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New York Times Takes Another Look at EBooks

Whether it’s Oprah’s endorsement of the Kindle or the idea that technology can save publishing, more and more mainstream publications are revisiting the concept of ebook reading. The New York Times reports on the Kindle which is out of stock and the Sony which has sold 300,000 readers since 2006. Currently, sales of ebooks appear to account for less than 1% of the overall revenue stream for mainstream publishers but that the momentum indicates that the time may be ripe for ebooks.

Thanks to JL Wilson and JFerg for the link.

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. Jessica
    Dec 26, 2008 @ 05:45:01

    NPR did a similar report earlier this week, but never mentioned romance.

    Sales may be tripling for ebooks, but 1% is … not a lot. It’s funny to think how much discussion of ebooks dominates in Romancelandia when ebooks represent such a tiny portion of the market share. I guess romance readers are on the cutting edge.

    But did you catch this line in the NYT: “At Harlequin Enterprises, the Toronto-based publisher of bodice-ripping romances, …”!

  2. Shreela
    Dec 28, 2008 @ 01:54:00

    How the online retail giant hoodwinks the press.

    The day after Christmas Amazon put out a press release declaring the 2008 holiday season “its best ever, with over 6.3 million items ordered worldwide on the peak day, Dec. 15.” The story was eagerly snapped up by the Associated Press, Reuters, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and even the Web site for Business Week, which really ought to know better. Some, but not all, of these accounts went on to concede that Amazon would not provide revenue data for the entire shopping season, or even for its “peak day.” Nor would Amazon confirm or deny that one or both of these revenue figures exceeded those for 2007…

    The same gullibility applies to coverage of the Kindle, Amazon’s e-book reader…

    I couldn’t quote more, because the article’s not that long.

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