Phones, PCs put e-book within reach of Kindle-less |

Phones, PCs put e-book within reach of Kindle-less |

Thanks to Inc.’s Kindle, e-book sales are finally zooming, after more than a decade in the doldrums.

But the pioneering device may not dominate the market for long. As Castaldo found, many phones are now sophisticated enough, and have good enough screens, to be used as e-book reading devices. In addition, e-book reading on computers is already surprisingly popular.

State of the Art –’s Kindle Goes From Good to Better

State of the Art –’s Kindle Goes From Good to Better –

Starting today, there’s a new Kindle. Amazon calls it the Kindle 2, but Kindle 1.1 would be more like it; the changes are fairly minor. Fortunately, they’re exactly what was needed to turn a very good reader into an even better one.

New York Times technology reporter David Pogue weighs in on the new Kindle reading device from Amazon.

You can read Amazon’s description of Kindle 2 here.

Do you have a Kindle? If so, what do you think of it? If you don’t already have one, do you want one? Do you think it would/will change your reading habits?

Flexible electronic books to hit market soon

Flexible electronic books to hit market soon – tech – 23 February 2009 – New Scientist:

GADGET-makers have long promised us a flexible electronic book, but actually producing a robust, bendy screen has proved tough – until now.

Plastic Logic, a display technology company based in Cambridge, UK, says it will launch the first flexible electronic book in January.

Sunday Summary

I’m working on a research proposal for school right now. As exhilarating as it is to be getting near working on my dissertation, this phase is very time-consuming. Consequently, I’m resorting to a summary list of the tabs I’ve left open in my browser for far too long in hopes of being able to write a separate post about each one.

Can e-books win global appeal?

This very short piece in the Christian Science Monitor links to two articles in foreign newspapers that discuss e-book readers like the Amazon Kindle and Sony’s digital Reader.

Reading Shouldn’t Be a Numbers Game

In this opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times librarian Regina Powers laments a trend she’s noticed:

Although I am elated that many families are visiting my public library more frequently because schools send them, I am disturbed at how infrequently parents and teachers are allowing young readers to choose what to read.

During the summer, children were excited about reading because, freed from school requirements, they decided what to read. Being able to choose their favorite author, genre or topic seemed to empower them to read more. Now with school back in session, finding a book again involves navigating through a labyrinth of point values and reading levels.

A Trilling Look at Literary Criticism

This piece in Columbia University’s campus paper Columbia Spectator discusses the work of Lionel Trilling, an iconic figure in the history of literary criticism:

Trilling, CC ’25 and GSAS ’38, was one of the most celebrated public intellectuals of his day. The first Jewish professor in the English department, he rose to fame as one of the “New York Intellectuals” (a group whose members included Saul Bellow and Irving Howe) and a writer for Partisan Review. He also published acclaimed studies of Matthew Arnold and E.M. Forster, before trying his hand at novel-writing with The Middle of the Journey. His later works—collections of essays like The Liberal Imagination, The Opposing Self, Beyond Culture, and Sincerity and Authenticity—are classics of literary criticism. He died in 1975, at age 70, and remains an iconic figure, if not a fashionable one.

Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers

Increasingly, authors, teachers, librarians and publishers are embracing this fast-paced, image-laden world in the hope that the games will draw children to reading.

Spurred by arguments that video games also may teach a kind of digital literacy that is becoming as important as proficiency in print, libraries are hosting gaming tournaments, while schools are exploring how to incorporate video games in the classroom.

When Books Could Change Your Life
“Why What We Pore Over At 12 May Be The Most Important Reading We Ever Do”

In this wonderful piece Tim Kreider explains why the books we devour as children and adolescents are some of the most important reading of our lives:

It’s not that children’s books are pure entertainment, innocent of any didactic goal–what grownups enviously call “Reading for Fun.” On the contrary, the reading we do as children may be more serious than any reading we’ll ever do again. Books for children and young people are unashamedly prescriptive: They’re written, at least in part, to teach us what the world is like, how people are, and how we should behave. . .

Electronic Device Stirs Unease at BookExpo –

Electronic Device Stirs Unease at BookExpo –

This article discusses the current status of electronic books, with focus on the two most popular ebook readers, Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader.

The article points out that one advantage of ebooks is that the supplier never runs out of copies.  Scott McClellan’s “What Happened,” the former press secretary’s account of his years in the Bush White House, is sold out in most brick-and-mortar and online bookstores but is available for nearly instant download to the Kindle.

Troubled book world is going for novel ideas

Troubled book world is going for novel ideas – Los Angeles Times

As Book Expo America, the nation’s largest annual book convention, opens today in Los Angeles, innovation — some would say desperation — will be the main order of business. More than 2,000 exhibitors from every facet of the publishing world, nearly 1,000 authors and more than 25,000 people will be gathering at the L.A. Convention Center this weekend to discuss the state of an industry that’s at a critical crossroads.

Amazon’s Kindle is stoking sales of e-books

Amazon’s Kindle is stoking sales of e-books

The debate over e-books and the future of publishing continues, here centered around Amazon’s new e-book device, the Kindle.

One person involved in the publishing industry compares e-books to audiobooks. If that’s an apt comparison, then we can only expect e-books to become increasingly more prevalent relatively quickly.

Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours

Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours

If you buy a regular old book, CD or DVD, you can turn around and loan it to a friend, or sell it again. The right to pass it along is called the “first sale” doctrine. Digital books, music and movies are a different story though. Four students at Columbia Law School’s Science and Technology Law Review looked at the particular issue of reselling and copying e-books downloaded to Amazon’s Kindle or the Sony Reader, and came up with answers to a fundamental question: Are you buying a crippled license to intellectual property when you download, or are you buying an honest-to-God book?