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Old 08-11-2007, 10:54 AM   #1
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We lurked invisibly in this forum for some time. Your lively discussions helped us decide on our final reading devices for our Publishing Company. We were buried in paper (5,000 submissions in 6 months at our two offices!) and worse we had to shred every document, whether we acquired or not (most authors don't enclose postage for return, too expensive, and they submit copyrighted material, so shredding is a must for recycling). Plus, well, enviromental concerns, in our case. Yes, we publish paper books (and ebooks -- but 99% of our sales are hardcover books) but we didn't need to add to recycling boxes with manuscript papers. At least books are "keepers" on book shelves.

So, I was assigned the job of acquiring the right "reader." It was easy for us, because we're using professionally. The 8" screen of the Iliad is necessary for eye-weary editors. We were acquiring many, however, so this became a big cost. Still, eye-strain versus lower cost options. Iliad won out. We haven't had them long, but they're a big hit! I thought I join here and occasionally submit our reviews of the Iliads from various editors. We will use our readers more than most people, since in acquisition mode our editors might be on their reader 8 hours a day, or more. We even annotate when something critical in a manuscript requires a "reminder." For actual editing, though, of course, we use our computers (30" screens to mitigate eystrain again) or paper. But we edit 30 books a year this way, read a few thousand -- which makes the Iliad perfect. When Iliad comes out with a 10" screen -- I assume they will -- we'd go for that.

For personal use, I also have the Sony Reader, and the PalmOne with 4gb microdrive (which I've used for personal reading for a couple years or less -- perhaps read 200 books on the Palm One.

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Old 08-11-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:07 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. I'm glad you are happy with your e-ink based readers. if you have any questions, don't hesitate to jump in ans ask.

If you are going to be publishing ebooks, I do hope you'll publish in formats that the the Sony Reader and iLiad can read.

What I am waiting for is a reader that has the 16 shades vizplex and 10" so it'll handle paper sized PDF just fine and have a nice high-resolution.
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Old 08-11-2007, 12:40 PM   #4
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Thanks Jon,

We're releasing our books Mobipocket, Adobe Reader and Microsoft Reader--so far. We'll gladly release in others that support DRM (we do have to protect our authors!), but we're pricing even new releases (even books newly released in hardcover/cloth) at below paper prices. Sony we're looking into. There's a little more "work" to distribute through Sony it seems. Best, Derek
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Old 08-11-2007, 12:42 PM   #5
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Hi Harry, thanks for the welcome. You mean there are "sides?" (Kidding).
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Thanks Jon,

We're releasing our books Mobipocket, Adobe Reader and Microsoft Reader--so far. We'll gladly release in others that support DRM (we do have to protect our authors!), but we're pricing even new releases (even books newly released in hardcover/cloth) at below paper prices. Sony we're looking into. There's a little more "work" to distribute through Sony it seems. Best, Derek
Too bad it has to have DRM. Otherwise, you could release and LRF (BBeB without DRM) formatted book.

But if you do decide not to release a Sony Reader version, I could deal with the MS Reader version easily enough.
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I'm curious. Is the extra effort format related or is it something about the way Sony CONNECT structures its distribution?
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I'm curious. Is the extra effort format related or is it something about the way Sony CONNECT structures its distribution?
I read someplace that Sony uses a third party to do the formatting and the publisher has to pay for this formatting.
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We'll gladly release in others that support DRM (we do have to protect our authors!)
Is that really true? Baen thinks otherwise. It may be true for ebook only releases, but for combined ebook and paper book releases it definitely earns money.
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