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In Japan, sales of mobilephone novels--books that you download and read, usually in installments, on the screen of your cell phone--have jumped from nothing five years ago to over $82m a year today (The Economist) Most importantly the public, largely ignorant of e-books in the twentieth century, now see fellow commuters reading e-books on laptops around campus; on handheld computers at the coffee shop or on cellphones during their commute. Let's not forget audio books as a form of electronic book. Busy, on-the-move readers can load a book in audio format onto their portable equipment.

BACKGROUND

E-books appeared on the web, easily shared and stored on a hard drive or storage disk, and quickly began to proliferate. Early e-books were generally written in specialty areas, intended to be documents that only small groups might share, and therefore were few.

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Numerous e-book formats emerged and proliferated, some supported by major software companies (like Adobe's PDF format) and others supported by independent and open-source programmers. Multiple readers naturally followed multiple formats, most of them specializing in only one format, and thereby fragmenting the e-book market even more. The result was a lack of an overriding voice with the public regarding e-books, which kept e-books from becoming a mainstream product. E-books continued to gain in their own underground markets. Many e-book publishers began distributing books that were in the public domain, or that were simply old and hard-to-find. At the same time, authors with books that were not accepted by their publisher began to strike out on their own, offering the books online so they could be seen by others.

The major publishing companies finally took notice of the e-book movement around 2001. The publishers, at first frightened of the capabilities of the new medium in much the same way as the music industry was against the MP3, are now following the music industry's example in trying to better understand, and ultimately take advantage of, the new e-book formats. They have established online stores and partnered with e-reader manufacturers to establish themselves in the e-book market.

(Source: http://www.ebookweek.com/history.html) (Source: http://www.ebookweek.com/history.html)

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Then Oprah got involved - announcing that Amazon's Kindle e-book reader was her favorite gadget - and e-books met popular culture. Amazon couldn't keep enough Kindle's in stock to meet the demand. Sony also introduced a portable reader using the same e-ink display. The Sony PRS505 with its amazing 6 inch screen was soon a crowd pleaser.

E-books can just as easily read on a computer or laptop. That's what the first ebooks were created for. But now e-books are more commonly read on e-book reading devices like the new Sony Reader, the iRex Iliad and a host of other dedicated devices. The list of e-book readers, and format they read in, is growing yearly. The good news is that new technologies make these devices more durable and easier to see in all lighting situations. E-books can also be read on handheld computers (aka Pocket PCs, or PDAs). These pocket-sized devices are popular with people on the go, and can carry an astounding amount of memory!

Electronics hardware manufacturers are working on dedicated e-book readers, also hoping to capitalize on the e-book movement. With all of this activity by major publishers and electronics companies alongside independents, new selling models are being developed, formats are beginning to homogenize, dedicated reading hardware is now available, and thanks to the Internet, e-books are achieving global distribution.

(Source: www.ebookweek.com/ebook_readers.html)

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BOOKS AREN'T DEAD. (THEY'RE JUST GOING DIGITAL) - NEWSWEEK EBOOK READERS IN THE MARKET

iRiver Story Amazon Kindle 2 Kindle DX Sony PRS-300 Sony Daily Readr Cybook Opus iRex Iliad 2 Sony PRS-600 Sony PRS 505 B & N Nook Foxit eSlick Astak EZPro COOL-ER NUUT NP-601 Astak Mentor Bebook Onyx Boox60 NUUT 2 Astak EZReadr Cybook Gen 3 iRex Dgtl Reader Pocketbook 301 Viewsonic 612 Eclicto Hanvon N518 Pixelar Ereader txtr Reader BeBook Mini Azbooka N516 Fujitsu FLEPia Pocketbook 360 Borders Elonex Woxter Scriba Hanvon N516 Soribook Hanvon 510 STAReBOOK Ganaxa GeR2 Hanvon N520

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BOOKS AREN'T DEAD. (THEY'RE JUST GOING DIGITAL) - NEWSWEEK KINDLE EBOOKS OUTSELL REAL BOOKS ON CHRISTMAS

Amazon's Kindle e-book reader hit a watershed moment on Christmas Day 2009, when, for the first time ever, customers purchased more Kindle books than physical books. The company also claims the Kindle is the most gifted item in Amazon's history.

