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Amazon’s PR piece was an excellent appeal to both emotion and reason
July 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

amazonThis started out as a comment on Nate's recent post on Amazon Infatuation Syndrome. While I don't agree with some of his conclusions, it did get the wheels turning. Nate makes the point that Amazon isn't our friend. I completely agree with that (and wrote that same point myself), but I think that's too narrow a way of looking at the recent Amazon release. The more I thought about it, the more impressed I was with this calculated bit of PR. I think this release was intended to do at least three things. Let's take them one by one. 1. Point out...

Recently flashed CyanogenMod on Nook. How’d it go?
July 30, 2014 | 10:22 am

nexusae0_cmthumb1I'd been meaning to wipe my Nook HD and install Cyanogen Mod 11 for some time now, but the process intimidated me. Then Chris went and created a user friendly guide. A little more than a week ago, I got up the nerve to give it a try. It worked (after a couple of heart-in-the-throat moments), and I thought I'd write up my impressions, both of the process and the results. Let me start by saying if you aren't comfortable messing with technology, you probably shouldn't try this without help. I am fairly tech-savvy, and I had a few bad moments....

Interview with Harry Bingham on being a hybrid and the Amazon/Hachette thing
July 23, 2014 | 2:25 pm

author harry bingham[caption id="attachment_116356" align="alignright" width="210"] Author Harry Bingham[/caption] Harry Bingham reached out to me last week with a link to an article he published on his blog about the Amazon/Hachette situation. I was intrigued by his point of view and his intentions to become a hybrid author. He kindly agreed to an interview to expand on his views. His candor and openness impressed me, and I hope you feel the same. TeleRead: You've been a traditionally published author for fifteen years or so and yet you’re embarking now on the process of becoming a true hybrid author: that is, one with books that...

App review: FBReader–Immersive mode and more
July 21, 2014 | 2:56 pm

fbreader logoI prefer ereading apps that support immersive mode in KitKat, and I periodically browse for additions to the short list of apps that support it. Right now, unless I'm missing one, the list is Moon+ Reader Scribd Google Play Books FBReader There are a few related apps, such as Instapaper, Pocket and Comixology, but I don't consider them ereading apps per se. I recently noticed that FBReader was on the list and decided to try it out. I tried it several years ago, when I used an N2A card to open up Android on my Nook Color, and I remember not being impressed. Obviously, that...

Kindle Unlimited is now live
July 18, 2014 | 10:28 am

kindle unlimited pageAs you no doubt saw in the Morning Links, Kindle Unlimited is now live. It's pretty much what we were expecting when it was leaked on Wednesday. Right now, it's mostly Amazon imprints and KDP Select books, with a few others like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Books by Open Road and a few other smaller traditional publishers are also available. No Big 5 books, however, which wasn't a surprise. For Amazon authors, the KDP Select FAQ and agreement have been updated to include Kindle Unlimited, according to reports on KBoards. There was no mention of the Select pool...

Accessory Review: Snugg Executive iPad Case with Card Slots
July 17, 2014 | 1:35 pm

Snugg Executive iPad Case with Card SlotsI have been looking for an iPad case with pockets for some time. I go to many meetings during the week where I want my iPad and perhaps a credit card and driver's license, but I don't want to carry my messenger bag. An iPad case with a few pockets would do it. When the folks at Snugg asked me to review the [easyazon-link asin="B009K2PPMC" locale="us"]Snugg Executive iPad Case with Card Slots[/easyazon-link], I jumped on it. It's been almost a week now, and so far it's perfect. (Yes, I did opt for the electric blue case pictured. I was tired of...

Amazon to start Kindle Unlimited, a service similar to Scribd/Oyster?
July 16, 2014 | 11:18 am

kindle unlimited page?Nate at The Digital Reader broke a fascinating story this morning. Some authors on KBoards noticed an Amazon webpage for "Kindle Unlimited." [caption id="attachment_116185" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image from KBoards via Dear Author[/caption] According to Nate: Details are still vague, but at this point I know that about 6 hours ago several authors noticed that there was a new page in the Kindle Store. That page was shortly taken down, but while it was up it was titled Kindle Unlimited, and it offered readers access to a catalog of 600,000 ebook and audiobook titles for $9.99 (per month or per year, I don’t know). As...

Scribd gives new look to apps, adds new platform
July 15, 2014 | 12:00 pm

Scribd on various phonesRemember my article last month on the Oyster Android app and how I said Oyster was pretty and Scribd was functional? It's like the folks at Scribd were paying attention or something. Yesterday I noticed there was an update for the Android version of Scribd, and the changelog mentioned a brand new color palatte and all-new fonts throughout the app. Later in the day, I received an embargoed press release discussing the new look and mentioning one more interesting tidbit which I'll cover in a minute. According to the release, the iOS app will be available in a day or two, which...

Really twisted logic here
July 3, 2014 | 1:00 pm

confused_guyAs I'm sure many are doing, I was contemplating the coverage of the whole Amazon/Hachette thing, and I think I twisted myself up with the logic of certain people writing about the issues. Walk through this with me and see if it tracks. Authors such as Douglas Preston are publishing or signing open letters complaining that Amazon is "Refusing to discount the prices of many of Hachette’s authors’ books." It seems a reasonable assumption that the Amazon/Hachette disagreement has something to do with Hachette wanting a return to agency pricing. The assumption is supported by the recent move by Macmillan and S&S filing a...

iOS vs Android reading habits via Oyster
July 1, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ios vs androidOyster has published an infographic on their blog showing iOS vs Android reading habits. There are a few interesting observations. Android readers are fans of J.R.R. Tolkein while iOS readers favor C.S. Lewis. iOS readers are often reading at noon and midnight while 8:00 PM seems to be the favored time for Android. iOS users read slower than Android, and for shorter periods of time. Check out the rest of the infographic and feel free to make your own observations in the comments.  ...

Morning Roundup: Txtr to launch subscription service. eBooks vs paper and more
July 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

txtrTxtr to Launch a Million Title eBook Subscription Service This Summer (The Digital Reader) Late last week txtr, the Berlin-based ebook subsidiary of 3M, pulled the covers off of Blloon, their newest service. When it launches into beta this summer, Blloon will offer readers in the US and UK a completely free reading option. *** eBooks vs paper (The Financial Times) Choosing books to take on holiday has got more difficult in recent years. Now it is a question not just of what to read but how – on paper, tablet, e-reader, or perhaps even a phone – and people have strong opinions on...

Morning Roundup: Aereo decision disaster for broadcast? Media bias and Amazon
June 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

aereo decisionWhy the Aereo Shutdown Will Be a Disaster for Broadcast TV (re/code) But when I finally heard that the Supreme Court had shut down the groundbreaking digital video system, I was amazed by how universally joyful TV broadcasters and distributors were about the ruling and ensuing shutdown. Too bad they weren’t in Anaheim with me, because despite Aereo’s now-illegal Rube Goldberg-esque transmission technology, it offered a distinctive and revolutionary way for broadcast TV to remain relevant to younger viewers. *** Media Bias and Amazon (David Gaughran) There is so much crap being spouted in this anti-Amazon media push that you need a nose-peg and...