Barnes & Noble has announced their answer to Amazon's Kindle. According to fastcompany.com, B & N's Plastic Logic e-reader will have access to more than twice the titles Amazon offers. It's supposedly a user-friendly, minimalist device, with the same closed system Amazon is using, which is to say, e-books are downloadable only to the B & N device, and not transferable to any other. There's a good article here: http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/kit-eaton/technomix/plastic-logics-device-barnes-and-nobles-e-reader
What interests me, as a writer, is how quickly the e-reader movement is gathering momentum. Five years ago such devices were an oddity; now our agents and editors are reading manuscripts on the Sony reader, and our backlists are made available for the Kindle. The face of publishing is changing with surprising speed.
A colleague of mine, the prolific writer Bob Vardeman, wrote on Facebook the other day: "I think we're at the edge of the death of the major publishing houses. Mostly they are owned by conglomerates that don't care. The future is e-books and small presses doing niche marketing. The problem is simple: distribution. the Thor Power Tool decision helped nudge it along but transportation, a goofy business model and the rise of the Internet are all parts of the answer."
It's going to be quite a ride, my friends.