As of today, BookPage is available on the Nook Newsstand. You can either buy the current issue (January 2012) for $3, or subscribe for $2.50 a month. If you subscribe, each new issue will be automatically delivered to your Nook. Best of all, BookPage for Nook is compatible with all Nook devices and apps (Nook, Nook Color, Nook for iPad, Nook for Android, etc.).
If you'd like a way to read BookPage on the go, this is a great way to do so—BookPage looks awesome on the Nook (if I do say so myself) and gives you an easy way to read the issue digitally.
Finally, if you're reading this blog, you probably don't need an introduction to BookPage, but here's our Nook blurb—just in case:
BookPage recommends the best new books for every reader, whether you're interested in literary fiction or history, romance or mystery, cookbooks or children's books. Each issue highlights more than 50 new releases, and contains author interviews, seasonal features, columns and dozens of book reviews that spotlight new discoveries as well as bestsellers. Tailored to the true booklover, BookPage is guaranteed to keep your "To Be Read" list full and provide plenty of ideas for your next book club pick.
Will you subscribe to BookPage through the Nook Newsstand? Happy reading!
Forgive the cliché, but it seems the one constant in the realm of publishing these days is change. Every day brings at least one new story about digital publishing and ereader technology, but today two especially interesting ones came to my attention.
Branded e-bookstores coming to Germany. One of the reasons independent booksellers have trouble breaking into the ebook market is a lack of branded eBookstores or e-readers. (OK, there's Google's eBookstore, which independent booksellers can use to create their own stores, but just try shopping there directly from your Nook or Kindle!) A German company plans to help independent bookstores sell iRiver Story HD readers that are linked to their own eBookstores. Will it be a hit? Will there be a similar service stateside? I'm probably not the only one eager to find out. If your local independent bookstore sold a branded ereader, would you buy it?
Ask an author on your Kindle. Amazon has rolled out a new Kindle feature that allows you to ask an author questions about their book. The answers will appear on Twitter and on the author's Amazon page. Currently in Beta, the feature is only available for a handful of writers (photos here) but it has interesting ramifications for the business (and, possibly, for authors' productivity). So far, there haven't been many questions posted to the authors' pages, though I'm sure that will change. Whether the questions will be interesting to other readers or the authors themselves remains to be seen.
Anyone else a tech news junkie? What am I missing?
Last month we asked you to fill out a short survey about your e-reader use, and now I have the results. You may have noticed that the BookPage print edition (starting in January 2011) includes a note on whether each book we cover is available in e-book form. We know that more and more of our readers are choosing to enjoy books digitally, but we wanted a better sense of how many.
Looking at these numbers, it's clear that a significant portion of our online readership—50% of those of you who chose to fill out the survey—own e-readers. For the most part, those of you who don't already own an e-reader don't want one. If you have one, Kindle is king, although you still buy a mix of e-books and paper books.
DO YOU OWN AN E-READER?
WHICH E-READER DO YOU OWN?
IF YOU DON'T CURRENTLY OWN AN E-READER, DO YOU WISH YOU DID?
DO YOU PRIMARILY BUY E-BOOKS OR PAPER BOOKS?
By the way, these stats are more relevant than ever, as next weekend the New York Times will unveil their e-book bestseller lists. According to Publishers Weekly, there will be separate fiction and nonfiction e-book bestseller lists, along with a combined e-book and print bestseller list.
For a perspective on how e-book sales will grow, read this post from Michael Hyatt, Chairman & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, who believes growth will be slower than industry execs think.
Also, read why Web Editor Trisha Ping has known for nearly two years that she will never travel with print books again.
Question for readers: Are you surprised by these survey results?
Though the new e-reader from Barnes & Noble generated considerable excitement this week, a more transformative innovation is just around the corner, one that could land dedicated e-book devices in the technological scrapheap along with eight-track tapes and rotary phones. That innovation is Apple's tablet computer, rumored to be in the works for years, with an anticipated release date in 2010.
Before you splurge on a shiny new Kindle or Nook, you might want to spend a few minutes reading Daniel Lyons' recent column in Newsweek, "The Hype Is Right: Apple's Tablet Will Reinvent Computing," for an informative peek at what the future might hold. According to Lyons (and many others), the new tablet computer will become our morning newspaper, our TV and our book, all rolled into one portable and attractive package. This will not only affect how we read but what we read, Lyons says:
Look at how people have turned their creativity loose on the iPhone. In just 16 months, thousands of developers have created 85,000 applications for that device. The same will happen with tablets. These powerful devices with constant Internet access will enable us (and force us) to rethink media. What is a newspaper? What is a book? What is a movie?
How about you: have you purchased a Kindle or Nook? Will you consider doing so? Or will you wait for the next big thing?