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In the The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog today, Macy Halford’s E-Free post linked to two TeleRead contributions.

One was from David Wilk (Don’t ignore the reader: E-book pricing models and theories of value); the other, from Richard Adin (a proposal to kill off paperbacks).

As it happened, I agreed with Macy Halford. She approved of David’s idea of bundling free e-books with paper books but disliked Rich’s thought of killing off paperbacks. Here’s to reader choice! But look, I’m glad we ran both essays; perhaps time will show Rich to have been right. Meanwhile another TeleRead poster, Dan D’Agostino, tells me that some library science students are abuzz over The strange case of academic libraries and e-books nobody reads—exactly what he hoped would happen.

We’re also interested in posts on directly practical matters. A recent favorite of mine—hardly the only one—was The ABCs of e-book format conversion: Easy Calibre tips for the Kindle, Sony and Nook, by John Schember. Think of your fellow booklovers who received Kindles, Nooks or Sony Readers as gifts last month but have not yet fully befriended their gizmos.

Intrigued? E-mail me, cc Co-Editor Paul Biba, tell us your background, point us to some writing samples and mention what you want to write about. We’re not piggish about rights—you can use the same material in your own blog. Through TeleRead you’ll simply reach a larger audience and benefit from feedback from some of the best editors in the world on e-book matters: our community members.

Never know who’s reading comments, either: Macy Halford also quoted one of Moriah Jovan’s replies to Rich: “I believe in giving the customer what he wants how he wants it, and killing the paperback would accomplish absolutely nothing. Or worse.”

Tip: My e-mailbox runneth over. Don’t be bashful about sending a follow-up message if you contact me and have not heard in a few days.


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