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Reporters' Roundtable: Books' future (podcast)

We discuss the future of book publishing. Andrew Savikas from O'Reilly Media and our own executive editor David Carnoy talk about the upcoming Nook, the continued success of the Kindle, and the anticipation over a rumored Apple device.

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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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?

What's next?

Next time on the Roundtable:

I have some ideas... stay tuned.

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