Weekly Tech Link RoundUp
Mills and Boon sells 10,000 ebooks in May. MB is excited about this news, but given that it sells 200m books each year, it seems that 10,000 per month is fairly low.
Department of Justice formally announces its investigation into whether Google is in violation of the Sherman Act with its Google Book Settlement Agreement negotiated with AAP and Authors’ Guild.
Hachette announces that it will enable Text To Speech for all its books by default and will disable it at the authors’ request. I like this. It places the onus and the bad publicity at the feet of the authors who choose to restrict access to their books.
Borders UK launched its own ebook reader produced by Elonex. It will cost £189. The reader wil view epub DRM’ed ebooks.
Amazon is expanding its trade in program which allows consumers to send in products such as DVDs and games for Amazon Gift Cards. Will the future see trade ins of books as well or even other consumer goods?
The Bookseller posts an article suggesting that agents are too stingy with digital rights. I tend to think that the failure of ebooks to catch on has more to do with a) the price point of a dedicated ebook reader b) failed digital strategies including inability to release ebooks timely and the outlandish prices. If you didn’t know, EOS is demanindingreaders pay $14.99 for digital copies of its books that are out in paperback form. It’s enough to want to boycott purchasing any EOS books. (It also shows how pricing varies wildly from imprint to imprint within one house. Avon experimented with premium pricing for a short time but reduced the price of digital books to be comparable with print versions.