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(NPR)   With the growth of the e-book industry, are book covers on their way to becoming a dying art?   (npr.org) divider line 72
    More: Sad, book covers, John Updike, Michael Crichton, David Sedaris, Knopf, e-books, Cormac McCarthy, Linda Wertheimer  
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2012-08-05 10:43:53 AM  
Same with vinyl album art. Although small-batch vinyl and e-pub for books are somewhat keeping it alive.
 
2012-08-05 10:58:24 AM  
I'm typing this from my rooted nook simple touch so I'm really getting a kick.

but really short answer, no
long answer, noooooooooo.
 
2012-08-05 11:04:53 AM  
They'll have to pry the book from my cold dead hands.
 
2012-08-05 11:10:38 AM  

Raharu: I'm typing this from my rooted nook simple touch so I'm really getting a kick.

but really short answer, no
long answer, noooooooooo.


How on earth does that have the processing power to make that worthwhile?
 
2012-08-05 12:18:43 PM  
Its just as quick as my normal, smart phone, it now runs most android apps just fine.

I really enjoy using it for text heavy websites like fark. That e-ink screen is great for long reading sessions.

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/8114/img20120805121103.jpg
 
2012-08-05 12:20:41 PM  

Raharu: really short answer, no
long answer, noooooooooo.


We're done here.

Sweep the floors, hit the lights on the way out.
 
2012-08-05 12:38:00 PM  

GAT_00: Raharu: I'm typing this from my rooted nook simple touch so I'm really getting a kick.

but really short answer, no
long answer, noooooooooo.

How on earth does that have the processing power to make that worthwhile?


http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nook_Simple_Touch
 
2012-08-05 01:02:59 PM  
People will never stop buying books.
 
2012-08-05 01:15:14 PM  

Raharu: GAT_00: Raharu: I'm typing this from my rooted nook simple touch so I'm really getting a kick.

but really short answer, no
long answer, noooooooooo.

How on earth does that have the processing power to make that worthwhile?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nook_Simple_Touch


I used to sell the things, I know all about them. What's the point in hacking something that slow?
 
2012-08-05 01:40:28 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-05 01:45:12 PM  
Anyone care to explain to me what "the comfort of thingy-ness" means? It appears to be in English,but I can't tell for certain.
 
2012-08-05 01:47:09 PM  

Raharu: I'm typing this from my rooted nook simple touch so I'm really getting a kick.

but really short answer, no
long answer, noooooooooo.


I would like to root mine to get it to read the Read It Later (I have the iPhone app) articles I've saved. Have done that at all?

/Nook Simple Touch has the best screen reading interface I have ever seen.
 
2012-08-05 01:52:59 PM  
Probably, yeah.

Does it matter? No, not really.
 
2012-08-05 02:06:43 PM  
 
2012-08-05 02:07:02 PM  
Nope.

Saying people will stop buying books because of e-readers is like saying people will stop riding bicycles because we have cars.
 
2012-08-05 02:10:41 PM  
I sure loves me some science fiction cover art, but I'm always disappointed when the story doesn't match up.

It's like when you see a picture of someone in the newspaper but the text is about someone else. I want to know about THAT GUY!
 
2012-08-05 02:21:37 PM  
The world of cover art it thriving in the science fiction genre. The ebook has provided even more possibilities for the designer and the artists have entirely new ways of presenting ideas.

It's a briiiant time in cover art.
 
2012-08-05 02:22:23 PM  

bwilson27:


What the hell is a "midnight sun"?
 
2012-08-05 02:36:12 PM  
i'm suddenly reminded of that lady who sells Marty the Sports Almanac in Back to the Future 2.
 
2012-08-05 02:36:46 PM  

C. Hines: bwilson27:

What the hell is a "midnight sun"?



The piercingly bright lighting around a construction zone after 12AM.....


But that's not important right now.
 
2012-08-05 02:47:34 PM  

LDM90: I sure loves me some science fiction cover art, but I'm always disappointed when the story doesn't match up.


if the cliche of "Don't judge a book by its cover" had a personification, it's Sci-Fi books. Jesus, depending on the pressing, quite a few of my favorites have absolutely terrible covers.


I don't see e-books killing actual books at all. I would add that I think the physical connection people have to books is somewhat silly; especially when they write off e-book readers for those reasons. Since getting my Kindle, i have been reading even more than i used to.
 
2012-08-05 02:52:06 PM  
Yes, but weirdly, Chip Kidd will always be employed.
 
2012-08-05 02:58:18 PM  

GAT_00: Raharu: GAT_00: Raharu: I'm typing this from my rooted nook simple touch so I'm really getting a kick.

but really short answer, no
long answer, noooooooooo.

How on earth does that have the processing power to make that worthwhile?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nook_Simple_Touch

I used to sell the things, I know all about them. What's the point in hacking something that slow?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNhpD0wm3Rs
Rooted Nook Tips and Tricks. Video.

Link
Video + Blog notes.

Link
Some guy in Russia showing off a rooted nook

I don't even know what you mean by slow.. Its just fine for me.
 
