Google Editions and Open Source

From GigaOM at Salon (and a bit dated), but this article by Matthew Ingram has some more reporting than the WSJ article.Open vs. Closed: Google Takes on Amazon and Apple in e-Books – Technology News | GigaOM Network – Salon.comWhatever pricing scheme it chooses, it seems clear that Google wants to come down on the […]

The iPad and Publishers (New Yorker)

[I had meant to post this link when this article appeared in April….  PWR]The New Yorker on the iPad and books:The industry’s great hope was that the iPad would bring electronic books to the masses—and help make them profitable. E-books are booming. Although they account for only an estimated three to five per cent of […]

Nicholas Carr on the iPad reader and eBook reader

Nicholas Carr argues: the model of book reading (and hence book writing) the iPad promotes seems fated, in time, to become the dominant one. The book itself, in this model, becomes an app, a multihypermediated experience to click through rather than a simple sequence of pages to read through. And he cites John Makinson of […]

Amazon and trade book pricing

It looks like Macmillan and Amazon have finally agreed to publisher pricing. Links from a Library Journal article to blog notices about the agreement. “No more “windowing” of bestsellers; $9.99 prices, but not for bestsellers.”Macmillan CEO Explains “Agency Model” for Selling Ebooks – 3/3/2010 – Library Journal Related articles by ZemantaHow Much Would You Pay […]

Current Crop of E-Readers Compared: iPad vs. the Rest – e-Readers – Lifehacker

Lifehacker review of the iPad and Kindle, bit primarily from a techie’s perspective. (I find these reviews and reviewers always problematic because they’re bleeding edge adopters who in turn adopt this faux-reasonable tone, as if anyone should agree that their marginal, non-mainstream interests are somehow…normal!)

Laura Miller on Kindle vs eBook

Laura Miller at Salon has a good backstory on Amazon’s Kindle and the Apple iPad eBook reader.Laura Miller – Salon.com: “This dust-up is the culmination of a long-standing feud between Amazon and book publishers. What triggered it, however, is something new: the introduction of Apple’s iPad.”Note Miller comments about publishers’ fear of Amazon’s attempt to control […]

Apple’s iBook on the iPad

Today’s Apple announcement (liveblogged at the NY Times) had Steve Jobs diplomatically say of Amazon’s Kindle, that Apple “we are going to stand on their shoulders and go a bit farther.” The iBook app allow eBook viewing and purchasing within the application (like iTunes), so it’s not necessarily tied to a particular hardware. The Times […]