Yesterday the news that Barnes & Noble would have an application for the iPad started passing around, making the usual jumps from site to site, from blog to blog and people seemed amazed by it. It struck me as downright weird that this should amaze anyone.
Barnes & Noble has been on the iPhone forever, as has Amazon and other ebook readers, retailers, publishers, etc. I’m an avid reader of electronic books and have been since around 2001, when it became practical to be one. In that time, I’ve read a considerable number of titles, most of them purchased from FictionWise, which is “A Barnes & Noble” company.
I just read a great interview with Toni Waisskopf, publisher of Baen books. The interview is all about how Baen handles eBook publishing and pricing and Mr. Waisskopf’s words are as an island of good sense in a sea of… Well, you get my meaning…
I strongly recommend this interview to everyone interested on ebooks.
I found an interesting article
on how Magazines and Newspapers are responding to the iPad and Apple’s revenue sharing model on Ars Technica
. Reading this article got me reconsider how I view what their position on the impact of the iPad should be.
To me it always seemed obvious that publishers of magazines and newspapers should welcome and embrace a device which might help regain relevance to their properties, but it seems that they don’t agree.
Here we are, 2010! Last year was a good year for eBooks. Lots of new readers on the market, lots of new users. While there was some consolidation on the storefront side, with Barnes & Noble picking up FictionWise, there was myriad new readers announced, including a very interesting looking one from Barnes & Noble itself. (See my previous post on this…)
Amazon took the Kindle to the world, with international shipping. Sony introduced new models of its Sony Reader with more size, feature and pricing options. The new Pocket and Touch editions are speacially interesting as they add both a lower price and touch-enabled options.