Interesting Discussion of eBooks at NPR

Talk of the Nation hosted by Neal Conan. Panelists include Lynn Neary, NPR correspondent covering books and publishing, Peter Osnos, founder, Public Affairs Books, Paul Chan, publisher, Badlands Unlimited. Both the audio file and a transcript can be found here.

Some interesting points raised, especially the last one:

Mr. Osnos: The notion that you can have the book instantly in front of you in a device and read it is a really big change … You think you want to read it. If you have a device, you can be reading it within a minute …

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Mr. Chan: … And as a small publisher and an artist myself, I think one of the things I saw was difficult was that you would make, let’s say, 500 or 1,000 beautiful catalogs, and there only existed 500 or 1,000 of them because we didn’t have money to publish any more.

Well, with the advent of publishing e-books, we can not only make a paper version of it but as well as an e-book version of it. So it drastically expands the potential of people experiencing your artwork in book form, whether it’s a paper book or an e-book.

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Mr. Conan: … we’ve had a lot of inquires about those who, well, can’t afford a Kindle or a Nook or an iPad.

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