Thursday, 30 October 2008

Google to sell digital books

Amazon has sold digital books (eBooks) for over five years now with an operating margin of 15% - 20%, compared to 4% - 5% for physical books.

While actual sales figures on eBooks are nearly impossible to come by from Amazon, it’s expected to be a growing market, much like the conversion from music CDs to MP3s and the like, albeit at a much slower pace.

Google has announced their own plans to sell digital books.
Apple can’t be far behind.

Prediction: Between now and the end of Macworld 2009 (January 5-9) Apple will offer, or at least make an official public announcement to offer, eBooks for sale via iTunes.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

DNL Ebooks

Macmillan Publishing Solutions (MPS) Global Reader Announces Digital Sales Partnership with DNAML.

Coming out of talks held during the recent Frankfurt Book Fair, DNAML’s DNL eBooks and MPS Mobile’s Global Reader are joining forces to accelerate publisher adoption of the DNL eBook format (.DNL) and the Global Reader mobile format worldwide.

DNAML has over 110 million DNL readers currently active on laptops and computers in the world market while Global Reader is on 80 mobile carriers in over 160 countries and can be potentially accessed by over 3.3 billion mobile handsets worldwide.Publishers are being encouraged to submit either a PDF or XML file (preferably EPUB) to Macmillan Publishing Services who can then produce a bundle of products at a special price that will include immediate access to both the DNL eBook and Global Reader sales platforms.
"Macmillan Publishing Solutions has been providing high quality conversion work to DNAML. Working with the MPS team on market penetration is a natural progression of our relationship as DNL eBooks and Global Reader complement each other so very well," says Adam Schmidt CEO of DNAML. "We feel the DNL eBook solution is a great solution for publishers to quickly get their books to market in a high quality eBook format. One that can take advantage of all the multi-media capabilities eBooks can give, while not sacrificing security and control. Working with both mobile and DNL formats as outputs also insures that we can provide publishers with a high quality, consistent yet inexpensive EPUB product they can use elsewhere," says Bob Kasher Director of Sales for MPS Mobile and Macmillan Publishing Solutions New Media Division.DNAML and Global Reader’s DRM (Digital Rights Management) solutions are considered the most secure eBook DRM in their respective markets giving publishers the security to protect and control their copyright effectively anywhere in the world.

Both systems also allow territorial rights to be respected giving publishers the option to turn on and turn off rights to their products in any country in the world. This provides publishers with new effective options to the two biggest potential media markets – the laptop computer and the smart phone – available to them. This partnership helps publishers enter the eBook market for minimal cost and maximum market accessibility. It also gives publishers real time information on customer sales and direct access to reselling that customer without the mediating influence of third party vendors keeping that information to themselves.About MPS Mobile and Global ReaderGlobal Reader is available on over 75 Mobile Carriers worldwide in over 160 countries. You can receive it on any Internet enabled mobile device including the iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericksson Smart phones as well as over 800 other devices. You can access it on your mobile device via Mobile is a wholly owned subsidiary of Macmillan Publishing Solutions (MPS), a leader in providing publishing services to international publishing and media companies for over 30 years.

MPS Mobile is the Global Platform and software solution enabling content providers to reach mobile phone audiences worldwide.About DNAMLHeadquartered in Sydney, Australia, DNAML Pty Limited is a software development company specializing in e-publishing solutions.Over the past ten years DNAML has created innovative products in the in the field of electronic publishing, based around its document-authoring system, Desktop Author. Desktop Author can be used to create multi-media empowered, interactive and secure eBooks in the DNL eBook format. The DNL eBook format embeds the payment gateway system internally of the ebook allowing the ebook to be purchased from within the ebook.

The DNL eBooks are protected with the DNL DRM system which also allows for the DNL eBooks to be sold on a try before you buy basis. In all DNL eBooks can be considered to be floating shops.DNAML has over 48,000 DeskTop Author customers around the world and over 110 million DNL eBook readers on Desktop’s PC’s and Laptops.DNAML is the owner of For further information please visit
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Monday, 27 October 2008

Wi-Fi connection with Ebook reader

The Kindle ebook reader is sold by Amazon for $359. The electronic book reader offers a free Wi-Fi connection. Kindle can hold over 200 books.

Oprah Winfrey has recommended the Amazon Kindle ebook reader. She says the wireless device is life changing. The book gadget offers instant access to over 190,000 books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines.

