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Vanity Fair Analyzes the eBook Summit

VF.pngToday mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit turned up in a Vanity Fair feature, as the magazine asked: “Whoever said digital publishing was boring?”

Vanity Fair blogger Lauren Sozio wrote a long feature about the conference, focusing on Jane Friedman‘s new pubishing company and Douglas Rushkoff‘s scrappy keynote address. Earlier this week, GalleyCat collected all the Summit’s press coverage in one handy post.

The essay also pondered a presentation by Sony Digital president Steve Haber. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Haber sealed his lecture with the fatalistic advice that “we have to cannibalize our own business because, if we don’t, someone will do it for us.’ This forecast comes from a man who, over his 20 years in consumer electronics, has seen a series of paradigm shifts from LP to CD–and digital to paper–get the better of the technophobes.” (Via eBookNewser)

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Sony Reader Daily Edition Shipping Today

stevehaber23.jpgAt mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit last week, Sony digital reading business division president Steve Haber (pictured) said that the company’s new Sony Reader Daily Edition e-reader would ship by Christmas–and he was right.

Many in the audience were skeptical of his claim–including the moderator, PC Mag editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff. Ulanoff tweeted: “Sony eBook prez told me the wireless Reader will ship in time for the holiday–in 2009! I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude.” Nevertheless, the company beat expectations and shipped the initial units today.

Here’s more from Engadget: “[Sony] managed to get the first ones out the door on the early end of its December 18th to January 8th estimate, with the initial batch of pre-orders shipping today. Unfortunately, anyone that didn’t pre-order the e-reader is out of luck for the time being, as it’s now back-ordered with a new estimated ship date of January 15th.”

eBook Readers: Market Creators or Segmenters?

speaker_joshuabenton_100x100.jpgAlongside GalleyCat and eBookNewser, our West Coast sibling BayNewser has been covering the eBook Summit–supplementing our coverage with some fascinating points.

Blogger E.B. Boyd wrote about: Sony’s Digital Reading Division president Steve Haber on the business of cannibalizing and Google Books betting system for eReaders.

Best of all, her coverage included this excellent portion of a presentation by Joshua Benton from Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab “For books, the Kindle is a market creator: The people who buy a Kindle, after they buy a Kindle, they buy a lot more books … I have the Kindle iPhone app, and I have bought books that I would not have bought otherwise … But in the news world, do people read more news because of the Kindle? Are people more likely to pay for news because it comes on a Kindle? I think the answer is no. I think the Kindle is a market segmenter [not a market creator]”

eBook Summit Live!

ebookthumb23.pngIf you can’t attend the inaugural launch of mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit tomorrow, don’t worry–you can watch select presentations live on your computer.

The special conference will be held on December 15 & 16 in New York at New World Stages. Online registration has closed, but readers can still register at the event. On this page, we will host a live stream of all the keynote speakers. The live stream schedule follows…

Tuesday, December 15:
9:30 am Jane Friedman and Jeffrey Sharp, co-founders of Open Road Integrated Media
12:00 pm–Katty Kay, author of ‘Womenomics’ and Washington correspondent BBC World News America.
2:45 pm–Brandon Badger, product manager of Google Books.
Wednesday, December 16:
9:30 am–Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division.

You can follow the hashtag #ebooksummit on Twitter for live-feed version of the eBook Summit and join the conversation virtually. In addition, we’ve built a special Twitter list collecting the 140-character wisdom of registered summit attendees–a list that includes digital publishers, writers, and journalists. If you are attending and want to add your feed to the list, email GalleyCat.

More eBook Summit Guests Revealed

ebooksummit.jpgFrom Sarah Palin‘s delayed digital book to Disney’s online book push, eBooks have dominated the headlines all week.

Keeping up with these changes, a number of new speakers have been added to the roster for mediabistro.com’s upcoming eBook Summit which runs from December 15-16 at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City. Participants now include: DailyLit CEO Susan Danziger, Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division President Steve Haber, Lexcycle co-founder Neelan Choksi; Google Books product manager Brandon Badger, author Katty Kay, and Books on Board CEO Bob Livolsi.

Here’s more from the summit site: “Mediabistro.com’s two-day eBook Summit will take a closer look at the changing digital publishing industry, from the perspectives of content creators and of publishers. Leaders in the field will uncover business development opportunities, and highlight the latest technological innovations currently driving the future of digital publishing.”

Sony Unveils $199 Digital Reader

PRS-300S1_med.JPGSony has unveiled two new e-readers, poised to compete with Amazon Kindle and more affordable digital book readers like the Cool-ER device.

In the NY Times, the company introduced a $199 Reader Pocket Edition and a $299 Reader Touch editions of the Sony reader. The Pocket Edition (pictured, via) can hold up to 350 standard digital books. Many of the new and bestselling digital books on the device will now be sold for $9.99–matching one of the most controversial price points in publishing.

Here’s more from Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division president, Steve Haber, quoted in the article: “We are focusing on affordability … We have to offer value. It’s clear e-books should be less expensive than regular books, with the savings on printing and logistics getting passed on to the consumer.”