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Posts Tagged ‘E-Books’

Join Mediabistro’s Summer Online Literary Festival & Workshops

Meet leading authors, editors and literary agents and get your writing project professionally critiqued in our online Literary Festival & Workshops, July 16 – August 1, 2012. In our innovative, interactive online event, you will:

  • Hear from accomplished authors, literary agents, and editors
  • Workshop your own creative project with writers and editors
  • And make connections with other writers and book lovers across the globe in our summer reading group.

Come celebrate the publishing world with us and get inspired to finish the book project you’ve been working on. Read more

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Memoir WritingStarting July 16, learn how to tell and sell the story of your life! Taught by a published memoir writer, Wendy Dale will teach you how to create a story around a marketable premise, write a memoir with solid structure, sell you memoir before you've finished writing it and more! Register now! 

Fighting the Distractions of Consuming News on Tablets

An interesting article about e-books and our digital culture was on the front page of the New York Times the other day. “Finding Your Book Interrupted … By the Tablet You Read It On,” read the headline.

The article detailed how people who read e-books are frequently distracted by the other apps that are loaded on their iPads, Kindle Fires and Samsung Galaxys:

E-mail lurks tantalizingly within reach. Looking up a tricky word or unknown fact in the book is easily accomplished through a quick Google search. And if a book starts to drag, giving up on it to stream a movie over Netflix or scroll through your Twitter feed is only a few taps away.

Well, in my experience, this is not a problem unique to e-books on tablets. It’s a challenge for any news publisher to compete for a reader’s attention on a device with so many other apps that are simultaneously competing for a reader’s attention (and sending push alerts to let the reader know that). Read more

With iBooks 2 And iBooks Author, E-Book Publishing For The Masses

E-Books that originate in newsrooms are an increasingly common phenomenon. The Washington Post and POLITICO, to name two publishers, have both gotten into that business lately, and have had success with porting their work to the longform platform.

Apple’s recent introduction of iBooks 2 and iBooks Author brings the ability for much smaller newsrooms with limited budgets to create and sell e-books for iOS devices. And these are not just any e-books: these are interactive e-books that gives you the ability to embed videos, photo galleries, quizzes and interactive images. Read more

Report: Tablet, E-book Reader Ownership Nearly Doubles Over Holidays

Good news for digital publishers: The number of Americans who own tablet computers and e-book readers nearly doubled over the holiday season, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Between mid-December and early January, the share of American adults who own a tablet computer jumped from 10 percent to 19 percent. Ownership of E-book readers among adults also jumped from 10 percent to 19 percent. The number of Americans owning at least one of these devices jumped from 18 percent in December to 29 percent in January, the report said.

“These findings are striking because they come after a period from mid-2011 into the autumn in which there was not much change in the ownership of tablets and e-book readers,” wrote the author of the report, Lee Rainie.

Rainie attributed part of this surge in sales to a more competitively-priced marketplace, especially on the e-book reader side. They noted that many of these devices, like the original Amazon Kindle, now cost under $100. Read more