With Christmas around the corner, it’s always nice to get some ideas, especially when buying a gift for an avid reader. Let’s start by looking at a phablet - now you may ask what a phablet is, well, it’s a smartphone which has a screen of intermediate size one could say that typical of a smartphone and tablet combined and it is perfect for the on the go bookworm. Amongst the … [Read more...] about Three Christmas ideas for the Avid Reader
Children these days are reading less than any other generation that came before. The National Literacy Trust has just released a report that states that in 2019 just 26% of children under 18 spent some time each day reading.The report also found that fewer children enjoy reading, and that this dwindled with age: nearly twice as many five to eight-year-olds as 14 to … [Read more...] about Children are reading less than ever before
Bokon.se is one of the most popular digital bookstores in Sweden and they have thousands of titles. The vast majority of the Swedish content is powered by Pubfront. Their English catalog is from Ingram and Bokon.se announced that they are no longer doing business with Ingram, and users were provided with one days notice. Starting tomorrow users will lose access to their entire … [Read more...] about People are losing their faith in e-books
Digital book stores accept all major credit cards and the odd one lets you pay for audiobooks or ebooks via Paypal. Will there be a future in these outlets allowing people to pay in various Cryptocurrencies? It is doubtful that Amazon or Barnes and Noble will allow you to buy Kindle or Nook books with them anytime soon, but Openbaazar allows you to open your own store and sell … [Read more...] about Will people eventually buy ebooks with Cryptocurrency?
There are many mainstream online media outlets that proclaim that the e-reader has lost its shine and that the hardware is in a state of decline. The Barnes and Noble Nook is cited as the leading example of an e-reader that was once relevant, but not anymore. Are people no longer buying new e-readers anymore and reading on their smartphones and tablets? Is it simply the case … [Read more...] about There is a growing negative sentiment towards e-readers
Indie authors have no idea how to use Twitter to drive sales to their latest book. They post meaningless hashtags, without a single sentence and a link to their title on Amazon. What is their book about? The elevator pitch? What genre is it? Who cares, #buymybook.Seldom are convincing cases made for readers to become enamored with indie authors books on Twitter. This is … [Read more...] about Indie authors have no idea how to use Twitter
Over the course of the last decade e-readers have been the best way to consume ebooks and other digital content. The batteries last over a month and it is quite easy to purchase content from Amazon, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. Will e-readers continue to be popular in the next decade, or will VR usurp their position?The Consumer Technology Association expects that VR will … [Read more...] about Will VR be the future of reading?
Amazon has a dominant market share when it comes to ebooks and their Audible unit. They sold over three hundred million Kindle books in 2016 and control 75% of the US market. The Kindle, Echo and Fire tablets are all gateways to the Amazon ecosystem, but they fail to have a meaningful presence on my iPhone.Longtime Apple users remember the day when their entire world … [Read more...] about Amazon fails to control the iPhone in my pocket
There are a copious number of online self-publishing companies that promise aspiring authors the opportunity to distribute their ebook all over the world. Millions of authors publish with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, Draft2Digital, Kobo Writing Life, Nook Press and Smashwords. Most "authors" who self-publish an ebook never sell more than a handful and over 75% of all … [Read more...] about We Live in a Literary World of Terrible Self-Published Authors
Amazon has been making making e-Readers since 2007 and this year the company is celebrating their ten year anniversary of the Kindle. They have only made one single that is larger than six inches and this was the Kindle DX. This was brought back from the grave on a few different occasions, but it was developed when the vast majority of E-Ink devices did not have a touchscreen. … [Read more...] about Amazon Needs to Release the Kindle DX 2
Will the Apple iPad continue to be the catalyst of growth or is there a growing commercial apathy towards the tablet? iPads represented less than 10% of total company's 2016 sales and in the last two quarters of 2017 they have been around 7%. The iPad is seven years old and tablets in general seem to be losing ground.Many people are unaware that Apple released a new … [Read more...] about Have we hit Peak iPad?