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Morning Links: Roundup of new Nook reviews. Apple working on payment system
September 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

nookRoundup: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Reviews (The Digital Reader) Unfortunately for both B&N and for potential buyers, there weren’t very many blogs interested in writing a review for this tablet. I only found 5 actual reviews (not counting the fake review posted by Publishers Weekly), which is far fewer than the dozen reviews I found for the Fire Phone. *** Apple Partnering With American Express On New iPhone Payments System (re/code) Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system, according to sources familiar with the talks. American Express is one of several partners Apple will need...

(Brief) Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook
August 20, 2014 | 2:14 pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab NookI wandered over to my local Barnes & Noble to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook and see what I thought. Nate at The Digital Reader actually bought one, so if you have questions or want to see what he has to say, pop over to his post. I'll start with the good. It's a nice looking device, and the screen is better than I expected. The pixel density is supposed to be lower than the Nood HD, but in a side-by-side comparison, I didn't notice a difference. The screen brightness is impressive. The store's Nook was set at less than...

Almost a year with Scribd. Has anything changed with my reading?
August 18, 2014 | 4:47 pm

scribd logoI will have been a Scribd subscriber for a year in October, and I've noticed some interesting changes in my reading habits. If you're interested in how a subscription service affects book buying and reading, follow along. According to my Goodreads account, here's the important data: Since January 2014 Books read: 134 Books read through Scribd: 40 Purchased books read: 40 Library books read: 31 The remainder are a mix of review copies, Kindle Unlimited and free books. How is that different from previous years? Going back through my Amazon and B&N purchases from 2013, I'm buying more books books than last year. My library use fluctuates wildly...

Amazon adds pre-order option to KDP
August 14, 2014 | 5:22 pm

KDPHmm. This is an interesting development, which I just noticed via Passive Voice. Amazon just opened up pre-orders to self-published authors through Kindle Direct Publishing. I say interesting because one of the complaints in the Hachette/Amazon conflict has been the removal of pre-order buttons from Hachette books. I've seen many indie authors who say one of the reasons they have little sympathy for Hachette is that Amazon is removing something indies have rarely had access to. No more. You can make your new books available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. Setting a pre-order allows customers to order your book as early...

Kindle for Android finally supports immersive mode!
August 13, 2014 | 10:25 am

kindle for androidI admit when I read the news on The Digital Reader last night, it went something like this: "Kindle for Android updated...blah blah blah...supports immersive mode...blah blah blah. Wait. Stop. Did I read what I thought I just read?" Yes, I am a fan of immersive, mode, as you've probably guessed from previous posts, and I've been waiting a long time for the folks at Amazon to finally incorporate it. I read on three devices, a Kindle Paperwhite, an iPad and my Nook HD running CM11. The Nook and Paperwhite are my main reading devices, and I've hated needing to trade off...

Why do indie authors want Hachette to lower prices? The answer is obvious
August 12, 2014 | 9:15 am

cheap ebooksIn today's Morning Links, we feature a story from Digital Book World where Jeremy Greenfield says: One of the most confusing things to me about the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute saga is why do so many indie authors want so passionately for Hachette, a competitor, to lower its prices? It's only confusing if you make the mistake of looking at indie authors as defining themselves by only one characteristic: being an indie author. However, few people define themselves so narrowly. Many (likely even a majority) of indie authors are also readers. Readers are consumers, and we like lower prices. So the answer is simple....

Cost-effective use of Kindle Unlimited
August 11, 2014 | 4:25 pm

kindle unlimitedOne of the concerns when people sign up for subscription services like Kindle Unlimited is "will I use it enough to make it worth the cost?" Hugh Howey likens it to gym memberships where you sign up for auto-renewal and then never use it. I've seen lots of people note that you have to read 4-5 books a month, every month. to make it worth your while because so many inexpensive self-published books are in the service. All good points ,but if you're willing to do a bit of prep work, Amazon actually makes it easy to be cost effective, assuming...

Accessory Review: Tablift Tablet Stand
August 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

tablift tablet standOkay, yes, I admit the first time I saw this, my reaction was something like: weird steampunky fusion of tablet and mechanical spider. I don't know which of us started singing "Spider Thing" to the tune of "Spider Pig" from the Simpsons, but both my husband and I have had the theme running through our heads for days. Obligatory editorializing over, on to the review. As is obvious from the picture, the Tablift Tablet Stand is a  hands-free tablet stand, and it does work pretty much as advertised. I tested it with my iPad 4 in landscape orientation and my Nook HD...

Scribd adds new browsing and books discovery options
August 7, 2014 | 10:15 am

scribd logoScribd made some significant changes to their web interface today, opening up new browsing and book discovery options. While I like the concept overall, as an author with books listed in Scribd, I noticed something which bothered me. Let's start with the concept. Scribd’s new browse experience brings the familiar elements of browsing a neighborhood bookstore into the digital realm, from personalized staff picks, to shelves for every category and special interest niche imaginable. I have to say they completely nailed this. The shelves are easy to browse, and the special niches were interesting. Mind you, not that finding more books to read...

Will the acquisition of BookLamp make Apple a credible Amazon competitor?
August 6, 2014 | 12:20 pm

booklampChris covered BookLamp last year, and he wasn't impressed. Last month, the news broke that Apple had bought BookLamp in April. Honestly, I didn't pay much attention to the story because, although my books are available there, I don't really think of Apple as having a credible ebook store. Although, right now, it's probably more credible than B&N. Then I read this article by author William Richards, and it made me think differently about the BookLamp purchase. Here was Richards' view: BookLamp figured out a way to model a book in order to quantify how the book reads. They look at keywords used, genre,...

Interesting discovery about the Kindle for iOS app
August 5, 2014 | 3:08 pm

No link to Amazon in Kindle appObviously, I'm aware of the lack of a Kindle Store button in my Kindle for iOS app. However, I recently discovered the hoops Amazon is jumping through to avoid the possibility of paying the in-app purchase fee to Apple. I was re-reading the fantastic book, [easyazon-link asin="0385528752" locale="us"]Switch[/easyazon-link] by Chip and Dan Heath (highly recommended), and they referenced another book which sounded interesting. I knew I'd not be able to look it up directly in the iPad app, but I thought I could sneak around the restrictions by highlighting the text and bringing up the Google search function in the app. Aha!...

Overdrive adds “auto checkout” feature
August 5, 2014 | 12:22 pm

Overdrive auto checkoutI was adding a book to my Overdrive Holds list at my library yesterday and stumbled across a new feature: auto checkout. Curious, I went to the Overdrive site to learn more. According to Overdrive, when you sign up for auto checkout, you'll receive an email when your book is ready and automatically checked out. I haven't had a chance to try it, but I assume you'll then go to your account and select the format you prefer from the borrow menu. I'm excited about the option because it address a concern of mine. We camp several time a year with little...