The Amazon Kindle ebook reader was featured on NewsOXY's latest computer technology Web site on Friday. At first glance, I thought the $359 price was a bit steep. However, after further review, the electronic book reader does offer many features.

Kindle comes with a free Wi-Fi connection. The ebook reader offers instant access to over 190,000 books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines. Here's more information from the article:
"The ebook reader is sold by for a price of $359. The electronic book reader features free WiFi connection. Users can connect using the Wi-Fi connection to preview or purchase electronic books. Book titles can be auto-delivered in less than one minute."Moreover, Kindle has a high-resolution digital display that is easy to read. Kindle comes with a power adapter and a USB 2.0 cable to plug into other devices. I was also surprised that it offered a cheaper rate ($9.99) for online magazines. It's worth a look. The article has more information on the page.
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Saturday, 25 October 2008

Sucess story

Ebooks are a true success story in the US and now Europe and Sony belongs to a group of the first big companies that kicked off the race for electronic reading.

Now, the company introduces the ebook Sony PRS-700, a new model to join the PRS-505. The digital book is slightly bigger in size and weighs in at just 235g. To give the feeling of a real book it comes wrapped into a protective soft cover. The most remarkable feature is its 6 inch touch screen display, which allows to flip pages with a gentle move of the finger.

Features of the Sony PRS-700 ebook. The 6 inch screen provides a quite comfortable size to read through digital books, documents and notes. It has a virtual keyboard to add personal notes, which can be highlighted too using a stylus pen. Sometimes there’s need to glance a document at once, another time the text is to small and has to be enlarged; the PRS-700 therefore offers 5 text-sizes by default to find the most comfortable one.

While former ebooks didn’t provide any background lights, the Sony Reader is the first one to have a LED reading light built-in. It has been a much requested feature to use the digital reader on the go or in darker surroundings too. On the other side, bright sunlight is not the problem for the PRS-700 thanks to a high resolution and high contrast paper display technology. According to Sony, the user will be able to read a crisp text and sharp graphics.

The reader comes with a for Sony typical Memory Stick Duo. With that expandable storage almost 350 average sized ebooks can be stored on the PRS-700. As its relative the 700 model is able to flip about 7,500 pages in one go. There’s is also support of music files or documents such as PDF, Microsoft Word, BBeB or EPUB.

The new Sony PRS-700 ebook will be available in the US from November at a price of $400 (£210). Included in the delivery is an USB cable, e-Book Library PC companion software and a protective soft cover. More information about digital reading at Sony’s eBook store.

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Friday, 24 October 2008

So fast the e-literature is changing

As Grigar points out, "one of the most difficult aspects of e-lit is the ability to talk about it fast enough, so fast is the landscape changing".

Since its inception, e-lit has been struggling to free itself from its generic limitations and now seems to be on the verge of doing so. At long last. Although interesting, its early manifestations were hardly groundbreaking. Collaborative narratives are as old as literature itself. Generative poetry simply adds a technological twist to Tzara's hat trick, the surrealists' automatic writing or Burroughs' cut-ups. Interactive fiction has its roots in Cervantes and Sterne. Hypertexts seldom improve on gamebooks like the famous Choose Your Own Adventure series, let alone BS Johnson's infamous novel-in-a-box.

Besides, if you really want to add sound and pictures to words, why not make a film?

Thursday, 23 October 2008

French National Library

Some have suggested that the French National Library is a bit too modern, creating a sterile space too cold for people and unfriendly to books.
While not all would agree, the library does attempt to create a wholly modern approach to library space, focusing on computers more than books, including services from four super computers. Of course, it does have quite a few flaws as well, as the ultra modern building designed by Francois Mitterrand isn't easy to navigate and none of the services offered by the library are available without a cost.

If anything, this building is a lesson in creating modern spaces that aren't just focused on design but on function as well.

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Monday, 20 October 2008

Reading Revolution

Sony’s digital literary movement attempts to digitize National Book Month. Their campaign calls for a “Reading Revolution” that would spread eBook libraries and handheld digital reading devices to schools and readers nationwide.

The Sony Reader has a 6 inch black and white touch screen and a battery life of up to two weeks. Sony hopes that its device will instill the positive experience of reading in Americans by removing any human element of the physical book and replacing it with a shiny, warm, thin piece of plastic.

