I sat on a panel at WorldCon this year on whether the future belongs to ebooks. It was almost an exact repeat of the panel I sat on 10 years ago. I was the only one who was one hundred per cent pro ebooks. The entire panel resulted in a diatribe from other panelists against ebooks. The same gripes. The same arguments. The same “nothing replaces the feel of a real book.” One panelist bemoaned the fact that he couldn’t freely copy ebooks like he did music. Another said that whoever got published in ebook format was a stupid moron. Obviously he hadn’t bothered finding out about my own published work. It was as if I’d gone back in time. It was disheartening, to say the least. Continue reading
This is a 2008 article from Epublishers Weekly about ebooks, but it does talk about some good reasons to read ebooks, one of my favourites being that it’s good for the environment.
There also a great Feb. 2009 article by John Siracuse in ars technica about “The once and future ebooks.”Â Siracuse starts by saying:
“people don’t get e-books.” This is as true today as it was ten years ago. Venture capitalists didn’t get it then, nor did the series of owners that killed Peanut Press, nor do many of the players in the e-book market today. And then there are the consumers, their own notions about e-books left to solidify in the absence of any clear vision from the industry. […] Here’s an awesome, obvious, inevitable idea, seemingly thwarted at every turn by widespread consumer misunderstanding and an endemic lack of will among the big players. Continue reading
Barnes & Noble Acquires Fictionwise
Thu. March 05, 2009; Posted: 08:30 AM
NEW YORK, Mar 05, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) â€” BKS | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating â€” Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the worldâ€™s largest bookseller, announced today that it has acquired Fictionwise, a leader in the e-book marketplace, for $15.7 million in cash. Barnes & Noble said it plans to use Fictionwise as part of its overall digital strategy, which includes the launch of an e-Bookstore later this year. In addition to the closing purchase price, Fictionwise may receive earn out payments for achieving certain performance targets over the next two years.
Headquartered in New Jersey, Fictionwise was founded in 2000 by Steve and Scott Pendergrast. Barnes & Noble intends to keep Fictionwise as a separate business unit and the founders will continue to operate the business.
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SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
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