2012-08-05 02:59:43 PM  
Also E-Readers will never kill off books, they will however, reduce he number of books printed per production run, but will never get rid of them.

And you know what? I'm ok with that.
 
2012-08-05 03:15:29 PM  

Raharu: Also E-Readers will never kill off books, they will however, reduce he number of books printed per production run, but will never get rid of them.

And you know what? I'm ok with that.


I go through a lot of books, and I'm impulsive enough to purchase them rather than wait patiently until the library queue for reserves pops out my name for new releases. My Kindle Touch is easily the best thing I've gotten in years. While I do like leafing through pages, the e-ink screen is just as comfortable (and with customizable print size/spacing/font), and this way I don't kill as many trees. Sure, there's probably an environmental impact with the Kindle's manufacturing, too, but I don't need to keep buying them for every new book.

For major titles I really enjoy, I'll make the effort to get the hardcover, especially since the author will get a bigger chunk of change back, but for the impulse-buy popcorn fiction, e-books are just fine.
 
2012-08-05 03:16:16 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Yes, but weirdly, Chip Kidd will always be employed.


I just watched the TED talk by him last night. A pretty interesting talk by a ... different cat.
 
2012-08-05 03:18:08 PM  
Oh noes! What will we do without god-awful science fiction and fantasy covers?
 
2012-08-05 03:19:46 PM  

Thorak: Raharu: Also E-Readers will never kill off books, they will however, reduce he number of books printed per production run, but will never get rid of them.

And you know what? I'm ok with that.

I go through a lot of books, and I'm impulsive enough to purchase them rather than wait patiently until the library queue for reserves pops out my name for new releases. My Kindle Touch is easily the best thing I've gotten in years. While I do like leafing through pages, the e-ink screen is just as comfortable (and with customizable print size/spacing/font), and this way I don't kill as many trees. Sure, there's probably an environmental impact with the Kindle's manufacturing, too, but I don't need to keep buying them for every new book.

For major titles I really enjoy, I'll make the effort to get the hardcover, especially since the author will get a bigger chunk of change back, but for the impulse-buy popcorn fiction, e-books are just fine.


Yep : 3
 
2012-08-05 03:21:00 PM  

LDM90: I sure loves me some science fiction cover art, but I'm always disappointed when the story doesn't match up.

It's like when you see a picture of someone in the newspaper but the text is about someone else. I want to know about THAT GUY!


It's relatively rare that the artwork is done with any particular book in mind. And even when the artist is illustrating a specific book they almost never actually read it.
 
2012-08-05 03:22:57 PM  
When people say that something can go away when they pry it from their cold, dead hands... well that's the point. We (those who grew up with books) will always have some kind of grip on books, but there will be a generation if it's not already here that will never pick up a physical book. The bibliophile is a dying breed, making way for a text, not medium oriented experience.

/doesn't matter anyway because I think our collective inner eyes, and the ability to imagine and recreate in our minds, have atrophied due to millions of already visible wonders.
 
2012-08-05 03:23:31 PM  
I paid for my own book cover out of pocket because I wasn't sure I wanted to deal with the staff artists. The artist who did my book cover was a pain in the tuckus but the art turned out good.

THAT BEING SAID... I used to be a fan of Laurell K Hamilton, and back in the day she had several book covers done by GODDAMN LUIS ROYO. I actually have his tabletop books with the spread art in them. It's gorgeous stuff.

All of that cover art has since been disappeared in favor of the weird "sensual" art that's taking over which is, like, out of focus filtered pictures of women's legs and shiat. What the crap seriously.

/I love Luis Royo's art
//he draws pretty girls
 
2012-08-05 03:33:03 PM  
www.starscolor.com

Disapproves
 
2012-08-05 03:53:51 PM  
Jamdug!: People will never stop buying books.

I won't until ebooks are cheaper than used and bargain.
 
2012-08-05 04:11:45 PM  
It killed them for me. I'm a voracious reader and bought my first kindle three years ago.

One of the best purchases ever, with the exception of a few that are out of print, I have went completely ebook.

At last count, a few months ago I had 259 ebooks.

Hell, now that I have a Kindle Fire, I don't even buy comics in a physical format.
 
2012-08-05 04:32:46 PM  
You can't roll a joint on an mp3.
 
2012-08-05 04:33:02 PM  
People still make wheels for Conestoga wagons. I'm sure someone will keep the trade alive.
 
2012-08-05 04:44:16 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-05 04:53:56 PM  
In other news, it's beginning to look a little bit less likely that e-books will replace printed books altogether. BISG Report Finds More E-book Buyers Buying Print Books

...the percentage of e-book consumers who exclusively or mostly purchase e-books fell from nearly 70% in August 2011 to 60% in May 2012. Over the same period, the percentage of survey respondents who have no preference for either e-book or print formats, or who buy some genres in e-book format and others in print, rose from 25% percent to 34%.

The Book Industry Study Group is a trade organization whose membership includes publishers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, librarians and others involved in both print and digital publishing.
 
2012-08-05 05:50:13 PM  
Apollonia James


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2012-08-05 04:44:16 PM

4.bp.blogspot.com


I LOL'd !
 