Readers can get the illusion of turning the page with the slide of a finger and will be able to carry hundreds of books with them at all times. If you have trouble finishing one story, you can easily change to a new one in seconds or download fresh ones from an online library. The screen will captivate every human emotion in one page that will never be tainted with that musty book scent, or a deceased Grandmother’s perfume. The Sony Reader will even ward off monsters with the eerie glow of its backlight.

To enhance the joke Sony has made out of National Book Month, they have placed world record speed reader, David Farrow, on display in a New York City store front for the entirety of October. For each page Farrow reads, Sony will donate 5 Digital Readers and a library of 100 classic eBooks to schools around the nation — schools that likely already have physical versions of these books. Nevertheless, Farrow’s month in captivity, with the supplement of a bed, chair and Sony Reader, will surely demonstrate the excruciating joy of reading, via web cam, to all of America.

Digital reading devices are on par with the experience of watching an award winning movie on a portable black and white DVD player, with no audio, no ambience and no popcorn. The purpose of the book, rather, is to be the theatre for the novel, giving each word its very own place on the page, a visual and aesthetic memory for the reader.
The engineers behind this digital marvel must have assumed that since the iPod worked for music, the same would work for literature. Wrong. Music is auditory, intangible and environmental. The iPod did not ignite inexistent passion for listening; it simply made music more portable.
Reading, however, is a tangible, physical and personal experience that is already portable. How will an inferior option grasp the attention of an uninterested population? If the audience that these devices are directed at doesn’t spend a dollar on books now, why would they suddenly spend 400?

The beauty of the physical book carries two stories in its spine: The story printed in ink on paper and the story of the hands that have carried it, the hands that have left memories and traces of themselves, their thoughts, their environment, their lunch, the scent of their houses, the mark of their highlighters, the scribbling ideas and revelations of their pens, the stains of pressed flowers, bashful puckers from the rain, the sticky tabs of resonant pages and nostalgic hints of their experience. The tangible book intrigues the senses. The tangible book can be hugged, savored, sniffed, flipped, flapped, shared, gifted and remembered. It contains value and meaning. It is a respite from the chaos and monotony of everyday life. It does not need a cord or a three-year warranty.
If Sony thinks digitizing books will spark a new interest in reading, Sony needs to rethink its approach. America has made a task out of reading, stereotyping it as boring and time consuming. Maybe we need a revolution in parenting, in teaching, in cultural values. Maybe we simply need to read more.

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Friday, 17 October 2008

Leading provider of solutions for reading

iRex Technologies BV have been instrumental in pushing the frontiers of digital reading since 2001 when their team developed the electronic paper display for the Sony LibriA(C) the first commercially available e-reader launched in 2004.

Following the formation of iRex Technologies in 2005 as a spin-off company from Royal Philips Electronics their focus on open innovation and co-operation has seen them become the world's leading provider of solutions for reading written digital content with the ease and comfort of print on paper. This is combined with the interactivity, flexibility and up-dating functionality provided by digital information.

Located on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands iRex serves the B2B market as well as the consumer market and works closely with companies and publishers to enable them to offer their content (newspapers, books, documents) digitally to clients, subscribers and employees.

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What is EPub standart?

Global digital distributor OverDrive ( will join Sony Reader, Random House UK, and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) to present initial experiences with EPUB eBook distribution at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The session titled "Digital Publishing and the EPUB Standard" is part of the Frankfurt Book Fair Digital Lunch program and takes place at noon on Thursday, Oct. 16 in Hall 4C - Alliance Room.
As a 20-year veteran of the eBook marketplace and early advocate of the EPUB format, OverDrive brings its unique perspective of working with publishers, booksellers, end users, and hardware and software developers to the panel. OverDrive is the first distributor to provide EPUB eBook fulfillment services for online retailers including Waterstone's (, WHSmith Online (, Books on Board (, A1Books (, and others. OverDrive also expects to offer EPUB eBooks to its network of more than 8,500 public libraries in the near future.
EPUB is a reflowable, XML-based format for eBooks and other digital publications developed by IDPF ( and adopted by leading publishers and technology firms as the industry standard. OverDrive will release a white paper on preparing and distributing EPUB titles and optimizing files for the Sony Reader Digital Book later this month. Publishers can send requests for the EPUB white paper to

"The launch of Adobe Digital Editions and the Sony Reader Digital Book with EPUB-reading capabilities provide great opportunities for participating in the digital marketplace," said Steve Potash, president and CEO of OverDrive. "OverDrive's global distribution network and expansive catalog of digital audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video is enabling channels for publishers adopting the emerging EPUB format."

