• E-book sales surpass physical book sales on Barnes & Noble website

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 10:35 am

    If anyone out there still thinks e-books are a passing fad, here's a sobering fact: Retail book-selling giant Barnes & Noble reports that e-books are now outselling physical books on the B&N website.
  • Future Nook hardware and services uncovered

    Posted December 30, 2010 - 4:25 pm

    Two trademarks indicate next generation and kid-specific Nook models could be on the way along with possible services for study/education, cooking, and social network integration.
  • Is Apple cutting small publishers out of ebook features?

    Posted December 17, 2010 - 7:36 pm

    Apple's updated iBooks app offers a lot of enhancements. One feature is support for full illustrations in ebooks (children's books in particular). But according to one report, Apple is only allowing select publishers access to this new feature and is preventing them from talking about it.
  • Apple updates iBooks, adds organization and full illustration support

    Posted December 15, 2010 - 5:02 pm

    The third update to Apple's iBooks app lets users organize iBookstore purchases and PDFs into groups called collections (much as you would print books on physical bookcases). It also adds support for highly illustrated books (like children's titles) and the ability to print notes made about passages in individual books.
  • The costs of ebook production are higher than you might think

    Posted December 10, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    The rise in ebooks (and their somewhat lower cost), might make you think that there's no real production costs or processes. But, the actual process of producing a book is largely the same for print or electronic release. Here's a snapshot of those costs and processes.
  • Ebooks are hot, but are publishers making money on them?

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    With the explosion in ebooks and ebook stores, you'd expect publishers to be raking in huge profits from electronic sales. But are they? According to a new survey, even the publishers themselves aren't sure.
  • Amazon responds to Google eBookstore with Kindle for Web

    Posted December 7, 2010 - 3:42 pm

    Amazon isn't accepting the launch of Google's eBookstore without a fight: the company will unveil a revamped Web-only version of its Kindle app today, according to a Computerworld report.
  • Google eBooks launches - offers readers tons of choices

    Posted December 6, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    With the launch of its ebook store, Google offers users a large selection of books (including obscure titles) and the ability to read those books on the web as well as on Android devices, Apple's iPad and iPhone, the Barnes and Noble Nook, and many other dedicated e-reader devices.
  • Will Google shake up the e-book market?

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 5:11 pm

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is about enter the e-book market with Google Editions. The service will offer a unique web-focused approach rather than a dedicated device model. Will this be a spectacular success or could it be a spectacular flop?
  • Amazon Charging Kindle Users For Free Books

    Posted November 30, 2010 - 10:05 pm

    Amazon's self-publishing platform has the Internet's largest bookseller in hot water again. This time it's for taking free books from Project Gutenberg and collecting cash for them at the online store for its Kindle e-reader. Amazon itself isn't repurposing the Gutenberg texts--that's done by "publishers" using the company's self-service platform--but it is taking a cut of the proceeds from the sale.
  • Apple grabs 22 percent of e-book market with iBooks

    Posted June 8, 2010 - 12:38 pm

    Apple announced a planned update to its iBooks e-book marketplace and reader for the iPad on Monday. But the real story came when Apple CEO Steve Jobs offered some impressive numbers during his Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on how the app has performed since its April launch.
  • Google announces that it will sell books. But should it?

    Posted May 4, 2010 - 2:06 pm

    Google will open an online bookstore this summer, competing directly against Apple, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Unlike most competitors, Google plans to support many devices, and offer books from a wide range of sites.
  • Adobe's DRM vexes e-book owners

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 2:53 pm

    One of the chief advantages touted by Adobe Systems Inc. for its e-book copy protection technology, called Adobe Digital Experience Protection Technology (ADEPT), is that consumers can buy e-books for one e-reader and freely transfer them to other such devices, as well as their Apple and Windows computers.
  • How Amazon will win (and lose) the eBook market

    Posted January 14, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    An eBook is two things. First, it's an abbreviation of eBook reader, which is a computer used for displaying electronic books. Second, an eBook is digital content -- an electronic file that contains the words and images that constitute a book. Amazon will lose the eBook reader market, and dominate the eBook book market. Here's why.
  • E-readers could push growth in e-textbook market, analysts say

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    With more e-readers hitting the U.S. market, analysts predict a big uptick in sales in late 2010 with a strong surge in the popularity of electronic textbooks used in high schools and colleges in time for school in the fall of 2011.
  • A future filled with ebooks

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 8:26 am

    Steven Johnson writes in the Wall Street Journal, "I knew then that the book's migration to the digital realm would not be a simple matter of trading ink for pixels, but would likely change the way we read, write and sell books in profound ways." Profound and, in my opinion, rather horrific.
  • Amazon Kindle's impact on book sales?

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    Owning a Kindle might mean I'm going to buy fewer books. Here's why, and what it means for Amazon.
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