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Don’t Forget: Apple’s media event live blog is today at 1:00 PM EST
October 23, 2012 | 10:26 am

Apple media event on Oct 23, 2012By Aaron Kraus | for Technology Tell Apple has called reporters together for a conference on October 23, with the vague-but-suggestive line, “We’ve got a little more to show you.” Like all Apple’s announcements, the invitation to this event does not directly reveal the product(s) to be unveiled, but does contain a subtle hint: “little.” This event will likely be familiar to anyone who was around for the unveiling of the iPod nano back in 2005, and will be characterized by three key trends: Apple’s push away from hard disk drives to flash storage, Retina displays, and a move to miniaturization....

The Profitable Business of Kindle Book Lending
October 19, 2012 | 3:07 pm

Amazon Kindle TouchBy Andy Richardson, CEO of Influential Software Last week, Amazon announced that it was extending its controversial e-book lending scheme, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, to the UK. In its current state, Kindle Lending Library is a value-added service to Amazon Prime, the premium delivery service for which the e-commerce giant charges £49 a year here in the UK. It allows users to ‘borrow’ one of a selection of 200,000 Kindle e-books at a time for free each month (or for the equivalent sum of £4.08 per e-book if you don’t make use of Amazon’s delivery service that month). Some publishers reacted with horror...

Are Discoverability and DRM Mortal Enemies?
October 5, 2012 | 11:20 pm

By Brian Howard Publishers of e-books have a dilemma: You want readers to find (and purchase) your products. And yet you don't want pirates making your products available for free. But is digital rights management (DRM) technology, one method publishers use (with questionable success) to combat piracy, a hindrance or even antithetical to content discovery? At the Publishing Business Virtual Conference and Expo, an expert panel debated this very question. Moderated by the inimitable Christopher Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center, Peter McCarthy (Director of McCarthy Digital), Patricia Payton (Senior Director, Publisher Relations & Content Development at Bowker) and Brian O'Leary (Principal at Magellan Media Partners) discussed these very issues. Will DRM survive? Are we moving...

Archos Arnova introduces its GBook eReader
October 3, 2012 | 8:19 pm

By Robert Nelson It appears as if Archos is getting ready to unleash another Arnova-branded tablet, although they're actually marketing this particular model as an e-reader. What exactly does that mean? According to a recent Liliputing post: The Arnova GBook may look like a 7 inch Android tablet… because it is. In other words, you can use it to watch videos, play games, or perform other activities, but the device has a relatively slow processor, doesn’t include access to the Google Play Store, and will probably sell for a much lower price than most Android tablets. Pricing hasn’t been set yet, but the Arnova...

Amazon Studios Options its First Novel for a Crowdsourced, Big-Screen Adaptation
October 3, 2012 | 7:34 pm

Amazon Studios logoFilms of books can often help drive sales of those books, and bestsellers often make for movie blockbusters, so it’s no surprise to see online bookseller Amazon today announcing that its content development arm, Amazon Studios, has optioned its first novel, the Amazon-published, Southern horror Seed, to begin making a big-screen adaptation. As with other content optioned by Amazon Studios—comic Blackburn Burrow being the most recent example—Amazon will use crowdsourced user feedback to decide how it adapts the book. The book, by Ania Ahlborn, is an Amazon product in more ways than one. Not only was it published by 47North, Amazon’s sci-fi,...

Eric Hellman of Unglue.it on e-books, the creative commons, passionate authors and life after Amazon
October 3, 2012 | 4:49 pm

Eric HellmanBy Brian Howard A few weeks ago, crowdfunding platform Unglue.it announced the release of its first e-book, Oral Literature in Africa, via Cambridge's Open Book Publishers. While the scholarly tome by Ruth H. Finnegan likely didn’t set the publishing world ablaze upon its initial publication in 1970, and its e-book release in 2012 didn’t unseat any bestsellers, its return to "print” after more than a decade is cause for celebration. More good books in the public domain is always a good thing. This is the raison d’etre of Unglue.it, a small company that seeks to reward rights holders who make their works available as e-books...

