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Archives for November, 2009


2009 Holiday E-Reader Bonanza Set to Fizzle

by Allen Weiner  |  November 30, 2009  |  1 Comment

As suggested in our research report, “E-Readers Will Take off With Holiday Shoppers in 2010,” Gartner stated that the pieces were not in place for e-readers to be the must-have holiday gift for 2009 and that 2010 was a more likely time for product take-off. Early indications confirm our research with Sony and Barnes and […]

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Taking a Page from the Apple iPod Marketing Playbook

by Allen Weiner  |  November 24, 2009  |  2 Comments

Kudos to Sony and Random House (U.K.) for some innovative marketing for its ereader. In the U.K., Sony is launching a pink ereader for fans of John Patterson (alas, one of my guilty pleasures). The reader will contain some exclusive content from John Patterson as well as a pre-release version of the latest Alex Cross […]

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Ereading in South Africa?

by Allen Weiner  |  November 16, 2009  |  2 Comments

Every time I read a blog post, like this one, reviewing the Kindle’s arrive in South Africa, I retreat to the notion that the future of ereading is on smartphones. Even with a slightly less optimal reading experience, the ubiquity of smartphones (not to mention carrier subsidized cost) is too glaring an advantage to ignore.

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The Alex E-Reader Stirs the Pot, Adding HTML to the Mix

by Allen Weiner  |  November 10, 2009  |  2 Comments

From Fremont, Calif.,-based Spring Design comes the Alex, an e-reader slated for a CES coming out party. Alex, named for the Ancient Library of Alexandria, once the largest and most famous libraries of the ancient world, is notable for its support of the Android operating system as well as its use of two screens, capable […]

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John Grisham on The Today Show Talk Ebooks

by Allen Weiner  |  November 4, 2009  |  Comments Off

Author John Grisham talks about the devaluation of books as well as “uncertainty over ebooks” in this insightful interview on NBC’s “The Today Show.”

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John Grisham on Ebooks

by Allen Weiner  |  November 3, 2009  |  1 Comment

Don’t get too excited, in this video, Grisham only acknowledges the fact that ereaders will make an impact on the number of authors who get published (as a result of lower retail prices). The world (or at least those of us who are fans of John Grisham), await the author giving the green flag to […]

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