From the perspective of the American Book Fair, we can see the new atmosphere of the publishing industry (the next
the rising e-book market
at this book fair, some professional e-book companies (especially versaware, copyright clearance center and self-service publisher xlibris) did not make much publicity, which made this year's American Book Fair particularly unusual. In addition, companies like netlibrary and Microsoft only occupy small booths at book fairs. On the contrary, they attach great importance to one-on-one positive communication with publishers and authors. A representative of netlibrary announced that they pay more attention to the interview with publishers. Similarly, Microsoft employees also said that since the company's reader reader and Das products were officially introduced to publishers at the book fair last year, the task of this year's book fair is to further communicate with publishers
it is still too early for e-books to make a profit.
at this year's book fair, all exhibitors kept a low profile in terms of technology exhibition, because most major publishers are very worried about the current situation of the printing and publishing industry, and have little time to pay attention to the development of new technologies. In addition, according to the survey of relevant units, consumers are not very interested in e-books. Among the more than 3000 respondents, nearly 70% have heard of e-books, less than 5% say they are willing to buy e-books, and 75% of the respondents believe that e-books do not represent the future of the book industry
however, this does not mean that the industry has come to a standstill. In fact, e-book reading technology is improving, and some large companies continue to invest more in their e-publishing R & D. However, the market favors enterprises and educational publishing that three steel balls contact the magnetic end face of the embedded iron end face in case of power failure. Many companies that have a strong interest in e-books and have made achievements in technological progress are now forced to stop their R & D work in this area or are struggling for survival. The goals and Strategies of these companies in e-books are undoubtedly right, but as far as the whole market is concerned, it is still too early for e-books to make a profit. However, the e-book market is not calm. At this book fair, many e-book dealers spared no effort to show their new products or announce their new service initiatives. The following is a brief introduction
ion system company launched the e-eye reader.
ion system company took the opportunity of the American book fair to hold a new product launch. This company, which developed the end-to-end electronic publishing system and Galaxy Library (), specially introduced their e-eye reader, which is based on OEB and suitable for windows, MAC and UNIX operating systems. Galaxy library allows publishers to submit manuscripts in PDF or quark format and convert documents into a variety of e-book formats and printed book formats, including Microsoft reader, acrobat ebook reader, goreader, Franklin ebookman, Gemstar, palm reader, Pocket PC reader, emonocle, HTML and even Braille. In addition, ion has signed an agreement with a company to launch on-demand printing services, and has prepared many large print books for readers with poor eyesight
the company also uses textcafe to convert the manuscripts submitted by publishers from PDF format to OEB format, charging us $35 for each submitted manuscript. Ion has no minimum submission restrictions or copyright transfer requirements for the submission of manuscripts. It only needs to sign a relevant agreement with the company before submission so that they can accept the manuscripts. The company's Galaxy library has a collection of 3200 books. They will use IBM's electronic media management system as the core technical support of the library station, and also use contentguard's XrML markup language to realize digital rights management. The contents of the manuscript can be browsed through Netscape or IE browser, or read offline through any supported reader
although the ion system supports several e-book readers, they have also developed their own e-eye reader. This Java language - based reader can read any OEB file natively. The capacity of the customer's reading appliance is 1.5 MB. This reader software is very similar to the web browser window, but it is relatively simple. The left side of the window is the content directory, and the right side is the text body
the reader is most praised for its font scaling ability. The character scaling range ranges from 10 points to 192 points. It is especially suitable for readers with poor eyesight. Ion stressed that the display requirements of the reader take special account of the relevant provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. With the increase of the character size range, the reader can adjust the whole file and reset the column size and page size
at the same time, the reader can also reset the size of the picture in the file according to the change of the text column. Of course, the picture may sometimes be distorted or deformed during the text scaling process. The user can click on the picture, and the reader will open another window to generate reading, so that the user can see the beautiful picture display effect, and this window can achieve the reading effect of 8 times the size of the original picture. E-eye reader uses Java 2D data reading technology to modify the graphic display effect on the display screen, which is very useful when characters are enlarged
ion has launched a new version of the reader, which users can download for free, but the upgraded version needs to pay US $30
as a business partner of IBM, ion company has strong product technical support. Although this reader based on OEB technology is very attractive, especially favored by users with poor vision, it is facing the competitive pressure of Microsoft reader. Microsoft's readers come in various sizes and are better than e-eye readers in price because it is completely free and is likely to be integrated into their Windows OS operating system. Although there are free versions of e-eye readers, their functions are inferior
although ion is a small company, it has great advantages in supporting end-to-end electronic publishing services with fast and efficient conversion of multiple formats. It can also provide on-demand printing transmission and e-book transmission services according to customers' needs. Today, the company has entered the field of e-book readers currently led by software giants such as Microsoft and adobe. The key to the success of ion's reader is to reach an agreement with a large book retailer to ensure that the company's e-eye reader and the bibliography of Galaxy library are available to the public, and to accelerate the pace of increasing the collection of Galaxy library
reciprocal has launched a digital warehouse.
