All stories relating to iPhone
In advance of the education-themed event, tech website betanews.com 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.
- Are you there, God? It’s me, James Frey, spreading my gospel
- Jennifer Egan sneaks post-punk music writing into the Pulitzer Prize
- Would you read 1,100 pages of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest on your iPhone? Apple’s counting on it
- The Los Angeles Review of Books unveils phase one of its new online salon
- LGBT booksellers respond to the closing of San Francisco’s A Different Light Bookstore
Scoops! Lots of ‘em!
- On the eve of Yann Martel’s European tour, the Guardian runs a not-so-nice account of the genesis of Beatrice and Virgil
- Meanwhile, Martel gets moral support from author of The Boy in Striped Pajamas
- Evaluating Canadian publishers’ websites
- Heather Reisman dons black robe, joins secret society of rich and powerful
- London mayor wants Harry Potter theme park to be built in his city, not in Orlando
- Steve Jobs unveils the iBookstore-ready iPhone 4
- Apple’s iBookstore sales numbers not particularly meaningful
- Forget about books on phones – now you can get books on vinyl!
- Joe Schuster Award-winners announced
News to round out your week with:
- Almost 30% of first-week sales of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest are e-books
- A refreshingly candid response to The New Yorker‘s 20 Under 40 list
- iPhone 4G will include iBookstore (to the consternation of 3G owners everywhere)
- Blair Underwood reduced to starring in crappy “Vook” vignettes
- R.I.P.: poet and Ginsberg muse Peter Orlovsky
- Lori Lansens proves it certainly doesn’t hurt sales to have a Hollywood husband
- Amazon’s Kindle division gathers the troops to compete with Apple
- Does the iPad encourage e-book piracy? Wired says, “Kinda”
- MobyLives picks the five best indie book trailers
- Digitalbookworld analyzes how much money can be made from book-related iPhone apps
- Katherine Govier on how to keep in touch while writing
An assortment of links to kick off your work week:
- No Canadians on IMPAC prize shortlist
- The Bookseller offers its London Book Fair rights preview
- iPad Mini in the works? (Uh, I’ve got an iPad Mini already – it’s called an iPhone)
- Big name celebs refuse to talk to Oprah biographer Kitty Kelley
- That includes John Tesh, who apparently walked out on Oprah in the middle of the night
- Children’s booksellers want more standalone titles
- Mystery Writers of America restores Harlequin to its Approved Publishers list
Some links to wind up the week:
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.
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
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 Amazon.com 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.