The era of the book superstores, with their big windows and welcoming tables stacked high with books, has gone into decline. Many of the country's most enthusiastic readers have already switched to less-costly digital books. Amazon customers now buy more Kindle titles than hardcovers and paperbacks."
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Len Edgerly, podcaster of "Kindle Chronicles" invited me to join him in his conference presentation in Utah on ebooks. I used google Plus "hangouts" to speak and answer questions. It was a fun experience. Check out a recording on of his sessions at the conference: http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2011/08/13/2247/
Today Amazon launched an HTML5 browser version of its market leading eReader application, Kindle. Called Kindle Cloud Reader, it's a direct response to the 30% cut of sales that Apple now takes from in-app purchases and subscriptions via iOS apps. The 30% Apple toll hits businesses like Amazon hard, because the margins on book sales are slim enough as it is.
The HTML5 Kindle site appears to be optimized for the iPad. It's accessed from the Safari browser in the iPad, so it routes around Apple's App Store. That means Amazon doesn't need to give Apple 30% of an eBook sale. Because the HTML5 site is very close to the functionality of the iPad Kindle app, this is going to have huge ramifications for Apple. Yes, Apple's walled garden has just been structurally weakened. I'd go as far as to say that it's a matter of months, not years, before Amazon pulls its iOS Kindle app from the App Store.
The Changing World of Digital Rights and Publishing Agreements
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Join Dana Newman and Jenny Bent as they discuss the changing world of digital rights and publishing agreements. Authors, agents, and publishers alike will appreciate this webcast which promises to offer a clearer understanding of the issues, with topics to be addressed including:
- New business models for the licensing of rights
- Advances and royalties
- Digital/new media rights
- The changing definition of "out-of-print"
- Retained rights/reversion of rights
- Changes/interpretations of "non-compete" clauses
The Digital Reader Blog reported that today Barnes & Noble announced a new program that's good for new Nook owners. If you bring in your old ebook reader when you go to buy a Nook, you can get 30 free ebooks.
The offer is available starting tomorrow, and it covers both the Nook Touch and the Nook Color. Along with the $315 in ebooks, B&N will give you a 2GB microSD card. They'http://www.the-digital-reader.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/nook-trio.jpgv released the complete list of titles ( here)
The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010. This is the first time since the Pew Internet Project began measuring e-reader use in April 2009 that ownership of this device has reached double digits among U.S. adults.