August 6, 2010

E-Books vs Real Books | Printing Choice

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August 6, 2010

Places where ebooks are downloaded: Amazon still holds the top spot @ 61% – B&N has 20%; Library 7%; Sony 5% ebooks.com; 10% etc.

Statistics Preview: Kat Meyer on Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading; Sue Polanka Notes That 7% of eBook Downloads are From a Library « ResourceShelf


Kindle 3: eInk Graphite Versus White

August 6, 2010

I created an animated GIF to illustrate the point I made yesterday in my Kindle DX post:

Final observation: It’s probably just me, but I dislike dark fascias on eInk devices. They make the screen look darker to me. That’s been the case with every eInk device I’ve tried. So, if you’re out there wondering which color Kindle 3 to buy, see if you can try out a Sony Reader in silver and one in dark blue first, so you can determine if the eInk seems brighter with a lighter casing.

On Amazon’s own site I saw two pictures that illustrate perfectly what my own eyes see:

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Now, maybe this is a Photoshop trick, but I really think this image below is the Photoshop trick:

With the screens altered to make them the same hue.

YMMV, but this is what I have seen with eInk screens with dark borders around them.


August 6, 2010

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Oh, if only…

Really, this hits like a stomach punch. I can’t stop imaging what it would have been like!!


So Much For That Paperback Yardstick!

August 6, 2010

Dorchester Drops Mass Market Publishing for E-Book/POD Model

Mass market romance publisher Dorchester Publishing has dropped its traditional print publishing business in favor of an e-book/print-on-demand model effective with its September titles that are “shipping” now. President John Prebich said after retail sales fell by 25% in 2009, the company knew that 2010 “would be a defining year,” but rather than show improvement, “sales have been worse.” While returns are down, the company has had a difficult time getting its titles into stores as shelf space for mass market has been reduced, Prebich explained.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

When Amazon touted its Kindle book sales versus hardcovers, everyone on Twitter griped that they should have compared it to paperbacks.

Well, if that’s what paperbacks are doing, the end will come soon. Amazon doesn’t even have to expand Kindle book sales. They just have to stay in place while paperback sales continue to collapse.

Good for Dorchester for having the courage to make such a big change. I hope it works out great for them.


August 6, 2010

Thursday’s ruling upheld a state appeals court decision that the trial court erred in dismissing the lawsuit, and said the trial court should have considered “stray remarks” from Reid’s colleagues, including that he was an “old man” and “old fuddy-duddy,” that might be seen as evidence of bias.

UPDATE 2-Google ordered to defend against age bias lawsuit | Reuters


August 6, 2010

But do our political leaders have any sense of what people are feeling deep down? They don’t act as if they do. I think their detachment from how normal people think is more dangerous and disturbing than it has been in the past.

Peggy Noonan: America Is at Risk of Boiling Over – WSJ.com