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Weekend Links: iBooks Author updated. Importance of Pseudonymous activity
October 19, 2014 | 11:39 am

iBooks AuthorOn the Importance of Pseudonymous Activity (Dear Author) On Saturday, author Kathleen Hale was given a platform on the Guardian, one of the most venerable book outlets in the English speaking world. Using that platform, she chronicles a months long stalking campaign to a Goodreads reviewer who Hale charactered as her number one critic. *** Kobo President Lambastes Amazon (GoodeReader) Newly appointed Kobo President and Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn took to Twitter today to post a rambling diatribe on why Amazon might not be the best call for indie authors to self-publish with. *** Amazon's Elite Reviewing Club Sabotaged my Book (The Passive Voice) PG...

Morning Links: Apple introduces new iPads. Are publisher advances critical?
October 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

ipad mini vs ipad airApple Introduces New iPads, Macs (USA Today) Apple offered few surprises but plenty of new hardware and software on Thursday. *** iOS or OS X? It Doesn't Matter... (GigaOM) Apple signaled this change a few years ago and now you can see the fruits of its labor: It matters less if you use a low-cost phone, mid-priced tablet or expensive computer to get things done thanks to hardware, software and the cloud. *** Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical? (The Digital Reader) The argument against Amazon seems to rest on the proposition that if trad-pubs aren’t awarded excess returns, over and above the actual free-market value of their...

Morning Links: Nobel Prize a disservice to readers? Judges want to make it harder on patent trolls
October 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

patent trollsDoes the Nobel Prize do a Disservice to Readers? (Book Riot) To sum up so far, the Nobel potentially divides readers along the lines of literary merit and general worldliness. *** Judges Want To Make Life Harder On Patent Trolls: Want Them To Actually Have To Explain What Infringement Happened (Techdirt) A key part of the patent reform proposal that everyone thought was going to happen earlier this year was to change those rules to require the patent holder to have to actually explain where the infringement occurred. *** Amazon's Might Divides Opinion at World's Biggest Book Fair (The Economic Times) "We fear unfair competition on prices...

5 fun ways to use Calibre’s custom fields
October 15, 2014 | 10:39 am

CalibreWhen Juli and I wrote last year about awesome ways to use the Calibre eBook program, one of the uses I described was using the custom field option to manage the Kobo's bookshelf feature. Now that I am back in Camp Kindle again, I did a little library cleanup over the weekend and removed the Kobo shelves. But I am still using the custom fields for other purposes. Here are 5 fun things you can do with a custom shelf. 1) View a timeline of your literary reading I have added a publication year custom field. I find that the publisher info...

Morning Links: Kindle Scout launches. Apple’s “Complete my Bundle”
October 15, 2014 | 8:53 am

kindle scoutKindle Scout, Amazon’s “Reader-Powered” Publishing Program, Launches (Digital Book World) In a letter today to authors, Amazon named and officially rolled out “Kindle Scout,” the “reader-powered” publishing program that was rumored in the past few weeks to be in the works. *** How Apple's 'Complete my Bundle' Works (Lifehacker) Apple recently introduced App Bundles that allow you to snag a group of apps at a discounted price. That makes perfect sense, but they also have a "Complete My Bundle" option that's a bit confusing at a glance. *** BuzzFeed’s Choice of Publisher says a Lot About How the Site Looks at Media (GigaOM) BuzzFeed’s new publisher...

Story time vs tablet time: the kids eBook debate
October 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebookThe NY Times has a great article up which explores, yet again, the kids vs. technology debate. I feel like many of these articles lack a certain nuance on the issue. It's like those old 'is TV good or bad?' stories. Some television programs truly are educational, entertaining and worth watching. Others are trash. And of course, if watching television is ALL you or your child do, then that's not so good because you'll be missing out on other things. So it is with eBooks and kids. Some of them may be useful. I don't see any problem loading up a...

