I’m in France for a week and while there might well be an internet connection, there will be better things to do than post (hopefully).
Here are a few thoughts while I’m away
Some out of print issues cropping up again. The Bookseller has a piece on it here.
Laurence Orbach pours cold water on digital community building, rightly I half think, here.
If Waterstones is stocking the sony e-reader in the UK, does that mean I can get one here?
So I’ll be back in early August.
The Irish Independent has a nice piece on the Murphy’s Ice Cream Book of Sweet Things of BOST as we have taken to calling it for short hand in the office. My favourite line:
It’s a great success story and the book, written in Kieran’s languid, laid-back style, makes an enjoyable read.
Good Stuff! You can buy the book here (Although, bizarrely they have a cover we decided against in the end!
I don’t want to be a bore
But this ebook and this one too, should not be for sale in Ireland for another 3 years at least, yet they are. I know, I just bought one from the Apple Apps Store
Considering a new paperback edition of Ulysses is available for about £7.50 and Portrait Of The Artist for a measly £2.50 on The Book Depository, I’d say 79 cent each is a massive bargain.
The copyright on Joyce‘s works has lapsed in the US if I’m not mistaken (or at least if Wikipedia is not mistaken) but not here or in the UK. I’ll be Apple never anticipated a territorial issue with iPhone Apps?
The Joyce estate will no doubt be onto this one quick, in the meantime, download away. Hopefully this post will not be prescient if the ebooks are eventually withdrawn.
The I missed a lot in the last few days edition
Publishing News is closing shop on its print and online news operations. These seems sad and a little depressing to me. I like The Bookseller and I have enjoyed the way their website has grown more functional and useful over the last year or so, but a bit of competition never goes astray.
Speaking of The Bookseller, Penguin CEO John Makinson has a nice little piece online there about the forbiding nature of the Publishing industry to outsiders.
Amazon have an HaperCollins implant working with them. Intriguing>
Alan Sutton, my former boss @ Nonsuch Ireland, comes back from the ashes again with a new firm. He never stays down that man. it’s pretty impressive. You’ll note too that the comment thread has had to be policed and clamped down for the night!
AND THE BIG NEWS
iTunes Apps Store turns out to be a bloody good way of selling e-books or at the very least of hosting them for sales. More on this next week when i think it through properly.
Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here
The story is in Publishers Weekly, here.