Publishing: the way we live now

The mail is still coming in about my review of Barnes & Noble’s latest e-book reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. Very little of the mail is actually about the reader, though. Most of it challenges the statements I made when I characterized the state of the e-book world right now. How Compatible Are Rival E-Readers?

It’s Not So Easy Giving Away Books: World Book Night US. Oh, my God, I missed World Book Night US again! Of course it would have helped it I’d known about it.

‘Madame Bovary’ in Pie Chart Form.

Can You Survive without Amazon? I wonder.

Attack of the POD people. Hey, pod is the wave of the future. Too bad the Xerox Espresso machine is $250K.

Every writer’s nightmare: the wordless Web. Oh, it’s not just writers that hate it. I know I hate having to watch a video when I’d rather just skim some writing.

Thursday, May 17, 4 p.m. Gregg Allman signs his memoir “My Cross to Bear” Book Soup. Just FYI.

Elsevier’s Publishing Model Might be About to Go Up in Smoke. And good riddance.

The Coming Collapse of the Academic Publishing Model. POD to the rescue!

Handsome young men in Stuttgart adapting an episode of Jason Yungbluth’s “Clarissa” comic. Yes, that J Yungbluth, of “Weapon Brown” fame, but, alas, these cats in Stuttgart aren’t doing that masterpiece. StuffedFriend

It’s going to be a strange world for those of us over 40 if book writing is going to become an unpaid vocation like composing, poetry, and most of the fine arts. Publishing today

Not only has she got a new book out, Are you my Mother?, but she won a Guggenheim and I just found out about both of those things. I must get out more. Congratulations, Ms. Bechdel.

On the heels of yesterday’s news that Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s Nook and college businesses, B&N CEO William Lynch says that the company plans to embed NFC (near field communication) chips into Nooks. Users could take their Nook into a Barnes & Noble store and wave it near a print book to get info on it or buy it. That could help someone gain quick information on their Nook about a book, making it easy to go from browsing to buying. Consumers could also choose to just buy a printed book in the store with the additional information gleaned from the Nook. The model would help ensure that showrooming leads to sales through Barnes & Noble, whether users ultimately purchase a print or e-book, instead of sending them online and possibly Amazon. Soon you’ll be able to use your Nook to buy books in Barnes & Noble stores.

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