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  • April 21, 2011
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In a related note to last night’s story on hardcovers vs. paperbacks, today Publishing Perspectives carried an interview with Randy Petway, vice president of digital publishing services company Publishing Technology. Much of the interview talks about things that mainstream publishers could learn from academic publishers, but he also talks about the potential threat e-books pose…

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  • April 16, 2011
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We’re sure there are still scores of lifelong book lovers whose paper tomes we can pry from their cold, dead fingers, but the evidence strongly suggests that plenty of others are rapidly warming to their shiny new e-readers. US sales of e-books generated about $90.3 million in revenue in February — roughly triple the sales…

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  • April 15, 2011
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On The Bookseller, Philip Stone looks at the sales performance of a novel, Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith, that was sold in e-book form by Apple and Amazon for £5.99 ($9.79) while bookstores sold the hardcover for £13.30 ($22.07)—30% off its list price of £19 ($31.07). The novel sold remarkably well in paper, becoming…

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  • April 14, 2011
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The Bookseller, reporting from the London Book Fair, mentions the keynote by Brian Murray, the CEO of HarperCollins.  He said: … the number of US e-readers—grown from 15m a year ago to 40m today—was having a disproportionately large effect on the market because they had reached “core” readers, those buying over 12 books a year….

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  • April 12, 2011
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On Independent.ie, Shane Richmond has interviewed Amazon’s voice president of Kindle Content, Russ Grandinetti, about the purchasing habits of Kindle customers. The article has some interesting insights into the way Amazon looks at its users, and the way its users look at the Kindle. Grandinetti attributes the Kindle’s success to its users’ love of reading,…

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  • April 11, 2011
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I’ve been using my Kobo reader for a while now, and will get into my own experiences with it soon. But for this review I’m going to concentrate on the experience of getting my Dad set up with his Kobo today. I went down to visit over the weekend, and took the opportunity to get…

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  • April 10, 2011
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Here’s a review of a fun little series I got into back when Fictionwise was selling it in eReader format (well, they were selling most of it. Due to publisher confusion, they never got ahold of the first book in the series, so I had to read it by other means), and just recently finished…

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  • April 7, 2011
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Speaking of e-books versus p-books, the Oroville Mercury-Register has an article on the frictions that e-readers can cause in book clubs—not the kind where you get a book a month, but those in-person meetings where readers get together to discuss a particular book they’ve all read. E-readers can complicate activities based on physical books, such…

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  • April 7, 2011
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Writer Alan Baxter has an amusing blog post in which he grumbles about pesky e-book luddites and why can’t they get a grip. All the arguments he makes have been rehashed here a number of times, so nothing in the post is really news. But the part of me that enjoys a good, amusing rant…

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  • April 7, 2011
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Renowned SF author Norman Spinrad, two-time President of the SFWA, has a guest post on the SFWA’s blog proposing “a viable and just business model for the ebook age.” Spinrad sees the current turmoil as being a result of multiple parties each working toward its own benefit at the possible expense of all the others….