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Amazon’s Aims for Immediate E-reader Supremacy

by Allen Weiner  |  September 28, 2011  |  5 Comments

While most observers obsess about the impact of Amazon’s new tablet and its impact on Apple’s iPad and other media tablets, the real story is much less about tablets and more about e-ink e-readers. With three new e-ink readers ($79, $99, $149), Amazon is looking to fire a double tap to the heads of Barnes [...]

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Piecing Together the Digital Publishing Parts

by Allen Weiner  |  October 28, 2010  |  1 Comment

This past week, a number of announcements in the digital publishing arena provide both promise and confusion over the immediate trajectory of the space overall, but in particular the magazine and book markets. 1. Adobe unveiled the Digital Publishing Suite at MAX, its annual worldwide developer/industry conference. The product/service, built on Adobe Creative Suite and [...]

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The Enhanced E-book Myth

by Allen Weiner  |  February 11, 2010  |  4 Comments

Let’s try and untangle the congested freeway of e-book news that had led to the enhanced content myth. No matter what business model evolves as the de fact online retail model (wholesale to retail or agency model), publishers are struck, for the most part, with existing market pricing for best-sellers. With $9.99 being the norm, [...]

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Amazon’s First Response to the Apple Tablet

by Allen Weiner  |  January 20, 2010  |  2 Comments

Amazon has plans to change its royalty schedule for publishers beginning this summer, doing a 180 on its 70-30 split. There are rules a’plenty, but it’s a clear pre-emptive move in the face of Apple’s possible launch of a tablet-based device. Apple is said to be willing to offer publishers a split that more resembles [...]

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E-Books on the Apple Tablet

by Allen Weiner  |  January 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

Let’s get this on the table: even with talk of a deal between Harper Collins and Apple, the Apple Tablet will not be about e-books. Well, at least not the sorts of e-books we’ve seen on the Kindle, Nook and Sony Readers. I am now testing Sony’s Daily Edition and its reading experience is excellent, [...]

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The Nook: Better Than Kindle, But Not Perfect

by Allen Weiner  |  December 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

After a brief delay, about half of those who pre-ordered the Barnes & Noble Nook will soon be receiving their e-readers. With that in mind, the combatants are now out of their corners and are ready to do battle in the e-reader ring. In this corner is Amazon’s Kindle: a neat device that has a [...]

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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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