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7May/1125

Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505, silver


sony ebook:Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505, silver
Here is the review for the Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-505. Nice piece of hardware in my opinion.


6May/110

Bookish, New Digital Destination for Readers, to Launch Summer 2011

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From the press release:

Bookish (www.bookish.com), a new digital platform for readers, is set to launch this summer it was announced today. Backed by Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster, Bookish has been designed to provide readers — from the most casual to the most dedicated — with a personalized experience connecting them with their favorite authors and books through original editorial features, unique tools and more. The AOL Huffington Post Media Group is partnering with the site to engage users with Bookish content across the network’s wide range of destination sites; AOL will provide advertising sales support for the new venture.

Editorially independent, Bookish will be a place for readers to find great content about books and authors from a variety of publishers. Bookish will highlight a wide range of genres and allow readers to find their next book as well as recommend books to each other.

New media veteran Paulo Lemgruber is leading the effort as Bookish’s CEO.  Previously, Lemgruber developed and ran digital businesses for Comcast and Reed Elsevier. Also part of the Bookish team is Charlie Rogers, who will serve as Editor-in-Chief.  Prior to becoming part of Bookish, Rogers was Editor-in-Chief, Digital Media at NBC Universal and worked at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and The Paris Review. Technology efforts will be directed by Bookish Chief Technology Officer Andy Parsons, who previously served as CTO for Outside.in and Digital Railroad, Inc., as well as Director of Software Development at Juice Software.  Bookish’s Director of Product in charge of the user experience is Brad Dickason who previously sold a company, Giant Realm, to Burst Media and then served as their Director, Creative Products and Services.  He is also a former competitive video gamer.

“Bookish enjoys the support of significant, established players in the publishing and online space. Nobody is more intimately familiar with the multitude of elements that make a book appealing than its publisher,” explained Lemgruber. “In addition to working with Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA) and Simon & Schuster, we look forward to working with the entire publishing and book-selling community to make Bookish an exciting destination that will delight readers. We are also thrilled to work closely with AOL Huffington Post Media Group to tap into its groundbreaking ability to start real-time conversations around content and partnering with AOL on our advertising sales effort.”

Said Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, “As a lifelong book lover — and reading evangelist — I’m always on the lookout for innovative ways to get people excited about books, to remind them why they are so important, and to spark a thousand conversations around big issues, fun ideas and great writing. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Bookish — and to use our multimedia, social, and community engagement tools to help connect our readers with authors and their books. And we’ll highlight this content through our entire network and hyperlocal sites.”


Designed to answer the question “What should I read next?” as well as to deepen the reading experience around books, authors and genres, Bookish will feature exclusive content covering a wide selection of titles and formats.  It will also offer readers the convenience of purchasing print and digital books directly or through other retailers.  Bookish is dedicated to working closely with book retailers, and in the coming weeks will reach out to explore ways to complement the retailers’ efforts and enhance all reader experiences.

“We’ve assembled an incredibly entrepreneurial and dynamic team at Bookish that embraces the most cutting-edge trends in publishing and technology,” says Lemgruber.  “With our team’s startup expertise and credentials, as well as our ability to leverage the knowledge of publishers, retailers and authors, Bookish is innately positioned to fuel people’s passion for books.”

6May/110

Digital Publishing Empowers Authors with Total Control

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Author Everett Powers took a bold step in choosing to self-publish his first novel, Canals, via the Amazon.com Kindle store, but then he did the unthinkable: he pulled it from the virtual shelves.

“After spending more time writing and communicating with other writers, I just wasn’t happy with that first work. On top of that, Canals is a dark horror fiction and I didn’t want my name associated with that genre anymore. I’m now more of a thriller writer and I didn’t want people to associate Everett Powers with horror. It’s very limiting.”

Powers was able to take that step for the same reason that more and more writers are turning to self-publishing and digital publishing: almost absolute control over their work. When first e-published, Canals was over 200,000 words, a massive work even for traditionally published fiction works. After some focused editing on Powers’ part, he whittled it down to 135,000 words and still feels there is more revision to be done. Meanwhile, Powers released his second novel, The Mighty T. in early April, again relying on Smashwords for their expertise.

This simply cannot be done in the world of traditional publishing. It would be akin to Stephen King deciding no one may buy any more copies of Carrie because he’s just not happy with it. But it’s this very empowered decision making that is leading more authors to consider self-publishing.

Authors who choose to go it alone in terms of formatting, marketing, and selling their books are enjoying the control over more aspects of their work than they would if it were traditionally published. Everything from how many copies are printed at a time, the price point, which retailers will have access to the work, it all leads to more autonomy.


Self-published author Michael Wood, author of Alchemy, has found that he is still able to enjoy some of the self-marketing strategies that traditionally published writers are privy to, such as book signings and speaking engagements, but the legwork is entirely his.

