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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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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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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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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13

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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JA Konrath Offers His Characters in the Kindle World Program

JA KonrathBestselling self-published author J.A. Konrath blogs about the new Kindle Worlds program that allows other writers to create all-new stories featuring his characters.  If the very nice looking covers showcased on his blog are any indication, the program looks to be off to a strong start.

Personally, I wouldn't really want other people playing in the worlds I create without some fairly stringent guidelines as to what can and cannot be done to my characters.  Perhaps that comes from my background in licensed intellectual property and seeing the level of concern that license holders generally have over how the public perceives their characters and the value of those properties as a whole.

That said, I applaud Konrath for allowing such freedom with his creations.  I hope it continues to be a positive...

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March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Good E Reader on Episodic Fiction’s Future

LOGO-1-Good E ReaderIn this March 11, 2015 blog entry, Michal Kozlowski at the Good E Reader blog takes a look at the increasing success of episodic fiction on Amazon's ebook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited.  Although the focus of Michael's blog entry is the KU program, I would argue that the same trends are likely occuring on rival platforms such as Scribd and Oyster.

Niche markets such as children's books or computer books are a logical fit for the subscription ebook model.  So is episodic fiction.  The question people should be asking is why we need a dedicated marketplace just for subscription fiction.  Based on reports by authors and some industry bloggers, authors are being hurt by the subscription model and the only ones making...

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