reciprocal has not officially released any news at this book fair. It is said that the company will soon launch its content management system (reciprocal digital warehouse). This ASP based service measure was launched within months after the book fair. The current business scope is mainly e-books, but the company is bringing the audio-visual storage function into the scope of this service. According to an exhibitor representative of reciprocal, the company's digital warehouse allows publishers to establish a master digital library that can transfer content through multiple formats and channels. At the same time, this service can also load a variety of digital rights management systems through reciprocal
the company has also signed an agreement with a British company, which can provide copyright protection by finding stations pasted with pirated content on the Internet and deleting pirated content through all its netpd technologies. According to the agreement, reciprocal will promote and sell netpd services to customers
the popularity of the electronic library (ebrary) company continues to rise
one of the favorites of the American Book Fair in Chicago is the electronic library (ebrary) company. Although it seems that the company has only been engaged in technology research and development for more than a year, and the opening date of the company station has been delayed repeatedly, their announcement of content service agreement is quite attractive. The company hopes to carry out the first on-site real-time integration with the learning network of Pearson group, a channel partner, at the end of July this year. In the next 12 months, other channel partners will successively open cooperation services with the company. This will be the first time that the company has launched their e-librarian service in real time. This service allows publishers to join the library database of the e-library company and purchase relevant rear services. Although the company did not discuss the details of the cooperation, they said that one of the channel partners would be "a large web publisher"
in addition, the company also announced that it has content cooperation agreements with 12 university publishers in the United States, which will add thousands of books in various categories, from finance and economics to zoology, to their libraries. At the book fair, the company also announced that it had signed an agreement with Springer Verlag, a scientific publishing company of Bertelsmann, whose mathematical books and statistical books would be available through the services of the electronic library company
everybook was dissolved and estari was re established.
everybook announced its dissolution after several years of efforts to find marketable products. The company initially wanted to develop a special e-book reading device more than two years ago, but repeatedly announced that the launch date was delayed. Finally, everybook launched a software called docable that supports PDF format and file organization. Although everybook has stopped operating, several of its founders bought docable and re established a software company called estari. The new company raised the price of docable from $50 to $70. Some people doubt the usefulness and legitimacy of docable. This is not only a matter of changing the company name, but also a meaningless operation of a company with many historical problems. However, we still hope that estari will achieve greater success than its predecessor
goreader opened up new market areas for its readers
although goreader did not display its professional reading equipment at this book fair, some people saw the company's final product model. The previous demonstration model of the company's reader has left a deep impression, and this improved new product model has attracted many people's attention. It is lighter without changing the size of the display screen; Thinner but more durable metal jacket
according to the company's marketing analyst, the company will officially launch this reader this autumn, but this device is not planned to be used in general retail. The company is starting to conduct a series of restrictive concept tests in 15 teaching units. These units will purchase the reader and apply it to classroom teaching
the company is also exploring new markets, especially in enterprise and military applications. This is a big change for the company since last autumn. Before that, they only focused on the development of the education market. However, at least one government unit has a strong interest in the reader, because the device can reduce the heavy pressure of manual services and other document processing