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  • The future sound of books

    by Sabrina Jaszi
    Once Vook gets into the world, the potential for even unexpected industries to take advantage of it could be vast. Just look at how digital books are helping out the classical music industry. Classical musicians have been mourning the loss of establishments selling sheet music for a while. Stores like this once gave musicians the chance to mingle, and the opportunity to stumble upon music by composers great and unknown. Maybe the rent’s too steep (how much can you really charge for a couple of pieces of paper, after all) or maybe the tunes of centuries past are simply no longer in vogue, but either way, the Amazon Kindle may have a solution. As of July 10th, they’ve begun releasing sheet music for their tablet—over 20,000 pieces so far. You won’t find any buried treasure on cob-webbed shelves, but the works of major classical and popular composers are there for the taking. There are a few glitches: who can read those itty bitty little notes and how do you zoom in without poking yourself in the eye with your bow? Perhaps this product would be better suited for a larger device, music stand included. And if you had video of the orchestra playing the piece alongside it? It’s something we’re keeping an eye on at Vook.

    Source: http://ireaderreview.com/2009/07/08/kindle-sheet-music/

    Vook Goes to BEA

    The Vook team has landed in New York and we’re gearing up for a big week at the Book Expo America (BEA).

    BEA is the publishing industry’s largest annual get together and this year, the buzz over e-books and digital content is building.

    Vook founder Bradley Inman will be speaking on a panel entitled The 800 Pound Gorrilas in the Room – Part 2: Beyond Kindle.

    The session runs 3:45PM – 5:00PM on Friday, May 29, 2024 as part of the Big Ideas at BEA track.

    Panelists include:

    Hope to see you there!

    If you’re heading to BEA as well, make sure to look us up. We can be reached 510-735-7904 – give us a call, we’d love to meet up!

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