I’ve been criminally negligent in not keeping up with the news in the past few weeks but real life intruded. We’ll have a similar black out at the end of the month here, but in the meantime, here’s some choice bits of ebook tech news:
- Barnes and Noble acquires Fictionwise for $15.7 million.
- Gaming industry foresees physical distribution disappearing in the near future. (ebooks anyone?)
- Allison Brennan expresses fear about the rise of ebooks given that piracy is destroying musicians. Unfortunately Brennan doesn’t see the real problem behind the music industries lack of response to Napster. It wasn’t the failure to educate, but the failure of the music industry to respond to the changing market and allowing one entity, Apple, to come in and dominate the void, creating a monolopy share of the digital download market (80%).
- More publishers are getting into the free ebook content game: F&W Media and Random House have created free content libraries.
- Stephen King’s Kindle exclusive, UR, has reached sales of five figures in three weeks.
- Gizmodo thinks that the Apple tablet isn’t likely and doesn’t make sense. SB Sarah reported that an Apple rep told her that there would be no Mac Mini (ala the Asus or HP Mini). How does that square with the recent rumors that Apple wants in on the ebook market?
- Asus showed off a prototype dual monitor laptop. Is this the answer for reluctant ebook readers?
- Not content to sell content, Hearst publishing is developing its own e Ink device that will deliver its content. Whee! Another closed system, I bet. Makes lots of sense. Not.
- Ebooks is the fastest growing category in the Apple Store. I bet some of that is due to the “Classics” app being featured in one of the iPhone television commercials but that the Kindle App will contribute to this number growing in the future.