by Robert Ellis Taylor NYC Long Island 7-11-10:
"How many of you
NY readers own an E-Reader already and are enjoying it on a regular basis? With paid reporting that 40% of U.S. online
consumers had heard of e-Readers but have never seen them in person, that number still probably equals a small amount. Though
the number is most likely growing steadily as more E-Reader products go on sale at your local book and electronics stores.
This is strikingly true realization to anyone
who walks into a Barnes & Noble bookstore and sees the new displays for their Nook eReader
set up. Or for those who wander for the first time in a while into a Best Buy store only to notice the new "Gadgets and
Gizmos" sections and the e-Readers on display for testing.
"The E-Reader Revolution" will a series of previews
of select eReaders that Media Tech Connection will begin rolling out over the next few days
to inform those who are interested in finding out more about the new reading technologies that exist out there. So, let's
Amazon Kindle is an eReader than many have heard about simply because it's Internet home is
the widely popular online bookstore, Amazon.com. Amazon WhisperSync is a feature integrated
with Amazon.com that syncs files with all Amazon devices, Kindle for iPhone, and others.
The battery can also
last days on end without a charge, and included is a new "E-ink" technology makes whatever you read look like ink
on paper. While Kindle offers a wireless connection, it's one downside is that it's mainly restricted to Amazon's online bookstore
unlike other eReaders in the field. Kindle makes up for it's downsides by giving you a personal
e-mail address, PDF, DOC, TXT e-mail functions support.
Along with bookmarks, MP3 playback, a web browser and 1,500 books built in memory the Kindle has a lot to offer. Finally,
with 400,000 books total supported, 8,000 blogs, 120 newspapers and magazines it's no reason the Amazon Kindle is one of the
most popular eReaders out today. Also look for the Kindle for PC edition program for download
at http://www.amazon.com/kindle to get an idea of how the Kindle software operates. The
newly released Kindle DV now holds 3,500 books which is 2.5 times bigger than normal Kindle,
so be prepared for big things to evolve from the Kindle line of eReader products.
Now the Barnes and Noble Andoid-based
Nook reader being sold in physical stores boasts a range of features and appears to be in quick contention with the Kindle.
The Nook can hold 1,500 books and have a well-rated Web site and customer support to back it up. There are 2 different Nook
versions to choose from: The $149.99 has Wi-Fi and can connect
wherever there is a wireless hotspot. The Nook for $199.99 has Wi-Fi and free 3G connection so it can connect anywhere.
The BN.com book store lets you search for and shop
from more than a million eBooks, newspapers and magazines, which also offers free book samples
of every book to offer a "try before you buy" option. An always "Online Library" lets you access books
anytime in your collection and also features color covers, while a special "LendMe"
technology lets you share eBooks with your friends. Bookmarks, note taking and highlighting
as well as font changing boasts a range of customization features for the Nook.
Barnes & Noble also has an eReader
for iPad available from app store, or you can download an equivalent for PC, the iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, or Mac to sync the last page read, keep notes
and highlights with the iPad eReader app. It's a nifty little
feature and similar to the software version of the Kindle for PC reader. .
Children can also get in on the eReader action by
creating their own books at Tikatok.com, which also has features for parents to "Read a
Book created by your child on your Nook." For just $2.99 kids can create and publish their own eBooks.
The Nook and Kindle however aren't
the only games in town. The Sony Reader directly rivals the previous eReaders with some of its
Sony Readers offer touch-sensitive screen and wireless AT&T access to download books from many sources including libraries.
Reader Touch Edition for $169.99, Reader Daily Edition for $299.99, and Reader Pocket for $149.99 with a lightweight 5"
Combined with the Sony Reader store and Google Books it apparently gives owners access to over 1 million
eBooks and retains a charge for 2 weeks. You can also subscribe directly to newspapers, like
The New York Times and magazines directly through the reader. The Sony Reader is "more than just books" however.
PDF support, Microsoft Word documents and MP3s are all accessable
by the Sony Readers.
Right now some of the Readers are being bundled as "Eat, Pray, Love" collections
and available at a bit higher rate and are obviously aiming to lure buyers to the eReader realm
with popular book packages, which really isn't a bad idea to be honest."
As posted by Dr. E.W.Kaearley 5-19-10 Boston Ma.
