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Posts Tagged ‘Ed Nawotka’

Is CES eReader Fever Too Much?

ed2.jpg As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) steams onward, one literary reporter has decided that the publishing world should give eReaders a rest.

Over at Publishing Perspectives, editor-in-chief Edward Nawotka (pictured) reminded the industry that “CES Is Not a Book Fair.”

Here’s our digital sibling’s take on the matter: “‘[T]he devices that we already have are good enough for books in their present form. No, the e-ink screens on the Sony, Kindle and others are not great–the one on my iPod Touch is far better for reading–and the designs are merely ‘adequate.’ Yet to most people they suffice,’ writes Nawotka. Yeah, but…that’s no fun. Gimme gadgets. He goes on to point out that much of what we’ll see at CES will never come to market, and that even tablet PCs have actually been available for years.”

We interviewed Nawotka last year, click here to listen.

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Bantam Dell Joins the Second Life Fray

As first reported by PW Daily and now picked up by Ed Nawotka at Bloomberg, Bantam Dell has announced that it is the latest publisher to set up shop in the virtual world of Second Life. Fittingly, they’ve chosen Dean Koontz and his newest novel THE GOOD GUY (slated for publication on May 29) as their launch title there. At 9 PM tonight, Koontz will give a virtual reading from the book, assisted by a pair of Bantam Dell employee avatars with the literary-sounding names of Beatrice Scintilla (really Betsy Hulsebosch, senior vice president and director of creative marketing) and Horatio Ruggles.

Since its creation by Linden Lab in 2003, Second Life, a 3-D online world in which people roam a fictitious but familiar environment in the form of digital avatars — that is, computer representations that look, walk and misbehave much like real human beings, has attracted more than 4 million users worldwide.”We think Second Life represents the next dimension of social networking,” Hulsebosch said to Nawotka. “It’s three-dimensional. You physically create the world around you. We think the people who are drawn to that sort of experience would also be drawn to books.”