- engadget liveblogged (with many pictures) Jobs’ WWDC keynote which included the controversial comment and slide about iBooks’ 22% market share.
- “Without getting into too much inside baseball here, it is also worth pointing out that the publishers’ figures are further skewed by the fact that, in addition to the fact that neither Random House nor thousands of smaller publishers were included in the sample, any market share figures offered by the second largest publisher, Pearson’s Penguin Group (PSO), are worthless due to the fact that all of Penguin’s new release bestsellers were held out of the Kindle Store for nearly all of the two-month period under discussion.”
- NOTE: Even 10% is probably way too high considering the larger pool of books available electronically from small and self-publishers who typically aren’t accounted for in market share guesstimates.
- “Imagine a web browser without a back button. Pretty awful, right? So why do we have to live with e-readers without back buttons?”
- “At this early stage in their development, most e-books are crude looking compared to a well-designed print publication. They have few or no images, very little thought is put into typography, layout, or the reader’s experience. The ePub edition of VQR is quite the opposite. We have produced what we believe to be the most advanced ePub available. Period.”
- “There is a TON of information online about books and the ever-shifting landscape of publishing. It just takes so long to sift through everything to find something of worth, that you could actually use. But there are four conversations I always check in on, via Twitter.”
- “Believe that this issue affects the future of publishing every bit as much as emerging technologies. As someone said, the world is a salad, not a melting pot, and becomes ever more so. Want to sell more books? Market books to the real world, as it is now, and as it’s becoming. A truly diverse, exciting publishing program cannot be achieved with a 98% Caucasian workforce.”
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