There are currently three forms of ePub now:
1) ePub from Apple iBooks
2) ePub from Barnes & Noble
3) ePub from Sony/others (which includes public libraries)
ePub from Apple works only on Apple devices.
ePub from Barnes & Noble works only on the Nook and Nook apps.
ePub from Sony/others…
From the article, you could be forgiven for thinking Nordic Literature = Crime Fiction. I just really hope publishers will understand that readers will be interested in other genres as well.
Some of these stats are really gruesome. And many of these stats are really self-inflicted wounds.
You can say many cranky things about Amazon, but when it comes to Kindle, I have never had a problem with customer service. I have a problem with a book or the device itself and I can reach a person and get a solution within a few minutes most of the time. I’ve purchased children’s books and realized they were formatted horribly - full refund and the book was removed from my account within an hour. I purchase a book accidentally - same thing. My Kindle II: Matzoh edition, which I purchased refurbished, developed a problem with repeated crashes and they sent a new one with next-day shipping. The Kindle customer service is freaking amazing considering how dominant the device has become.
I wonder how many readers out there are like me and don’t have much interest in a color/touch screen Kindle. The books I read are pretty much black and white, and those with color elements that I do purchase (e.g. art books) are of the type that are fairly pointless to buy as ebooks. As to the touch screen, I don’t see a whole lot of use for it beyond being able to swish your fingers over the screen and attempt to believe that you’re recreating the mechanical experience of turning the pages of a book.
At any rate, I’m one of those people who likes the idea of a dedicated ereader. Multitasking is overrated, and just because we can build a device that can play music and display books and wash your car all at once doesn’t mean we should.
Pretty much how I feel right now, though I would change my mind immediately if engineers figured out a way to make e-readers clean bathrooms.
In the end, there will be only two eInk devices left standing: the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. K format eBooks versus B&N-flavored ePub eBooks.