An eBook buyer is not the same thing as a hard cover buyer. Surely to god these powers that be (or powers that were…) can understand that things have changed. Selling a million eBook copies at $9.99 (still too high) to happy customers is better than trying to manipulate those consumers into buying something they may have never wanted.

The publishers will try to justify it, but it’s all about them maintaining the same level of profit regardless of advances in technology and culture. (Seems to me the whole planet’s reeling economically from similar ‘profit at any cost,’ ‘keep the blinders on’ thinking.)

The article also talks about the upcoming debates over author royalties and digital book rights.

I begin to think that 2010 will be as pivotal a year for publishing as the year old Gutenberg started using moveable type.

Borders to Launch eBook Reader Platform on Kobo

Thanks Jorgen for a link to the deal inked between Borders Group, Inc. and the newly renamed global eReading service Kobo, Inc (formerly Shortcovers.) Read the story at Pocket-lint, here.

That link led me to the actual press release here where I could dig up a bit more background.

Through this partnership, Borders will launch a Kobo-powered eBook store integrated into Borders.com. Additionally, Kobo will power a Borders-branded eBook store for various mobile devices. Sales through the Borders-branded eBook stores will be booked by Borders.

Kobo’s mobile applications are device neutral, enabling consumers “to purchase eBooks from Borders on popular smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Android, as well as other devices. Borders and Kobo plan to launch these new services within the second quarter of 2010.”

Funny how everyone’s jumping aboard… 2010 will be wild, yah?

Another list of predictions for 2010!

Our friend Jorgen dropped off a link to Ja Konrath’s list of interesting predictions for 2010 at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing. Check it out here.

I have to say I’m in complete agreement with Konrath. Even on the $99 eBook Reader hitting the market sometime in 2010. It just makes sense.

I think we’ll see the traditional publishing world suddenly adopt an adapt or die mindset, yah? There’s no other way to compete.

Empire of the Word: The future of the book.

Here’s a link to a Canadian public television (TVO) program called The Agenda with Steve Paikin. I watched the episode last night, and felt it was worth passing the link along. The entire program is here for you to view, and there are posts to pick through.

A panel of experts wondered whether the eBook Revolution spelled the end for the book. I found it quite informative. (Even if I did disagree with the formula that digital content always drops in price to zero. I think that’s only true if you charge too much for digital goods in the first place.)

Is there enough to read on Kindle’s cross-platform connection?

A special thanks to Jorgen who stopped in to deliver this link to a story at The Telegraph.co.uk that questions, among other things, whether there are enough eBook titles available to justify joining the revolution. Writer Shane Richmond later relents suggesting that the future promises much more, and goes on to deliver an excellent review of the Kindle App for iPhone’s features including its ability to interface between your iPhone and your Kindle. This development leaves you understanding why Richmond wants a wider selection of titles to try on it.

That’s kind of the best case scenario for the adoption of tech where your machines connect and allow you cross-platform access to your eBook library anytime and anywhere. (Even though in this case, it means buying into Amazon’s sometimes controlling set up.)

Plastic Logic to unveil QUE proReader at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

On Thursday, January 7, 2010 Plastic Logic is unveiling QUE proReader at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For anybody in the neighborhood you can find their eBook TechZone at booth 11840 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. They’re offering demos and hands-on ‘experience a QUE proReader for yourself’ sessions.

This is worth mentioning because the QUE proReader is slated to share shelf-space at Barnes and Noble alongside the Nook. The larger format QUE is designed for the office or professional environment. The Nook was developed for the mainstream eBook-reading market. This is part of B&N’s multi-pronged attack on the eBook and eReading Revolution–a combination meant to take on Kindle 2 and the larger format Kindle DX.

The competition is going to get NASTY in 2010, yah?