OverDrive is distributing eBooks in the EPUB format for some of the largest trade publishers including Simon & Schuster, Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Penguin Group, Random House, Summersdale Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, Faber & Faber and Bloomsbury Publishers.
OverDrive provides digital download distribution for hundreds of publishers and e-retail solutions for,, Papyless (Japan), hundreds of college bookstores, and other online retailers. It is the co-developer and operator of ADEPT, the hosted application service designed to protect digital publications, including those in the EPUB format, for use with Adobe Digital Editions. OverDrive is also a strategic partner to Microsoft (including Microsoft Reader eBook distribution), Mobipocket, and other leading technology firms.
OverDrive also powers download media catalogs at thousands of libraries worldwide, including institutions in New York, Singapore, Boston, and Toronto. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit

About OverDrive

OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, retailers, and aggregators serving millions of end users. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.
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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Preferred reading method

INSIDE MOBILE: Why eBooks and eBook Readers Will Eventually Succeed Reading eBooks from eBook readers similar to the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader will eventually be the preferred reading method for millions worldwide, predicts Knowledge Center analyst J. Gerry Purdy.

He predicts we'll see 75 percent worldwide adoption of eBook readers in less than 10 years from when eBook readers contain the right set of technologies. Here, Purdy explains what features will someday make eBooks and eBook readers ubiquitous.
Someday, we are all going to be reading books with some form of eBook reader. While some may doubt this prediction, let me explain why. And I hope, after you read what I have to say, that you just may agree with me.

First, let’s counter the prediction with an observation about reading books on current eBook readers: it’s not an enjoyable or “better” experience than reading a paper-bound book. Hence, that’s why very few people actually use eBook readers today.
Let me make another prediction: eBook readers are not going to be successful until they offer book lovers a better, more worthwhile and enjoyable reading experience than traditional paper-bound books do today. To be sure, all of this hinges on what providing a “better” experience actually means. While it’s easy to say eBook readers today do not provide a better user experience, it’s more difficult to describe what must be done in order to make the user experience “good enough” (so that most people reading a book would prefer an eBook reader than a paper-bound book).

It seems to me that someday, someone should be able to make an eBook reader that would be really slick--so cool that, emotionally, seeing this new eBook reader would be like seeing the iPhone for the first time. You’d feel as if it was really right and that you’d “have to” have one.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Problems of content

We are entering an age of scarcity for news resources.

What we need urgently now is for the Times to focus on the economic crisis and the Post to focus on government policy. Each can excel in their given area of expertise, and link to the other to round out what they offer their users.

On a national, and eventually international level, this is how we can save the best of our media companies from going extinct. But do I think anyone in a position to implement this strategic shift will do so? Of course not. Pure hubris prevails at the tops of all old media companies, as well as at plenty of new media companies.

Nevertheless, media orgs following the broad outlines of the strategy outlined above, while simultaneously embracing “hyper-local” development of the news within their area of influence could find a future where now, there is only hazy uncertainity and gloom. It’s not a bad time to be in journalist, but it is a bad time to be a journalist without a vision.
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Monday, 13 October 2008

Reading devices

By Janne Terfruechte, Frankfurt - Relaxing on the couch and browsing through a weighty tome - for many, that sounds like paradise. Trying to drag that book along in your pocket to be read on the train or bus is less fun, though. Digital alternatives to printed books or e-books have been available for a while. But until now they've only enjoyed a niche existence. That might be about to change.

"Reading devices developed especially for e-books should provide a pleasant reading experience," says Gudrun Bolduan from the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. The problem: only a few of the devices have been widely available to date, and with prices of around 500 dollars, they were anything but cheap. Experts predict that ebook readers like the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, currently on sale in the United States, will also soon be available on markets around the world, Bolduan says. One indicator of this was Sony's presentation of its Reader at Berlin's IFA electronics show this past August. The company did not name a price or a precise release date, however. Until then, the PC will remain the prime platform for electronic books. Those who prefer a more mobile approach can often also reach for their PDA, Smartphone or even Nintendo's DS mini-console.

