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Old 10-29-2007, 12:57 PM   #1
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E-books might be next step in evolution, says S&P research

It's been a long time coming, but finally research analysts recognize the value of e-books! Kimberly Castro, research editor at S&P, says that e-books are on the rise, thanks to recent developments in display technology and to joined efforts of book-relevant industry players. S&P's parent, McGraw-Hill, stated earlier that e-books made a strong contribution to their third-quarter earnings this year.

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Terry McGraw, McGraw-Hill's chairman and chief executive, expects more growth in the digital world with the fall debut of CourseSmart, a new college publisher cooperative e-book and e-commerce Web site. "For students, CourseSmart offers a lower-cost alternative and all the functionality of a Web application," says McGraw. "Our higher-end group is starting with 148 e-books. Over time, thousands of textbooks will be available on this common platform."
In support of her view, Mrs. Castro lists various e-reader devices that have entered the market just this and the previous year. She also mentions the Amazon Kindle, that, according to her, has debuted this month. Did we miss something?

Link: The Future of E-Books (BusinessWeek)
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:33 PM   #2
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I think it's more likely that Ms. Castro has missed something. I think we wouldn't need Business Week's off-hand comment to be the sole voice of proclamation on this.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:55 PM   #3
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That's not her only error. This was on the second page:
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Electronic versions of printed texts can already be found in Adobe's PDF-formatted pages, Microsoft's Reader, and Palm's Reader, called the Mobipocket format.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:57 PM   #4
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By the way, the CourseSmart textbook offerings at http://www.coursesmart.com/ are certainly rather limited at present and come at a fairly hefty price (50% off the list price of the pbook) for a 180 day "subscription" where the book can be viewed online only (no downloads).

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Old 10-29-2007, 02:09 PM   #5
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Her Editor made an error and posted the article she wrote for october 2008.
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:12 PM   #6
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Her Editor made an error and posted the article she wrote for october 2008.
Does that mean we have to wait another year before the Kindle debuts?
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Does that mean we have to wait another year before the Kindle debuts?
Sorry Alex!!
Bad sarcasm ... I meant it as a joke. I'm waiting for that Kindle too.
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:31 PM   #8
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Sorry Alex!!
Bad sarcasm ... I meant it as a joke. I'm waiting for that Kindle too.
*GRIN* I know, and I share your pain
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Old 10-29-2007, 02:36 PM   #9
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"To foster the value proposition of e-books, book publishers are releasing attractively priced digital versions [including best sellers and popular series] in advance of the release of the hard print," says Tuna Amobi, an equity analyst at S&P. He believes they're doing this to win readers who may not otherwise read the titles.
Um... which alternate universe is this happening in? I'd like to visit.
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Um... which alternate universe is this happening in? I'd like to visit.
Jim Baen's Universe.
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Old 10-29-2007, 03:09 PM   #11
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The Baen Universe.
You know, it would have been hilarious if you'd said Jim Baen's Universe.

http://baens-universe.com/
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How 'bout that? BusinessWeek ghost-writes science fiction for Jim Baen.
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http://baens-universe.com/
Thanks! That's what I meant to say, actually.
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The author of that article needs a good slap.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:34 AM   #15
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I think it's the editor who needs the slap. Talk about "How NOT to publish news articles"...
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