Are E-Books Still Viable, or is Amazon Preparing an Alternative?
BarnesandNoble.com is no longer selling e-books, according to this posting on their website. However, a New York Times article by David D. Kirkpatrick, discusses the mid-September launch by Amazon.com of “a searchable online archive with the texts of tens of thousands of books of nonfiction, according to several publishing executives involved.” This program is called Look Inside the Book II.
For an update, see this September 14 Reuters article, which states, “For now, e-books are an afterthought in the publishing world. Less than 500,000 electronic books were sold in the United States in 2002, compared with more than 1.5 billion printed books, estimates research firm Ipsos-Insight in Chicago,” and for reference, this May 29 AP article, E-books down…at BookExpo America