Tuesday, April 27, 2010

To e-Book or not to e-Book

This is possibly the most controversial question being asked right now in the publishing industry: Should you, as a book lover, begin the foray into the seemingly convenient and relatively inexpensive digital reading world with e-books and e-readers? Or is this new technology all but destroying the publishing world and brick and mortar stores?

In the April 26th issue of The New Yorker, Ken Auletta writes about e-books and questions what the advent of the iPad means for publishers in his column Annals of Communication. Auletta's article, Publish or Perish, discusses the process involved in publishing a book and where each dollar amount from a book sale actually goes. For those who are passionate about books and technology or even for those who simply want to know more about publishing, Auletta's article is a must-read.

An interview with Ken Auletta also aired on this morning on NPR's Fresh Air radio show, hosted by Terry Gross. Audio for the interview will be available today at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Update: A very conscientious follower of this blog asked when Arlington Public Library will begin offering e-books. The answer is: we already do! More and more of you are becoming familiar with our downloadable audiobooks, which is made possible with the OverDrive software (free to download!). There are currently about 200 e-books available through the Arlington Public Library's OverDrive account. Click the link above for more information.


Anonymous said...

Amy, when are you guys going to be getting ebooks?

Amy said...

We already have them! I'll add an update with more information to my blog post. Thanks!