Electronic texts have existed since at least 1971, when Michael Hart began the Gutenberg Project -- and you could
read them, too, if you could work a multistory, several-ton machine called a computer. For decades, people have been talking
about the portable e-reader, and its time may finally be here.
To be sure, as Kelly Gallagher, vice president of publishing
services at R.R. Bowker, puts it, "We're still in a 1.0 world with e-books. Fully 50 percent of all downloaded books
are still free -- but the e-books market is finally starting to be substantial."
Sony debuted its Reader in
2006, and since then has sold 10 million e-books, according to Chris Smythe, director of the Reader Store at Sony. In November
2007 came Kindle by Amazon. About 1.5 million Kindles had sold as of December -- and the world took note when Amazon said
that on Christmas Day, it sold more e-books than physical books, for the first time.
Maria Hutchinson of Haddonfield,
N.J., writes via Facebook that her Barnes & Noble Nook is "easy to use. I get automatic updates that are easy to
install. I use it all the time. I find the pricing to be about the same as a book." Faith Paulsen of East Norriton, Pa.,
writes via Facebook: "I got a Kindle as a gift, liked it so much we bought one for my husband. Lightweight. Easy to use.
Great for travel." Mat Kaplan of Long Beach, Calif., e-mails that he bought an Aluratek Libre for $100: "It came
preloaded with 100 public-domain classics, so not a bad deal."
According to the Association of American Publishers,
2009 e-book sales (in a year when plain old book sales ebbed 1.8 percent) increased 176.6 percent over 2008, to $169.5 million.
E-sales rocketed to $117.8 million through April of this year, at an annual rate double 2009's. Americans now own an estimated
2.8 million e-readers -- not counting computers, still the most common kind.
At fewer than 3 percent of all books
sold, e-books are still a small corner of the publishing market. But such rapid growth suggests that a new age of reading
Makers of e-books are stingy with their numbers, and industry watchdogs disagree, but some say a large
proportion of early e-book owners -- up to 66 percent in some surveys -- are older than 40, with a "sweet spot"
in the 35-to-54 range.
Smythe of Sony said that "as of now, the whole e-book industry was trending older,"
and Tony Astarita, vice president of digital products at Barnes & Noble, said that "our initial adoption was skewed
to heavy readers and an older demographic." Astarita expects, however, that as e-book prices moderate, "we're going
to see a more general audience."
Risa Becker, vice president of research operations for GfK MRI, reports on
a survey released in May: "We're not finding the more-mature trend, and only a very slight tendency for men to own e-readers
more than women." Yet for certain readers, such as the Kindle, early users are more frequently female. Smythe said, "We're
seeing a greater percentage of women than men; a lot of women are taking to this."
Becker said, "Women
were 11 percent more likely than men to say they read an e-book, and men were 20 percent more likely to have read a magazine
and 19 percent more likely to have read a newspaper."
E-book users, Becker said, tend to earn more than $100,000
a year, be college-educated, and be very Web and social-media savvy: "These people do everything on the Web. They spend
more than 20 hours a week on it."
What are they reading? The e-Top 10 looks pretty much like the non-e. Last
week, the top five at Sony Reader Store featured books by James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, and Stieg Larsson. Larsson's "Girl
With the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy was 1-3 on the Kindle Top 100, and Evanovich and Patterson were in the top 10.
You didn't know libraries offer e-books? "That's what's frustrating," said library consultant Cynthia Orr, from
her offices in Cleveland. "It's been around for a while now, and people aren't aware of it." She helped invent the
country's first public e-check-out system in 2003. Called Overdrive, it is used at hundreds of libraries across the land,
11,000 worldwide. It checked out a record 1.2 million e-items in June.
"Video and audiobooks are still most
popular," Orr said. "But at last, after seven years, e-books are starting to pick up. ... Speaking generally, the
users have been older than you might expect. Whatever's hot, whatever's on the best-sellers list, that's what's hot e-wise.
Romances circulate like mad."
As a librarian, Orr has met many for whom e-books are nothing less than a godsend.
One group is people with disabilities. "One man, who could see a little but was legally blind," she said, "called
to say he was so grateful for the service. From his home, he could check out titles himself -- and adjust the type size so
he could read it."
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