Archive for the 'Books' Category

Disruptive ebooks

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

For ebooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders are all middlemen. Unlike printed books, however, publishers could easily handle selling ebooks directly to customers. At some point, I think price pressure will force publishers to start selling ebooks themselves.
Ideally, publishers would sell at a lower cost than the bookstores and pay a higher absolute royalty […]

Good neighborhood bookstore

Monday, May 16th, 2011

We need a good neighborhood bookstore. We have Powell’s, which is amazing, but it’s not in our neighborhood (although the closest isn’t far away, either). We also have a Border’s and a Barnes and Noble, all pretty much equidistant from our house.
A good neighborhood bookstore needs to compete with all of these.
To compete with the […]

The value of hard-cover books

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I don’t buy hard-cover books often, so when I do, it’s because they offer more value than a paperback.
One of the hard-covers I bought recently was Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives book one: The way of kings.
The reasons I bought this book are:

It’s a huge epic fantasy–1000 pages. This would be hard to physically manage in […]