[bksvol-discuss] Re: Kindle Only Books

Homo Evolutis (Kindle Single) (TED Books)
by Steve Gullans and Juan Enriquez
(Jan 25, 2011) - Kindle eBook
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I found three other Kindle only books so far besides the one above, but all of them are these TED books. Perhaps these are the only ones that exist, and there is nothing to worry about after all.

Evan

----- Original Message ----- From: "Roger Loran Bailey" <rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1:43 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Kindle Only Books


As a matter of fact, I did misunderstand your point until I reread your message right after I sent my reply. Since I do have Bookshare and other sources of books I have not really payed much attention to Kindle books. Are there really any Kindle only books? Based on what I have seen without making a point to pay attention it appears that the Kindle books I have seen on Amazon and mentioned elsewhere are published in print first and then published as Kindle books. An exception might be print on demand books. In that case only a very few copies are printed up as they are ordered, but they still can be ordered in print versions and undoubtedly used copies show up in used bookstores. There are enough people around who prefer print copies that I would expect that publishing print on demand books would continue for the indefinite future. But then, once everyone comes to prefer ebooks I suppose print books would become obsolete. I would not expect that to happen for quite a few years though. If it ever does happen then I suppose Bookshare will have to somehow adapt. Anyway, though, I still ask if there are any Kindle only books right now. If there are I would expect that they are few in number for right now.


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----- Original Message ----- From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1:28 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Kindle Only Books


That's good to know. Bookshare must have an agreement with the publisher of that book. However, my point was that, unless Bookshare has an agreement with the publisher of a Kindle only book, then there's no way for the book to be scanned for the collection. Which means that you could have a growing number of books from publishers who do not donate to Bookshare, with no way of getting them into the collection. Up until now, the way things worked was that if you get ahold of a book, any book, and it wasn't already in the collection, except for dramatic works, then you could scan it and get it into the collection regardless of whether or not Bookshare had a relationship with the publisher. That may no longer be the case. For a Kindle only book, unless I'm missing something, the only way for it to get into the collection is for Bookshare to get it from the publisher.
Evan

----- Original Message ----- From: "Roger Loran Bailey" <rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1:02 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Kindle Only Books


I keep track of the books I am reading at Good Reads. I want to select the exact edition of the book I am reading, so I usually look it up on Good Reads by ISBN. If it does not have an ISBN I look it up by title and author and browse the results until I find the one that most closely matches what I am reading. One book I downloaded from Bookshare was a publisher quality copy of Kahawa by Donald E. Westlake. When I entered the ISBN into Good Reads' search engine I got no results. I then started searching by title and author. When I browsed the results I found one with a matching ISBN after all. When I looked at the detail page for the book I was surprised to find out that it was labeled as a Kindle edition. That tells me that there are already Kindle editions in the Bookshare collection.


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----- Original Message ----- From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 12:33 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Kindle Only Books


I just encountered my first Kindle only book yesterday. I'm wondering if others here have seen any of these. With electronic books now outselling hardcovers, it seems that this may become a growing trend. Why spend all that money on paper, ink and shipping when you can just send out electronic bits instead for a lot less money, and more quikly besides?

Why am I posting this here? Because, unless Bookshare has agreements with publishers, then there's no way for these Kindle only books to get on Bookshare. So we could be in a situation where an increasing number of books will be published in a way that will make it impossible for them to be added to Bookshare. The one I saw said that TTS was enabled, but that is often not the case with Kindle books in general. So what happens with a Kindle only book with TTS disabled and there's no print version to scan for Bookshare?

I presume that Bookshare knows about these books, so perhaps I'm worrying over nothing. I hope so.

Evan

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