Archive for February 17, 2008

Boycott eBay This Week

February 17, 2008

Is eBay Boycott for Real?

I hope so.

I don’t like the changes and I’m just a buyer!

The eBay strike by sellers is supposed to begin tomorrow, February 18th.

I won’t be signing into ebay this week. Neither should you.

Previously here:
Ebay Is Just Wrong About This
eBay Strike: February 18-25, 2008

iPhone/iPod Touch Can Be A Piano!

February 17, 2008

OMG. When I saw the guitar, I already knew the most amazing apps would be coming for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Now this:

My jaw just dropped watching that!

Click here for more information about iAno.

Sony Reader Can Be Bought In Spain!

February 17, 2008

Lectores de ebooks: Sony contraataca en esta revolución silenciosa

Allá por noviembre, Amazon sorprendió al mundo con Kindle, un lector de ebooks (libros electrónicos) que integraba una conexión EVDO de forma que uno podía comprar los libros sobre la marcha, es decir, desde el parque si era menester. Pues bien, no va a estar solo en esta batalla, ya que Sony va a dar mucha guerra con el PRS-505 Reader Digital Book que ya puede comprarse en España.

Babelfish version in English:

Readers of ebooks: Contraataca Sony in this quiet revolution

There per November, Amazon surprised world with Kindle, reader of ebooks (books electronic) that integrated a connection EVDO so that one could buy books on the march, that is to say, from the park if it were necessary. Then, it is not going to be single in this battle, since Sony is going to give much war with the PRS-505 Digital Reader Book that already can be bought in Spain.

This is the first time I have heard of the Sony Reader being available outside the United States.

A Bunch Of Ebook News

February 17, 2008

Former Sony ebook and Marketing Executive Places Bet on ebook Industry

Marina Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2008 — Clint Brauer, General Manager of CyberRead, LLC, announced today that his firm has acquired CyberRead.com, a pioneer in the ebook retail and publishing industry.

CyberRead.com has been selling ebooks since 1999 under the guidance of Marilyn Jenkins, former CEO and president of the company.

“We are here to do what the large public retailers cannot do; think about our customers first and our bottom line second,” said Clint Brauer, General Manager, CyberRead, LLC. “The acquisition of CyberRead.com provides a solid technical foundation that we will use as a launching pad to gain velocity into the quickly growing ebook retail industry.”

Monthly traffic on CyberRead.com and the pace at which its customers buy ebooks have nearly doubled since the official acquisition. Their wide selection of ebook titles has steadily increased from 10,000 to over 50,000 books, ranging across 130 different genres from both major and independent publishers.

That’s a very confusing release, what with both companies having just about the same name. And I haven’t heard of either one of them. And where’s the Sony link?

PRESS RELEASE: iNova Publishes Actions! eBook

Lights… Digital Camera… Actions! delivers over 600 original iNovaFX Photoshop Actions and a 248-page interactive eBook into the hands of photographers who want to take their images to the next level. And the one after that.

This is author Peter iNova’s tenth digital photography eBook since 2000. His recent dSLR-series with coauthor Uwe Steinmueller includes three Canon and four Nikon titles. Prior eBooks have traditionally included a repertoire of customized iNovaFX Actions.

Now this really shows off the e part of ebook:

Nearly all the images on the eBook are interactive. Roll the mouse cursor over the shot and it changes into an alternate version. A/B comparisons are in-register. Some are up to 10 images deep.

That brings an added dimension. The e is not simply electronic, it’s also enhanced. Just what David Rothman over at Teleread has advocated for years.

Smashwords Previews Breakthrough ebook Publishing Platform Where Authors Control the Pricing, Sampling and Marketing of Their Works
Authors Earn 85% of Net Sales Proceeds

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ — O’Reilly Tools of Change —

Smashwords, a new digital publishing startup, today previewed a breakthrough ebook publishing platform for authors and publishers at the O’Reilly Tools of Change publishing conference in New York City. The company began accepting applications today for a limited number of beta testers at http://www.smashwords.com.

