Welcome to a star studded cast edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show. Today Mercy Pilkington, Jeremy Greenfield and Michael Kozlowski from Good e-Reader and Digital Book World give you predictions for 2014. We talk about the current state of affairs in digital publishing, eBooks, e-Paper, e-Readers, Tablets, Library lending and major bookstores.
Jeremy Greenfield who runs Digital Book World talks about his Top 10 Bold Predictions of 2014. He talks about the decline of Barnes and Noble and the prospect of Amazon opening up a retail store. He also talks about the illustrated book business is on the decline and eBook subscription services like Oyster and Scribd entering a boom period.
Mercy Pilkington offers her top 5 predictions of 2014 with a heavy emphasis on self-published authors and how they can expect the landscape to change. She speaks about the rise in self-publishing and how Smashwords is making indie titles more accessible to libraries, eBook subscription sites and Overdrive. She also talks about the changing roles as agents for authors and its challenges. One of the most interesting points is the lack of synergy between Nook Press and the Barnes and Noble retail chain. Their one big competitive advantage of running a physical and virtual bookstore is not being even thought about.
Finally, Michael Kozlowski, Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader talks about the declines facing the tablet, e-reader, e-paper and digital publishing industry. The manufacturing of tablet screens will be down almost 30% for tablets in 2014 and e-reader screens will likely follow suit. This will prompt companies like E INK to diversify even further away from e-readers and focus on digital signage and wearable tech. eBooks have evened out and some months even declined from 2012-2011 statistics. Finally, Sony and B&N will both stop making E INK Readers and focus only on tablets.
This is one of our best shows! Very unique opinions from the top bloggers and media writers of our day! If you are into the world of eBooks, digital publishing or the process of e-reading, you don’t want to miss this one.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.