Jun 8 2009
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that while e textbooks are welcome by colleges and universities the hardware devices are not meeting the students’ needs for tables, illustrations, ease of use.
The Kindle Dx, an education aimed device, is selling out. According to Teleread.org, there is now a delay in shipping of the Kindle. Also at Teleread.org is the news that the Kindle Dx store, full of textbooks one presumes, will go live July 1.
The Kindle could be pushed aside by cheaper, better technology that could address the concerns of the students in the first article. The Pixel Qi is an LCD screen that has two modes: color and transreflective. The transreflective LCD is nearly eink like and uses much less power than the color LCD screens. Also, it is much cheaper to produce. Coming soon to netbooks this fall.
The Guardian takes to task inaccurate industry figures over piracy. While it is unstated, the key here is that overstated piracy figures hurt the fight against piracy.
Michael Cader, of PublishersMarketplace, takes on BISG and its methodology and number projections. If the numbers are inaccurate and the publishing industry is relying on them, BISG’s data could be quite harmful.
Hulu.com, the site of free network TV is considering charging for access while the major movie studios are working together to bring a free movie service called Epix to the public, or at least the public whose cable company agrees to carry the channel.