State of the Electronic Books

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Borders® today announced that it has teamed with BookBrewer to launch BORDERS – GET PUBLISHED™ Powered by BookBrewer. The co-branded publishing service empowers independent authors to publish and sell eBooks through the Borders eBook store, powered by Kobo, as well as other eBook retailers. BORDERS – GET PUBLISHED™ Powered by BookBrewer makes it seamless for any writer or blogger to format, display and sell their content across a number of technology platforms including a variety of tablets and eReading devices. The service will be available at borders.bookbrewer.com beginning Oct. 25.

Competition

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amazon called on writers and publishers on Tuesday to submit short works to a new section of the US online retail giant’s electronic bookstore called “Kindle Singles.”

Amazon said Kindle Singles will showcase works that are “twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book.”

“Today’s announcement is a call to serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Amazon in making such works available to readers around the world,” Amazon said.

The Seattle, Washington-based company said writers have traditionally been faced with a choice of “less than 10,000 words or more than 50,000.”

“Works either had to be short enough for a magazine article or long enough to deliver the ‘heft’ required for book marketing and distribution,” it said.

“But in many cases, 10,000 to 30,000 words (roughly 30 to 90 pages) might be the perfect, natural length to lay out a single killer idea, well researched, well argued and well illustrated,” Amazon said in a statement.

As examples, it cited a “business lesson, a political point of view, a scientific argument, or a beautifully crafted essay on a current event.”

The Tablet as a Platform

When the iPad was first rumored to launch, Matthew Ingram suggested the tablet could become a platform for authors of all kinds to find a larger market for their works: not just authors of traditional books (many of whom love the e-book revolution for a variety of reasons), but bloggers and other thinkers with interesting ideas, academics with valuable research papers, anyone with something they might feel deserves a larger audience (although obviously not all of them will). In some ways, it’s like the early days of the Gutenberg revolution, when authors published short manuscripts and “chapbooks” and everything in between.

Kno Tablet

TechCrunch review:

The money is in the textbooks and apps, not in the hardware. “We don’t see ourselves as a hardware platform, but as a learning platform company,” says Rashid. In a year or two, it is not hard to imagine that $599 Kno costing only half as much, opening up the world of digital textbooks to even more students.

Technical Specs (courtesy: MakeTechEasier.com)

  • 14.1 inch single or dual color LCD backlit glossy widescreen multi-touch displays
  • 1440×800 WXGA resolution
  • 262,144 colors
  • Anti-glare film screen with hard coat surface
  • Fingers and Pen stylus (for note taking)
  • Nvidia Tegra T200 series CPU ( based on the Dual-core ARM Cortex -A9 MPCore) 1.0GHz
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 16 GB or 32 GB flash memory
  • Ubuntu 9.10
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