Apple’s New E-Reading Device

The new iPhone5, announced by Apple yesterday at a press event, has a bigger screen, a better battery and a stunning display – but would you read an e-book on it?

The next-gen iPhone comes with a four-inch screen, markedly larger than its predecessor, and a battery the company says is better. It’s also thinner and lighter. Do you think that makes it a better reading device than the iPhone4S? Than other smartphones out there? Perhaps than tablets or e-readers?

Nearly half of all U.S. adults now own a smartphone, making the pocket-sized device the most common mobile e-reader around – about twice as common as dedicated e-readers or tablet computers. And nearly a third of U.S. adults read e-books on their phones.

“I read almost entirely on my iPhone,” Kobo’s executive vice president of content, sales and merchandising Michael Tamblyn told us in July. “It’s the device that’s always with me.”

If your phone had a better reading experience than it does now, would you read more on it?


Agile Publishing at Amazon? (DBW)
Amazon Studios, the original content arm of the Seattle-based e-tailer, has launched a digital comic based on a screenplay to test the waters for a motion picture. Call it agile movie-making.

Hachette Next? (PW)
Hachette has put out a statement that it is currently in talks with e-book retailers about new contracts following settlement approval. HarperCollins has already signed new deals with some retailers. Now, what about Simon & Schuster?

Agency Lite, the Early Days (Pub Lunch)
One possibility of the new e-book pricing regime is that publishers make a lot more money from e-book sales – and most of it would be pure profit.

Infographic: Majority of U.S. Students Prefer E-Textbooks (DBW)
According to a new study, just over half of U.S. students prefer e-textbooks over print textbooks, citing their light weight and that they are believed to be cheaper.

German Engineering (ZD Net / Google Translate)
German bookstore chain Weltbild and Hugendubel has come out with the latest iteration of its e-reader. Priced at €59.99, it’s probably the cheapest e-reader on the market in Germany. (Used Google Translate; please excuse the rough English.)

New Life for Espresso Book Machine? (DBW)
Through a new deal with Eastman Kodak, Espresso Book Machine book-printing capabilities will now start showing up in Kodak’s picture kiosks. There are some 105,000 in the U.S., versus around 50 Espresso Book Machines at the end of 2011.

Pitfall of Working With Amazon? Bear Traps (PaidContent)
Waterstones CEO James Daunt spoke of “bear traps” when discussing working with the UK bookstore chain’s new partner, Amazon. He also spoke of “major upsides.” What we’re wondering: Are the “major upsides” worth potentially losing a foot?

Craigslist for Digital Publishing BiblioCrunch Adds New Features (DBW)
BiblioCrunch, a marketplace for digital publishing freelancers launched in June has given itself a face lift and added a raft of new features, including a subscription service.

From the Department of Duh (PW)
No Easy Day sold a lot of books. We could have told you that.


Sesame Partners With MeeGenius on E-Book Deal Makes First “Unglued” E-Book Available
HarperCollins Launches Nationwide Campaign for 75th Anniversary of The Hobbit

“We’re Iterating Our Butts off, Dude” (New York Magazine)
Remember when the term “user-generated-content” was fresh and new? Here’s a list of the new media idioms of tomorrow being spoken by the technorati of today — phrases overheard at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference.

Amazon, B&N, HarperCollins and More to Speak at DBW Discoverability and Marketing (DBW)
Two weeks away from the big event, check out the schedule packed full of top-level speakers and actionable takeaways.

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