Hybrid iPhone/Print Book Glimpse Of The Future

November 12, 2009

Thanks to the folks over at Vook who tweeted this to me:

What most people will fixate on is the paper.

Look beyond that.

With a 10″-screen tablet, there can be virtual pages bookending the interactivity in the center of the screen. In other words, imagine what you’re looking at above is a single screen.

I think Disney will be looking at this video keenly.

eBook Notes For Thursday November 12, 2009

November 12, 2009

Confessions of an Apple Manager-Turned-iPhone App Creator

How was Air Sharing received?

We gave it away for two weeks and later set the price at $7, lowered it to $5 and then introduced a more capable one for $10. I was optimistically thinking maybe 100,000 people would download it. But really I thought that was crazy talk.

As it turned out, a million downloaded it in two weeks—168,000 in the first day. That’s without advertising, no banner ads. It was just word-of-mouth and the power of the Internet.

I await figures like those for a digital book!

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Dave Winer Asks THAT Question

November 12, 2009

Click for the answer:

If you were taking a trip which would you want to pack?

Previously here:

The Horror Of Paper Books

Go Buy Winterland By Alan Glynn!

November 12, 2009


Winterland publisher website

Alan Glynn’s first novel, The Dark Fields, came out in 2002.

Close to eight long years later, Winterland will be his second — and it will be out in February 2010.

I’ve read The Dark Fields twice. I should do it a third time. It’s one of those rare books that sticks in your mind and has to be re-read.

Winterland will probably be just like that. Go buy it and find out.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t pimp a book so far in advance, but Barnes & Noble is offering it at near one-third off as a pre-order.

Click = big

Think of this: If you pre-order it today, you get a great price. And in February, a package will arrive at your door unexpectedly — because you will have forgotten it by then. It will be very happy surprise!

The Dark Fields is out-of-print right now. But it’ll be back next year as a tie-in to the upcoming movie.

Meanwhile, buy Winterland.

Previously at Mike Cane 2008:

Writer Alan Glynn Speaks!
Calling Alan Glynn!

AMC’s The Prisoner: Digital Book Is Now Live!

November 12, 2009


Yesterday, as promised, AMC released the opening pages of the online digital book that will spin-off their re-imagined The Prisoner series.

It contains eleven screens and is a great example of how to do a graphic novel as a digital book.

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Three FREE eBooks By Writer James Hadley Chase

November 12, 2009

This is really big! He’s mostly out of print, forgotten by most of publishing (except for Harlequin), and readers like me are frustrated by not being able to read everything he wrote.

Yesterday, via olympiapress on Twitter, I learned there are three eBook editions of James Hadley Chase for free — including the epic one that is immortal:


This novel is cited again and again in reference works about noir, crime fiction, and outsider writers. I’ve never had a chance to read it because it’s been out of print. Now I will!

Run over to here and grab all three free eBooks!


Writer James Hadley Chase tribute site
Book Cover: What?!