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Amazon’s 100 Mystery Books to Read in a Lifetime
April 24, 2014 | 10:25 am

mystery booksVia Galleycat came this news, that Amazon has put out a new list of mystery books to supplement their '100 Books to Read in a Lifetime' feature. The books run the gamut from classic to modern, more genre-ish to literary. Of the 100 listed titles, I've read about a quarter. As is typical of such lists, debate will likely rage over the included titles. Gillian Flynn's trendy [easyazon-link asin="B006LSZECO" locale="us"]Gone Girl[/easyazon-link] over her vastly superior earlier work, [easyazon-link asin="B0027MJU00" locale="us"]Dark Places[/easyazon-link]? Mary Higgins Clark? Really? Anyway, if you're looking for somewhere to get started, here are my top 5 favs from the list: -...

Morning Roundup: Customers resist Samsung bloatware. An indie author manifesto and more
April 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

samsung bloatwareMark Coker's Indie Author Manifesto (Smashwords Blog) We indie authors believe all writers are created equal, that all writers are endowed with natural creative potential, and that writers have an unalienable right to exercise, explore, and realize their potential through the freedom of publication. *** Letter from a Literary Agent (Joe Konrath) But how about agents, like the one who sent me the above email, who want to work with authors but can't invest money in cover art and formatting? *** Customers Resist Samsung Bloatware (GoodeReader) Samsung uses their dominant Android market share position to have the highest concentration of bloatware out of any Android vendor. *** UK Filters...

Morning Roundup: Aldiko hits 20 million downloads, Benefits of an English degree and more
April 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

aldikoeBook, Used Book or New? (Digital Book World) But it occurred to me that choosing a book is more than selecting its content. A range of values is embedded inside the choice: ebook, used book, or new? *** Android eBook App Aldiko Hits 20 Million Downloads (The Digital Reader) Aldiko is coming up on its 5th anniversary in June, and the developers will have something to celebrate. They just announced that the app had reached a new milestone. *** Changing the DNA of the Reader (Future Book) Are readers fixed in how they read? One of the frustrations around the digital transition is that despite all of...

Morning Roundup: Is Amazon rigging prices? Cozy reading nooks for kids and more
April 22, 2014 | 9:07 am

amazon rigging pricesLawsuit Alleges Amazon is Rigging Prices to Cover Shipping Costs (The Digital Reader) A group of consumers in Washington state are suing because sometimes the “free shipping” price Amazon offers to Prime members is more expensive than prices offered by 3rd-party sellers. *** 10 Cozy Reading Nooks for Kids (Apartment Therapy) So while I know that a kid doesn't need a special spot dedicated to reading in order to be a bookworm, it certainly doesn't hurt to gussy up a corner or a closet with a pile of soft pillows and a few favorite books within arm's reach. *** The Library eBook Situation is Appalling...

Morning Roundup: Being an awesome Little Free Library patron. More on book discovery
April 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

Little Free LibraryHow Three Independent News Sites Survived Their First Five Years (Media Shift) Maness moderated a panel recently in which the editors told their stories at the International Symposium on Online Journalism at the Knight Center for Digital Journalism in the Americas in Austin, Texas. *** 5 Tips for Being an Awesome Little Free Library Patron (Book Riot) While I’ve discussed how much fun it is to be the keeper of a Little Free Library, I haven’t really talked much about my ideal Little Free Library Patron. *** Will Proposed Rules Leave Behind a Population of Researchers? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Humanities and social science researchers have expressed concerns...

Weekend Roundup: The business of being an author. A hype-free article on Aereo and more
April 20, 2014 | 11:22 am

business of being an authorNow that Amazon Owns Comixology , What Will Happen To Submit? (The Digital Reader) It’s been a week since Amazon announced that they were acquiring Comixology , and the surprise deal has left many questions unanswered, including what Amazon plans to do with Submit. *** Books, Toys Still Work for Specialty Outlets (Publishers Weekly) Since the demise of Noodle Kidoodle and Zany Brainy in the early 2000s, specialty “book-and-toy” stores have maintained a low profile. Yet a number of retailers, from the 130-unit Learning Express chain to mom-and-pop stores, are still serving their communities with a mix of toys and books. *** Authorpreneurship and the Business...

