THE EREADING BLOG

08

March

2016

By: Richard Starr

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First 2016 Blog Post – Our Apologies! – Jonathan Taplin on Platform vs. Content

LOGO-Digital Book WorldThe past few months have been, to put it mildly, a living nightmare for us.  I've been ill frequently and Erin has been working harder than me, by necessity, to help keep us afloat.  We've had no time to spend blogging--although, in retrospect, I think that was a mistake.  So I'm remedying it now, with my apologies.  The topics of e-reading, digital books, and publishing are important to us; probably the most important things in our lives, outside of survival (and writing, of course).  Simply put, even as we continue to develop Ereading.com on a shoestring, we recognize we also need to maintain the blog. 

So, that said...

Today I came across this article by Kristine Hoang about Jonathan Taplin's recent talk at Digital Book World...

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23

November

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Why Same Day Delivery is Largely a Marketing Ploy

LOGO-1-NBCNewsA story on NBCNews.com today offers up this tidbit: "Everyone Likes Same-Day Delivery, Except for the Paying Part." 

I bet.  What I find odd is that the article suggests that same-day delivery has a high operating cost for everyone but Amazon.  This is, of course, ridiculous.  I virtually guarantee that Amazon is losing money on same-day delivery...a lot of money.  But we won't find out until 2016, when they announce yet another round of financial losses in virtually every area of their business except cloud computing and some...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Pubslush Book Crowdfunding Site Closes…Victim of Too Much Specialization

LOGO-1-IndieReaderAt the IndieReader site, editors there speculate (somewhat wildly, IMHO) about the reasons that book crowdfunding site Pubslush closed following their recent, failed sale to Colborne Communications.  Of course, they bring up the most common suspect, the one too-often brought up to explain failed business ventures in the book business: "Flat sales of traditionally published books." 

Well, the problem with that is, traditional book sales overall are increasing, not decreasing.  Or, at the very least, rebounding from the first few years of battering by the rise of ebooks in popular culture.  The fact is, dedicated ebook reader sales are also...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Why the ‘Print Book Doomsayers’ Are Wrong; Who Are They Again?

LOGO-1-HuffingtonPostClaire Fallon, a writer for the Huffington Post, has written a lengthy commentary on why print books aren't dead and how the so-called "print book doomsayers" are all wrong.  But of course they are.  On the other hand: who are those people again? 

Anyone who has spent 15 minutes studying the book market can tell you that print books are doing just fine, thank you very much, and have been for some time.  That's one of the reasons I always intended for Ereading.com to offer a full range of new and used print books, in addition to

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08

April

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Amazon’s Vulnerability to be Highlighted at London Book Fair Conference

Publishing-PerspectivesIn this Publishing Perspective article, Mark Piesing covers an upcoming speech at the London Book Fair Publishing for Digital Minds conference by Charles Arthur, former technology editor at the Guardian

The significant theme of Mr. Arthur’s speech, “Amazon: An Objective Case Study”, is that the online retailer is no longer as fearsome as it once seemed.  In fact, Mr. Arthur is now making the same case I have been for several years now: that Amazon is, in fact, not an especially profitable entity and far more vulnerable than people have suspected up to now.

I hope that when Mr. Arthur makes his speech, he also points out that much of Amazon’s assault on the traditional...

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26

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Can Barnes & Noble’s Redesigned Shopping Bags Revise its Bookstores?

LOGO-BarnesNoble-VerticalA few days back, an article by Belinda Lanks at BloombergBusiness asked a pretty simple question: "Can Barnes & Noble's Redesigned Shopping Bags Revive Its Bookstores?"

In a word: "No."

Using their plastic shopping bags to promote the Nook reader for the past few years didn't prop up that division or make it a particue market softened in 2013.    

The truth is, Barnes & Noble’s problems go way beyond the effectiveness of their shopping bags.

One of our biggest strengths at Eread Technologies is that

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26

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Another ‘Enhanced’ Ebook Company Takes a Shot at Disrupting Digital Reading

LOGO-Metabook An article in today's Publishing Perspective reports that a startup called Metabooks is the latest company to take a stab at the 'enhanced' ebook market. 

According to Metabooks' Creative Director, Benjamin Alfonsi, the company's first project is an iOS-exclusive edition of John Berendt's bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  The book appears to be a stand-alone app--nothing new in the so-called interactive book arena--and includes a variety of content such as a full-length audiobook recording (Alfonsi refers to it as an "audio dramatization").   

Which is kind of an odd thing to call it.  Because aren’t audio books just...

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25

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ross Thomas, Michael Crichton, and the Malibu Connection

ERB-Las Flores BeachThis is a great article in the Malibu Surfside News about how Clarey Rudd, owner of the Bank of Books bookstore, is raising funds to create a museum that celebrates Malibu, California's long relationship with writers.;

Rudd's campaign sounds like a worthwhile project Frederick Hastings Ridge, mystery novelist Ross Thomas, Michael Crichton, and beat novelist John Fante are among the many authors who once called this picturesque beachside area home.  Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan and author many other novels, was even named Malibu's honorary mayor back in 1933 when he had a weekend...

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13

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Legendary Fantasy Author Terry Pratchett Dies

LOGO-BBCAccording to the BCC and other sources, legendary fantasy author Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66 from the effects of Alzheimer's disease.  Pratchett, creator of the international bestselling Discworld series, was a long-time supporter of assisted suicide, although he ultimately elected not to take his own life and died from the natural effects of his condition.

Sadly, I never met Terry Pratchett, so I have no stories to relate about him or his work.  By all accounts, however, he was quite an interesting man, and was obviously a fine writer.   He will be missed.

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11

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Actually, Ebook Sales–and Book Sales in General–Are Rising.

LOGO-Publishers WeeklyJust two days ago, I talked briefly about Mike Kozlowski's blog entry on Good E Reader that, like many articles before it, seems to suggest that the death of ebooks is a foregone conclusion.  As it turns out, any report implying the impending demise of the format is, in the words of Mark Twain, “greatly exaggerated.” 

Today, Publisher’s Weekly reported that overall book revenue were actually up 4.9% in 2014, with ebooks rising 1% to $1.29 billion and accounting for 27.2% of adult book sales for the year.

Not great, but not too shabby, either.  Especially for a format that some pundits are...

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