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CNN Gives the Rundown on E-book Devices and the Ebook Challenge

CNN digital biz takes a look at the growing ebook phenomenon and cites the advantages such as instant gratification and disadvantages such as the inability to easily rip a book into a readable e-format. Most of the article is nothing that we haven’t heard before.

The part of the story that I found most interesting is the “next frontier” of e-reading devices such as eink color screens and more selection and an e-reader with a keyboard. I would love to see the latter because it would make my reviews so much easier to compose.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. Catherine Delors
    Jun 19, 2008 @ 07:39:38

    I am in the process of putting together a (free) ebook, and find the real advantage of the eformat, and one that is not exploited enough by the industry, is the ability to include pictures that would be unaffordable in print, and to hyperlink.
    Otherwise, I just love the smell and feel of the good ole ink-and-paper books.

  2. Jane
    Jun 19, 2008 @ 07:45:17

    The funny thing is, Ms. Delors, is that some publishers don’t even include the color copy of the book in the efile. Random House is one of those companies. I always go and download the book cover from the publisher’s website or amazon and add it to my book file, but it’s particularly frustrating. I don’t really understand it. Is it that much more costly to include a jpg of the camera ready print cover?

  3. Catherine Delors
    Jun 19, 2008 @ 08:51:39

    A bit behind, isn’t it?
    I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling that the industry is in for huge changes in the next few years, and I am not talking about Kindle. Whether that will empower writers and readers is another question.

  4. roslynholcomb
    Aug 24, 2008 @ 20:41:55

    I’m intrigued by the notion of adding hyperlinks.

  5. weriembob
    Mar 06, 2009 @ 08:17:50

    Anybody home?
    Hey there delilah hey there delilah, bleach and ammonia, virginia megamillions.

    Best Regards

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