Posts Tagged ‘reader’

More Ebook Prices Rise

February 5, 2010

It seems that Amazon’s ability to offer ebooks at a lower price than Apple’s announced iBook shop is being eroded more quickly than even dire predictions had supposed it might.

Looks like physical books could turn out to be cheaper...

Word comes from Gizmodo that more of Amazon’s “big six” publishers have been pushing prices up to the higher price point for “hardcover bestsellers,” which is an interesting term to use in an entirely data environment. After MacMillan’s move on Monday to see prices bumped to the $15 mark on certain titles, it seems that other publishers have come pouring in with similar requests to make of Amazon’s Kindle Store.



eBook Users Have No Regrets

February 5, 2010

It seems that those of us who have already mode the move to electronic books are very well served indeed by them, apparently regardless of the hardware options.

Indeed, word comes via RegHardware of a survey from industry analysts NPD that those who’ve sprung for ebook reading hardware are very pleased indeed with their purchases. Apparently, 93% of those who’ve picked up an ebook reader fall into either the “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” camps in NPD’s research. Perhaps more interesting still is the fact that only 2% of those surveyed actually said that they weren’t satisfied with their devices.


Amazon Caves on eBook Prices

February 1, 2010

It seems that the running spat between Amazon and publisher Macmillan has come to something of a close, with Amazon announcing that it will allow the books to be sold for the price Macmillan had requested.

When I was your age, Pluto was a planet and we used to argue about the prices of REAL books...

The issue arose when Macmillan attempted to price digital versions of its books at $15, which is fully 150% of the usual amount for ebooks available through Amazon’s Kindle Store. Macmillan weighed in with the fairly heavy threat that, unless Amazon allowed the heftier pricing, it would not be distributing new books to Amazon on release.


Amazon Profits Skyrocket

January 29, 2010

It seems that Amazon has been living it up, thanks in no small part to massive sales of its Kindle ebook reader over the Christmas block.

Amazon seems to have KINDLED a virtual book market... please, shoot me.

According to Cnet, Amazon has had a very fine year indeed, with revenue up to $9.52 billion, a fairly staggering increase on last year, to the tune of 42%. Indeed, reports also indicate that Amazon has seen profits rise by around the 70% mark, which is nothing to be sneezed at. Apparently, the fourth quarter of last year (which happily enough includes both Christmas and the US’s Black Friday sales) was the most profitable quarter the company has ever seen.


Kindle Users Rebel After Ebook Delays

January 20, 2010

Users of Amazon’s Kindle have rebelled against the policy of delaying sales of digital versions of books, campaigning to lower sales of the books in question.

'One out of five stars, because the other version is late...'

It seems that, according to the Guardian, Kindle users who have been less than impressed with the timing of ebook releases this year have taken matters into their own hands. The victim in all of this (on the book side) has been Game Change, which details the race for the US presidency in 2008. The Kindle version of Game Change has seen delays, with many citing piracy fears as the reason.


What happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas

January 11, 2010

Several hundred jammy journalists no doubt woke up clutching that last $25 poker chip wondering where it all went wrong this morning; trying to recall something news worthy from their weekend in Las Vegas.

Skiff Reader may sound like a bad punk band, but the device is gorgeous 😉

They, like a few thousand industry heads, will have spent the past three or four days at the Consumer Electronic Show 2010 in that big neon bit in the middle of Nevada where, if initial reports are anything to go by, e-readers and all things 3D made the biggest impact on the visiting hordes.

Scrambling to get on board the Kindle train, the Guardian report that “dozens” of new ereaders were announced at the show with Samsung, Sony, and a wave of smaller names attempting to establish themselves as “ebook pioneers”, as GU put it.


Samsung Ebook Reader Also Tablet

January 11, 2010

Samsung has announced its own line of ebook readers, with its usual flair for elegant design evident throughout. Moreover, users can write directly onto the screen.

Curious to see the refresh rate when writing/drawing...

The ebook reader market is fast approaching saturation by now, but it seems that there are still plenty of big-name tech companies desperate to get in on a little of the market that Amazon and Sony kicked off with their Kindle and Reader lines. Indeed, the question now seems to be not whether or not a reader performs capably when it comes to the task of reading ebooks themselves, but what else they have on offer. In that respect, we’d imagine many will be impressed by Samsung’s new offering, which boasts some tablet functionality, allowing users to add notes to books by simply writing directly onto the screen.


Microsoft Announces New Tablet Line-up

January 7, 2010

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the opportunity last night at the Consumer Electronics Show to announce a new line of Windows-based tablets.

I actually don't have a problem with Steve Ballmer, but this image...

The Register is reporting that Microsoft’s CEO waxed lyrical about three different upcoming tablet PCs that will be released running Windows, including offerings from HP, Archos and Pegatron. While Ballmer was most forthcoming about the device from HP, which we understand Microsoft collaborated on, the one we’re curious to see is the Archos offering. Archos has been in the touch-sensitive display game for a long time when it comes to media players, so we’ll be curious to see what it can do when it comes to a full fledged PC.


eBook Piracy Worries Publishers

January 4, 2010

It seems that the trend towards the adoption of ebook readers has some book publishers worried over the possibility that their content will see illegal piracy on the rise.

Word comes via TorrentFreak that, despite the general lack of bestselling authors in the list of the top 25 most pirated books last year, many publishers seem to fear the ease with which their content might be distributed illegally for the ebook reader-enabled population. Indeed, as a result of their generally small size once digitised, book publishers could potentially have more to fear from piracy than publishers of more data-heavy media.


Kindle Charts Dominated by Free Books

December 30, 2009

Alongside other ebook readers, Amazon’s Kindle service can provide some really interesting broad-spectrum data on what people want from ebooks. It turns out, most people want them for free.

It might seem a touch obvious, but Cnet is reporting that the majority of bestsellers on Amazon’s Kindle service are ones that are offered for free. The only problem is that it paints the ebook business as one in which publishers will be hard pressed to turn a profit; if customers aren’t willing to shell out their hard earned cash for a digital version of a book you could comfortably sell for over €10, then ebooks start to look like a dodgy prospect for publishers.