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.