Yesterday, I received my Kindle 3. In this video, I unbox the device and provide my unfiltered, first impressions.
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Yesterday, Seth Godin wrote a provocative post on why he is “Moving On” from the traditional world of book publishing. While I think this might be the right answer for him, I don’t think it is the right answer for most authors.
Despite what many pundits are saying today, reading is not dead. Nor are books. Certainly, big changes are underway, especially in the way books are delivered to readers. But reading itself is not dead. It is not going away. At least, not any time soon.
Since Google introduced its Book Search program, we have been fielding questions from authors and agents. They are concerned that Google has scanned their books and the results are showing up in Google search. The primary concern is that consumers will not buy books because. Why? Two reasons.
I have spent the last three days at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in New York. This conference is designed to address the issues related to publishing and technology. This was my second year to attend. Five of my colleagues from Thomas Nelson accompanied me. As was the case last year, my head is exploding. The presentations were excellent. They covered all the current issues and gave us a glimpse of the future.
Obviously, I am writing from the perspective of a publisher. I am not adverse to change, as I have demonstrated repeatedly. I know the market is shifting. I believe digital publishing will change forever the way that we do business. However, that does not mean we have to “give away the farm”—or our content.
A few days ago, I watched a video demo of the “SI Tablet,” a new eBook device developed by Time, Inc. and The Wonderfactory. It demonstrates how a touch screen, portability, and the convergence of text, audio, and video can create unprecedented opportunities for content providers. Frankly, it is the most compelling media device I have seen yet.
Microsoft recently released a jaw-dropping video based on some of the their current research projects. These technologies will dramatically change your world and mine. The video is less than two minutes long and will give you a clear vision for what awaits us within the next ten years.
Yesterday, I received my copy of the Amazon Kindle 2. Gail and I are on vacation, so I had them send it to me here. I figured this would be good time to get acquainted with the new device, before I head back to the hustle and bustle of work. In this video I unbox it and give you my first impressions.