The Denver Post is smart — they’re publishing an ebook (with a print edition available on demand) of the Broncos and Tim Tebow’s remarkable NFL season. The e-edition is $4.99 and the dead-tree version is $19.99. The CU Independent, the student-run news website for which I serve as the staff adviser, is also compiling an ebook. Both the Post and the CUI are working with Book Brewer, the company launched by the above article’s author, Dan Pacheco.
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It’s time to look at your bookshelves with the same misty nostalgia you once viewed your CD shelves a few years ago, and your album shelves around 1985.
This is how crazy the media world is right now in the midst of transition from analog to digital. Amazon’s selling more e-books now than paperbacks. I guess that means that the people who have Kindles are reading a helluva lot more books than their dead-tree compadres.
And, as e-reader folks from both Amazon and Sony, as well as a company that converts newspaper content for e-reader display, told me last year, there appears to be room in the marketplace for both tablet computers (like that best-selling one you may have heard of, Apple’s iPad) and dedicated e-readers with consumers.
Partly, the success of e-books is because of Amazon’s (and B&N’s) savvy decision to make themselves into a software platform, not just hardware, so people can read a Kindle book without even owning a Kindle, on mobile phones, desktops, laptops, and of course tablets including that popular device, the iPad.
Sure, some e-readers and tablets both will fall by the wayside before the dust settles, but the Kindle and Nook appear to be doing OK, and oh yeah, so is that thing called the iPad.
Oh, and some people think Google’s gonna save indie bookstores.
Forrester’s James McQuivey says if you think books are treasured artifacts and ebooks won’t replace them, you’d be wrong.
The power of the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad and the dozen other e-readers out by this holiday season.