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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why e-Books Business Will See Rapid Growth

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 10:05 PM

http://gigaom.com/2012/01/16/ratcliff-e-books/

"The e-book business will grow faster than people think. Innovations from Amazon and Apple have increased the velocity at which we consume e-books, but there are two emergent behaviors that will increase the rate of overall consumption."

Trey Ratcliff's personal experiences in both the traditional publishing method and the new e-book method is a good insight into how the e-book business will see fast growth and rapidly overtake the traditional method where publishing house rules. Trey starts with what it takes to get a book published and sold when a traditional publishing house is involved. He then examines the profitability of both methods and describes the emerging trends that he believes will cause writers to favor e-publishing.

Tags: e-reader, e-books

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Barnes & Noble Raises the Ante With Nookcolor

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:30 AM

http://chicagopressrelease.com/tech...ook-e-reader-ap

"Barnes & Noble Inc. is introducing a new Nook e-reader with a color touch screen for $249 as competition in the fast-growing industry heats up ahead of the holidays. As the first full-color touch electronic reader, the Nookcolor stands apart from black-and-white competitors... [and] can be used to read books, magazines, newspapers and an expanded array of children's titles. It also takes hints from Apple Inc.'s iPad with more games, Web browsing, music streaming and its own application store. Like earlier versions, it runs on Google Inc.'s Android operating system."

Barnes & Noble appears to be sticking with the "e-reader" designation, even though the new Nookcolor appears to blur the lines between e-reader and tablet with its feature set, which includes: 7-inch color touchscreen, microUSB port, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, and ability to play audio and video files - with sound piped through a built-in mono speaker or via a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack. In addition to promising "over 2 million" book titles (and over a million free titles!), the Nookcolor includes several games, the ability to access Pandora internet radio, and works with the same "LendMe" app that the original Nook offers. Barnes & Noble is also attempting to leverage their brick & mortar stores by offering Nook owners free Wi-Fi, special discounts, and the ability to read free books (up to an hour per day...) when visiting one of their locations. The Nookcolor can be ordered now, with deliveries expected beginning November 19. Is this a brilliant hurry-up-and-order-one / go-stand-in-line device, or an awkward jumble of e-reader and tablet?


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Netbooks and e-Readers are Happy Together

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.entourageedge.com/device...urage-edge.html

"The enTourage eDGe™ is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. It’s a comprehensive device that lets you read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music anywhere, at any time. This is nothing you've ever seen before!"

Mashups are great. Pairing up two things into something new and exciting helps spur development and creativity. However, I am not sure I am sold on the enTourage eDGe. It sounds like a great concept in some ways. If the mood for reading? Just use the e-reader part and get a long battery life. Need to look up a few things about what you have read? Power on the netbook side and check it out. It sounds nice, but something seems lacking. It feels like I am carrying around two devices that would be almost as effective if it was just one device. Why not just make the screen of a slate netbook capable of flipping between e-ink and LCD? Or if you are going to have dual displays, why not make the whole thing under one operating system and interface? It almost seems that it would be just as good to buy an iPad, and a Kindle, and duct tape them together. Please, can someone show me what I am missing here?


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