But seriously, it seems everyday this year I've read a piece of news about eBooks or I've heard more people say they are buying an eBook reader. And I'm finally seeing people actually reading eBooks in public.
Gutenberg.com kicked off the new year with a blog, "20 Reasons Why 2009 Will Be the Year of the eBook." Cell phone novels have been popular in Japan for a number of years. Oprah endorsed the Kindle reader and Amazon stated it was its best-selling electronic device in 2008. And though my personal new year resolution was not to consume/buy anything new, I have been researching readers and think I settled on the one I'm going to buy (it's not breaking a resolution if it's work-related, right?).
At last count, the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference has seven eBook topics on its schedule. At TOC, our own Lisa Bos is presenting a demo, "Harvesting Your Content to Produce an eBook with RSuite CMS."
For a couple of years I've been convinced that trade publishers need to get on the XML bandwagon just so they can ensure output to eBooks.
If this topic interests you, Really Strategies is hosting a special invitation-only reception at TOC in February. Email me (mcalilhanna[at]reallysi[dot]com) for more details. And let us know what you're doing to get ready for this eBook revolution.