e-Book readers seen as fillip for authors
An article in the January 21st Wall Street Journal - A Hundred Books in Your Pocket - celebrates the new Sony e-book Reader. While not yet sure whether the current generation of readers based on e-ink (like the Sony) will be a success, the author IS sure that very soon e-book readers will take off. While readers may enjoy the ease with which they can carry a library around in their pockets, the article suggests that what will carry e-book readers forward is the way that they encourage self-publishing. Just as jazz composer Maria Schneider and others have published using ArtistShare, e-books will liberate authors from publishers and book shops.
Whether this is necessarily a good thing for readers is debatable, but there is already a discernable book self-publishing fraternity on the Web, and print books on how to self-publish e-books have been published. e-Book readers seem to be having something of a renaissance as Sony's Reader is not the only one launched this Spring. As reported here in January, iRex Technologies is launching the Iliad.
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