Elsewhere on the Web 3 August 2010

E-Book Wars: Is a Free Amazon Kindle Next?

Following Amazon's announcement of a new Kindle electronic book reader, Apple and Barnes & Noble may be thinking, "Is that all you've got?" Meanwhile, consumers may be wondering, "Why should I pay for an ereader at all?"

Will there soon be a free e-book reader?

Inside the New York Times’ Paywall Brain

Bits and pieces of surveys have appeared in online reports in the last few day; a source familiar with the company tells me the paper is specifically targeting home delivery subscribers with this round of questions. NYT spokesman Bob Christie allows only that “research … is being conducted as part of the paid model.  We will have more to discuss later in the year. “

In any case, the survey excerpts don’t tell us what the Times intends to do — they only tell us what the paper is thinking about. Still, they’re informative.

No E-Books Allowed in This Establishment

A few weeks ago I decided to mosey over to a local Manhattan coffee shop for an afternoon cappuccino.

After placing my order I sat down at a table and pulled out my Amazon Kindle.

I barely made it a sentence into the e-book I was reading before an employee of the coffee shop came by, stood over me and said, “Excuse me sir, but we don’t allow computers in the coffee shop.”

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/no-e-books-allowed-in-this-establishment/

About Nate Hoffelder (11376 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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