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How do readers discover books? The Goodreads Founder and CEO Otis Chandler discusses the challenge facing every publisher in Publishing Perspectives. 

Tablets and reading. With last week’s launch of the iPad 3, many were discussing trends in reading habits on tablets. Kobo CEO Michel Serbinis says tablets are only good for casual reading in this TabTimes article stating, “These readers are reading a book every other month, which is a lot less than the average for those using eReaders.” In addition, The Baltimore Sun reports how reading will really take off with the new iPad 3.

 Turow’s take on the Agency Model. Shelf Awareness reports how Turow is supporting the agency model for e-books for many reasons. See Scott Turow’s entire letter.

Are e-books are making reaidng sexy? An article in The Telegraph states, “Some statistics suggest that readers buy three times as many books once they have an e-reader.”

New CFO at B&N. Barnes & Noble has named Michael P. Huseby, a former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cablevision Systems Corporation, as its chief financial officer. Huseby stated, “I am very excited about Barnes & Noble’s future and to have this opportunity to work with an outstanding leadership team as the company continues to lead in its traditional retail business while transforming itself into a leading provider of digital content.” See Digital Book World for more. 

Goodbye Britannica, at least in the print world. The New York Times reports that after 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will be going 100% digital. “Print reference books have been almost completely overtaken by the Internet and its vast spread of resources, including specialized Web sites and the hugely popular — and free — online encyclopedia Wikipedia.”

Remember the Espresso Book Machine? Peter Osnos at The Atlantic reminds us of the invention that allows anyone to print their own books, but at what cost to bookstores?

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