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June 12, 2010 Another dedicated user group? Students. But maybe not yet. Initial Kindle DX reviews NOT favorable.
for many reasons, some of them environmental, the book’s place is now being challenged
In 2009, print book sales ebbed 1.8 percent. E-book sales increased 176.6 percent over 2008, yet they remain fewer than 3 percent of all books sold
A large proportion of early e-book owners - up to 66 percent in some surveys - are older than 40 E-book users tend to earn more than $100,000 a year, be college-educated, and be very Web and social-media savvy. "These people do everything on the Web. They spend more than 20 hours a week on it." who reads ebooks?
e-books can be a boon for many people with disabilities
“the e-Top 10 looks pretty much like the non-e”
“All of a sudden, by reading the book electronically as opposed to in print, I now have… the ability to access my book notes and highlights from any where I have an Internet connection. Game. Changer. I keep thinking, what if I had every note and highlight that I had ever taken in a paper book available to search through, to connect with other similar ideas from other books, to synthesize electronically?…”
B&N leverages its bricks-and-mortar stores with a “Brigadoon Library”
CEO Michael Serbinis said that with Kobo, you could buy a book, keep it forever and read it on any other device you choose, except the Kindle.
“The usefulness of the Opus — like that of all of its e-reader cousins — is totally hobbled by books that come with digital rights management.”
In 1989, the U.S. enacted the Berne Convention Implementation Act, amending the 1976 Copyright Act to conform to most of the provisions of the Berne Convention. As a result, the use of copyright notices has become optional to claim copyright, because the Berne Convention makes copyright automatic.
“When we find a copyediting or formatting error in a book, we ask the publisher for a new file and replace the one in the Kindle Store so that new purchases of the book do not have the error. We will update the file for a book a customer has already purchased only when the customer asks us to.”
Some things to consider: Where you read (Brigadoon) Backlighting Native file conversion (.pdfs) Compatibility with public library resources Weight Wifi or 3G? Or cable-only. Which ereader do you want?