Smartphones, eReaders and Tablets…oh my

2010 marked the first time Amazon sold more ebooks than traditional pulp and ink books. Authors need to realize this revolutionary development and focus marketing and promotion on selling electronic versions of their novels and less on traditional methods like book signings.

I have a Kindle Store app on my smartphone, but even I don’t want to read Scorpion Bay on my phone. eReaders…that’s more like it.

You’ve all heard of the most popular e-book readers, Kindle and Nook from Barnes and Noble, but what about the Libre, Kobo ereader, Literati Reader, Pandigital Novel and Sony Reader? If you’re not familiar with these and your publisher isn’t I guarantee you your customers, or potential customers are. Here’s an article that will allow you to compare the various e-book readers.

Literally thousands of books can be stored on a single eReader. Cutting edge stuff, right? Yes and no.

There’s another revolution within this e-book reader revolution that authors should be familiar with. The first table, Apple’s Ipad, touted its ability to download ebooks. It’s a popular feature with the Ipad 2. Like the explosion of e-book readers, there’s an ongoing explosion with tablets. With a tablet, one can download various e-book reader applications from the Apple Store or Android Market. Readers can select books from iBooks, Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble Nook, Borders, Kobo and more. Rather than have a Kindle, or a Nook, or a Kobo, consumers can have them all on their tablets and the applications are free.

Consumers can also download audio books applications on tablets and listen to audio books. They’re doing so at increasing rates.

You should become familiar with all these and more,  Ipad 2, Motorola Xoom, Blackberry Playbook, Archos…the list goes on and on. What list? Here’s one.

If you want to maximize your ability to promote electronic versions of your books, or if you just want to read a book on a great new device, try a tablet.  Me?  I have a Xoom!

Michael

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5 responses to “Smartphones, eReaders and Tablets…oh my

  1. I’ve been trying to figure out what ereader to get — I don’t want to be stuck with a single format, so perhaps a tablet is the way to go. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. I was shopping for one as well, Pat, but I love my Xoom!

  3. I thought I’d never be comfortable with an ereader, but I love my kindle. My brother loves his phone… I wonder when he’ll convert me.

  4. The technology is fast and furious. The talk is of multi-media interchange, so you can move between readers and televisions and phones and I don’t understand most of it :)

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