Launch! Prince Arthur Hotel! September 5. 6:30. Cake and beverage. Meet the Authors.

Launch! Prince Arthur Hotel! September 5. 6:30. Cake and beverage. Meet the Authors.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

E books save the Book Business

Picture this.  Dog Lake at high summer.  I am on the deck reading Katherine Mansfield's story, The Garden Party, from my daughter's I-Pad.  The Mansfield story was a free download as are many classics on e readers. (free or cheap). I loved the easy-on-the-eyes screen and the light weight of the device in my hand.

 Last night I had a demonstration of a Sony Reader. The Sony has a touch screen and a stylus to make notes on the "page,"  as well as a nifty leather cover to protect it. Smaller than the Amazon Kindle, it is also a pleasant device.  When travelling to Europe last month, I was struck by the number of people in the airport or on the plane reading from e readers.  The new world of books.

This year, e readers will be the Christmas present of choice.  And why not,? E readers are saving the book biz according to latest figures from the States. Reading books is on the rise.

"E-books made up about nine per cent of total book sales in the United States for 2010, as of the end of August, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Publishers. A year earlier, they comprised only three per cent, which means they're now in major growth mode.

The big driver of this explosion is the availability of devices on which e-books are read. Online seller Amazon got the ball rolling in 2007 when it launched the Kindle, a book-sized electronic device that featured an "e-ink" display — a high-contrast, low-power screen that simulates the look of a printed page." (CBC November 5/2010)

But  here is my worry.  I read Canadian Lit as well as classics.  How available will our Canadian books be in the new mode?  Am I worrying needlessly?  Will Chapter's e reader, the Kobo, provide all the latest Canadian fiction?  Right now I am reading Charlie Wilkin's latest, The Wild Ride, a large book with many photographs, maps and historical sidebars.  How will such a book, almost a coffee table book, fare on an e reader?  I like the feel and portability of an e reader but I am not buying yet.

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