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Monday, November 19, 2007

What Will Book Covers Look Like on Amazon's Kindle eReader?

With all the attention the Amazon Kindle is getting today, I've found exactly one photograph of what a book cover might look like:


Since this looks neither like the hardcover nor the paperback, and since it's branded "A KNOPF (e) BOOK," I'm wondering if we can expect different virtual covers more often than not.

See this image and more (of the device) over at Gizmodo.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it's up to each publisher, so you're going to see some variation. I know of at least one publisher that is using the same covers as the paper books.

Tom Froese said...

Does anybody remember Apple Newton?

PF said...

Just read Bezos's "Dear Customer" letter on the Amazon homepage, and he seems to be employing some kind of subliminal persuasion technique, especially with the wording in the first paragraph, trying to evoke a relaxation response first with "slipping" "comfortable" "relax" and again "relax" and then planting his message: He calls the physical book an "artifact," which to me sounds like something from a bygone era (like prehistoric artifacts), but he goes on to say the artifact itself "disappears," that the physical properties of the book "vanish" as he sets the stage for his new "improved" product. I know he's speaking figuratively, but you have to wonder what kind of subconscious message he seems to be trying to send.

Ian Shimkoviak said...

it's all shit. But this is what our ids will be experiencing the book like...

There is a lot of benefits to reading a book like this, but there is also an entire era that will end. Abruptly. Untimely?

Anonymous said...

I have a sneaking suspicion that the kindle is gray scale only. Truly a tragedy.

Anonymous said...

yup, it's Grayscale only. I have so many PDFs of comics and illustrated art books I'd like to read in there but it simply doesn't cut it.