This company has developed partnerships or alliances with Barnes and Noble(now
owns 49% of the company), Ingram ‘s LightningPrint.com, Writer’s Digest,
Writer’s Club, and Author’s Guild. They are positioned to be a major player
in this relatively new industry. www.iuniverse.com
Readers buy e-books from the Fatbrain website. Their e-books or eMatter
appears to fancy shorter length e-books, although their website also has
high content e-books. This concept makes it more feasiable to print books
from a computer. www.fatbrain.com
This software company permits readers to view e-books in PDF format.
GlassBook has developed a proprietary secured format that limits the printing
of documents. This software has been used by major online bookstores.
NuvoMedia has developed a hand-held reader, The Rocket eBook. Users download
content from the company’s online bookstore or some of the major online
bookstores. The content is in a special HTML format called RocketEditions
and can be transferred to the Rocket eBook reader device. The company
has established a distribution network with Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.
The reader costs about $350 and stores multiple books. www.rocket-ebook.com
The company offers books in both Adobe PDF and print-on-demand formats.
A national distribution network is available through bookstores and online
booksellers such as Amazon.com. Fees for their services are less than
$1,000 for electronic and print formats. Authors and publishers can elect
only one format to reduce their initial investment. www.1stbooks.com
Utilizing an internal modem users can access titles directly from the
company’s website using the Softbook dedicated reader device. The Softbook
costs about $300. There may be other minimum content purchase requirements.
This company focuses on publishers to offer titles in multiple formats.
Their titles may be available through Rocket eBook and SoftBook readers.
They may also absorb the costs to convert the book titles into various
Microsoft is scheduled to release it’s new reader in mid-2000. It
will use a reader device based on “Clear Type” technology. It claims their
reader will display content close to the quality of paper. It will also
have security software that protects against copying and piracy. www.microsoft.com/reader.
This company is focusing on the whole potential of the Palm Pilot
device. Users download book titles from their website and then to their
hand-held devices. Set up fees are currently waived and you ar not required
to sign an exclusivity agreement required. Royalty rates are negotiable.