This week: Books, future of. With the success of the Kindle and its store, and the announced upcoming release of the Barnes & Noble Nook, there are very interesting question for consumers and publishers: What is the future of the book? To discuss this on the Roundtable I have two experts on digital media. First, from CNET, executive editor David Carnoy, who has reviewed the latest e-book readers and who's an e-published author -- see "Knife Music" on Amazon, a 5-star rated book. And joining us from O'Reilly Media - Andrew Savikas, VP of Digital Media Initiatives and a well-known thinker on the print-to-digital transition.
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Reporters' Roundtable #7: The future of the book
Show notes and talking points...
The reason I picked this topic was the introduction of the B&N Nook, which I think makes the game of e-books more interesting, since it's a serious competitor to the Amazon Kindle. David, overview of the Nook - hardware and store and catalog?
Other vendors overview: Cue, Sony, Apple?
Looking forward: Is the book dead?
Let me ask this another way: What is a book?
With the Kindle and the Nook (and Sony etc)... are we there yet?
What about non-reader access on mobile (or PC)
Andrew: What is Safari, and can you give us a progress report on it?
Discussion of DRM and books: Will it go away, as it did on iTunes?
The concept of books needing platforms, the way software does: What does it mean for the act of reading?
Best market for e-books? (Texts and references, if you ask me.)
What will e-books do to publisher revenues? Authors? Does content necessarily become cheaper when it is digital?
How to sell used books, or lend a book?
What kind of reader do you own / would you buy if you could only have one?
Next time on the Roundtable:
I have some ideas... stay tuned.
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