An e-mail discussion group devoted to e-books,
the e-book industry, and related topics. Membership
is required to access the online archives.
Discussions for authors, publishers, and marketers
of electronic books.
News, reviews, and information on titles,
compilers, and publishers.
Tracks research into electronic books, and
News, resources, and discussion about electronic
books and publishing.
A directory of free online books.
Information on the publication specification
for electronic books that will allow compatibility
between different e-book devices.
News, information, newsletters, discussion,
and an online store.
Selection of articles and links.
Information on the initiative to bring electronic
books to all people.
Catch On, But Only For Hardcore Fans So Far
"E-books, hailed in hi-tech precincts as the
electronic alternative to traditional publishing,
have failed to live up to their early billing
as a replacement for the printed page, despite
their popularity with gadget-obsessed pioneers."
[Forbes] (May 27, 2003)
Sales Lead Off 2003
Report on increased sales of electronic books.
[Association of American Publishers] (March
Vendors Look To Libraries for Growth
While consumer e-book sales continue their
incremental growth, digital publishers and
e-publishing service vendors are looking to
libraries and their patrons to add to sales.
[Publishers Weekly] (October 7, 2002)
Books Appear Stalled at Technology Gate
Report that e-books have failed to penetrate
the mass market. [globetechnology.com] (September
Clicking with Colleges
Cases of the appeal of e-books. [CNN] (September
Complain About Devices for Reading E-Books,
Report on a study at Ball State University.
[The Chronicle of Higher Education] (August
Books: Reports of Their Death Have Been Exaggerated
Review of companies, market issues and outlook
for the e-book industry. [Online] (July,
Over Access to Online Books
Librarians' efforts to provide online access
to electronic holdings. (June 17, 2002)
of E-Books: Who Reads Them?
Report on the suggestion that anybody actually
reads e-books. [USA Today] (May 8,
Go to College
A survey of students in two college courses
grades e-book devices and their function in
higher education. [Library Journal] (May
End of Books?
Simon Midgley wonders whether hard-up students
will need to buy textbooks in a few years'
time. [Guardian Unlimited] (April 9,
Lean Times, E-Books Find a Friend: Libraries
Digital book collections continue to grow
at libraries. [requires free nytimes.com registration
to read] (February 21, 2002)
Was a Tough Read for E-Books
Review of industry disappointments and prospects.
[Wired] (December 25, 2001)
Live On After Mighty Fall
Profiles successful electronic text projects
where reading and sales are stronger than
ever. [Wired] (December 18, 2001)
Retreats From Big Push for E-Books
AOL Time Warner eliminates its iPublish division.
Free registration required. [NY Times] (December
We Ever Want E-Books?
Commentary on why consumers don't want or
need e-books. [E-Commerce Times] (November
House Is Dropping E-Book Imprint, but Not
The Random House Trade Group cancels AtRandom
imprint in recognition of the scant consumer
demand for books that can be read on screens.
(November 9, 2001)
E-books Change the World?
Argues that the evolution of e-book technology
is related to the penetrating impact of networks
and information technology on society. [First
Monday] (October 1, 2001)
Publishers Agree to Sale of E-Books on Yahoo
Short announcement about Penguin Putnam, Simon
and Schuster, Random House and HarperCollins
publishers. Free registration required. [NY
Times] (September 5, 2001)
of Portable Electronic Books
Charts the development of portable electronic
book hardware. [Ariadne] (September,
of an E-Book Era Were, It Seems, Premature
Cases of the slow growth of the e-book industry.
Free registration required. [NY Times] (August
and Their Future in Academic Libraries
An overview of e-book issues, based on a development
strategy for the University of California
libraries. [D-Lib Magazine] (August,
Technology: E-book as Superbook?
Overview of e-book features. [ALA TechSource]
(July 19, 2001)
Supreme Court Sides with Free-lancers
Writers may control whether articles they
sold for print in a regular newspaper or magazine
may be reproduced in electronic form. [CNN]
(June 25, 2001)
- Compressed Data:
Tags Could Help Keep E-Book Links Alive
The use of digital object identifiers (DOIs)
in e-books. [NY Times] (June 18, 2001)
Battle to Define the Future of the Book in
the Digital World
A thorough look at the competing economic,
technological, and social factors influencing
the development of e-books. [First Monday]
(June 4, 2001)
University that Reveres Tradition Experiments
A University of Virginia seminar's trials
with e-book readers. [The Chronicle of Higher
Education] (May 11, 2001)
- Evolving E-Books
Let Authors Answer Critics
News on a Princeton University Press project
with adaptive e-books. Free registration required.
