Paul Kedrosky’s Charts Newsletter had this wonderful graphic highlighting the increasing woes of traditional media formats, thanks to millennials and GenZ. However, things don’t look bad for one category: books.
Kids (and older kids) are still reading books at a decent clip, and perhaps will continue to do so, mostly it is a good antidote to the fractionalized and noisy media environment. This is such a huge opportunity for innovation around the “book” format.
With digital book formats and the rise of audiobooks, there is an opportunity to make books more in sync with the new audience. For start, books could be leaner — most books are about 50 percent overweight. They could be published faster — the current cycle takes somewhere between 18-to-24 months before a book is available to the readers. My ideal book — given my millennial like attention span — is one that takes an equivalent of a flight across the country.
The old fashioned paper books have one problem — they take up too much space. I grapple with that issue all the time — I have too many books and need to give some away!
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Mr. Bezos had set an internal goal of the $50 price tag for versions of both the Fire tablet and Kindle e-reader, viewing the rock-bottom prices as a crucial lure for a more cost-conscious group of buyers, the people said. But the e-reader screen technology from its vendors ultimately proved too expensive to drop the retail price, the people said. Amazon’s cheapest Kindle sells for $79.
This is probably the space Amazon should be playing in – not high-priced phones. In terms of what you’ll get from a $50 tablet, that’s another matter… But the $50 Kindle would be a huge hit, no doubt.
Also worth noting that Amazon couldn’t hit price targets before now because of their screen vendors – wonder if it prompts them to move more things in-house, Apple-style.
I was spending too much time on Facebook and Twitter so I took them off my home screen and replaced them with the Reeder and the Kindle app — mostly to go back to reading the good stuff whenever I have a few minutes. The Kindle app is getting a lot of use, thanks largely due to the new custom (Amazon made) typeface, Bookerly. “In appearance, it looks something like if Baskerville, a 225-year-old typeface that has been shown to shape our perception of truth , and Caecilia made a baby,” FastCompany’s Design blog noted.
That is harsh. I actually find it very easy to read on the iPhone and iPad but just okay on the Kindle Fire. This is a custom font that is a replacement for Caecilia which till recently was Kindle app’s default font. I am confounded by the fact that it is not available on Kindle Continue reading “Kindle app is just better with Bookerly”
At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to read one book a month in an effort to break free from my routine of reading only tech and startup blogs. My wife, Eliza, had also been trying to get me to read more fiction in the seven years we’ve been together. This seemed like a goal worth pursing and easy to accomplish with very little effort.
To help me achieve this goal, I decided to buy a Kindle Paperwhite for a variety reasons. First, I hated reading on my iPhone and iPad because the notifications were a distraction and the glare on the screen always bothered by eyes. Additionally, some of the books on my reading list were hard to find in local bookshops and I didn’t want to wait to have them shipped. Finally, I prefer to travel around the city with a light load and enjoy reading on the subway so didn’t want schlep books with me.
Building a reading list was an essential part of my journey. Once I purchased the Kindle, I decided to keep a reading list in Evernote so when I finished a book I’d have plenty of options to choose from depending on my mood. The process for creating the list was pretty easy. About once a month, I’d ask friends and colleagues for suggestions. Additionally, I would find inspiration in local bookstores if I had some time to kill. Finally, social networks are great place to find book recommendations from people I respect.
Many people have asked me over the last few months, “How you do find the time to read?” Well it’s actually pretty easy but I do have an advantage. Since I live in Brooklyn, I spend more than an hour each day waiting for and riding the subway. Every time I step into the subway, I’m reading. Additionally, my wife and I outlawed iPhones in our bedroom but allow Kindles. I usually work late into the evening but I try to read for twenty to thirty minutes each night before I go to bed so my brain can unwind. Lastly, I try to read for thirty to sixty minutes each weekend. All of that time quickly adds up so I can enjoy many books throughout the year.
Without further ado, below is my 2014 reading list in the order that I read each book. As you’ll see, there is a good mix of fiction and non-fiction and the topics range from physics to philosophy to sustainability. I hope this inspires you to read one of the books and / or even set a similar goal for yourself in 2015. I can’t tell Continue reading “My 2014 Reading List”
One of my 2014 goals is to read at least one book per month. To help me achieve this goal, I decided to buy a Kindle Paperwhite so I could read on the subway and have an uninterrupted reading experience while at home. Like many people, I’ve struggled reading books on Apple devices because the screen isn’t optimal and I’m constantly being distracted by notifications. The Kindle, which I think is the ultimate single purpose device, has changed my life because I’ve honestly never enjoyed reading so much. While I still have ten months until I achieve my goal, I’ve already read more books in 2014 than I did in all of 2013. Here are the books I’ve read so far this year: