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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:10 am 
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..if I want that primal experience, that book smell lying on my bed, I can get that...


Hmm, perhaps the planned remake of Fahrenheit 451 for our digital age will tap into such bookish fetishism!
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Thanks for the video link Foxie. I wonder how much it cost for one of those?


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Yep: I sort of missed LP's, didn't realize it was that obvious lol!


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Tony wrote:
Hmm, perhaps the planned remake of Fahrenheit 451 for our digital age will tap into such bookish fetishism!
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We have her own Yahoo! Group...
(I actually knew someone who brought new books not to read them, but to smell them. In an effort to prove she wasn't the only one, she found this website...)

For all you publishers/distributors out there, how does offering a magazine/book via somewhere like Lulu compare to offering something (potentially) via the EBM? Is the advantage of the EBM being able to go into a shop and watch it being printed, as opposed to having to order it online and wait for it to be posted to you? And how difficult would it be to offer a file which could be read on a reader, but also printed out if desired?

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I suspect the publishers are worried books will go the same way as music downloads.
They wouldn't want people to download once for say, £5, and then print off loads of copies by EBM for a lower price than they can sell the printed version.
Authors might not like that either.


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I suspect you're right... I've already been expected to buy Blood on the Tracks five times (LP, cassette, minidisk, CD, mp3). Paul Aiken's recent rant about the Kindle 2's text-to-speech (article, if you missed it) seems to set a tone similar to the music industry's. Why can't these people learn from each other and stop getting in-between producers and consumers?

Oh, yeah, the squillions of dollars the middlemen make. With seven billion people in the world, I suppose you need to make up a few jobs so there are enough to go around.

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Foxie wrote:
..how difficult would it be to offer a file which could be read on a reader, but also printed out if desired?


Will it be 'editable' by the book-buying consumer?
I would not like to pay for shop-printing any book with typos in it.
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Are you suggesting some sort of... edit-it-yourself franchise? A kind of colouring-in book for everyone who likes their red pen?

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Ursula K. Le Guin, the science fiction writer, was perusing the Web site Scribd last month when she came across digital copies of some books that seemed quite familiar to her. No wonder. She wrote them, including a free-for-the-taking copy of one of her most enduring novels, “The Left Hand of Darkness.”

more as the New York Times looks at print piracy.


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There is an e reader/mobile reader forumnow for all the latest insights and news in the field.


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Street Insider via Booktrade info brings us
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...some interesting comments on Amazon's Kindle, saying the digital-reader "represents a multi-billion dollar opportunity for AMZN." The analysts pointed at sharp increases in the content available to the overall Kindle environment: eBook titles rose from 90,000 at the launch in Nov. '07 to 285,000 in May to 297,000 in June. Collins Stewart sees the Kindle generating about $310 million in revenue and $70 million in profit for Amazon this year, and by 2012, the firm sees Kindle generating $2 billion in sales on gross profit of $560 million.


Collins Stewart also said they expect the Kindle to go international later in 2009


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Plastic Logic is a business oriented E reader but is about A4 size so it would suit IZ and BS.
There's a video demo

In response to an enquiry I got some FAQ answers and some of these are here.

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When will the Plastic Logic Reader's pricing, availability and feature set be available?
Full details on worldwide product availability, pricing, complete feature set, product specifications, and all supported document types will be announced in early 2010

My content is very graphic intensive (i.e. comics, artwork, photographs, maps,) will your reader support this type of content?
The Plastic Logic Reader supports the PDF file format, which can describe images, lineart, blends, graphs, etc. If your content is rendered in PDF, then our device should be able to render the images 6854


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Sony to support open ebook format

according to this wholesale ebook ($) sales in the US increased by a factor of 3 to $37.6m (£22.7m) during the second quarter of 2009 as compared with sales of $11.6m (£7m) at the end of the second quarter of 2008.

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BBC news Sony launches Amazon challenger


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Another contender?

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