Archive for the 'Future of eBooks' Category


Annenberg Innovation Lab Conference

An amazing conference last Friday.


The MIT Press Publishes an E Book

The Chronicle of Higher Education on the release of Learning from YouTube. They’re calling it a “Video Book,” and it was produced with the Scalar technology developed at USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy.


The new E-book offering

NYT’s Ping:  Shorter than a book, longer than a magazine feature.


Can E-books save long-form journalism?

The New York Times and ProPublica think so.


Why is teen fiction so dystopian?

Author Scott Westerfeld has an idea.

Of course, the other side of the boom in dystopian teen novels is a boom in post-apocalyptic tales. The system is asking a lot from teenagers and not giving them much respect in return, so it’s no wonder that stories about that system exploding, breaking down under its own contradictions, or simply being overrun by zombies are also beloved of teenagers.

What is the apocalypse but an everlasting snow day? An excuse to tear up all those college applications, which suddenly aren’t going to determine the rest of your life?



Jay-Z’s “Decoded”: The hardcover, The digital edition, The enhanced e-Book, and the app

Wall Street Journal

December 13, 2010

Delivering ‘Decoded’ in Multiple Ways

Buying a new book isn’t as easy as it used to be.

Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Bertelsmann AG’s Random House Inc., last month put Jay-Z’s memoir and lyric guide, “Decoded,” on sale as a $35 hardcover. It also made a digital edition available at the same price, although Inc. and Barnes & Noble Inc. sell it for only $9.99.

The book has been a big hit. Published on Nov. 16, it has 330,000 copies in print, according to its publisher, a significant number of copies in this economy.

But Random House also has come up with a host of other editions, including an application that is expected to be available soon at Apple Inc.’s App Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

“We want to deliver content any way the consumer wants to read it,” says Gina Centrello, publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, which includes Spiegel & Grau.

Consumers will be able to purchase a 10-song version of the “Decoded” app for $9.99 with interactive lyrics. If they pay an additional $24.99, they’ll get 26 more songs with lyrics. They can also listen to the actual songs if they have them in their iTunes library—or buy them. The app will work only on Apple devices.

Enough? Not quite. Random House also is offering an enhanced e-book edition for $35 that includes exclusive video interviews with Jay-Z, plus two additional videos. This format is available via the Amazon Kindle app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

So, one title, “Decoded,” but five versions: the book, the digital e-book, the app, the expanded app and the enhanced e-book. And that doesn’t even include the likely paperback edition.

Write to Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg at
Printed in The Wall Street Journal, page B6


Google E Book Store

Google enters the E Book Fray with an “open ecosystem”.