txtr beagle: A tiny device set to change it all

Last Friday I visited the Frankfurt book fair to catch a couple of people in the industry – I’ve been busy with some book projects lately – and to see what’s up in the world of reading. Concerning eBooks, many press reports were taken hostage by a company announcing an eBook reader so cheap that it could rewrite the rules of the digital reading game. So I got my hands on the txtr beagle and wow – this will be huge!

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Roman’s Rants: Publishers’ Paradox

Gee, it’s been a while. But I’ve been dealing with the book scene here in Germany quite intensively lately and didn’t find the time to blog. Good news: From all this engagement comes  – a brand-new rant ;) The German publishers’ scene – something to write about which will read like a sequel to my Germany post – just wait and see.

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iBooks: Will Apple Inject New Life into the Publishing Industry?

Apple has been holding back significantly in the publishing area. Although the manufacturer has very attractive hardware with the iPad and the most mature digital sales platform with iTunes, they had still to come out with original ideas.

The competition – especially from Amazon – is far further along this road.

But in the context of an “Education Announcement” Apple has introduced now some initiatives which could help the manufacturer win back some ground in the publishing area.

Read the full feature at excitingcommerce.com!

The ebook-revolution: What will make the “book” of the future?

The past year saw many new and exciting e-book experiments, which were also driven by iPad, Kindle & Co. : new readers, new publishing formats, new distribution models. Seth Godin sums (“The last hardcover”):

“The ebook is seen a change agent like none ever has the book business. It cuts the publishing cycle time by 90%, lowers costs, lowers revenue and creates both a long tail and on impulse-buying opportunity.”

Read the full feature on excitingcommerce.com!

Hey e-tailers, here is how Google will eat your eBook lunch

One of the original ideas of the founders of Google was to make content of books searchable. But as they were confronted with a lot of fear from the publishers this project was slowed down and did not really take off. At least until today. Just recently Google decided to invest more into educating the publishers on how they can benefit of the digitalisation of their content. Despite the fact that eReaders like the Kindle have proven that there is a reader market for digital books, Google also launched the new Google Books tightly integrated with its Checkout and Wallet strategy, turning it into an attractive sales channel for publishers. This way Google has already attracted about 30.000 publishers world wide to supply them with content.
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