Price Points

I was browsing the new trade paperback tables at Barnes and Noble this weekend when I felt a strange desperation in the air. I worked in a B&N store for years, and I always take a moment to check out the shape of the sales floor. As I scanned the front of the main floor, I received the message, loud and clear: Barnes and Noble has a thing called the Nook and it is right here if you want to buy it. The Nook. Right over here. NOOK.

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Ebooks, Amazonians, Models, Penguins, and Apples

The New Deal

This weekend the news came through that Penguin, who has hesitated to leap into the ebook market without a viable pricing model, had finally reached a deal with Amazon to sells its content on the Kindle. Despite the deal, the questions remain-

1) who is in control of this new industry and

2) will content need to conform to whatever limits the new industry presents?

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From ink to App?

In the May 24th edition of Newsweek, Jacob Weisberg takes a look at how Apple’s latest Grail may affect the publishing industry, which, as a whole, has yet to find a viable strategy for dealing with the invasion e-readers that has already hit the shores. Weisberg has concluded that the industry’s main concern is with the monolithic nature of Apple’s power and the shadow it casts over all the content providers scrambling to find a place at the right hand of Jobs (the religious metaphors are Weisberg’s; I’m just playing along). Here are the issues that he has hit upon:

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The Evo of the E-Reader

The emergence of e-reader technology seems to have happened overnight, but a digital revolution has been building in the shadows. Here is a quick breakdown on the major players and milestones that mark the road to a byte-sized future:

1971: Michael S Hart launches The GutenbergProject, (named after Johannes, not Steve) a pioneering attempt to bring the massive computers of the day into a device that be used as a desktop e-reader

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What will you be reading in 5 years?

And what will you be reading it on? The emergence of e-reading and web based publishing has evolved at a staggering rate. The major players on the stage:

E reader platforms:

Kindle, Nook, Papyrus, iPad- which will emerge as the standard platform for the next generation of readers?

Publishers and editors:

magazines have already adapted to the trend. Will traditional publishers be able to adapt in time to survive the new wave of digital reading?

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