Web fiction writer Amanda Hocking has sold a large number of books that have been written specifically for distribution electronically, going to show that unknown authors previously unpublished “traditionally” – as was the case for Hocking – don’t have to sell their work at bargain basement prices to do well.
The oft-repeated argument that people use w/r/t Konrath is that he was a traditionally published author before moving to the Kindle store. But Hocking and her peers, who have never been published the traditional route before (who were inspired by Konrath’s exploits, and who are now selling way more than Konrath ever has) are together invalidating that argument. You don’t have to be traditionally published to sell a lot of ebooks, and you don’t have to be A-List famous, either.
Say what you will about the benefits of electronic publishing, but given the chance we’d all still like to write and publish a book of our own.
In ten years we will still have books, but they will serve a different purpose to what they do today. The Japanese may well invent an eReader which emits the faint smell of paper to soothe those who yearn for the tactile romance of print. Because, as much as I love my Kindle, it is a marriage of convenience. My true mistress will always be books. The smell of print, and the sensual touch of high quality paper will never fail to seduce me.
Concerns that e-book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle will lead to an increase in book piracy, or bootlegging, don’t seem to bother Stephen King a great deal:
“The question is, how much time and energy do I want to spend chasing these guys,” Stephen King wrote in an e-mail message. “And to what end? My sense is that most of them live in basements floored with carpeting remnants, living on Funions and discount beer.”
Via Daring Fireball.
Despite the benefits of e-books and real time publishing, they do not offer the same permanency that the printed word does.
This could potentially facilitate the censoring, and even complete removal, of some documents, should governments or other authorities deem it “necessary”.
In the past, restrictive governments had to ban whole books whose content was deemed too controversial, inflammatory or seditious for the masses. But then at least you knew which books were being banned, and, if you could get your hands on them, see why. Censorship in the age of the Kindle will be more subtle, and much more dangerous.
Could the new Kindle reader’s text-to-speech function breach copyright by reading a book aloud?
When you buy a book, you’re also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. This is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one’s going to confuse it with an audiobook. And that any authors’ societies or publishers who are thinking of spending money on fighting a fundamentally pointless legal case would be much better off taking that money and advertising and promoting what audio books are and what’s good about them with it.
On the same day I read about the possibility of the iPhone rendering Amazon’s wireless reading device Kindle a white elephant, New York photographer Patrick McMullan announces the launch of a new magazine optimised especially for viewing on iPhones.
Patrick McMullan, noted nightlife photographer for New York magazine among other publications, is set to launch PMc, a luxury fashion “magazine” formatted exclusively for Apple’s iPhone.
Book on User-Centered Web Design Available Online for Free: another free reference for web designers… Access by Design by Sarah Horton. +
equation bookshelf: guess why I like this particular bookshelf?!
If I didn’t have so many pictures up on the walls here I’d have an equation bookshelf… +
The Flagship Blog Project: Creating Multiple Blogs for Profit in 30 Day Cycles: a plan, that’s right, a PLAN, for creating flagship blogs and then selling them for profit 30 days later.
Not only does Maki have a knack for conceiving all sorts of intriguing and wonderful ideas for optimising the blogging experience, he can also write in great detail about them! +
The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks: d’oh, I may be a contender for a mention here. I love my quotation marks. Sure you can use the good old <em>emphasis</em> tag, but quotations marks have a certain emphasis of their own.
How about a blog dedicated to examples of over-emphasising the obvious then?! +
Book of the future comes with batteries included: it’s a bit like an iPod except it displays the collected works of Shakespeare rather than plays the greatest hits of Moby.
Amazon.com changed the way the world buys its books and now it wants to change the way the world reads them. The US-based web retailer has launched a new wireless $US399 ($A450) electronic book reader dubbed the Kindle, a name intended to evoke a sense of igniting knowledge.
Not only does Kindle render digital books and magazines, it also allows you to subscribe to certain blogs. Jason Kottke, among others, has been weighing in with some thoughts on the subject.
Will it catch on, I wonder? +