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Tablets Growing in Popularity

GigaOM discusses the draw of multi-use tablets and why they may win out over dedicated e-readers in the long run. From the article:

” But why would Barnes & Noble, Amazon or others even be interested in tablets when they already make a cut of the digital book content purchases? Two answers come to mind: losing control over that revenue stream on other devices and leaving money on the table. “

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eReaders and Tablets

There are several dedicated eReaders and an increasing amount of Tablets that provide for eBook reading. Articles and analysis by:

CBS News  (includes video) ” In addition to the actual e-reader devices, there are apps, a Nook app, a Kindle app, etc. available for both smart phones and tablets (like the iPad). And the best part is, they’re free! So if you own a tablet or a smart phone and would prefer to use that for your reading, all you need to do is download the app of your choice (just as you would any app) to enjoy many of the features we just mentioned. ”

ReadWriteWeb ” There’s little doubt that paper books will be a commercial force for a long time yet. Nevertheless, in 2010 eBooks and eReaders took a big step forward and eBooks now represent a sizable minority of the overall book market. ”

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HOW TO: Self Publish your eBook

The focus of maintream media regarding the eBook revolution is currently centered on the proliferation of eReaders like the Kindle, Nook and the iPad. However, over the course of the next year, the implications of anyone being able to publish their book(s) to a worldwide audience via the web will take center stage.

How many tens of thousands of writers, journalist, poets, and unknown authors will begin uploading their portfolio of stories and books online? How will they be discovered? What will they write about? Who will be the next JR Tolkien? The next Anne Rice? The next Hunter S. Thompson?

Will it be you?

Articles and resources regarding self-publishing your eBook below:

UPDATE: PCMag published a helpful article/slideshow here

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: J.A. Konrath’s (now infamous) article about his eBook success:  : ” Do you know what that is? That’s distribution. The very thing print publishers have had a lock on for a hundred years. Except now, authors control their own distribution.”

Memeburn  ” If you plan to make money from your book, it helps to have the marketing and web skills to promote the work yourself, and the design skills to create a professional-looking product. If you don’t, you can always hire a freelance consultant to help with these aspects. ”

The Huffington Post  ” Realize a book is a commercial product. Are your goals realistic? Who will buy your book? How will you reach your potential readers? Who is your competition? How will your book be better or different? ”

Self-Publishing Review – Provides numerous articles and resources related to self-publishing

FuelYourWriting.com has a good article about self-publishing and ebooks.

eBook Self-Publishing Guide has numerous facts and resources for writers considering self-publishing an eBook.

Catherine, Caffeinated provides an excellent checklist for ebook self-publishers.

Gizmodo – The founder of FastPencil.com provides self-publishing tips and hypes his service.

The Huffington Post – Author Boyd Morrison discusses his ability to land a deal with traditional book publishers with a successful eBook release.

Video: Creating a Kindle eBook on Amazon by ebookguru.org

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Digital Book World 2011

The following are articles and information related to the Digital Book World conference recently held in New York City.

Publishers Weekly “ Russ Grandinetti, Amazon.com v-p of Kindle Content, offered a series of observations about the impact of digitizing on print and e-books sales. He noted that the Kindle is being sold in more than 100 countries and Kindle consumers buy 3 times as many books as their print consumers, emphasizing that “digital is coming faster than you think.”

Los Angeles Times  ” The huge jump in e-book sales has been driven by the increasing popularity — and decreasing price — of e-readers. About 10.5 million people now own a dedicated e-reader such as Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Apple’s iPad has been followed by a plethora of multimedia tablets. And e-books can be read on them all. ”

MediaBistro ” Finally, during a morning statistical session, a Verso and Digital Book World study revealed a promising statistic about the future of independent bookstores: nearly 81 percent of eReader owners would ‘likely’ buy eBooks online from indie bookstores.  “

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The eBook Revolution

The eBook revolution has begun. The Kindle, by Amazon, The Nook by B&N and the iPad by Apple are all technically sound platforms that provide the necessary hardware for ebooks to truly flourish as a viable alternative to their printed counterpart. Consumers seem to be embracing the new format at higher rates than industry experts initially anticipated. Where will the new innovations take the industry? How will this affect the major publishing houses? What happens when the floodgates are opened and anyone can publish their book for the entire world to access via the Internet?  The following are a collection of articles discussing various aspects of the changing dynamics of the ebook economy.

Guardian.co.uk ” While the numbers of ebook readers in the UK lag well behind their American counterparts, they are growing very swiftly, with huge leaps in sales reported over Christmas. On both sides of the Atlantic, publishers trying to predict the future shape of their business face rapidly moving goalposts. “

TriStar.com  ” My wife enjoys the flexibility of her Nook Color, an eReader from Barnes & Noble. All of the eReaders have pros and cons, from price (around $140 to more than $500) to size, to capabilities. Her Nook connects to the Internet through WiFi or 3G and can download a classic, such as “A Tale of Two Cities,” often for as little as 99 cents, or a bestseller for $10. At 8 inches tall, 5 inches wide and a half-inch thick, it fits in her purse. ”

World News Insight ” Let’s look at some numbers to make a case that Kindle is indeed a revolution. Kindle sales during the past three years since its launch in November 2007:
100,000 Kindles – March 2008
750,000 Kindles – October 2008
1 Million Kindles – March 2009 (Kindle 2 Ships)
3 Million Kindles – December 2009
4 Million Kindles – July 2010
6 Million Kindles – August 2010 (Kindle 3 Ships)
8.5 Million Kindles – December 12, 2010
11 Million Kindles – December 24, 2010
12 Million Kindles – January 2011
22 Million Kindles – December 2011 (conservative projection)
35 Million Kindles – December 2012 (conservative projection)

Seeking Alpha ” I believe that about 3 million Kindles were opened for the first time on or about Christmas Day and it would confound my understanding of human nature to think that, in the hands of people who love to read, those newly unwrapped Kindles led to only 6 million ebooks downloaded.”

TechCrunch   ” The sales info was really the stunner. The publishing industry relies on something called BookScan to determine sales and Amazon gives each author all of their BookScan data, across editions and titles. In other words, you aren’t just seeing what was sold on Amazon– you are seeing what you sold anywhere in the US. ”

GoodReads ” But what if the jump in ebook sales is more indicative of a larger trend? What if 2011 is going to be the year that ebooks make “the leap” and become the dominant form of reading? ”

Mashable “ Despite the hype around self-publishing via the web, publishing houses will play an even greater role in an e-book world. Commodity content is everywhere (and largely free), so high-quality vetted, edited content — which takes a staff of experts — will be worth a premium. “

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