Happy New Year! I ended 2009 by rereading Under the Dome (this time I read the print edition) and thoroughly enjoyed it.
My New Year’s resolution, made after perusing my book shelves for titles I wished to donate to my public library, is to read more of the books I have.
I tend to buy books and then let them sit on the shelves, knowing I can read them anytime.
Then I go to the library and get more, reading those first because I have to return them. This isn’t to say that I will abandon reading anything new… I just plan to shift the focus for awhile. I am listening to the audiobook of Michael Connelly’s 9 Dragons now – from my bookshelf.
Remember the hubbub about publishers planning delays for new releases in eBook formats? Interestingly, eBook sales accounted for only 4% of all book sales in 2009. While it will surely rise in 2010, is it really worth the fury of customers by delaying new releases?
Simon and Schuster and Hachette both announced that they will delay eBook publications by 4 months, especially for those titles that are anticipated bestsellers by Jodi Picoult, Paula Deen, and more. HarperCollins has announced an unspecified delay (6 weeks to 4 months) of eBook versions after hard covers.
Macmillan’s unique approach is to offer eBook versions at the same time as limited enhanced editions including interviews and bonus materials at a price similar to the hard cover editions. Not all titles will be released in this manner – those that do not will be delayed until 90 days after hard cover release.
Some publishers are planning to time eBook releases with paperback releases and some are still struggling with nailing down the rights to digital editions of their titles. Ultimately, publishers will have to look at the numbers and make their final decisions on marketing digital editions. If they plan delays, I wonder what the response of eBook reader users will be.
You Get What You Pay For:
I recently heard of someone downloading an audiobook from a so-called “free” site. It was apparently a labor-intensive experience and required navigating several mirror download sites until finally slaying the dragon and getting the file.
Only it wasn’t just the bestseller that was downloaded. The extra bonus was a nice Trojan virus. Of course it is good practise to have your antivirus system scan any download regardless of the source, you cannot be to carefull!
Many reputable sites offer occasional free downloads of newer works. Public domain titles are free from Project Gutenberg and other sites. If you really want the book and cannot afford it, try the public library.
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