Jun 16 2009
In the coming age of digital books, wouldn’t it be great if publishers started paying attention to the design and readability of the ebook? According to wikipedia, the mass market book debuted with a new sans serif font. Similarly, the wonderful font on the Palm Pre device was requistioned by Palm.
For those authors who think Twitter isn’t a viable marketing tool may want to look at Dell’s results. According to Dell’s own calculations, it has made $3 million worth of sales through the twittering of deal links.
Microsoft Word editing is coming to the iPhone via Dataviz which makes the need for a keyboard unit all the more vital.
A new bill in the Senate proposes that cable tubing be installed under each new roadway construction allowing for broadband to come to more rural areas.
Cliffnotes is coming to the iPhone which may increase reading overall on the device. In related educational news, Seth Godin bemoans the high costs of textbooks and suggest that it is an industry, in its current iteration, that should be killed.
Want an audiobook recording contract? You can send in an audition tape for an Idol-like audiobook contest. See more details at Galley Cat. Sarah at Smart Bitches has a marvelous speaking voice. I think she should submit a tape.
Sara Nelson, formerly of PW, is serving as an expert witness for the publisher who wants to put out a sequel to Catcher in the Rye. According to the excerpt at Galley Cat, Nelson is arguing that the sequel will have no economic impact on the original. That’s likely true but it didn’t seem to work for the Harry Potter Lexicon. (Note: I think economic impact should play a bigger role in determining fair use, but I don’t think it does in practice).
There is speculation that Kindle might be either opening up its platform to accept epubs and/or publish its books in epub format. If true, that would be a huge win for readers and would really challenge the current pricing structure.