Just in time for an especially crowded fall, business seems to be picking up for books.The news isn’t great for everyone, but for a few, things are looking up.
Or at least declining less.
The Association of American Publishers, which had been reporting declines for much of the year, finally had some good news last week, announcing a 21.5 percent sales increase for June. Barnes & Noble Inc., which has been hurt by online competition and discount stores, reported a 5 percent revenue drop for the three months ending Aug. 1, but expects a smaller decline in the fall.The author of the article, Hillel Italie, reports on a list of Fall authors who may help the upswing, including Dan Brown, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Chabon, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Capt. Chesley Sullenberg, Elie Wiesel, Jeff Kinney, and others.
On another news front, specifically, CNET and Stephen Shankland, a review of Amazon’s Kindle on the iPhone is good news for readers hesitant to download that app to their iPhone. Shankland downloaded the free app and likes it (when he didn’t think he would).
What I hadn't counted on was a free Amazon iPhone application that converted me in a matter of minutes to the new order. E-books doubtless aren't for everybody, but one idle moment when I had time to kill showed they are for me.He admits the process is not perfect.
I couldn't buy books through the iPhone Kindle app. The Kindle app can open an appropriate Web page for searching and buying in Safari, which works, but it's an awkward handoff to the browser and return to the Kindle app.All in all, not fabulous news. But it is a step in the upward direction.