Smashwords allows anyone to become a published ebook author in minutes. The site is ideal for full length novels, short fiction, essays, poetry, personal memoirs, non-fiction and screenplays. Authors receive 85% the net sales proceeds from their works, and retain full control over sampling, pricing and marketing.

The site offers authors free viral marketing tools to build readership, such as precent-based sampling; dedicated pages for author profiles and book profiles; support for embedded YouTube book trailers, author interviews and video blogs; widgets for off-site marketing; reader reviews; and reader “favoriting.”

Get this boast:

“We plan to do for ebook authors what YouTube did for amateur video producers,” said Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, based in Los Gatos, Calif.

Note to Mark Coker: YouTube didn’t have a stupid name! I see that if you had created it, it would have been called SmashTV. FAIL!

Memo To Steve Jobs: People DO Still Read!

February 17, 2008

Let me repeat the big story for you, Steve:

Oprah’s fans downloaded OVER A MILLION COPIES of the Suze Orman free ebook, Women and Money!

Oprah Winfrey plug makes business book, ‘Women & Money,’ a Web sensation

NEW YORK (AP) – The Oprah touch doesn’t just work for traditional books.

More than 1 million copies of Suze Orman’s ”Women & Money” have been downloaded since the announcement last week on Winfrey’s television show that the e-book edition would be available for free on her Web site, http://www.oprah.com.

”I believe ‘Women & Money’ is the most important book I’ve ever written,” Orman said in a statement released Saturday by Winfrey. ”So this was not about getting people to buy the book, but getting them to read it, and that was the intention behind this offer.”

According to Saturday’s statement, more than 1.1 million copies of Orman’s financial advice book were downloaded in English, and another 19,000 in Spanish. The demand compares to such free online sensations as ”The 9-11 Commission Report,” which the federal government made available for downloads, and Stephen King’s e-novella, ”Riding the Bullet.”

Remember what you recently said? Let me repeat that too:

The Passion of Steve Jobs

Today he had a wide range of observations on the industry, including the Amazon Kindle book reader, which he said would go nowhere largely because Americans have stopped reading.

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Emphasis added by me.

So, Steve, what do you think now, huh?

Oprah, Get A Sony Reader!

February 17, 2008

WOW!

Oprah’s fans downloaded OVER A MILLION COPIES of the Suze Orman free ebook, Women and Money!

Oprah Winfrey plug makes business book, ‘Women & Money,’ a Web sensation

NEW YORK (AP) – The Oprah touch doesn’t just work for traditional books.

More than 1 million copies of Suze Orman’s ”Women & Money” have been downloaded since the announcement last week on Winfrey’s television show that the e-book edition would be available for free on her Web site, http://www.oprah.com.

”I believe ‘Women & Money’ is the most important book I’ve ever written,” Orman said in a statement released Saturday by Winfrey. ”So this was not about getting people to buy the book, but getting them to read it, and that was the intention behind this offer.”

According to Saturday’s statement, more than 1.1 million copies of Orman’s financial advice book were downloaded in English, and another 19,000 in Spanish. The demand compares to such free online sensations as ”The 9-11 Commission Report,” which the federal government made available for downloads, and Stephen King’s e-novella, ”Riding the Bullet.”

Now, Oprah, if someone from your staff happens to read this, I have something to say to you.

You’ve probably heard a lot about the Amazon Kindle for ebooks.

Forget that.

What you just offered your fans is a PDF file. Your fans are now stuck at their desktop PCs reading it. They would probably like to be able to take that ebook with them, like any printed book.

I have it on very good authority that the new software Sony has been working on for its Sony Reader does an excellent job of letting people read that ebook!

This is what the Sony Reader looks like:

sonyreaderhandsb.jpg

It’s a clean design. The buttons cannot be pressed accidentally. It’s probably much lighter than the printed version of Suze Orman’s book too!

Now, it doesn’t allow people to order books over-the-air like the Kindle. But people already have that free PDF ebook on their computers. The Kindle could not retrieve it wirelessly. It needs a cable, just like the Sony Reader. The Sony Reader has a better screen. And Sony has just launched short stories for it too. So why not also recommend the best ebook reader to your viewers for that Suze Orman ebook? — the Sony Reader!