While most of us in the romance biz have been obsessed with the national conference this past week, Kindle made the news. In the spirit of playing catch-up, here are the some of the top ePublishing related stories hand-picked from the mainstream media and blogworld for Kindling Romance readers.
Amazon Reaches in and Zaps Books Off Your Kindle
As reported in The New York Times and elsewhere, Amazon suddenly and without warning deleted two books from every Kindle device in existence, thus raising ire with its customers who had purchased them from the Kindle Store. Ironically, the books deleted were by George Orwell, one of which was “1984,” the novel that spawned the term “Big Brother.” One particular customer, a high school student, not only found the book deleted off his Kindle, but his school work, as well.
“Justin Gawronski, a 17-year-old from the Detroit area, was reading ‘1984’ on his Kindle for a summer assignment and lost all his notes and annotations when the file vanished. ‘They didn’t just take a book back, they stole my work,’ he said.”
Examiner Writer Offers Her Top Ten Reasons to Read an eBook (Romance)
Though it’s not a Kindle specific story, Teri Thackston, a Houston writer on Examiner.com offers ten very sensible reasons to choose an eBook over a print book, in “Romance Novels Info 101-Should You Try an ebook?” Savings in money, time, and to the environment are all excellent examples, as are Reason No. 10, “Ebooks deliver exciting new voices – because epublishers take chances on authors who might not ‘fit’ traditional houses.” Publishers recommended by Thackston include Cerridwen Press, Ellora’s Cave, The Wild Rose Press, and Samhain among others.
Kindle to Come to the U.K.?
Many of us here in the U.S. may not realize it, but the Kindle is not a world wide phenom. (Or maybe you did realize it, and you’re just snickering at me right now. ) Soon, however, reports Mirror.co.uk News, readers in the U.K., that includes romance readers, may have a chance at buying a Kindle to download copies of Black Hills by Nora Roberts, or Demon Dreamer by Vivi Anna.
Analyst Predicts Kindle Sales Could Account for 10% of Total Amazon Sales by 2010
ZDNet.com carried a forecast from analyst Jim Friedland of Cowen and Co. which is bullish on the Kindle.
“We believe that Kindle sales are ramping up this year due to: (1) the elimination of major supply constraints that limited unit sales for the first 15 months after launch; (2) a large increase in content available on the Kindle Store; and (3) the Kindle2 and Kindle DX product launches. We estimate that Amazon sold 340,000 units in 2008, increasing to 900,000 in 2009 and 1.4 million in 2010. We believe that Kindle penetration could reach 10% of Amazon’s U.S. customer base by 2013, or 2% of the U.S. population.”