Users should check the website of their e-book provider to see which book will work with which player. At least there's no lack of places to get e-books. Many online sellers like Ciando ( or sell nothing but electronic books. Yet "traditional" online booksellers now also offer paper-free variants. "Many e-books are also offered directly from the publisher's website," Gudrun Bolduan notes. Bookworms unsure whether reading on a computer or mobile device is worth a try can visit Mobipocket, a Paris-based e-book seller and software maker. Readers can also visit to peruse a variety of downloads in different languages. E-books are offered in several formats. PDFs are generally the easiest to use, says Werner-Christian Guggemos from All that's needed to read PDF files is Adobe Reader, available for free download from Adobe's website. For e-books not available as PDF files, readers need some extra software, such as the Mobipocket reader or eReader. e-books are sometimes cheaper than their printed variants - in some cases, by as much as 20 per cent. The bulk of the e-book catalogue currently consists of textbooks and scientific publications. "That's because scientific publishers have been moving to electronic texts for some time now," Bolduan says. One reason for this is the authors' vested interest in seeing their work distributed worldwide. The target audience tends to be download-friendly as well. Novels and lifestyle books remain less frequent, although their ranks are growing as well. Most e-book providers work directly with the publishers.

There are exceptions, however. "Private authors can also enquire with us about distributing their e-books on the platform," Guggemos says. Half of the profits then go to the author, the other half to the company. The seller, in turn, advertises the electronic titles not just on its own home page but on partner sites as well. "If, however, an author has already assigned copyright to a publisher, then the text cannot then simply be offered privately," says professor Thomas Hoeren from the Institute for IT, Telecommunications, and Media Rights at the University of Muenster. Many amateur authors are not focused on earning money through their stories and books; they simply want to put them out on the web. They are well advised, however, to take certain precautions to ensure that nobody else steals their work and publishes it under their own name. This can be achieved with a free Creative Commons license.

"The Creative Commons Web site ( provides a license toolbox for establishing usage rights," says Markus Beckedahl from the non-profit organization's Berlin office.
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Sunday, 12 October 2008

Touch-sensitive display with Ebooks

Despite public indifference, the promoters of eBooks persist in believing – as was the case with music downloads – eventually people will see the light.

But, although the Amazon Kindle has made some progress, the shift has been mostly slow going. Of course, that hasn’t stopped companies from trying. Sony Corp. will release its latest model eBook reader at the end of the month.

The PRS-700 differs from previous Sony readers (and the Kindle) primarily because it features a built-in light and touch-sensitive display. It has the dimensions of a slender paperback, includes a textured black casing and, weighing in at only 10 ounces, it’s actually a good deal lighter than most books. The six-inch touch-screen display enables readers to flip through pages with the slide of a finger, search terms within a document or book, create notes using the virtual keyboard and highlight text or doodle in the margins with an included stylus pen. Five pre-set text sizes are available and readers can zoom in further by tapping on the screen. Like its predecessors (and the Kindle), the PRS-700 features a high resolution, high contrast electronic paper display technology that attempts to recreate the experience of reading from paper. The screen is designed to be readable even in bright sunlight, and Sony is quick to note the PRS-700 is the first eBook reader to offer a built-in LED reading light. Unlike laptops or cell-phones, e-ink displays cannot be lit from behind. As a solution to this problem, the PRS-700 includes LEDs that illuminate the screen from the sides.
The expanded memory of the PRS-700 offers enough capacity to store about 350 average digital books, and, with an appropriate memory card, that number can be raised to well over a thousand books. But, even though it boasts a number of new and useful features, the PRS-700 still lacks the major selling point of the Amazon Kindle - wireless access to book downloads. Instead, the PRS-700 needs to be connected to a PC to load content.

On the plus side, while the Kindle only works with eBooks from the Amazon store, Sony is working with multiple vendors to increase the amount of eBook content available to consumers. In an effort to promote its new reader (and eBooks themselves), Sony is unleashing a team of “reading revolutionaries” to stores and events around the country to demonstrate the PRS-700. And, throughout the month of October (in conjunction with National Book Month), Dave Farrow, a world-record holder for his memory abilities, will read digital books on the PRS-700 in a Manhattan storefront around the clock. For each page Farrow reads, Sony is providing an eBook library of 100 classics to a school - with the ultimate goal of giving away 15 million eBook titles.
While such attempts to promote reading and education (and, of course, the PRS-700) are noteworthy, most people remain torn on the concept of eBooks. On one end, it really is a pretty cool technology and great strides are being made to improve both eBook availability and the quality of readers. It’s also a more environmentally friendly option than traditional books (if eBooks were to take off, just think how much paper and, thus, how many trees could be saved). On the other hand, people like books. These physical objects serve as many things – displays of knowledge, treasures to be passed along, even small personality reminders. And, honestly, no matter how “paper-like” companies make eBook readers, most people don’t want to be staring at computer screen anymore than they already are (whether for business or pleasure). While such hindrances set up a heavy blockade, they probably won’t stop companies like Amazon and Sony from keeping at it. And, who knows, maybe they’ll even eventually crack the market and people will begin flocking to eBooks. For now though, even with the advancements of the PRS-700, that seems unlikely.

