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NYTimes Talks EBooks

In today’s New York Times tech section is an article about the growth of ebooks. The writer, Peter Wayner, offers up a summarization of places to buy ebooks (Fictionwise) and formats (Mobipocket and eReader) and devices (cellphones, PDA, and Sony Reader).

There isn’t anything that you haven’t read here on eBook Sunday but Wayner’s explanations are concise and easy to understand, if a bit simplistic. Some articles that we have compiled on the subject:

The interesting part of the article is that it sounds like Fictionwise is testing formats for the iPhone (yeah) and that ebook sales have increased $4 million in revenue since last year to $8.1 million. Not bad ebooks, not bad.

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

2 Comments

  1. Octavia
    Aug 09, 2007 @ 18:39:30

    Interesting how that last guy quoted (whose comment about covers is so true, alas) frames the issue as one of disposability, when the reason I’m interested in ebooks is that I *don’t* dispose of enough of my romance novels and I’m running out of room for them all. Do most people who buy ebooks really expect them to be a one-time read and don’t worry about maintaining their electronic archives? That is not my impression, but I really don’t know any data one way or another.

    Oh, and since I’m delurking, I’d like to add that I really appreciate the work Dear Author does to cover ebooks and ebookreaders. Great stuff.

  2. Jane
    Aug 10, 2007 @ 10:27:48

    Octavia

    Great to have you delurk. I agree with you that one of the primary reasons I moved to ebooks was the lack of space and that I wanted to keep them with me at all times. Because you can’t resell them, they aren’t disposable at all.

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