An article in the Wall Street Journal today discusses the long-awaited Google Editions launch, which is set for the end of this year.
I missed this last Friday, sorry for the long list.
Reprinted in full from Teleread. Thanks, Paul.
Mark Nelson, Strategic Partner Manager & International Lead at Google, will be interviewed during a special keynote event, LIVE during the Publishing Business VIRTUAL Conference & Expo (produced by Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines), Sept. 16 at 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET.
The interview will focus on “Google Editions,” Google’s forthcoming new service that will allow users to buy digital copies of books they discover through Google’s book search, and enable book retailers to sell Google Editions through their own sites and share in the revenue from e-book sales. The foundation and distinction of Google Editions versus other online e-bookstores is its “cloud-based” platform, which provides consumers who purchase books with an “electronic bookshelf,” so they can access their books anytime, anywhere, from a variety of electronic devices, via the Internet.
Nelson also will share his perspectives on the future of the book industry, among other important issues surrounding a shifting industry in which Google has been a dominant player.
To reserve your front-row seat (@ your desk), sign up today
Date … Thursday, September 16, 2010
Time … 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (Also available later on-demand)
Where … Your Computer – It’s Virtual
Cost … $0 – It’s Free
Great post in the Idea Logical Blog about 3 new eBook platforms – Google Editions, blio, and Copia. The author, Mike Shatzkin, discusses each of the readers angles, pricing, content, and challenges. Shatzkin’s final take, “So I think we can expect a multi-player ebook market, with some incompatible formats and a lot of incompatible DRM for some years to come. And the players currently in the game can expect their sales to go up but their market share to go down when the three new entrants join the fray this fall. That much seems certain, but very little else does.”
hat tip to @buffyjhamilton for the tweet
Here’s what I’ve been reading (and listening to) this week:
Eric Freese, and Aptara Solutions Architect, wrote an article for the Digital Book World blog yesterday, “Google Editions: what we know and don’t know.” In this article he discusses content, platforms, partners, EPUB, price, and the possibility of a “gpad” type tablet in the future. Unfortunately, as the title suggests, there is much we don’t know about Google Editions, but the article is still a great summary.
Interesting article in SSP”s Scholarly Kitchen by Joseph Espisito, “The POD Booby Trap and the Lure of Open Access Books.” Espisito discusses “the booby trap” of open access, stating, “The unfortunate, unstated premise of those who fall into the POD booby trap is that they really don’t and can’t believe in the emerging primacy of digital text. The trap is set for anyone who thinks that print is superior for enough readers to make print a long-term viable option. This is highly doubtful. E-books have already reached the tipping point. In just a couple months, Apple has sold millions of e-books from its online bookstore, millions that come on top of the tens of millions sold by Amazon for its Kindle and Stanza brands. And Google Editions haven’t even launched yet. No more make-believe. If we want the cultural advantages of broad dissemination of scholarly texts through open access, then let’s step up and pay for it. Authors, department heads, university provosts, granting agencies — all of these have a stake, or claim to, in the distribution of academic material. Let the stakeholders fund the stake.”
Let the stakeholders fund the stake. This sounds exactly like a plan that Frances Pinter from Bloomsbury Academic is trying to promote. She spoke about it at the O’Reilly TOC conference and I had a follow up interview with her in March. She’ll be keynoting on this exact topic at The Charleston Conference in November.