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Links 1 through 10 of 26 by Paul Raven tagged ebook

"For publishers, says Kurzweil the advantage is that Blio preserves the original book’s format, including typsetting, layout, fonts and pagination.

Though it sounds nifty, Blio is up against some stiff competition. Kurzweil and his team are betting against the trend of dedicated e-reader devices such as Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader.

“People don’t want an extra piece of hardware,” says Kurzweil. “They want to take one device and do everything with it and they want color screens.”

Instead, Kurzweil is betting that tablets that are scheduled to be launched next year — including the much speculated Apple tablet — will be used by consumers instead for reading digital books. Blio could fit well on those tablets." Interesting; platforms are supposed to be the new paradigm over dedicated devices, and Kurzweil has a habit of tipping industries on their heads. This is one to watch, especially at the (presumably) freemium price point.

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"Google’s eBook store will begin selling books by the end 2009. Google stated that it will allow publishers to set eBook prices. The cost of the eBook will probably be higher than Amazon’s current eBook prices.

This will certainly start a format war. Google does not have a dedicated eBook reader and I do not see them getting into the eBook hardware game." They know how to time these things, don't they? That's your game-change moment right there.

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"Discounts must align to risks. Yet many publishers are selling ebooks at close to or the same discounts as print books, even though there is no risk of advance inventory purchasing. There is a logical genesis here as many retailers made steep investments in technical infrastructure that was very, very slow to recoup in the dark ages before Kindle, Sony Reader, epub, or the App Store. But those days are mostly over and as unit sales of ebooks increase, recoupment of the initial and even the ongoing incremental investments go down dramatically on a per-title-sold basis. It’s one thing for the discounts to fund the development — but like tolls on a bridge, after the bridge is paid off, the tollbooths should come down. Well, ebook tolls are collecting more than ever!"

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"To put it less glibly, the publishing industry isn't being forced to confront a radical shift in consumer behaviour caused by technology, because that scenario just is not happening. Customers aren't forcing the issue by choosing to abandon books and read pirated text instead. And this means the problem isn't there to be confronted."

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Kindle works on a stripped-down HTML/CSS framework. Useful to know; but looks like formatting will have to be manual until I learn up on RegEx...

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"There's even a further step that might not be workable, but that's very tantalizing: transferrable, account-based DRM. With such a system, every eReader would need to be able to check in regularly with the network, perhaps every time it opened a DRM-enabled book, or perhaps just every time they connected for another purpose, like to download a new book." Some interesting ideas from Luc Reid here, but the more ungainly the system the more hackable points you create in the process.

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"This is a formal response to those who are still waiting for the Magic Ebook Reader to Save Publishing as We Know it and Make Electronic Text Safe for Those With Sensitive Eyeballs: Stop waiting."

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"The dusty world of book publishing has taken a step into cyberspace as Random House and HarperCollins letting customers browse books online." It's starting. Slowly, but surely.

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"When someone says “rollable”, I want rollable. This is an unfolding, flexible display. Still cool, but they’ve made it less cool and disappointed me by raising expectation and not delivering on the promise."

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"Thanks to a patent the USPTO granted to Amazon [on] Tuesday [...] showing you images of pages from a book you've purchased may someday trigger a patent infringement lawsuit." Crafty.

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