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INTERVIEW: Carl Howe – The Yankee Group

PBS “Nightly Business Report” interviews Carl Howe, Director of Research for the The Yankee Group about the eBook economy. From the interview:

” Well, tablets are an even bigger market than e-readers, looking at about $5 billion this year just in the United States, about $17 billion around the world last year. This is going to be a huge market. “

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The Best e-Readers

Good e-Reader has a list of the Top 10 e-Readers for March 2011. From the article:

” Amazons flagship e-reader is leading the pack with the top content distribution online ebook store. The latest generation Kindle 3G features faster page turns, a sold 6 inch e-Ink Pearl screen. Here is a interesting fact, you can bypass the Great Firewall of China using the 3G network Amazon gives you for free with purchase. “

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eBook Economics

Major Publishing Houses to independent authors are experiencing a dynamic shift in the publishing economy due to eBooks. Articles and analysis from:

The Next Web ” The ebook also allows authors to skip over other hurdles, including the very cold reality that most offline retailers won’t stock a self-published book on their shelves. Though online retailers like the Kindle and Nook stores can still give preferential treatment for major publishers, they’re able to provide a wide swath of inventory from the long tail. “

The Province ” For the better part of a decade, many people have been predicting the end of traditional publishing and the rise of the ebook. That moment appears to have finally arrived, thanks to the popularity of the Kindle and other ereaders, as well as the iPad. “

The Huffington Post ” Do authors still need publishers in this new world order? I think it all goes back to my first question. To survive and thrive, publishers big and small must do for authors what authors cannot or will not do for themselves. ”

Newbie’s Guide to Publishing ” These days, signing with a publisher, who will give you an advance in return for the majority of all your royalties, forever, isn’t lucky at all. It’s like signing a balloon loan, where the payments get bigger every year. Or a life insurance policy, where you keep paying more annually for fewer benefits.

Nathan Bransford ” Publishers can explain their costs and how e-books don’t save them much money until they’re blue in the face, but on a gut level many people simply don’t believe an e-book should cost $12.99. It feels too expensive. A lot of people will simply not buy one or even go and pirate a copy because they feel like they’re being ripped off. “

Divine Caroline ” How long will it be before writers go directly into the route of independent publishing and sidestep the traditional publishers altogether? Before you tell me that will never happen, let me ask you how many twenty-somethings have a land line in their home? When you ask them if they have a land line, their answer is liable to be, “What for?” This just might be the same question many young writers begin to ask when considering the often discouraging, and always time-consuming route of submitting manuscripts to traditional publishing houses. “What for?”

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eBooks according to Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney discusses eBooks and eReaders on his short commentary slot at the end of sixty minutes. Article, analysis and video from:

The Digital Reader ” As you might expect, he hates ebooks and e-readers. He doesn’t really add anything new to the discussion. “

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eReader Challenge!

PC & Tech Authority compares the Amazon Kindle 3, the Nook Color and the Sony Reader Touch Edition. From the article:

” Three of the more popular eBook readers currently on the market are the Amazon Kindle 3 (3G Wi-Fi), Barnes & Noble Nook Color and Sony Reader Touch Edition (PRS-650). Each model comes with its own unique selling points, as well as a few singular flaws. If you’re looking to buy an eBook reader, you could certainly do worse than one of these models – but how do they compare? Let’s take a look at each in turn. “

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Established British author tries the Indie route

Guardian.co.uk has an interesting article about British author Stephen Leather who decided to publish several novellas on the Kindle platform and had breakout success. From the article:

” To maximise sales, he priced his books at Amazon’s minimum for independent writers – about 70p (the equivalent of 99 cents). At this level, authors receive a cut of only 35% of the price; under Amazon’s pricing structure, this rises to 70% if they price their books above the equivalent of $2.99. He then went on various forums to drum up awareness. “

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Bringing Home the Bacon

Author Marketing Experts provide a good article about how to make money by self-publishing ebooks. From the article:

” With 1,500 books published every day in the U.S. (print, not ebooks) and very few access points for these books, what ebooks have done is offer a way for authors to get published and experiment. They’ll find out right away if readers like their book. With ebooks, authors have quick access to readers and no blocks to distribution, unlike print publishing. “

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