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BOOKS AREN'T DEAD. (THEY'RE JUST GOING DIGITAL) - NEWSWEEK THE KINDLE SPARKS!

Appearing on both Motley Fool and besttabletreview.com, these statistics are from a study by iSuppli. As you can see from the graph, Amazon's market is 45%, Sony's is 30% and 25% goes to others

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BOOKS AREN'T DEAD. (THEY'RE JUST GOING DIGITAL) - NEWSWEEK ADVANTAGES OF E-BOOKS

Ebooks are Great! Here's why: MOBILITY Carry your entire library in your pocket: You could have your entire library with you and have it accessible to your fingertips. Backup a copy of your library with an online backup service: Backing up your entire library online or locally won't require much space and it's something that would be impossible with a physical library, and no more worries about fire-proofing your books. SAVING PHYSICAL SPACE Your Library is as Big as your Disk Drive: Your library can grow as big as the disk space you have available and will be relatively small compared to walls and walls of bookshelves. It's safe to say you'll probably never run out of space to store your library in your lifetime. CONVENIENCE Keep it? Throw it Away? It's just Bits: Now, you won't have the guilt of having to give away or throw out that paper book. Keeping an electronic book will take up so little space. Hopefully it will allow you to experiment with different types of authors and genres. Your Next Book is just Moments Away: Carrying books along with you wherever you are go is no longer a problem. When you've finished one book, quickly browse your library and start another! SAVING TIME & MONEY No Shipping Costs or Wait Time: You can eliminate the need for shipping that book to where you physically are. Save Gas, Save Time: Also, buying electronically will inevitably save you gas by not going to a physical bookstore, and time as from selection to purchase and reading an electronic book can be done in mere minutes.

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EASE-OF-USE Not all ebook software is exactly the same, but many of them have similar settings and features that are common: Adjust Font Size for any Eyes: Adjust the font size, type and background color of your electronic book per your preferences. Add Notes, Bookmarks or Highlight: Instead of earmarking pages or marking up your paper copy, electronic copies allow you to add and delete bookmarks and notes at will and as many as you see fit. Searchable and Linkable Text: The text is searchable and can be hyperlinked, you can jump back-and-forth between chapters or the glossary. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF E-BOOKS Another huge benefit of e-books is their impact on the environment. E-books are created electronically. No trees are cut to produce them. No ink is used to put the words on the page. No fossil fuel is used to run presses or power trucks to move them around the country. No storage facilities are heated to store boxes of books until they are shipped to bookstores. E-books are delivered to the end user electronically. They are read electronically. They are disposed of with a push of a delete button, without ever taking up room in a landfill.Adherents to print books point to energy consumption to use e-book readers. E Ink, who produce e-book reader screens, have engineered a new screen that only refreshes when a page is turned, as opposed to older screens that constantly refresh. The result is a dramatic reduction in energy consumption.

It was found that a paper book created 4 times the greenhouse gas emissions of an e-book reader and several times more ozone-depleting substances and chemicals associated with acid rain. Print books needed 3 times more raw materials and 78 times more water consumption than e-books.

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BOOKS AREN'T DEAD. (THEY'RE JUST GOING DIGITAL) - NEWSWEEK FORMATS OF EBOOKS

Aptara surveyed more than 600 Trade, Professional and Educational publishers this 2010 summer

