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Old 01-12-2007, 06:19 AM   #1
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Publishers increase investments in e-book technologies

The Wall Street Journal is reporting (only to its subscribers, not to us) that HarperCollins Publishers has bought an equity stake in NewsStand Inc., a distributor of digital editions for newspapers and magazines. NewsStand is also parent company to LibreDigital, who specialized in online sales and marketing of e-books, from digitization to display.

Furthermore, the article states that HarperCollins is starting to offer competitors to use its digitizing technology for a license.

Other publishers who invested in e-book technologies recently include:
  • CBS Corp.'s Simon & Schuster, who is constructing its own digital warehouse, expecting to have more than 12,000 digital titles by year-end
  • Bertelsmann AG's Random House Inc., who is in the ongoing process of creating a digital archive for its backlist and newly published titles in the late 1990s.
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:37 PM   #2
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This is very welcome news, indeed. The two obstacles have been lack of decent hardware and lack of e-material to read even if we had decent hardware.

I've long thought that if one gave the other would follow, and it looks like that's whats' starting to happen.

The iLiad and the Reader may go down as the products that cracked the dam. Certainly e-ink has figured largely in this.
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:06 PM   #3
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I am happy to hear this good news. I hope the iLiad and the Sony go down in history for their achievement and join the others on the list of literary stepping stones.

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Old 01-12-2007, 04:58 PM   #5
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The iLiad and the Reader may go down as the products that cracked the dam.
See, I would've said that about the Wall Street Journal. Making major dailies like WSJ, NYT, Washington Post, and other popular periodicals available as e-editions for readers, is a great promotional tool for the readers. So far we've had local papers try e-editions... but wait until internationally-renowned papers start trying it in a wider scale.

Oh, yeah: Comfy little cubbyhole, isn't it?...
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This is great news. Now the feeds to Sony CONNECT and othr DRM houses will be better quality and faster. Perhaps the downloads can start on the same day the book is released in stores. (Maybe even sooner.)

Think of the demand if the next Harry Potter is available on CONNECT a week before it arrives in the stores. Every Reader on store shelves all over the world would be sold out.
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