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Morning Roundup: Australian authorities want to track bandwidth data and more
August 27, 2014 | 9:42 am

A leaked consultation paper suggests that the Australian government has realised it’s a tad excessive to track which websites people visit. However, the tracking of available bandwidth and upload/download information seems to be on the table....

Morning Roundup: Kindle Unlimited launching internationally, and more
August 26, 2014 | 10:49 am

There’s a new report going around today that Amazon will be expanding their ebook subscription service in the next couple months....

Morning Roundup: The Great Audiobook Survey, Amazon Ignites Culture Clash and more
August 25, 2014 | 9:54 am

In our latest reader poll, we asked all about your audiobook habits. 1059 Riot readers answered the call. Here’s a look at the numbers. I’ve offered some commentary and interpretation. What do you make of the data? ...

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins Humble Bundle. Monkey selfie not copyrightable and more
August 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinsHarperCollins Humble eBook Bundle with Gaiman, Bujold. Coelho, Williams and More (Boing Boing) It's a really big deal that HarperCollins has teamed up with the Humble Bundle. When I was curating the first of these bundles, a bunch of big name HarperCollins writers -- and their editors -- were incredibly excited about the opportunity, only to have it crushed by head office, who wouldn't allow them to sell books without DRM. *** Judge Says You Don't Own Facebook 'Likes' on Your Page (Techdirt) In a world where people are always pushing the idea of "intellectual property" over just about everything, is it really any...

Is Humans of New York real journalism?
August 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Humans of New York coverIt's nice to see one of my favourite Facebook pages, 'Humans of New York,' getting a little press these days. As the New York Times reports, HONY head chief Brandon Stanton has gone global, taking his slice-of-life photography on a UN-sponsored trip to ten countries. I have been following the series (and indeed, the 'blog' as a whole) and it's brilliant in its simplicity: Stanton finds an interesting person, photographs them and then posts the photograph along with a little sound bite from the person. He has a way of getting his subjects to reveal profound truths about themselves, and their...

Morning Roundup: Kobo Aura H2O coming soon. Reporting is not about granting equal weight
August 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo aura h2oDo Student Internships Really Work? Digital Tools Can Help Evaluate Them (The Digital Shift) But what we really need is a way to evaluate the internships and make sure they work for students, news organizations and schools. Thanks to digital tools, we can do a much better job evaluating them. *** Real Reporting Is About Revealing Truth; Not Granting 'Equal Weight' To Bogus Arguments (Techdirt) Bad journalists seem to think that if someone is making a claim, you present that claim, then you present an opposing claim, and you're done. They think this is objective because they're not "picking sides." But what if one...

Podcaster Adam Carolla settles patent troll case
August 20, 2014 | 4:25 pm

patent trollAn interesting little tidbit from the world of intellectual property litigation today: podcaster and actor Adam Carolla has settled a patent troll lawsuit which was getting a lot of attention. I know a little this because the Beloved is a devoted listener of Carolla's prolifically produced podcast, and I it's often on in the background while I cook dinner. I don't care for Carolla much as a personality, but I have half paid attention to his complaining about the patent troll and his exhortation that we contribute to his legal defines fund to beat them down! It turns out that it...

Morning Roundup: Netflix paying Time Warner Cable. Kensington partnering with BAM
August 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

netflixReading Helped Me Overcome a Racist Upbringing (Book Riot) Through books, though, I met a lot of people that I never would have met in person; more importantly, I saw struggles that I never would have experienced in my own body. *** Netflix is Now Paying Time Warner Cable for Direst Access and Faster Streams (GigaOM) Netflix, the online streaming giant, has signed a paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, meaning that it now has deals with the four biggest U.S. ISPs. *** Kensington Signs Exclusive to Sell Ebook Imprint Titles in Print at Books-A-Million (Digital Book World) Kensington Publishing Corp. has announced an exclusive partnership...

Former GalleyCat Editor Dishes on Reading with Kids
August 19, 2014 | 12:17 pm

reading with kidsLaura Hazard Owen has a great review up at GigaOM on an intriguing new book on reading with kids, by former GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. The book, called 'Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age — From Picture Books to Ebooks and Everything in Between,' has strategies for reading with your kids, no matter what the medium. Boog proposes that not all reading is created equal. He proposes a reading style he calls 'Interactive Reading' where parents, well, guide the reading process through use of prompting questions, highlighting ways your child can identify with the characters and so on....

Morning Roundup: Google Play textbooks in Canada. Why do people trust Wikipedia?
August 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

wikipediaGoogle Play Textbooks Now Available in Canada (GoodeReader) Google has announced that their digital textbook service is now available in Canada. *** Why do People Trust Wikipedia? Because an Argument is Better than a Lecture (Techdirt) This doesn't mean you blindly read Wiki articles without questioning them. But a properly sourced article is simply more trustworthy than a talking head telling you how to think. *** Three Common Mistakes to Avoid When Publishing a Book App (Digital Book World) Now I want to discuss the three biggest mistakes people make when it comes to tackling this kind of project. I’ve helped scores of people publish their books...

Kindle Worlds: Success or Failure?
August 18, 2014 | 2:32 pm

Kindle WorldsGigaOM has this interesting little write-up about the Kindle Worlds program. This Kindle sub-category allows authors to write---and profit from---their own fan stories from worlds such as Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl. My only personal experience with these books has been an anthology---and a freebie first-in-series from an author represented in said anthology---set in Hugh Howey's Wool world. They were okay. I think they were nicely done, and reasonably polished and professional-looking. I did ultimately conclude that I would not be perusing any further Wool titles, but I do think the ones I saw seemed reasonable enough. So, where is the problem?...

Morning Roundup: Amazon says publishers not “really necessary.” Konrath advice
August 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonBook Rating Categories That Should Exist (Because Star Ratings are Useless) (Book Riot) I need a more nuanced system to keep track of my thoughts on the books I have read. Here are some categories that I desperately need when rating books. *** Is BuzzFeed’s Deletion of Articles an Ethical Lapse or the Growing Pains of a New-Media Entity? (GigaOM) BuzzFeed has come under fire for deleting thousands of old articles, which founder Jonah Peretti says didn’t live up to the kinds of standards the site wants to adhere to now. Should the company be criticized for doing this because it’s a journalistic no-no,...