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Thursday, 30th September 2010

E-Book and E-Reader Briefs: Zinio; Margaret Atwood; Authors & E-Books; Kindle; U. of California E-Book Survey; More

+ "University of California Libraries Academic eBook Reader Survey Begins On October 11th" (by Jacqueline Wilson, CDLINFO News)

The UC Libraries charged the Springer eBook Task Force to create a survey to collect the opinions of UC faculty, staff, and students about their preferences for print, ebooks, etextbooks and their experiences using the Springer eBook pilot collection. Information on the Springer eBook pilot can be found at: http://www.cdlib.org/services/collections/springerebooks/

+ Video: "Andrew Malkin Explores eBook Content at Zinio" (GalleyCat)

+ Xerox to Sell and Service Espresso Book Machines (by Chris Meadows, TeleRead)

+ "Indigo’s Kobo eReader Best Digital Book Play" (by Eric Lam, Financial Post)
See Also: Kobo Debuts Social Reading Application for BlackBerry Smartphones

+ Margaret Atwood on Ebooks (by Paul Biba, TeleRead)

+ Kindle 3: Some Hidden Features (via GeoPlanIT)

+ Latest Guess at Kindle Sales: 5 Million This Year, 11.5 Million in 2012 (by John Paczkowski, Digital Daily)

+ Authors Feel Pinch in Age of E-Books (by Jeffrey Trachtenberg, WSJ)

The new economics of the e-book make the author's quandary painfully clear: A new $28 hardcover book returns half, or $14, to the publisher, and 15%, or $4.20, to the author. Under many e-book deals currently, a digital book sells for $12.99, returning 70%, or $9.09, to the publisher and typically 25% of that, or $2.27, to the author.


E-books sales are exploding. Currently, e-books account for an estimated 8% of total book revenue, up from 3% to 5% a year ago. Mike Shatzkin, a publishing consultant, estimates e-books could be 20% to 25% of total unit sales by the end of 2012. "Eventually, digital books will overtake physical books," Mr. Greco predicts.

+ E-Texts for All (Even Lucy) | Ebooks and Accessibility (by Paul Biba, TeleRead)

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