There are three times as many ereader devices now than just a single year ago, and Amazon has just announced that their own eBooks now have eight authors selling over a million eBooks.
Of course, this is a million eBooks total, none of the eBooks are million sellers on their own, while sites such as Project Gutenberg, The World Public Library, and The Internet Archive have each had a number of “million seller eBooks” if you will allow that term for non-profit organizations.
The first World eBook Fair, just a handful of years ago, gave out a million copies of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, in just a single month, well before Amazon’s Kindle came out, or Apple’s iPad, or any of the revolutionary devices that are now powering the world of commercial eBooks.
This Monday, the Fourth of July, marks large 40th Anniversary celebrations around the world of the first eBook that started as a simple snowball, as it were, turning into an avalanche. Continue reading 2011 is the Year of the eBook
In an articel found on The Independent on Sunday website, it seems that the Harry Potter titles could officially go digital;
A source close to Bloomsbury, the publisher of the Harry Potter novels, said the company was also keen to adapt literary works to the new technology.
May people believe that J.K.Rowling should already have realsead Harry Potter in digital format. Perhaps the digital revolution is finally starting.
The article also talks about the upcoming ‘Kindle‘, an eBook reading device from Amazon, which could be released as early as October 2007.
The last instalment of the Harry Potter saga will be published on 21 July, author JK Rowling has announced. She confirmed the date fans will be able to get their hands on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on her website. Rowling has said two characters die in the final book and fans are wondering whether Harry is one of them. The Potter books have sold 325 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 64 languages and spawned five blockbuster movies.
This is the 10th anniversary of the first book of the hugely successful series being published.
Extract taken from;
BBC News, 1 February 2007
Author JK Rowling has revealed the title of the seventh and final Harry Potter book.
It will be called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The announcement was made on the writer’s official website.
Despite the publication date not being known, the book is tipped to be a big seller, like the rest in the series.
Speculation about the plot has surrounded the book after Rowling admitted two characters will die – some think it could be Harry Potter himself.BBC News, 21 December 2006