THE EREADING BLOG

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January

2017

By: Richard Starr

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The Future of Google Play® Books – As Predicted

Over at The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder takes a closer look at the looming possibility that Google Play® Books may never re-open to publishers.

I think this is highly likely. In fact, I expressed this opinion in various forums more than five years ago during much of the chaos surrounding the Google book scanning court case.

Nate does an outstanding job of looking at the various factors surrounding what I personally believe will be the ultimate failure of Google Play® Books.  It's well-worth the read.

For the record, I believe Google will eventually decide to sell their majority stake in Google Play® Books while retaining partial ownership. Time will tell.

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December

2016

By: Richard Starr

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Eread Technologies, Inc. and Stores Pacific, LLC – The Perfect Match

The past seven months have been very, very busy.  As a result, I haven't created any recent blog entries, and this one is longer than most.  However, it contains important information about the future of Ereading.com®.  We hope you’ll find it informative and even a bit exciting!

The State of the Online Book Industry

I haven’t had much to say about this subject, since the industry has tracked much as I predicted it would back in 2010.  Ebook-only stores have continued to fail, with BooksOnBoard.com and AllRomanceeBooks.com being two prime examples of this trend.  I should probably add that there is likely much...

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March

2016

By: Erin Bower

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New Kolchak and Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Team-Up from Kevin J. Anderson & Richard Dean Starr!

KolchakShambleMA bit of exciting new from one of our co-founders...

Moonstone Books is proud to make available for pre-order the new comic book team-up of Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., co-written by New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson and Zorro and Hellboy author Richard Dean Starr.

This thrilling, special event comic book is being released in two editions: a trade comic and a special, limited edition hardcover. The collectible hardback volume will include not only the full comic book written by Kevin J. Anderson and Richard Dean Starr, but an all-new Dan Shamble prose story by Kevin J. Anderson and an all-new Kolchak prose story by Richard Dean Starr as well!

Both the trade comic book and the special, limited hardcover edition are now available for sale on MoonstoneBooks.com!

Get one edition (or collect them all!)...

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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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03

November

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Amazon Opens Pointless Physical Bookstore in Seattle…But Why?

LOGO-1-AmazonThe Seattle Times, and many other outlets, are reporting that Amazon is opening the company’s first-ever brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle.  But why? There are a few reasons, some fairly certain, others not so much.

The main reason, if you believe the news, is that they are using the Seattle location to test the validity of their market data in real-world conditions.  This is not mere speculation; they have proudly announced that the stores will utilize geo-centric purchasing data from Amazon.com to drive inventory stocking in the Seattle location.

The second reason is purely speculative.  And it’s not solely because of the company’s limitless thirst for market domination, although that's very likely a factor.  No, it’s probably because...

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October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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JK Konrath Forgets a Bit of Google Books History

LOGO-1-Google_NewOver on JA Konrath's blog, he takes a swipe at the Authors Guild for their lawsuit against Google over the company's plan to scan every book ever published.  He also makes fun of some other lawsuits filed by the Authors Guild, and admittedly, those sound pretty dumb.  But when it comes to Google Books, Konrath is giving the world's biggest search engine company a pass they don't really deserve.

Konrath has apparently forgotten that during the genesis of the Google book scanning controversy, Google made it clear that they intended to offer the scanned books for sale through the Google eBookstore.  This included books that were considered "out of print" at the time and for which they had no permission from the...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Ebook Subscription Startups…Some People Just Want to Throw Money Away

LOGO-1-DigitalReaderThe always interesting Nate Hoffelder over at the Digital Reader reports that publishing conglomerate Bonnier is starting up an ebook subscription service in Sweden.  Yes, in Sweden.  Since the worldwide pool of people who truly care about ebook subscriptions apparently isn't small enough, Bonnier has decided to narrow the field even more and stick to their home country. 

After I wrote this, I found myself tapping the face of my watch to see how many seconds had passed because I wanted to make sure Bonnier's little venture hadn't already failed before I could hit "Publish".  UPDATE: Nope, not yet.  But keep checking your watches...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Oyster Ebook Subscription Service Closes…As We Predicted

LOGO-1-OysterAccording to multiple sources, ebook subscription service Oyster is closing, with most of its staff decamping to Google.  Hopefully, Google has better things to do with their money than support an ebook subscription service.  But maybe not.  They are, after all, managing to utterly fail at selling books in a way that genuinely competes with Amazon.

As I've commented elsewhere on this blog, ebook subscriptions are not a viable business in the long-term.  Yes, Amazon's program is trucking along...and costing successful authors as much as 50% or more of their income.  Obviously, those authors losing money are NOT happy.  Even if customer apathy doesn't kill ebook...

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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A Great Post at The Guardian About the Cultural Embrace of Digital Reading

LOGO-1-TheGuardianAnna Baddeley at The Guardian has written an interesting and accurate assessment of how ebooks and digital reading have essentially become a part of our collective culture. Well worth a read...digitally, of course.

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06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Publishers Raise Ebook Prices at Amazon, Revenue Drops. Big Surprise.

amazon_pngThe Wall Street Journal takes a look at how publishers raising their ebook prices has negatively affected revenue under the new Amazon contracts.


http://www.wsj.com/article_email/e-book-sales-weaken-amid-higher-prices-1441307826-lMyQjAxMTE1MzAxNDUwMjQ2Wj

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