Today, my latest piece on eBook prices has been published on RegHardware, and it’s generating quite a lot of comments. A few of those have suggested using public libraries as an alternative source of borrowing books – it’s worth reading this to see why that may not be such a simple option. For those who… Read More eBook price roundup – figures collated
This is a companion piece to an article for RegHardware on eBook pricing. One of the benefits of the ePub format and the Adobe DRM that it uses is that it’s possible to borrow books from libraries. Books can be downloaded from a library, and will automatically expire after a couple of weeks. The range… Read More Why you may have to visit a library to borrow an eBook
I’ve written before about various annoying aspects of the WH Smith eBook store. Now there’s another one to add. I attempted to buy a book to read on my commute this morning, and discovered that it didn’t become available to download, which usually takes a couple of minutes. Wondering if it was just that title,… Read More No instant gratification at WH Smith ebook store
Price wars are great, aren’t they? Consumers always win, apparently. So, the launch of Kindle in the UK should have heralded a new dawn for eBooks, with prices falling thanks to greater competition, and everyone happy with their lovely new Sony models, or the latest version of the Kindle. The world of publishing and bookselling,… Read More eBook pricing update: where have my favourite authors gone?
WH Smith’s new ebook store – confusing and messy When I compared prices of ebooks at the end of August, I noted that the pricing from WH Smith was pretty competitive; for a bundle of four books that I stocked up on before going away on a trip, it cost six pence more than from… Read More Why are British bookstores digging the grave for ePub?
I’ve just been looking for some books to pop on my Sony Reader for a forthcoming trip. I was going to get them from the Overdrive Library – I’m in Hackney, so there’s a small selection of titles available – but the website wasn’t letting me log on. So, I decided to have a look… Read More More pricing madness with ebooks
Following on from my post about book pricing in the UK and the related news item on RegisterHardware, I thought I’d outline where things stand with regard to the different types of eBook available in the UK, as it’s fairly important information if you’re thinking of investing in a reader. The most important thing to… Read More eBook formats – a crash course