In truth, I don’t have a clue. What I can tell you is that the number of google news alerts about ebooks is increasing. Much of that is due, I think, to two factors, maybe three.
First, according to Chris Smith over at Technology for the Soul, aka TFTS, Amazon sold more Kindles than ever before AND they sold more ebooks than hard-copy books. I would guess authors and publishers, including self-publishers are or should be rushing to get their books into Kindle shape.
But it was at CES (Computer Electronic Show) earlier this month that it became apparent lots and lots of folks are trying to get into the ebook business.
It’s hard to tell just how many were actually announced. GIZMODO reviews eight in its The Ultimate Guide to Ebook Readers We Care About where they not only show you pictures and describe each one, but make a guess about how likely it is to survive in its more-or-less present form.
Although GIZMODO doesn’t like it much, technabob’s review, e-book + netbook + android = entourage edge may confirm my rather hazy notion that ebooks and netbooks have, and should have a lot in common, maybe becoming one. Of course others point to phones like the iPhone. Maybe we’ll end up with both or something none of us have thought of yet,
There is a lot of speculation that Apple will launch some sort of tablet computer that will serve as a great ebook reader. Seems clunky to me, but my 16-year-old granddaughter slings her laptop around with no problem.
It might look something like the Skiff, a large-format ebook reader by Hearst, probably aimed at saving newspapers. It will take real reporting again and breaking up large media companies to do that I think, but it’s an interesting product.
Color was also popular at CES. Makes me wonder why a laptop isn’t the answer. I still want a device that’s save in bathtub, reading in bed and at the beach. Color isn’t very important to me.
There will be a shakeout of some sort, and that’s probably what will really be important to publishers and writers.
Which ebook readers should your book be formatted for? Again, I have no clue.
I’m with Gawker when they say: There Are Officially Too Damn Many Ebook Readers. But that’s what it takes for a product/service to settle down.