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Is Apple studying the e-textbook market?

An Apple event scheduled for Jan. 19 has insiders speculating the technology giant will announce its entrance into the e-textbook market.

In advance of the education-themed event, tech website compiled a list of Apple’s potential U.S. competitors, which includes Amazon’s e-textbook rental program and online distributor CourseSmart.

Condé Nast tech website Ars Technica suggests Apple isn’t interested in becoming a content provider, but will announce production tools that will allow anyone to publish interactive e-books for distribution on Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Last week, eBound Canada, the digital arm of the Association of Canadian Publishers, announced a partnership with Follett Canada that would give elementary and secondary schools greater access to titles by independent Canadian publishers.


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Daily book biz round-up: Yann Martel heads to Europe; Harry Potter heads to Orlando; and more

Scoops! Lots of ‘em!

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Daily book biz round-up: Stieg Larsson big in digital; new iPhone to include iBookstore; and more

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Daily book biz round-up: Lansens on 24; iPad bolsters piracy; and more

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Daily book biz round-up, April 12

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Daily book biz round-up, April 9

Some links to wind up the week:

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McGraw-Hill CEO blows Apple’s cover

To add to last-minute Apple Tablet fever, ebooknewser caught this clip on CNBC last night, when Terry McGraw, CEO of McGraw-Hill, revealed on-air that the Tablet will, in fact, be announced today, that McGraw-Hill has created e-books for the device, and that it will run on the iPhone operating system. From the clip:

They’ll make their announcement tomorrow on this one. We have worked with Apple for quite a while, and the Tablet is going to be based on the iPhone operating system, so it will be transferable. So what you’re going to be able to do now – we have a consortium of e-books – 95 per cent of our materials are in e-book format, so with the Tablet, it’s going to open up the higher education market, the professional market. The Tablet is going to be just really terrific.

For the full video, check it out on ebooknewser and fast forward to 2:50 in the clip.

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Bookmarks: E-books, Nooks, and poetry (or, one of these things is not like the others)

Sundry links from across the Web:

  • Amazon: 1, Print publishers: 0. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has given Amazon exclusive e-book rights to two of his best-selling books 
  • The clandestine guy in the striped shirt gets appy: Where’s Waldo? is now on the iPhone 
  • The Wall Street Journal reviews the Barnes & Noble Nook and finds it doesn’t compare with the Kindle 
  • The Guardian asks the pessimistic question: “Will e-books spell the end of great writing?” 
  • This week in poetry: HTMLGIANT picks the 25 most important books of poetry of the 2000s; The Guardian considers the role of poetry in advertising; and Times Higher Education wonders if poetry is lost in a consumerist world 

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The Atlantic kindles a new relationship with Amazon

Edna O’Brien, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Paul Theroux are among the writers who will be making their short fiction available exclusively to Kindle users thanks to a new deal between online retailer and the general interest magazine The Atlantic. The first two of these stories, O’Brien’s “Shovel Kings” and Christopher Buckley’s “Cynara,” are available today. From the press release:

As outlets publishing fiction rapidly dwindle, The Atlantic asserts its historic commitment to the form by introducing two new short stories each month via Amazon’s Kindle – becoming the first magazine to deliver fiction exclusively to Kindle readers…. These works will also be available for purchase and reading with the Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for PC apps, as well as planned Kindle platform expansions for Mac and Blackberry.

At the risk of sounding snarky, this Quillblogger would like to point out the irony in the first clause of that opening sentence, given the magazine’s decision in 2005 to cease publishing short fiction on a monthly basis and to group fiction into a kind of annual gulag in their summer issue.

Moreover, The New York Times points out that authors who have their work published as part of this agreement will have access to a rather exclusive audience:

For authors who sign with The Atlantic for the Kindle deal, their contracted work is limited to that one format, since those who don’t own a Kindle – or an iPhone, on which readers can install a Kindle app – won’t be able to read it.

Participating authors, who have been paid what the NYT refers to as “a four-figure fee,” may at some future time reprint their stories in collections or other periodicals, but they are prohibited from allowing them to appear on competing e-readers.

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