Unbound has a radical idea: Turn the whole business of publishing a book on its head by letting readers decide who gets published, and paying for the goods--plus goodies from the author--before the writing process even begins.
Borders is trying a new experiment to combat Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the e-book wars: It's partnered with BookBrewer, which will bring self-publishing powers to its platform. And the intriguing chance to turn blogs into e-books.
Instapaper, the handy offline website article reading service, is testing out a subscription model. With recent moves by Amazon, this indicates Web-based e-publishing has a sophisticated, paid, layered future ahead of it.
E-publishing pretender to Amazon's crown Barnes and Noble has just launched the "PubIt!" self-publishing platform, designed to bring digital publishing within the reach of more authors. It also promises "no hidden fees."
While dedicated e-readers are pretty likely to be eclipsed by full-featured tablet PCs, the tech that makes them tick--electronic paper--is likely to remain, thanks to its usefulness. And Sony's just boosted that fact with some new systems that are more flexible than their peers.