“Once I realized that as a first time author, I was selling myself, and not my book, it made things a lot easier. I’m an unknown in the publishing world, yet I’ve done several book tours on the Cape where the book is set, at last count about twenty independent bookstores were carrying my book, as well as two large chains. I’ve done at least a dozen book signings and talks. I’m making money (granted, not nearly enough to live on, but enough to go out to dinner every so often) and I’ve got a great review from Publishers Weekly, all from self-publishing. And as much as I would love to get picked up by a traditional publisher, I have to say that so far, being self-published isn’t half bad.”

The downside, of course, is that there is a reason literary agents, editors, and publishers still have jobs. The business of creating and selling a book is a full-time job, one that leaves many writers without the time to write as they abandon their writing desks to do the work of these teams of professionals for themselves. But in the end, more authors who are aware of the time demands needed in order to self-publish a manuscript, even to e-reader, are discovering that the trade-off is worth it.

The Good e-Reader Indy Author Initiative continues tomorrow with our spotlight on Rob Graham.

Related posts:

  1. Authors Abandon Paper in Favor of Digital Publishing
  2. Authors Use e-Publishing to Reach a Wider Audience
  3. Indie Authors Use Their Digital eBooks to Give Back
  4. Cross-Platform Compatibility Is Key to E-Publishing Success for Writers
  5. Leading Digital Publishers Bring Different Services to the Table
  6. Smashwords Mission is to Reach All Authors
5May/110

Simon & Schuster reports increased profits thanks to digital sales

We’re all used to the idea that publishers are struggling to stay afloat in this brave new e-book-and-pirate-infested recessionary world. This is why they can’t pay greater royalties on lower-marginal-cost e-books, and why they want to keep their e-book prices high so consumers don’t come to devalue e-books (or to protect sales of hardcovers, whichever explanation you prefer).

But every so often publicly-held corporations are required to let the public know how they’re doing, and Simon & Schuster just announced that, thanks to e-books, its recent revenues are up considerably.

For the three months to 31st March, Simon & Schuster’s operating income before debt and amortisation (OIBDA) more than doubled to m. The publisher said it was driven by lower shipping, production and returns costs because of the increase in digital sales.

On FutureBook, blogger Agent Orange notes that this makes publishers’ refusal to increase royalty rates on e-books look even more transparent.

The conglomerates dog in the manger approach to the issue of e-books is doing them no favours. The day is fast approaching when a truly major international author will realize they are going to be greatly better rewarded by being published by Amazon because they will offer them a sensible share of the revenues they generate.

I would say that it also suggests publishers may be a little too worried about piracy—judging by those reports, at least one of them is still doing fine even in the middle of a recession—and that if they were to fiddle with their e-book prices a little to find a more optimal (which is to say, lower-priced) position on the price-demand curve they could do even better.

Which in turn suggests that perhaps publishers aren’t quite so likely to be driven out of business by the new way of doing things after all.

5May/110

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570/V Violet 16.1 MP 5X Zoom Digital Camera with 4 GB SDHC Memory Card Bundle|Lastest Ipad News]

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570/V Violet 16.1 MP 5X Zoom Digital Camera with 4 GB SDHC Memory Card Bundle
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 is a tiny and light ultracompact capable of taking nice photos with little to no effort.
Read more on ZDNet

3May/110

Disney Digital Books Toy Story iPad App: French Edition / Toy Story (Français) Livre Interactif


Ipad ebook:Disney Digital Books Toy Story iPad App: French Edition / Toy Story (Français) Livre Interactif
TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! Toy Story takes you on the adventure of a lifetime: A fully interactive reading experience packed with Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises on every page. Hear the story read aloud, record your own narration, or explore at your own pace. Now in French!

3May/110

Professional Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Now Available|Lastest Ipad News]

Professional Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Now Available
Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Professional Edition of Adobe® Digital Publishing ...
Read more on Finanzen.net

3May/110

Libraries supporting ereader blogs – ebookanoid and The Digital Reader seem the favourites





Ebookanoid and The Digital Reader are loved by librarians:

Yesterday I Googled Ebookanoid, to see what other websites say about my blog – something I do every so often as part of keeping track on how ebookanoid is viewed in the rest of the web.

I was very pleased to discover that an amazing number of libraries  in America are suggesting via their online News Letters to their members and users that they read ebookanoid regularly in order to get useful information about ereading.   Good to know that they feel I write in a manner that is useful, especially to people who may well not be all that computer literate or fully fledged techies.

Equally pleasing to me was to discover that not only ebookanoid met with their approval, but also the blog run by my friend Nate the Great (The Digital Reader) was the other blog that they recommended.   Seems to me that between Nate’s blog, which tends to be rather more technical than ebookanoid, and my blog, which is specifically aimed at a non-technical readership, we more or less cover the entire area of ereaders and ebooks.

Good to have this confirmed in this manner.

So, many thanks to all those American Librarians who are supporting what we do in this manner….. It is appreciated.




2May/110

Page flipping gone digital: how to let readers skim & decide, by Peter Meyers

We flip through pages in a print magazine in order to decide what to read. What’s the best way to replicate that quick info-hunt in a digital publication?

