Kindle Articles – recommended reading

There has been a sudden jump in excellently written, kindle related articles recently -

  1. Scott M. Lowe writes at Publishing Tidbits and leverages his unique perspective (ongoing master’s degree in Information Systems and ongoing MBA) to address Sony’s ePub strategy and other interesting topics. A snippet -

    In markets controlled by network economics, significant early consumer adoption can lead to sustained market dominance. Based on the information available, these network effects seem to be driving consumers to Amazon instead of Sony …

    Recognizing this, Sony had little choice but to modify its strategy … Sony chose to reduce its vertical control and adopt the ePub standard.  

  2. Len Edgerly writes about Hurricane Bill and a near death experience
  3. Howard Owens points out that Events contributing to the decline of newspapers started a long time ago and touches on a rather crucial point -

    If you fail to look at the decline of newspapers in context of the historical arch of events, and you fail to see that the same forces driving down circulation are the same forces decreasing community involvement and civic engagement, then you’ll never have a clue how to solve the problem.

  4. Sony launches Twitter for book quotes and people seem to be loving it and using it a lot.  
  5. Novelr, which has a habit of posting amazing posts, writes about the need to create a software that enables writers to tell their stories.  There’s a lot more to this and the post is a great start.

Authors as a Market

Increasingly I’m beginning to think authors are a more viable market than readers –   

  1. They have their time and money invested and will invest even more.
  2. They don’t expect things for free. 
  3. There’s next to no one helping them out.
  4. Every book might not sell a lot – However, every book has creation, distribution and marketing costs.
  5. Nearly everyone has the desire in them to share their story which makes for a never ending stream of new authors.

Its a hungry, never ending market suddenly mated with super cheap distribution and an almost level playing field.

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