Morning Links: Flight attendants and electronic devices. Why privacy is important.
October 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

can you use electronic devices on airplanesThe Flight Attendants Union Wants You to Put Away Your eReader on Takeoff (The Digital Reader) The WSJ reported on Friday that the AFA-CWA thinks you’re not paying enough attention during the safety briefings. *** Why Your Privacy Matters, Even If You're Not "Doing Anything Wrong" (Lifehacker) Glenn Greenwald—one of the first reporters to write about Edward Snowden's release of classified files—explains in this TED Talk why privacy is important, regardless of whether you do anything wrong or not. *** Canadian Authors Hit by Hachette-Amazon War (PW) Canadian authors are among the many affected by the protracted fight between Amazon and Hachette, but north of the border...

Morning Roundup: Kobo to focus on eReaders and apps. Librarians respond to Adobe issue
October 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboKobo to Focus Exclusively on eReaders and Apps (GoodeReader) The brand new Kobo H2O waterproof e-reader started shipping last week and CEO Michael Tamblyn said had achieved the highest rate of pre-orders of any other Kobo device. However, he also revealed tablet devices were no longer a focus area for the company. Instead, it will concentrate on three main e-reader models, the Kobo Touch, Kobo Aura and the new H2O. *** Librarians, IT Experts Respond to Adobe Spying Accusations (The Digital Shift) OverDrive, Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform, and the 3M Cloud Library all use Adobe Digital Editions and Adobe digital rights management...

Morning Roundup: Journalism and the gender gap. Adobe’s response to data collection
October 9, 2014 | 9:04 am

journalismTrust, Privacy, Big Data, and e-Book Readers (The Scholarly Kitchen) Data has been the topic of many a conversation in the past several years, particularly in the scientific community, which is awash in it and has undertaken many efforts to better manage it and better incorporate it into the scientific publication workflow. *** How Journalism Schools Can Address the Gender Gap (MediaShift) In a year where firebrand journalists were hailed “disrupters” and lauded for boldly shaking up the establishment while blazing a trail for the future of online journalism, the beneficiaries have been starkly homogenous: Nearly all were male, and the vast majority...

Empowerment for the digital age?
October 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

downloadAs part of my somewhat abandoned (well, modified, anyway) 2014 Reading Challenge, I have been finishing off some half-read non-fiction, and one of the books I just finished off was an interesting case study for me in why the self-helpy stuff doesn't do it for me the way it used to. The book was called [easyazon-link asin="0446563595" locale="us"]Simple Abundance[/easyazon-link] by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and when I started it last year, I loved its message. The third third or so of the book was wonderful---it was all about slowing down the pace of your life, taking walks outside, focusing on what was going...

Morning Links: Print outsold digital for first half of 2014? NaNoWriMo Storybundle
October 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoA Special Storybundle: Writing Tools for NaNoWriMo (Storybundle) StoryBundle.com has put together a massive batch of useful books that will help you survive—and thrive—during National Novel Writing Month. Twelve books on writing craft, productivity, and business—by eight bestselling writers, a TV producer, and more. And you name your own price. *** Print Books Outsold Digital Books During the First 6 Months of 2014 (GalleyCat) Nielsen Books & Consumer has released the results of a recent survey focusing on book sales from the first six months of 2014. *** Adobe Confirms It's Gathering eBook Reader's Data (Digital Book World) Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by...

Morning Roundup: On the specialness of books. Non-fiction should consider self-pub
October 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

booksOn the 'Specialness' of Books (Dear Author) We’re all familiar with the assertion that books are “special,” and therefore deserving of different treatment than other commercial products. I used believe it myself. Until, that is, folks like Jon Sargent and Authors United started using it to justify crap like agency pricing and the shunning of Amazon. *** If You Write Non-Fiction and Cannot Command Mega-Advances, You Should Consider Self-Pub (The Digital Reader) The great majority of indie self-pubs are genre fiction, and a large proportion of nonfiction in self-pub is about how to write and sell genre fiction. *** Print Book Retailing Economics and eBook...