Yesterday, on The Passive Voice, there was an interresting blog entry on TREEBook, a new eBook format that stands for Timed Reading Experience E-Book. The format allows for the embedding of multiple storylines based on readers’ actions and behavior.
The comments on this one are interesting. The idea seems to have left a bad taste for quite a few…. And, maybe I’m alone in this, but I think something like this would drive me crazy as I would be constantly wondering what had been added or what I had missed. That’s hardly a recipe for a relaxing read.
You know the Kindle Fire has achieved a certain level of pop culture appeal when Conan O’Brien parodies it. CNET has video of the hilarious sketch poking fun at the Fire’s flaws.
There is a must-read article by Jon Evans on the Tech Crunch website today. Entitled Dog Bites Man; Pope Condems Violence; Publishers Still Don’t Get It, this is an unbelievably astute commentary on some of the biggest issues affecting the publishing world today. (Hint: There’s nothing about dogs or the Pope in the article.)
Whatever you think about Amazon, it is increasingly apparent that Amazon “gets” what readers want. Say what you will about Jeff Bezos, but he is a reader and really does understand what readers want.
With all the recent Kindle news, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the very first Kindle and the eBook climate at that point in time. Here’s Jeff Bezos on the Charlie Rose Show in 2007 talking about the first Kindle and what Amazon was trying to accomplish. So much has changed since then, it is unbelievable!
An area of ebooks that is generating both excitement and confusion is that of lending books using eReaders. The Kindle still doesn’t have the ability for library loans, although it is now possible for individuals in the United States to loan each other books. Lending is a big selling point for the Nook and the Sony brand of eReaders.
However, eReader owners are finding that actually using their devices to borrow books from the library is a much more complicated procedure as this NPR article indicates. According to the article, despite all the new software to read library books on devices,
… I’m sad to report that reading library e-books is still more hassle than buying them. The whole process could be smoother, and there are questions about how libraries are going about the transition to the e-book world.
The questions about how libraries make that transition is the focus of an interesting article from librarian Meredith Wolfwater talking about the state of e-lending for libraries today. It is a long, but thought-provoking read that shows us how far we have to go to make eBook availability through the library a viable option.
And most sources tend to agree on this one: According to a recent study, 32% of participants said that library lending was important to them.
So now it’s your turn: Is the ability to borrow library books important to you? Is it a deal-breaker in choosing an eReader?