Posts Tagged ‘eBook’

TRE 30 The Wolf Hall Tournament of E-Readers

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I purchased four e-book copies of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel–one each for Sony Reader, Kobo, nook, and Kindle–in order to compare the reading experience for the same book on four leading e-readers. After eliminating the devices that do not offer dictionary, notes, and highlights, the tournament ends with a nook v. Kindle battle through five tests. You’ll learn which device was the victor, as well as many details about the reading experience on competing e-readers. Recorded in Cambridge, Mass., on August 15, 2010, before release of the Kindle 3 and nook 2.

Click here for the Inkmesh listings of Wolf Hall at the four e-book stores mentioned in podcast.

Click here for a review of Wolf Hall in The New Yorker.

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TRE 10 Andrew Savikas

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

On February 17, 2010, I visited in person with Andrew Savikas, vice president for digital initiatives at O’Reilly Media.  Andrew is based at O’Reilly’s office in Cambridge, Mass., where Tim O’Reilly started the business in 1978.

We spoke of many things, including the ePub format (Andrew recently ran for and was elected to the Board of the International Digital Publishing Forum), how O’Reilly’s eBook publishing business is thriving without using Digital Rights Management, and why the Kindle and other e Ink-based readers do not represent disruptive technology in relation to the book since Gutenberg.  What does?  The answer is probably closer than you think – at this very moment.  Andrew mentioned The Strategy Paradox as a way to gain insight into Amazon’s eBooks strategy.  To learn more about Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive and sustaining technologies, you might want to check out his The Strategy Paradox. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail.

Andrew also runs O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference Feb. 22-24 in New York City, which just reached sold-out status.  More than 1,000 attendees will have a chance to explore the changing world of publishing, and much of the content will be available online soon. If you can’t wait, you can check out some of the presentations made at the 2009 TOC conference.

NOTE: Andrew just emailed me to say the keynotes for the 2010 Tools of Change conference will be live-streamed.  Check here for details.

Click here for Tim O’Reilly’s seminal 2002 essay titled “Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution,” which Andrew mentions in the interview.

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TRE 9 Stand Up for eBooks – review of Book Gem holder

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
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My review of the BookGem eBook holder, which I purchased for $14.95 from BookGem.com . In the video I demonstrate how it works with a Kindle, a nook, a Sony Reader Daily Edition, and a Kindle DX. The only one I tried that did not work well with this useful holder was my original Kindle, because the spring-loaded clamps landed on the keyboard.

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TRE 4 Laurent Picard of Bookeen

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This is an interview Darlene and I did on Friday, January 8, 2010, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with Laurent Picard, co-founder of the Paris-based Bookeen, creator of the Cybook series of eReaders, including the recently released Opus.

Laurent also showed us a prototype of the Horizon, due out in April, which will have a screen not based on eInk technology but instead provided by SiPix. Note: Be forewarned that the SiPix link will open with an irritating New Agey audio file that you will have to turn off by clicking on a note icon at the lower left if you want to explore their site in peace.

Bookeen’s original eBook, the Cybook Generation One, made its debut in 2007 just after the first eInk-screened Sony Reader but a couple of weeks ahead of the original Kindle. Laurent revealed a tidbit I’d never heard before, namely that the Kindle was code-named Fiona.  Thank goodness they brought in some branding wizards to dream up an alternative to that–otherwise we’d now all be talking about the Fiona-sphere.

I hope you’ll enjoy this conversation with Laurent Picard as much as we did.  And my apologies to him and to other French speakers for my brief forays into their beautiful language.

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TRE 2 The OverDrive Story

Monday, January 18th, 2010

From the OverDrive web site

This is an interview on Friday, January 8, 2010, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive, which is the leading provider of public library connections to eBook readers such as the Barnes & Noble nook and the Sony Reader.

After the interview, I’ve added my own observations based on using OverDrive to access books for my nook at the Denver Public Library.

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