Barnes & Noble reportedly instructs local stores to pull Amazon titles
October 2, 2012 | 11:04 pm

Jeff Bezos and William Lynch Yesterday, shoppers discovered that Barnes & Noble is carrying books from Amazon Publishing’s New York imprint in stores around the country, despite the company’s insistence that it wouldn’t do so. Following our story’s publication yesterday, I learned that Barnes & Noble headquarters sent an email to its branches around the country telling them to pull the Amazon titles (which are being published and distributed in print by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt under an imprint called New Harvest). This morning, a Barnes & Noble spokeswoman told me, “Our policy has not changed. We are not carrying Amazon titles.”... Read Full Article ... Source: Paid Content...

E-Books Expand Their Potential With Serialized Fiction
October 2, 2012 | 2:12 pm

Could serialized fiction finally force the e-book to evolve? Various ventures are trying to satisfy a common complaint about e-books: that they are simply black-and-white digital reproductions of long-form print books, flat and unoriginal in their design and concept. One variation, what publishers call enhanced e-books, with audio and video elements woven throughout the text, has largely fallen flat with readers. But serialized fiction, where episodes are delivered to readers in scheduled installments much like episodes in a television series, has been the subject of an unusual amount of experimentation in publishing in recent months. Read Full Article ... Source: New York Times...

New digital publishing imprint specializing in women’s fiction launches
October 1, 2012 | 9:04 pm

Bookouture is a new digital publishing imprint launched by ex-Harlequin UK marketing controller Oliver Rhodes. Specializing in women’s fiction, Bookouture will publish e-books and print-on-demand globally, paying a 45 percent of net receipts royalty on e-books. “My aim with Bookouture is to focus on creating global author brands and followings—through high-quality editing and particularly through smart, creative digital marketing," Rhodes says. "We’ll be delivering bespoke digital publishing and marketing for every single one of our authors, in a way not always possible at larger publishers. That means focusing very much on the author as [a] brand, and aiming for a select number...

Why Everyone Should Care About DRM’s Punishment Of The Visually Impaired
October 1, 2012 | 4:39 pm

Techdirt writes a lot about the problems with DRM, and how inefficient and inconvenient it is. But for millions of visually-impaired people, those "inconveniences" represent something much deeper, and much worse. Somebody who has started writing eloquently about this issue is Rupert Goodwins. He is one of the UK's most respected technology journalists and also, sadly, is losing his sight. As he points out in a powerful new piece, things ought to be getting better for the visually impaired in the Internet age:... Read Full Article ... Source: Techdirt...

Impressions of Pocket’s new text to speech feature
September 29, 2012 | 8:17 pm

Pocket formerly known as Read it LaterBy Jeremy Hill | for Gadget Tell  Pocket (previously known as Read it Later) released an interesting update for its Android app last week: Known as the "Listen" feature and part of the Android 4.2 update, Pocket can now read your articles to you. It's easy enough to use: You simply open any article you've previously saved, press "Listen," and then sit back as Pocket reads the article to you, word for word. It’s a neat update, but is it practical? Here are our impressions: I think Google’s artificial intelligence voices are among the best in the industry. For example, the voice assistant within Google Now sounds...

California universities to produce 50 open-source textbooks
September 29, 2012 | 12:30 pm

California Governor Jerry Brown gave his pen a workout this past Thursday,  September 27. In addition to signing legislation prohibiting social network snooping by employers and colleges, he also signed off on a proposal for the state to fund 50 open source digital textbooks. He signed two bills, one to create the textbooks and the other to establish a California Digital Open Source Library to host them, at a meeting with students in Sacramento. (See video below.) Source: Ars Technica     * * * Update: Thanks to commenter Frank Lowney for bringing our attention to the following infographic from Twenty Million Minds; it illustrates the implications...