The iPad and other touchscreen devices seem perfect for replicating the page flip. After all, one of the first gestures users “get” is the swipe: it’s intuitive, it’s quick, it’s fun. And despite the power packed into today’s tablets, virtual page flipping isn’t as useful as its print counterpart. For starters, paging speed is noticeably slower than what you get with a wet pointer finger and the latest issue of, say, People.

A bigger problem lies with a common digital publishing culprit: trying to faithfully replicate all the “features” of print. A regular magazine has pages, the thinking goes, so by golly we’re gonna reproduce pages in the digital edition. Lotsa problems with that approach, but for this post let’s tackle the “filmstrip”-style page-browserl found in many e-magazines. Consider Fortune’s, for example:

 

Fortune's Page Viewer icons 

The “Page Viewer” icons are too small to deliver useful info

What the average eye can easily decipher in each of these thumbnails is close to, approximately, zero. And once you decide you don’t want to read, say, the article about Twitter, why the heck do you have to page through each of the article’s other unhelpful icons? The system, in other words, replicates the act of browsing without delivering its essential benefit. You get none of the come-hither signals that are easy to spot on a print page: headlines, pull quotes, pictures, sidebars, and so on.

App designers, my suggestion: don’t throw the browser out with the bath water. Instead, a little redesign can satisfy the reader’s desire to skim quickly and dive in when something looks worthwhile. A few suggestions:

One icon per article is sufficient

Print-based page flipping is how we readers solve what is, at heart, an information architecture problem: most magazines order their contents in a way that doesn’t match our preferred reading path. So we flip to find the juiciest, most satisfying bits. In an app, then, swiping through page icons isn’t the best way to aid that quest.

How about, instead, article representations—let’s call ‘em blurbs—that quickly convey what the piece is about? Something, in other words, like what you get in a table of contents (e.g. title + quick summary). Wired, for example, uses a horizontally-scrolling system:

 

Wired's horizontally scrolling TOC 

Wired magazine’s horizontally scrolling TOC is pretty useful

A useful blurb at the top of the screen lets you know what the article or ad is about. And the size of the replica that hangs below the blurb signals the length of what you’re in for. Nice.

Similar options exist, many of which don’t require the creation of new material. How about, for example, bundling up and making swipeable each article’s nut graf and a great pullquote? Or the article’s best art (an image, say) with the title super-imposed using compelling typography? (The Bold Italic magazine, a current events guide to San Francisco, sorta/kinda does this in their app.) Or even simply reproducing the article’s title page with the headline’s font bumped up for easier viewing.

No need to replicate the trim size of the printed page

The current approach in most page browsers is to offer up page miniatures that replicate the aspect ratio of the print magazine’s dimensions. Why? Probably because designers wish to replicate the experience of reading the print edition. (Not to mention the fact that thumbnails are easy to generate.) But the essential service readers are looking for has nothing to do with trim size; it’s about quickly scanning big chunks of info and deciding where to spend our reading time.

That purpose can be better served by making the scannable units large enough to deliver meaningful info. So bump up the thumbnail to, say, a rectangle and give that headline it contains more room to breathe; you can even, then, include an image. Even better: have the blurb container’s size reflect the importance of the article within the magazine. A jumbo rectangle, for example, could be used to showcase an important feature while a smaller square would indicate a shorter piece. Here’s a quick example:

Spread and reveal

Apple has added a neat-o feature to its iPad Photos app. You’ve probably seen it: you spread your fingers over any photo stack icon to temporarily reveal the other pictures beneath it. If you did the same for each browsable icon representing an article, you’d give article browsers a chance to peek at individual pages before committing. Another option: let users control the size of the page-browsing icons. Popular Mechanicsuses this approach.

 

 

Popular Mechanics' sizing handle 

The sizing handle on the right lets readers adjust the page icons’ size

See those little icon-size controls (the four stacked lines on the right side of the page browser)? You can drag them up or down to change the size from jumbo to skinny mini.

Got any examples you like of digital page-browsing solutions? Let me know (peter.meyers AT gmail DOT com) and I’ll add them right here.

2May/110

New issue of The Journal of Digital Information now online

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Articles Include in This Issue:

Curation Micro-Services: A Pipeline Metaphor for Repositories
by Stephen Abrams, Patricia Cruse, John Kunze, David Minor

Building a DDC-annotated Corpus from OAI Metadata
Mathias Lösch, Ulli Waltinger, Wolfram Horstmann, Alexander Mehler

Preserving repository content: practical tools for repository managers
Miggie Pickton, Debra Morris, Stephanie Meece, Simon Coles, Steve Hitchcock

Archival description in OAI-ORE
Deborah Kaplan, Anne Sauer, Eliot Wilczek

Diversity and Interoperability of Repositories in a Grid Curation Environment
Andreas Aschenbrenner, Harry Enke, Thomas Fischer, Jens Ludwig

Via INFOdocket

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