2012-08-05 06:47:47 PM  
I own an ereader (well, it's my iPhone with the native Apple app, but I am looking to upgrade to a dedicated device), and, in addition to the 5 ebooks I bought last week, I also bought the same again in physical books.

As the commenter above said, physical books will never fully die off, even if their print runs get smaller.
 
2012-08-05 06:56:01 PM  

Thorak: Raharu: Also E-Readers will never kill off books, they will however, reduce he number of books printed per production run, but will never get rid of them.

And you know what? I'm ok with that.

I go through a lot of books, and I'm impulsive enough to purchase them rather than wait patiently until the library queue for reserves pops out my name for new releases. My Kindle Touch is easily the best thing I've gotten in years. While I do like leafing through pages, the e-ink screen is just as comfortable (and with customizable print size/spacing/font), and this way I don't kill as many trees. Sure, there's probably an environmental impact with the Kindle's manufacturing, too, but I don't need to keep buying them for every new book.

For major titles I really enjoy, I'll make the effort to get the hardcover, especially since the author will get a bigger chunk of change back, but for the impulse-buy popcorn fiction, e-books are just fine.


Ummm...NO.

I just placed my first book with an e-pub. My royalties are 40%. If I had gone with a hardcover, my rate would be--15%.

In short, the author gets a bigger chunk of the e-book's royalties.
 
2012-08-05 06:59:53 PM  
Authors are going to want to keep making paper books. Too many are going to want something they know they'll be able to show their grandkids what they did with their life. You cannot do that with electronic writing.
 
2012-08-05 07:00:21 PM  

Brytanica1: It killed them for me. I'm a voracious reader and bought my first kindle three years ago.

One of the best purchases ever, with the exception of a few that are out of print, I have went completely ebook.

At last count, a few months ago I had 259 ebooks.

Hell, now that I have a Kindle Fire, I don't even buy comics in a physical format.


Have you thought about adding an ebook on grammar??

"gone", the word is "gone"
 
2012-08-05 07:03:43 PM  
As for how I buy books, it's... extremely analog-friendly. Just about every time, it's me just picking out a bookstore within driving distance, walking in and just seeing what pops out at me. When I walk into a bookstore, I almost never have any idea what books I am going to have in my hand when I walk out. And often, my books aren't likely to be found as e-books.

For example, my latest crop of purchases is as follows:

Bathroom Readers' Institute- Uncle John's Bathroom Reader: Nature Calls
Leon-Portilla, Miguel- The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Pizzo, Stephen; Fricker, Mary; Muolo, Paul- Inside Job: The Looting of America's Savings & Loans
Ravikant; Tarun K. Saint- Translating Partition
Schieffelin, Edward L.; Crittenden, Robert- Like People You See In A Dream: First Contact in Six Papuan Societies

The Bathroom Reader and Inside Job, I'm pretty sure are e-book available. The other three? Probably not so much.
 
2012-08-05 07:04:08 PM  

Khazar-Khum: Thorak: Raharu: Also E-Readers will never kill off books, they will however, reduce he number of books printed per production run, but will never get rid of them.

And you know what? I'm ok with that.

I go through a lot of books, and I'm impulsive enough to purchase them rather than wait patiently until the library queue for reserves pops out my name for new releases. My Kindle Touch is easily the best thing I've gotten in years. While I do like leafing through pages, the e-ink screen is just as comfortable (and with customizable print size/spacing/font), and this way I don't kill as many trees. Sure, there's probably an environmental impact with the Kindle's manufacturing, too, but I don't need to keep buying them for every new book.

For major titles I really enjoy, I'll make the effort to get the hardcover, especially since the author will get a bigger chunk of change back, but for the impulse-buy popcorn fiction, e-books are just fine.

Ummm...NO.

I just placed my first book with an e-pub. My royalties are 40%. If I had gone with a hardcover, my rate would be--15%.

In short, the author gets a bigger chunk of the e-book's royalties.


That's the single most compelling reason for me to start purchasing e-books. Seriously.

I have been a vocal, die-hard "physical book" person, but didn't realize how different the royalty picture was. Thanks.
 
2012-08-05 07:11:26 PM  
...I found Broken Spears in the Kindle store. Translating Partition and Like People You See In A Dream are not there. That's one more than I expected to find.
 
2012-08-05 07:29:01 PM  
Books have covers?

I don't spend time staring at them. It's like complaining about the choking hazard warning on a condom wrapper. Everything I want is inside, the wrapper is there to keep it all together long enough for me to satisfy myself with it and then...sorry, I lost my train of penis.
 
2012-08-05 07:48:42 PM  

Apollonia James: 4.bp.blogspot.com


WOW.

Now *that's* just sloppy.
 
2012-08-05 07:58:43 PM  
Hey authors, if you want to make money writing
then never ever issue an 'e-book'.

real-life paperback novel very hard to copy.
 
2012-08-05 08:17:20 PM  
Ebooks are likely to increase the amount of cover art. It's now cheaper to have multiple covers for different markets, since they don't have to pay to print them. Like the adult and juvenile Harry Potter covers.
 
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