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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.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

8 Comments

  1. Lisa Hendrix
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 11:19:00

    I agree. Sarah needs to audition. Think of the double whammy tag line:

    Smart Bitch Reading Trashy Books

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  2. theo
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 11:47:16

    My SmartPhone came with the DataViz suite. I use it often when I’m stuck somewhere and an idea comes to mind. I can email the docs to myself and they transfer into Word perfectly. They also transfer into OpenOffice the same. Nice suite.

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  3. Anon
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 12:16:39

    Would that mean I could read my Ereader format ebooks on Kindle?

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  4. AnneD
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 12:26:26

    I fear my thumbs will be requiring many hours of therapy (dataviz) and I’ve always wanted to be the ‘voice’ on an audio book…my husbag would prob laugh at that.

    Pity my palm keyboard won’t work with my iPhone – well I assume it doesn’t, right?

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  5. Shannon Stacey
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 12:38:24

    I just bought the Dataviz Docs to Go app and I already love it. Syncing beats copying and pasting from email all to hell.

    The iTouch update coming June 17th (for $9.95) says you’ll be able to listen wirelessly to music with bluetooth headphones. I assume if it’s turned on for that, it’s turned on across the board, right? So I can use a bluetooth keyboard? (Although, honestly, I’d rather have a docking thumb keyboard.)

    AnneD, bluetooth has been deactivated in the iThings until the upcoming update, so no external keyboards…yet.

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  6. AnneD
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 13:27:40

    But I’ve been using a bluetooth earpiece on my Iphone… going to have to go home and try … oh wait. Just went to the Palm website. I have the infared keyboard not the bluetooth :( Bugger

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  7. Jessica
    Jun 16, 2009 @ 15:39:34

    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.

    Oh, please please please please please be true!

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