Digital technology is disrupting the book industry as never before. The rise of e-books is poised to overtake sales of print books soon, and people are reading books on Kindles, iPads, Nooks and more. Plus, the equation for authors is changing, as they get more tools to go around traditional publishers and go the self-publishing route. We decided to do another in-depth special report looking “Beyond the Book” all this week on MediaShift, and likely into next week. We have great personal accounts of reading e-books from author Jenny Shank and MediaShift columnist Dorian Benkoil, as well as a special 5Across video show roundtable and a Mediatwits podcast focused completely on Amazon.

Beyond the Book Posts

> The Book Publishing Industry of the Future: It’s All About Content by Felicia Pride

> 5 Reasons E-Books Are Awesome, Even for the Very Reluctant by Jenny Shank

> How a Novelist Bypassed His Publisher and Raised $11,000 on Kickstarter by Simon Owens

> E-Book Publishers Must Provide Flexible Access to Avoid Media Hell by Dorian Benkoil

> 5Across: Beyond the Book – E-Books and Self-Publishing, a video roundtable discussion moderated by Mark Glaser

> Is Amazon Short-Changing Authors? by Jon Peters

> Mediatwits #25: The 800 Pound Gorilla of E-Books: Amazon, an audio podcast hosted by Mark Glaser and Rafat Ail

> Poll: What do you think about Amazon’s power in book publishing? by Mark Glaser

> Why Self-Publishers Should Consider Using Lightning Source by Carla King

> How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books by Audrey Watters

> Will There Be Books? by Scott Turow


What do you think about our series? Did we miss anything? Share your thoughts on how you use e-books (or don’t) and if you are considering self-publishing a book.

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.