The bad news just keeps piling up for that venerable, big-box purveyor of print – Barnes & Noble. We have been hearing for quite some time about the chain’s falling sales and revenue figures. Now, the news is reporting on layoffs and funding cuts to its Nook eReader division. Et tu, dear Nook? Continue reading “iBraryGuy’s eReader Poll – Have your say!”
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Open for Business! Google’s New eBookstore Delights & Disappoints
Google today opened the latest chapter in the great story on the battle of the eBook stores. Established eBook retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble are taking note, as Google’s salvo is no small warning shot. With a massive library, multi-device support, and a series of interesting partnerships, the search giant has launched a full assault on the market. The new Google eBookstore offers some hot new features, but also has some interesting drawbacks.
First, the game changers . . .
The new Google eBookstore has launched with an impressive catalog of over 3 million titles available for download. Everyting from classics to modern best-sellers is housed in an easy to search and navigate site. The interface is sleek and pleasing to the eye! Purchases are stored on shareable “shelves” in Google’s cloud and are tied to your Google ID. If you use the Google Web Reader from a PC, netbook, laptop or tablet to access your books, you will actually be reading in the cloud as well. No matter how many times you change devices, use the Web Reader and Google will always know exactly where you left off. Free Web Reader apps are being released for iOS and Android devices as well.
For those wishing to use their own devices, Google’s eBooks are compatible with many of the popular brands available. The Sony eReader and Barnes & Noble Nook, for example, can take advantage of the available PDF and EPUB formats. These actually allow you to download the books and store them on your device directly.
Finally, Google’s eBookstore is launching with some rather impressive partnerships. Indie booksellers Powell’s, Alibris and participating members of the American Booksellers Association have signed on to sell Google eBooks in their own right. Loyal customers of these stores are able to buy the eBooks on their sites and still store and access them from Google shelves. There is hope for the independent bookseller yet!
Now the drawbacks . . .
The launch of the Google eBookstore has come with a few technical challenges for some and at least one glaring omission for others. First, the omission . . . Kindle users, your device is not yet supported. Google is hoping to bring the most popular of the eReaders on board soon, but no timetable has been set. The picture is certainly much rosier for users of other devices, like the B&N Nook or Sony eReader for example. However, even there extra are needed. Users of those devices cannot simply purchase and download Google eBooks on the fly via wi-fi or 3G. They have to download and install the latest Adobe Editions software on a home computer first. The eBooks must then be d0wnloaded through the Adobe software and “moved” to the device. Though potentially easy enough, we suspect it will be a bit of an annoyance to many. Will it be enough of an annoyance to keep them away from Google’s shop? Time will tell.
A Big Day for Books
Whether you believe the pros outweigh the cons, one thing that is certain is that today is a big day for books and book lovers. Google’s books initiatives, at times controversial, has been running for a number of years now and has made great headway in making books more accessible. The 3 million titles in the eBookstore are but a fifth of what Google actually has digitized. As more and more of its books become available to online and portable e-readers, Google is certain to become a major player in the eBook market. Competition can be a very good thing!
With Pubit!, Barnes & Noble makes ePublishing a breeze and gives you a share of the profit$!
Hitting it big in the world of publishing has never been an easy nut to crack. Authors not only need write great works to publish, but also navigate the hops and hills of the industry. The advent of ePublishing has changed the game to a large degree. Thanks to the eReader revolution, getting your works out to the reading audience has never been easier . . . Well, not until now at least. First mentioned last May, Barnes & Noble’s new ePublishing system not only helps you get your masterpieces to market faster. It helps you set your prices and share in the profits. Meet Pubit!
Barnes & Noble touts itself as the world’s number one bookseller. Its Nook eReader, though not as popular as Amazon’s Kindle, has been a success. Its eBookstore is flourishing. There is a lot that is attractive about Barnes & Noble to writers looking to publish and profit from their own eBooks. Earlier this spring, the bookselling behemoth hinted at a platform that would make publishing electronic books easier than ever – a near instant way to get works in front of the eyes of millions. Since then, the project had been shrouded in secrecy. That is, until Barnes & Noble yesterday unveiled “Pubit!” and launched the latest salvo in the ePublishing wars.
Using Pubit! is free and easy. You simply create your content (book, article, etc.), create a Pubit! account, upload your work, and set your price. Pubit! will convert your work into the popular ePub format (compatible with more than B&N’s Nook, by the way) and add it to Barnes & Noble’s eBook store. If you’ve created a winner, you are paid a percentage of the retail price (40%- 65% based on price set) for each sale made. It is just that easy.
Certainly there are other self-publishing sites and platforms available. But what they lack is the name recognition and audience that Barnes & Noble enjoys. That is not to say that we can all quit our day jobs and become successful, wealthy writers. Not even Barnes & Noble can guarantee that! But the opportunity is out there like never before. Why publish your work the old fashioned way when you can Pubit! with Barnes & Noble? (Aside from loving the look and feel of a real, paper book of course!).