Author Archives: John Saavedra Jr.

Don’t Underestimate the Dark Side

Digital publishing is the wave of the future, and the Writers Guild of America agrees. That’s why they’re trying to make it work for them. So far, the payoff just isn’t there, according to the Guild, and they want to … Continue reading

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HP vs Apple

Apple released the iPad 2 last March to the delight of millions of tablet users who wanted an even better Apple product. Well, Apple takes another stride to perfect the formula with the iPad 3 which, rumor has it, will … Continue reading

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Comixology: Comics Done Right

Comic books have been an American pastime since the early 20th century, and it’s about time they got the digital treatment. Nothing has me more excited than Comixology, the #1 top grossing app on the iTunes App Store with more than … Continue reading

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Agencies and E-Readers are Conniving Behind the Publishers

The New York Observer published an article last week concerning a deal that super literary agent Andrew Wylie, of the Wylie Agency, made with Amazon. According to the article, Wylie will be selling books by his clients (I will list some … Continue reading

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Who’s Going Exclusive with the E-Reader?

“Exclusive” is the magic word that will define the next generation tablet race once Amazon and B&N are involved. Apple is the first company to really look into exclusives in the form of the multimedia app, and the smart move … Continue reading

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An eBook for Young and Old

It’s almost hard to believe that T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” has managed to become one of the top-grossing iPad book apps this year1. It’s dated (forgive me) and not something you see young men and women reading these days, which … Continue reading

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The iPad is Taking Over!

I think the above statement has a great degree of truth behind it. People are using iPads to assist or enrich simple tasks. Eating—ever seen that diet app? Sleeping—ever played around with the relaxation music app? Going to the bathroom—ever … Continue reading

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Multimedia Apps FTW

Multimedia apps are providing new and enriched content to preexisting books by providing text, video, slideshows and audio. With books such as Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, this is a terrific experience. The multimedia app for The Pillars of the Earth … Continue reading

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The Dark Side

Publishing houses make millions of dollars off eBook sales, and will continue to do so as newer technologies (such as the iCloud) become more accessible to these companies. There is no denying that the eBook market will continue to grow as … Continue reading

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Kindle: New Battle-Plan for the Holidays

There are many months until X-mas, but Santa already appears to be rooting for Amazon this holiday season. Although a risky gambit, he rarely leaves things purely to chance, so he’s making sure that the odds are looking pretty stacked in … Continue reading

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