April 12, 2012
If you had been a e-book reader, didn’t it really rub you the wrong way when you saw the price of e-books rise to the same cost as hardcovers? It sure as hell grated me. Wasn’t it cheaper to produce a digital book than its paper counterpart? And wasn’t distribution, catalog availabililty and storage issues now less expensive?
Well apparently this happened because Apple got serious about digital book distribution and was giving the publishers a more comfortable payment model than the competition, Amazon. Learning about the Department of Justice lawsuit against Apple and the major publishers was a surprise to me and then again, it wasn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
October 2, 2011
I’ve been holding back on discussing tablets, if only because no effective competition to the iPad has appeared. But this week something significant occurred — we learned of the Kindle Fire, with a 7“ color touch screen, web browser and cloud storage, which will give the consumer access to Amazon’s book, music, game, movie and tv content. The iPad is no longer the only tablet in town. Read the rest of this entry »
March 27, 2011
The New York Times announced their pricing model last week, to take place at month’s end. I have no issues with their minimum free content, 15.00 and 20.00 per four weeks (not monthly) subscriptions and am glad that they won’t be making an effort to prevent Twitter and Facebook from linking to their content.
Regarding the book publishing industry — Did we really expect that the major publishing houses would price their electronic books at a minimal discount from their paper counterparts? Other than major bestsellers, Kindle savings are minor. Let’s see if we have to pay sales taxes on digital downloads!
I’m as disappointed as I am glad that a federal judge denied Google’s plan to digitize every book ever published. There will be time to come up with a settlement. No one should be in a hurry to have Google become the world’s bookstore.. .