News You Can Use – Nov. 15, 2011

The End of Borders and The Future of Bookselling – BusinessWeek article shows why Borders failed and why it doesn’t mean the demise of bookstores. Every writer should read this.

Another Change in How We Read Books? – Cloud-based book rentals…is it the future?

You Don’t Have to Accept Rejection – Copyblogger makes the case for the Indie route.

Does Your Web Site Use Flash? – If so, then it is time to change. It is no longer supported by Adobe.

Random House of Canada to Try New Book Tour Model – Selling tickets that include the price of the book. Thus the book is “free.”

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Owns the Web – A fascinating article from Wired magazine.

Kindle’s Cost More to Make than What Amazon Charges – Obviously a “loss leader” that gets readers buying tons from Amazon.

A Fascinating infographic. Enjoy!
From: Media Beat










6 Responses to News You Can Use – Nov. 15, 2011

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    Timothy Fish November 15, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    Is there anyone besides me that thinks that $3 billion in e-books by 2015 is way off? The increase in sales has already begun to slow and there is a big difference between 9% and 60%. Especially when you consider that only 15% of the people who have a e-reader have stopped buying print books.

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    Lindsay Harrel November 15, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    The infographic was very interesting. I’m still holding out and don’t have an e-reader yet, mostly because of the reasons listed (the 5 reasons paper books are better than e-books). But I recently attended a conference at which an agent said he thought in 2 years’ time, nearly everyone in the room would have one. I know paper books are not going away, but it seems e-reading is the wave of today and the future.

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      Timothy Fish November 15, 2011 at 9:01 am #

      I’ve got one and I use it, but the item that isn’t list in that list is probably the biggest one of all. Paper books don’t have to be recharged. The other day, I had planned on taking my Kindle with me to the vehicle repair shop. I had already left home when I opened up the cover and realized the battery was dead. Even with Kindle’s super long battery life (which I love), if you forget to recharge the thing once in a while, you aren’t going to be reading books.

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    Peter DeHaan November 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    The “Does Your Web Site Use Flash?” link goes to the page for “Kindle’s Cost More to Make than What Amazon Charges.”

    What is the link for “Does Your Web Site Use Flash?”

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      Steve Laube November 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      Link has been corrected. Please try again.

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