[NY Times] (May 10, 2001)
Battle: Is an E-Book a Book?
News and implications analysis of the
lawsuit between Random House and RosettaBooks.
[CNet] (May 6, 2001)
Remain Niche Reads
The e-book market is hampered by immature,
expensive technology and a limited number
of people willing to consider reading books
on electronic devices. [CNet] (May
Devices Yet to Hit Bestseller's List
News on the slowly developing e-book hardware
devices market. [CNet] (May 2, 2001)
to Crack Open an E-Book
Gemstar's RocketBook encryption methods have
apparently been hacked. [Wired] (April
Agents on E-Books' Side
Analysis of an upcoming lawsuit over the interpretation
of book contracts. [Wired] (April 17,
A detailed examination of e-books and industry
trends. [Utne Reader] (April 17, 2001)
Digital Publishing Taking Off?
An update on recent e-book business deals.
[InternetNews] (April 10, 2001)
E-Book as Print-Edition Ad
Report on advertisements within e-books. [Wired
News] (April 3, 2001)
Bearable Lightness of E-Books
An introduction to the capabilities of e-book
readers. [CBC] (March 22, 2001)
Embrace E-Books at Confab
Report of publishing companies' involvement
with e-books. [Publishers Weekly] (March
Web Books Spur Hardcover Sales
A look at some companies making money with
online books. Free registration required.
[NY Times] (March 19, 2001)
Publisher Sees Future in E-Books
Harcourt College Publishers inks a deal with
e-book company goReader to offer electronic
college textbooks. [CNet] (March 14,
Hypertext: Novels With Interactive Animation
Self-published books with electronic artistry.
Free registration required. [NY Times] (March
Still A Market-In-Waiting
Short report on the book publishing industry.
[InformationWeek] (February 28, 2001)
House Sues Over Rights to Publishing E-Books
News of a lawsuit over the digital sales of
books. Free registration required. [NY Times]
(February 28, 2001)
Are Now on the Shelf
News an analysis of a pilot program to sell
electronic books in stores. [Wired] (February
if E-Books Cost Less?
Examines the dropping prices and costs of
e-book readers and titles. [Wired] (February
"Revolution" Waiting to Happen?
A look at the current efforts of e-book publishers,
with a focus on children's books. [Publishers
Weekly] (January 29, 2001)
Lovers Fail to Click with E-Pages
Several major booksellers have shelved the
idea of selling online editions. [Christian
Science Monitor] (January 23, 2001)
News analysis of the slow adoption of e-books.
[Wired] (January 11, 2001)
- Rebooted Any
Good Books Lately?
A lengthy overview of electronic book readers.
Free registration required. [NY Times] (January
E-Book Industry Set to Explode
Announcement of the report "Electronic Publishing
Forecast and Analysis, 2000-2004: Digital
Books and Print on Demand." [E-Commerce Times]
(December 20, 2000)
a Read on New E-Books
A report on a new generation of e-book reader
hardware. [Wired] (December 11, 2000)
King's Net Horror Story
An interpretation of the demise of "The Plant."
[Slashdot] (December 4, 2000)
- Measuring the
Use and Value of Electronic Journals and Books
Report on how libraries can gauge patron
usage of electronic materials. [UCSB Library]
Say You Want an E-Book Revolution?
A detailed expos? on the electronic book movement.
[Time Magazine] (December, 2000)
Prompt King To Yank Internet Book
Stephen King has pulled the plug on his self-published
online serial novel. [Washington Post] (November
*Can* Judge a Book by Its Cover
Commentary on why paper books rule. [ZDNet
AnchorDesk] (November 29, 2000)
- Struggles Over
A detailed analysis of the electronic book
business. Free registration required. [NY
Times] (November 27, 2000)
Report on the eBook World conference and the
future of publishing. [Digital Reader] (November
Launches e-Books Store
News announcement that the online superstore
now offers e-books. [E-Commerce News] (November
Bad Ending for E-Authors
MightyWords is eliminating many of its authors
from its e-publishing program. [Wired] (November
Format in the E-Book Field
News of Reciprocal's introduction of another
e-book data format. Free registration required.
[NY Times] (November 6, 2000)
News of the major publishing houses taking
over the e-book publishing industry. [CNN]
(October 25, 2000)
What Cost, E-Books?