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EBOOK FORMATS 1. EPUB - Important format. If your book is available in epub, it can be read on some of the most popular ebook readers and ebook reading software applications (Like Stanza on the iPhone). 2. PDF (Portable Document Format) - Readable by many devices, including handheld e-readers, PDAs, and computers. A good format if your book contains complex formatting, layout, charts, images or indexes with page numbers. PDF is also a good option for readers who may want to print out their book on their home computers. On the negative side, PDF is a horribly inflexible format. Readers can't easily change the font size or style to match their preferences, the text isn't easily reflowable, and the reader is forced to read page by page. 3. TXT - Plain Text. Widely supported file format but it lacks formatting, but will work anywhere. A plain text file cannot include images. 4. MOBI (Kindle) - Mobipocket is used by the Amazon Kindle. Mobipocket is supported on Windows PCs and on the ereading apps used by many handheld devices. The Smashwords version of MOBI is not burdened by DRM, whereas the version sold by Amazon is. 5. RTF - Rich Text Format, is a cross-platform document format supported by many word processors and devices. 6. LRF - This is the standard format for the Sony Reader, an ebook reading device. 7. PDB (Palm Doc) - PalmDoc is a format primarily used on Palm Pilot devices, but software readers are available for PalmOS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile Pocket PC/Smartphone, desktop Windows, and Macintosh.

Source: www.bnet.com/blog/media/smashwordsbroadens-its-reach-to-publishers/2087

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BOOKS AREN'T DEAD. (THEY'RE JUST GOING DIGITAL) - NEWSWEEK GROWING MARKET OF EBOOKS

US Trade Wholesale Electronic Book Sales

Predicting the future of books: US Trade Wholesale Electronic Book Sales Quarters 2002 through Q3 2009 Library Research Service 60 Second Survey Results

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BOOKS AREN'T DEAD. (THEY'RE JUST GOING DIGITAL) - NEWSWEEK IT'S GOOD!

Today, e-books are spawning new e-publishing houses, electronics manufacturers are releasing more e-book readers designed for the masses and software designers are creating new reader applications for portable electronics gear like handheld computers, smartphones and game consoles. Consumers can find more of the kind of literature they want to read, from best-sellers by established authors, to cutting-edge material by daring new authors, and everything in-between.

A company called E Ink recently introduced a new display technology, eink, which mimics the look of paper better than any other display technology. Its introduction into the latest reading devices has been hailed by many consumers as being far superior to LCD displays.

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Amazon sold about 7.1 million Kindle e-readers last year, Barclays analyst Doug Anmuth estimates today in a note, and will sell 12.3 million this year. Kindle sales (devices and content) will reach $3.3 billion this year, almost 8% of Amazon's revenue. Apple could sell 23 million iPads this year, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates. http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-couldsell-12-million-kindles-this-year-2011-1

For the third week in a row, more than a third of the top 50 books on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list sold more e-book copies than print versions. Among the 19 books more popular in digital form was Kathryn Stockett's novel, The Help. http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/ news/2011-01-20-buzz20_ST_N.htm

In the UK, eBook versions of romance novels are outselling pBook romances by seven to one. Noel Griese, Southern Review of Books. eBooks had another great week after up to 5 million digital reading devices were unwrapped for the holidays. Last week, the eBook outsold the print version for 18 of the top 50 books on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, including all three Stieg Larsson novels. http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/201 1-01-13-buzz13_ST_N.htm

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BOOKS AREN'T DEAD. (THEY'RE JUST GOING DIGITAL) - NEWSWEEK TORCHLIGHT'S EBOOK SERVICES

With this rapidly growing and important market, Torchlight Publishing has developed specialist eBook services to help you take advantage of this growing global opportunity for new sales. Whether you are an established author, small publisher or just want to get your manuscript published in the best and most economical way we can help. The services that Torchlight provides includes · · · · · · · Evaluation of Your book or manuscript Convert your MS Word, PDF and text files into two most published formats Kindle supported mobi format and epub, the most popular format for eBooks. Other formats on special order For as little as USD 75, you can convert your manuscript or book to eBook and also get it freely posted to Amazon's Kindle Store. We also provide first class editing services at very competitive rates. We have a simple application process. Just fill out a two page application and send us your manuscript and you are done (depending on editing requirements) Don't wait - start making sales immediately!

Do you want a free quote? We would love to hear if you have any questions. Contact us at [email protected] and send us your copy. With a small one time investment will get your eBook published and selling for years. You can enjoy the passive income generated by it without a thing to worry about. Best wishes with your eBook, Alister Taylor Publisher Torchlight Publishing California USA West Bengal India

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