Last Friday Amazon.fr started to sell the new Kindle for only 99 Euros. This is the same Kindle model as the Kindle 4 on Amazon.com. Amazon.fr will begin shipping the Kindles today, Friday, October 14. The French Kindle is a wi-fi model.
New Market Opens Up for Authors
France has a strong market for ebook readers; Bookeen makes the popular Linux based Cybook ebook reader line, which can read EPUB files. The Kindle is able to read PDF and Mobi files, but not the almost universal EPUB file format.
Amazon is opening up Kindle Direct Publishing for Amazon.fr, so authors and independent publishers can publish Kindle ebooks for French customers.
Recently, Leapfrog introduced its LeapPad tablet for children. A company called VTech has now entered the market with the InnoTab, an inexpensive iPad-like device for kids that plays games, music and ebooks, and offers downloadable apps for the device. USA Today takes a closer look at this second kiddie tablet, which is to hit the market in the next few weeks.
The e-reader lets kids listen to books as the words are read aloud and highlighted. Each page offers interactivity when kids tap the screen. And words appearing in a different color ink can be tapped to be defined.
READ MORE AT USA TODAY
A new global standard for digital books, to be released as early as October, will be able to handle vertical Japanese text, a move expected to promote the standardization of e-book devices and digital books in the country.
The standard to be adopted by Sony and Rakuten is a content publication standard called EPUB3, which the International Digital Publishing Forum, a U.S. trade and standards organization for the digital publishing industry, plans to introduce in mid-October.
Content under the format is expected to hit the market by year-end or later. EPUB, used by Apple Inc.’s e-book service, has become the standard in Europe and the United States. The new version of the format will support Japanese vertical text layouts and furigana placed next to kanji to aid pronunciation. LEARN MORE
Horse racing fans and handicappers who want to profit at the Keeneland 2011 fall meet need to know the tendencies of the trainers that win year-in and year-out at the Lexington racetrack. “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns” analyzes the horsemen and how they have won at Keeneland.
Learn more about a new handicapping book released this year from All Star Press – available for the Kindle and all mobile book formats & just in time for the opening of the new meeting this Friday.
Book publishers are surrounded by hungry new competitors: Amazon, with its steadily growing imprints; authors who publish their own e-books; and online start-ups like All Star Press.
Now they have to contend with another group elbowing into their territory: news organizations.
Swiftly and at little cost, newspapers, magazines and sites like The Huffington Post are hunting for revenue by publishing their own version of e-books, either using brand-new content or repurposing material that they may have given away free in the past.
And by making e-books that are usually shorter, cheaper to buy and more quickly produced than the typical book, they are redefining what an e-book is — and who gets to publish it.
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The Natural History Museum in the UK has launched its first e-book for the iPad, created from the most expensive book ever sold, John James Audubon’s The Birds of America.
The e-book features all 435 illustration plates of the original. The NHM will release a resized printed edition of the 19th-century classic in October, bound in linen and presented in a slipcase, with an introduction by bird artist and author David Allen Sibley.
The complete e-book will be priced £9.99, with the digital Highlights edition, featuring only 85 plates, priced at only £3.99.
What the publishing industry faces right now is a customer base that demands a digital product even as the technology that makes these products possible is still in its early stages of development. Random House has experienced a 200 percent growth in eBook sales this year, and every other company’s sales tell similar tales. The various devices on the market—the Kindle, the Nook, and the Kobo eReader, among others—all do different things. Thanks to each business’s attempt to dominate the market, they are mostly incompatible with each other. For example, the Nook and Apple’s iPad feature color displays for picture books, but for the time being the Kindle does not.
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IKEA has noticed a shift in what consumers are storing on their bookshelves. After all, a Kindle can hold thousands more books than a wooden tower in the living room. According to the Economist, next month Ikea will release a new version of its classic Billy bookshelf, one that’s focused less on storing books than on storing everything else.
Ebooks have become the single bestselling category in American publishing for the first time, according to new data released last April.
By contrast, sales of adult fiction in hardback so far this year have fallen by over 10% according to book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan… Read more
The online textbook vendor Chegg has launched a new “read while you wait” feature that gives its customers access to an ebook version of some books while the paper versions ship.
“Read while you wait” ebook access costs $1.99 and will be valid for seven days.
The short ebook pass is not available as a standalone product, which means it’s only available as an add-on to the price of a physical book. LEARN MORE
“With the era of digital publishing and digital distribution, the age of author advances is coming to an end,” explained Ewan Morrison at the Edinburgh international book festival. “Without advances from publishers, authors depend upon future sales; they sink themselves into debt on the chance of a future hit. But as mainstream publishers struggle to compete with digital competitors, they are moving increasingly towards maximising short-term profits, betting on the already-established, and away from nurturing talent.”
The Bookseller claimed in 2009 that “Publishers are cutting author advances by as much as 80% in the UK”. A popular catchphrase among agents, when discussing advances, meanwhile, is “10K is the new 50K”. And as one literary editor recently put it: “The days of publishing an author, as opposed to publishing a book, seem to be over.”
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