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The Future of Books

The Future of Books

A smart, serious and fun place to talk about whether we'll be reading books in five years
Airam F.
Is this the future bookstore? Vermont bookstore thriving on experiment with self-publishing. - http://www.boston.com/ae...
Machine downloads books from a massive database while the customer waits. - Airam F. from Bookmarklet
Also see http://ff.im/2oj6E + tags: #EBM, #Espresso Book Machine. First article to mention self-published cost structure that I've come across. Print version sans diversion: <http://www.boston.com/ae...> - ianf ⌘
Thanks @ianf ⌘! Love reading the responses on that one too. - Airam F.
An interesting insight from the Click programme [http://friendfeed.com/tips-eb...] is that the #EBM turns out to be more popular with the self-publishing crowd, than with backlist- or publisher catalog on-demand print runs. I got the impression that of all books printed in that location (which by... more... - ianf ⌘
Airam F.
I think we can really get hooked on this. LOL. - Smell of Books - http://smellofbooks.com/
I think we can really get hooked on this. LOL. - Smell of Books
I think we can really get hooked on this. LOL. - Smell of Books
"Now you can finally enjoy reading e-books without giving up the smell you love so much. With Smell of Books™ you can have the best of both worlds, the convenience of an e-book and the smell of your favorite paper book." - Airam F. from Bookmarklet
Airam F.
"The relentless cacophony that is life in the 21st century can make settling in with a book difficult even for lifelong readers and those who are paid to do it." - Airam F. from Bookmarklet
ianf ⌘
All covers clickable and defaulting to Amazon.com chosen-title pages. Selection of n books picked randomly at runtime from potentially very large list. Interesting implementation of "what's on my bedside table" book list… - ianf ⌘
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[ June 12, 2009 • How 'Little Dorrit' fares in multiple text formats • By Ann Kirschner ] » […] I decided to read Little Dorrit four ways: paperback, audiobook, Kindle, and iPhone. It was often maddening to keep finding and losing my place as I switched from format to format. But as an experiment, it taught me a great deal about my reading habits, and about how a text reveals itself differently as the reading context changes. Along the way, I also began to make some predictions about winners and losers in the evolution of books. […] I've been dreading this, but let me get my prediction out now: The iPhone is a Kindle killer. I abandoned the Kindle edition of Little Dorrit almost as soon as I read one chapter on my iPhone. Kindle, shmindle. It does almost nothing that an iPhone can't do better — and most important, the iPhone is always with me. Woody Allen had it right: Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. […] « Printable version: http://chronicle.com/cgi2-bi... - ianf ⌘ from Bookmarklet
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[The only PROMISING hypertextual e-book GENERATOR for iPhone bites the dust. Found this on the website] » Due to our shift of focus from consulting work towards AppStore product development, we are currently unable to answer your demands for custom ebook development and distribution. Please do not insist. • Although at one point we have considered producing custom AppStore ebooks for 3rd parties or licensing our ebook reader solution to interested developers, this turned out to be a very time consuming task with little ROI. We are sorry that we can no longer help you in this area. « - ianf ⌘ from Bookmarklet
If I remember correctly, there was both a single-large-licen$e-fee-BUT-unlimited-e-book-copies v.1 of the software; AND a reasonable-price single-copy AppStore-ready option employing the more advanced v.2 software. Alas, not any more. - ianf ⌘
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[iPhone] 6 audiobook classics for under a dollar | Mel Martin | Jun 1st 2009 - http://www.tuaw.com/2009...
[iPhone] 6 audiobook classics for under a dollar | Mel Martin | Jun 1st 2009
Inspired Comment Dept.: Apparently, it is fully feasible to publish public-domain books in professionally-read AUDIObook form for $0.20 apiece, and make return on investment. – "[…] Audio Classics [App Store] is a US$0.99 app that contains 6 public domain books professionally read by a narrator. The app runs on both the iPhone and the iPod touch. The books include: • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (the original story that inspired the recent movie) • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz • The Time Machine The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde • Aesop's Fables (141 of them) • A Christmas Carol The books include illustrations that pop up in context with what is being read. You can also have the phone vibrate when an image is coming up so you don't miss it. The app supports unlimited bookmarks, and an easy return to them. Navigating between chapters and books is simple. Of course, these books are available in e-readers for free, but the presentation is nice, and you get them read to you. […]" #e-books #ebooks - ianf ⌘ from Bookmarklet
ianf ⌘
Eucalyptus iPhone/Touch app/ front-end to Gutenberg Archive public domain books first impressions | http://th.ingsmadeoutofotherthin.gs/eucalyp...
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Very interesting app indeed, but... we live in a world of strange economics. Guy spent a year writing a perfect front end to Gutenberg Archive's public-domain books in English only, and only (hardcoded hyphenation routines adapted to GA's ASCII format are not portable to other languages, texts, esp. one's own). In all some 20.000 titles, of which average lover of classics perhaps has interest in a few dozen. Apart from remembering last page read, which reopens on new session, the app has no bookmarks, either within or across books, and no ability to annotate the content. And then it costs $10 - of which author gets 70% and Apple keeps 30%. From those $7, the author pays 20% gross in accordance with the license to GA. That leaves $5.60 from which he then pays 30% marginal tax, $1.85, leaving him with $3.85. Not bad, but, from a consumer's point of view, a $10 is a sawbuck is a tenner. As I said, strange economy. It's too bad that there isn't a parallel free demo app constrained to just... more... - ianf ⌘
Wasn't this the book reader application Apple rejected because one of the public-domain books you could find was the Kama Sutra? I guess they finally relented and allowed it into the App Store. Gorgeous looking interface. - Dave
Yes, it was initially rejected <http://www.blog.montgomerie.net/whither...>, and then, after the story seeped over to mainstream British press, Apple woke up and smelled the stink. The way in which it's been done makes me suspect that these initial rejections were more-or-less automatic - Apple must have set up some robotic programs to test submitted apps, and one of these used... more... - ianf ⌘
Yes, and? - ianf ⌘
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