Some feedback on the syncing and sharing features of the iPad that users might be interested in:
1) No PDF support: iPad supports the ePub format but not any other formats. So users will have to convert all other formats and one easy way to do so is using Calibre (helps convert almost all formats)
2) iWork – MS Office and email: One of the cool features is that if you email yourself a Word doc, you can open it in pages.
3) The Kindle reader works great on the iPad: For users who have used the Kindle store in the past the iPad app for Kindle works great.
4) Desktop Document: In order to use iWork documents on iPad users will have to either import the documents in iTunes or email the documents to themselves.
5) iPad cannot support video beyond 720p
Priced at $149 check out this interesting device which comes with a 2GB card and offers 100 public domain books (including The Bible).
The device works with PDFs, ePubs and Mobi files. Although it it does not have all the cool features of Kindle, for that kind of a price it may work out to be an inexpensive solution for users who might want to read ebooks available online and not through the Kindle store.
Source: Amazon DTP website
We are pleased to announce the worldwide launch of DTP with support for English, French, and German languages. With this launch, authors and publishers around the world can use DTP to upload and sell books in English, German and French to customers worldwide in the Kindle Store(http://www.amazon.com/kindlestore
Additional language options with DTP will be added in the coming months.
We have made a number of other changes to our Terms and Conditions. Key highlights include:
1. We have made it easier than ever for our publishers to exercise their choice of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on Kindle store. Publishers are now able to select ‘Enable or Disable DRM’ option on a per-title basis during the submission process.
2. We now require that a title’s list price not exceed the lowest suggested retail price or equivalent price for any physical edition of the book.
3. To be accepted in the DTP program, digital books with a file size greater than 3 megabytes up to 10 megabytes must also have a list price of at least $1.99, and digital books with a file size of 10 megabytes or greater must have a list price of at least $2.99.We are excited about launching these features and look forward to serving authors and publishers globally.
2010 is going to see a multitude of new eBook devices being launched, lots of user feedback, experimentation and plenty of uncertainty over which platform to choose for the eReader device. But in order to plan and benefit from onslaught of new devices publishers needs to keep thier eye on 3 areas: distribution, design and revenue.
Different available formats and a business model that primarily befits the device makers over content suppliers makes it slightly confusing to plan a definite strategy. In this scenario, while exclusive deals with certain device companies might bring great luck to some publishers in general it may be more wise to not get locked with a single platform – (what if the device is not succesful?). Instead publishers should be planning to opt-in and push for more open platform deals that allow digital content to be shared across different platforms. Ideally, it would be in their interest if the drive is towards open platform that would support digital distribution across multiple forms (including eReaders, PCs and Smartphones)
Another key component for a good distribution strategy is to figure out the timing of digital edition vs print edition. Early accesibility to content is what user would love to get and this could be a big selling point for digital magazines, newspapers.
In order to come up with a winning strategy around digital publication, device makers and publishers will need a lot of input from the actual users of the product. As ink technologies get better, publishers will have an opportunity to create interactive and highly engaging publications (of course they might have to invest some resources in understanding how customers are using these ereaders and what are their expectations from digital publication.
There are few issues with the existing digital subscription model (as enabled by the ereader) – type of subscription (daily? monthly? annual?), revenue sharing system between distributor and content creator. Moreover publishers have already given Amazon as much as 70% of the subscription revenue that is coming through the Kindle store.
Publishers need to encash upon a couple of opportunities here: Device makers wanting to loop in bigger names will be more open to a more balanced(healthy) revenue share. Skiff (publisher-led innitiatives) is likely to give more subscription revenue into the content providers’ hands.