The Sony PRS-700 will be available in November for around $400. The reader can currently be pre-ordered from the Sony Style Store.

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Saturday, 11 October 2008

Borders with Sony only

Borders builds on its e-book strategy in exclusive deal with Sony.

Taking aim at and its Kindle electronic book reader, Borders Group Inc. will offer Sony’s new PRS-700 e-book reader in most of its 520 superstores in time for this year’s holiday shopping season as well as in-store downloads of e-books. In addition, Sony is redesigning the Borders-Sony co-branded e-book site this month with new merchandising and a streamlined checkout.

"E-books are a part of our business now and will be a part of our future as a bookseller," says Borders CEO George Jones. Borders sells the Sony e-book readers in “eBook Store from Sony” sections of Borders stores. After customers responded positively to the e-book sections during a pilot, Borders decided to roll them out in nearly all of its 520 large-format stores, a spokeswoman says.

Borders and Sony are competing directly against Inc., which sells its own Kindle e-book reader and about 140,000 e-book titles. Amazon is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide. Borders, which operated its e-commerce through until early this year, is not included in the Top 500 Guide, which is based on 2007 web sales.

Sony and Borders also operate a co-branded web site,, which is linked directly from the e-books tab on the home page. The e-books site allows shoppers to download Sony’s free e-book library software, which enables shoppers to browse, download and purchase e-book content.

The site redesign will offer more prominent book cover art to provide for a more visual shopping experience combined with improved search and navigation and a streamlined checkout process.
Borders is also planning to allow shoppers to download e-book content from in-store kiosks with access to Each Borders store has about five kiosks that are currently used for tasks such as locating a book in the store.
Borders says it will also offer e-book downloads in its digital centers in 13 Borders concept stores and eight regular stores. The digital centers already support downloads of audio books and music files.

The in-store digital centers, which cover about 400 square feet of floor space, also include co-branded sections with such partners as for custom book printing and for managing digital photography.
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Friday, 10 October 2008

iPhone applications

There is no doubt that Apple has hit a home run with its wildly popular and profitable App Store. Apps for the iPhone are popping up at a very impressive rate.

There are probably many programmers out there who would like to be able to develop applications for the iPhone, but aren't sure where to start.

Pearson has announced that developers can get online access to its new eBook called the iPhone Developer's Cookbook. The book promises to deliver the skills that developers need to build applications for the iPhone. Recipes are presented to the developer to help them speed programming rather than read documentation.

The book can also be purchased as a downloadable PDF in addition to online access. People with a Safari account with Pearson can get access to the book there.

Via Pearson

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Monday, 6 October 2008

Commerce des livres

Selon Laurent Soccavo ("Gutemberg 2.0 le futur du livre"), le commerce des livres va inévitablement devoir se développer sur les modèles du e-marketing qui sont en train de se mettre en place dans l’après Web 2.0.

Traçons synthétiquement l’évolution du Web par rapport à ce qui est véritablement important. Qu’est-ce qui est véritablement important ? L’expérience de l’utilisateur.

Dans ce sens, nous pourrions dire que :

Le Web 1, c’était de la retranscription.
Le Web 2 de la participation.
Le Web sémantique, de la simplification.
Et le Web 3D sera de l’immersion.

Pour certains, le Web 3.0 serait le Web sémantique. Un Web plus intelligent, ordonnant et appelant grâce à des métadonnées l’information précise, utile pour un internaute X à un moment T.En fait, il s’agit ni plus ni moins que d’une amélioration inévitable du Web 2.0 : un Web 2.1 pour répondre à la surcharge informationnelle dont nous ressentons de plus en plus les premiers contrecoups. Le Web 3.0 sera un Web 3D. Celui qui est en train d’émerger de l’univers des jeux en ligne et de l’expérience grandeur nature de Second Life, et qui trouvera son plein épanouissement dans un Web 4.0 : un Web sémantique en 3D, qui au-delà de l’interactivité développera une interface immersive entre avatars et internautes, avatars et avatars, internautes et internautes. L’écran des écrans disparaîtra.

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