How do we know our eBooks aren’t being altered?
April 18, 2014 | 2:32 pm

ebookI read a very interesting post this week at GoodeReader, which asked this question: how do we know our eBooks aren't being altered? When I first read the headline, I thought this would be about post-publication correction, which I don't think is necessarily a bad thing. I don't want my books to be re-written whole cloth after they have been bought and read, but I welcome revisions which involve correcting typos or improving poor formatting. But our friends at GoodeReader are asking about something else. From the article: In a recent thread at the e-reading website MobileRead one user explained their reasons of...

Filter, read, learn: the puzzle of reading print vs screen
April 18, 2014 | 12:35 pm

reading print vs screenI have read almost a dozen articles in the past few days that attempt to puzzle out the new hot question: do our brains process screen text differently from paper text? Does reading too much online somehow 'ruin' our brains for long-form reading? I'll state at the outset that from everything I've read on this, science does not have a definitive verdict on reading print vs screen, so I can't answer these questions. What I can do is apply my own decently well-educated common sense filter to some of the things I'm reading and come to my own conclusion. Firstly, this one...

Morning Roundup: iPad Mini refurbs available. Is Amazon KDP MFN legal?
April 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

iPad Mini refurbsiPad Mini Refurbs Now Available from Apple – Including Retina (The Digital Reader) Want to buy an iPad Mini but found them just too expensive? I have some good news for you. You can now pick up Apple’s iPad Mini Retina for about 16% off. That’s not a great discount, no, but it is about as good as you will get from Apple. *** Is the Kindle Direct Program MFN Legal? (Go To Hellman) If you sell an ebook through the Kindle Direct program, Amazon doesn't want you to offer it for less somewhere else. It's easy to understand why; if you're a consumer, you hate to pay...

Morning Roundup: Bloggers are media, Goodreads launches “Add Amazon Books” feature and more
April 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

bloggers are mediaNew Competition Highlights Indie Books (Indie Reader) The Pulitzer prize winning British newspaper, The Guardian, is co-sponsoring a new competition exclusively for indies. *** Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature (Digital Book World) You can now add books you’ve purchased on Amazon – both print and Kindle books – to your Goodreads shelves. This will be available in the next few weeks to members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. *** Court Declares That Yes, Bloggers Are Media (Techdirt) While it seems crazy that this kind of issue is still being debated in 2014, it's good to see a court make such a clear statement on the...

Morning Roundup: February bookstore sales dropped. Which metrics really matter? and more
April 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

bookstore sales droppedThe Chicago Sun-Times Shuts Down their Comment Section (The Digital Reader) It’s widely accepted that the anonymity of the internet can turn almost anyone into a troll, and nowhere is this more true than in the comment section. *** February Bookstore Sales Dropped 6.8% (Publishers Weekly) Hampered no doubt by bad winter weather, bookstore sales fell 6.8% in February, to $791 million, compared to February 2013, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. *** We are Drowning in Data About Readers and Attention, But Which Metrics Really Matter? (GigaOM) Thanks to the web and real-time measurement tools, the media industry has gone from having...

Morning Roundup: Mobile first isn’t enough. Enhanced eBooks don’t enhance education and more
April 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

mobile firstKindle Direct Publishing Now Offers Up to Date Sales Data (GoodeReader) Self-published authors can celebrate as Amazon introduced a brand new Sales Dashboard on the KDP Reports page to give you up-to-date reporting of paid, borrowed and free orders as they are placed in Kindle stores worldwide. *** Stand Down, Amazon Warriors: Comic Book Guys Already Killed the Comic Book Store (Book Riot) My relationship with brick-and-mortar comic shops ended pretty much the second comiXology entered the market place. For me, it isn’t Amazon that will kill the independent comic shop: it’s the Comic Book Guy. *** Publishers: Mobile First Isn't Enough (The Digital Shift) While mobile...