A report on the falling prices of electronic
book readers. [Wired] (October 17,
Over, Gutenberg. Please.
Report on the conference "Electronic Book
2000: Changing the Fundamentals of Reading."
[Washington Post] (September 27, 2000)
e-Book Hype ... For Now
Commentary against the current hype about
electronic books. [ZDNet AnchorDesk] (September
Story Of E-Books
Current business efforts to move e-books to
the mainstream. [Forbes] (August 31,
Emerging Role of E-Books
A renowned digital librarian examines the
e-book industry, with references. [Library
Journal] (August 1, 2000)
A thoughtful look at the e-book movement,
concluding "Can anyone really be against that?"
Free registration required. [NY Times] (June
Capital: Freedom - Or Copyright?
Commentary favoring legalizing the copying
of e-books. [Technology Review] (June,
Can Dig Digital Books?
New usability research on electronic books.
[Wired] (May 8, 2000)
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the E-Book
A overview of e-book business issues such
as copyright protection. [American Libraries]
Rattle of Pebbles
A short commentary on the book and technological
innovations. [NYBooks.com] (April 27,
King of E-Books
Discusses the success of Stephen King's first
foray into e-books and what it may mean for
the future. [Spark-Online] (April,
King E-Book Pirated
Copies of Stephen King's novella "Riding the
Bullet" may have been decrypted by hackers.
[ZDNet] (March 29, 2000)
An interview examining the impact and future
of e-books. [PBS NewsHour] (March 16,
Tomorrow's Publishers Today
An annotated list of some online publishers.
[Publishers Weekly] (March 13, 2000)
Are Not Just For Reading
Adding handwritten notes to the Rocket eBook.
[CNN] (March 6, 2000)
Future of the Book
A selection of articles on e-books. [Salon]
& Noble and Microsoft to Create e-Book
The two companies will take a major step into
the digital content future with the creation
of an e-Book superstore using Microsoft reader
software. [Microsoft] (January 6, 2000)
P-Books to E-Books
Microsoft and Barnes and Noble's e-book
plans. [Wired] (January 6, 2000)
Turn Over a New Leaf
Report on the Open E-book Publication Structure.
[Wired] (December 27, 1999)
to Convert Books to Bytes
Meeting the rising demand for online access
to books. Free registration required. [NY
Times] (December 9, 1999)
Explains the process of marketing e-books
and common problems and solutions. [About.com]
(November 26, 1999)
This the End of the Story for Books?
"Books will still be around, many scholars
say, but we may read in a different way."
Free registration required. [NY Times] (November
a Read on E-Books
Electronic books have been slow to catch on
among consumers, but big Internet companies
are betting that the time for e-books has
come. [CNet] (November 9, 1999)
Conference Illuminates Issues
Report and overview of the second annual Electronic
Book Conference. [American Library Association]
- E-Books: The
Next Killer App
For 50 years, tech gurus have promised that
the next invention will make paper books obsolete.
But the buzz on e-books means this time, the
hour may be nigh. [Wired] (September
- E-Books Taking
The market for electronic books has been sluggish
thus far, but the announcement of an e-book
standard might encourage more authors and
readers to make the shift. [Wired] (May
Books for All
Glassbook will offer a standard way to download
e-books from bookstores or libraries. [PC
World] (May 7, 1999)
Draw Crowds, No Converts
Visitors to BookExpo America 1999 circle around
the e-book booths, but few are buying - yet.
[Wired] (May 3, 1999)
Give E-Books a Boost
Electronic books are a few steps closer to
becoming both a real business tool and a better
way to pack a suitcase worth of novels for
vacation. [USA Today] (April 19, 1999)
Target Pricey Print Books
Explains the technology from two vendors to
be used to read e-books. [PC World] (April
a Read on the E-Book
Discusses the use of e-books and the development
of standards for the format. Includes examples
from the introduction of VHS. [ZDNet] (March,
- Downloading Literature
- E-books change the face of reading
Electronic books have finally arrived
and now represent a challenge to the traditional
paper and ink, but how good are they and how
do they work? [CNN] (December 17, 1998)
New Chapter for E-Books
Briefly outlines the history of e-books and
details the technology currently on the market.
[BusinessWeek] (October 22, 1998)
Digital Books Good Enough to Curl Up With?
An overview of how electronic books read and
manage e-titles. [PC World] (October
Explains some of the current e-book technology
and how it works. [SF Gate] (September
Future of Books
Summarizes a bits vs. books argument. [Wired]
(April 2, 1996)