Barnes & Noble introduced the Nookcolor for $249. It's a tablet with a 7" VividView Color Touchscreen. This is part of Nook Kids, with 12,000 chapter books & 130 children’s picture books. Some of the children’s books will have video & audio components.
"Digital distributor LibreDigital has teamed up with Starbucks & Yahoo! to show off the LibreDigital SkyShelf HTML5 Reader, a new wireless technology that will initially supply Ebook content to the Starbucks Digital Network. Much like the long-delayed Google Editions service, LibreDigital's SkyShelf HTML5 technology will allow consumers to read Ebooks through the web browsers of any kind of device" Publishers Weekly
Mari Smith has an excellent video overview on tips authors can use for adding videos to their websites and social media. http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-integrate-video-into-your-social-media-marketing/
Folio is offering Webinars on Green Printing Practices at: http://www.foliomag.com/webinars
Trying to decide which eReader to buy? With an iPad, you can have all of them & additional features. It is more expensive, but the added features & flexibility may compensate. October 25th, Verizon will be offering their flavor of the iPad at their stores featuring Mi-Fi. Currently, iPad is only available with AT&T services. BestBuy has them on display & locally, the staff was very helpful showing the features.
October 25th Borders will finally be entering the POD market with "BookBrewer" to compete with Amazon's "CreateSpace" and Barnes & Noble's "PubIt".
Compared to declining print book sales in August, e-book sales jumped 172.4%, to $39 million, making year-to-date, e-book sales up 192.9%, to $263 million. Sales promise to get even stonger as eReader sales increase along with readership on computers, netbooks, tablets and phones.
Amazon is now offering POD (Publ On Demand) for 50,000 books overseas --no shipping, it prints where they live. (Hopefully they will save trees and read them online.)
Many eBooks are available for FREE through Open Library. org (1 Million), Gutenberg .org (30,000) and Many Books .net (26,000)
Piracy of eBooks is up 54% according to Attributor.com's CEO Jim Pitkow. 89 of the top Amazon books are copied. Attributor scans the internet for illegal copies and also has a "Badge" that can be inserted in legitimate eBook copies. For more on this: http://www.attributor.com/demo.php
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