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Thanksgiving Links: Amazon & B&N reveal Black Friday deals. In defense of copyright
November 27, 2014 | 10:38 am

thanksgiving.jpgAmazon and Barnes & Noble Reveal Black Friday Deals (GoodeReader) Amazon and Barnes and Noble are gearing up for one of the biggest shopping days in the US with some mighty deals. *** Global Net Neutrality Coalition (Boing Boing) The Electronic Frontier Foundation has teamed up with organizations around the world to fight for net neutrality everywhere, because this isn't an issue that just affects Americans. You can help by finding a group in your country and joining in. *** The 12-Book Program: A Holiday Survival Guide (Book Riot) Lucky for us, there are books to advise us, guide us, and help us get away. (Nothing says...

Why Customer Service is Even More Important in the Digital Age
November 26, 2014 | 11:25 am

customer serviceI had a bad customer service experience this past week, and it soured me on a vendor I have sunk a lot of money into over the years. And it also highlighted for me the reason why customer service is even more important than ever in the digital age---because the rise of social media has given the customer places to vent on other than your inbox! Satisfy the customer yourself, or they will go elsewhere looking for the satisfaction. And that elsewhere will be public, prominent and outside your control. I'll withhold the name of the vendor, because they did make...

Morning Links: Amazon bundling KU with Kindles. Global tablet market slowing
November 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

global tablet marketAmazon Now Bundling Kindle Unlimited with New Kindles, Fire Tablets (The Digital Reader) If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kindle on Black Friday then I have some good news for you: a better deal has come along. *** The Global Tablet Market is Slowing Down, Says IDC (GigaOM) It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates. *** Dear Library Forgive Me (Book Riot) This is not a love letter. This is an apology. Remember when we used to see...

Library book sales: a lesson in critical reading
November 25, 2014 | 10:27 am

library book salesA story from today's Morning Links proved to be an interesting case study in critical reading. It seemed straightforward enough: the folks at GoodeReader reported on a UK government study which "carry out real-time, real-world research into the impact of eBook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service so that a suitable and sustainable model could be found." One of the more alarmist findings to come out of the study was the headline-making tidbit that readers who borrowed from the library "is not driving people to buy more eBooks." But...look again. Here is the exact wording...

Morning Links: Readers who borrow don’t buy? HarperCollins partners with JetBlue
November 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinseBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print in 2018 (TechCrunch) PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. *** Readers Who Borrow eBooks From the Library Don't Buy More Books (GoodeReader) The essence of the pilot is to carry out real-time, real-world research into the impact of eBook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service so that a suitable and sustainable model can be found. *** One Reason Apple's Cloud Stinks: It's an Organizational Orphan (GigaOM) It is striking that Apple, for all the rave reviews it gets for its devices and OS...

Morning Links: Don’t pay to self-publish. Shutting down comments is a bad idea
November 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

cash for reviewsDon't Pay to Self-Publish (Joe Konrath) This post for all newbie writers considering self-publishing. While it would be extremely helpful to you to take a week and read my entire blog to get a full understanding of how the publishing industry works, here's the most important thing you need to know. *** UK Government Wants to Accurately Identify Law-Breaking Web Users (GigaOM) The U.K. government is set to announce measures to force internet service providers to maintain records of which customers use which IP addresses, so as to make online anonymity more difficult. *** Shutting Down a Comment Section is a Bad Idea (The Digital Reader) Over...

Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns
November 23, 2014 | 11:04 am

kickstarterNew Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating book piracy in schools and on the consumer level. They are doing this to attract major publishers from Europe and the United States. *** The Four Fatal Flaws of Failed Kickstarter Campaigns (GigaOM) But launching a crowdfunding campaign is no guarantee of success. I want to focus on the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, examine why promising startups...

More on the Kindle Paperwhite Update
November 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kindle paperwhite updateI received the new Kindle Paperwhite update at some point yesterday. When I went to use it last night, there was an alert from Amazon---complete with explanatory e-guide---highlighting features of the new OS. Some of it didn't interest me. We can't use FreeTime in Canada. and the family sharing was a moot point since the Beloved does not have an Amazon account. But I was interested to check out the 'improved' collection handling. The e-guide promised that, as people have often requested, Amazon has added some filters to make it easier to distinguish between Cloud and on-device content. Here was how...

Morning Links: iOS 8.1.1 on older devices. Apple ends patent war on Android?
November 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8.1.1How iOS 8.1.1 Affects Performance on Older Devices (Lifehacker) Which is to say, if you're still rocking iOS 7 on an older device, it's probably best to stay there. *** Apple Ends Patent War on Android, Deal Suggests (GigaOM) Apple has decided to end a bitter legal war against Google and Android phone makers, and to turn away from patent tactics that have cost the smartphone industry billions of dollars, according to reports and new court filings. *** Kobo Now Lists File Type and if it Has Adobe DRM (GoodeReader) When you are browsing the online Kobo catalog their is a new section at the bottom...

Oyster to Launch Two New Support Programs
November 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

oysterOyster launches to new literary initiatives today---a literary magazine called 'The Oyster Review' and an Author Advisory Board where authors will provide feedback on product and content decisions to Oyster. There were a few things about these ventures which are worth noting. Firstly, the review magazine is an on-line freebie. I confirmed this with the rep I spoke to because I know they have been slow to roll out services to Non-Americans, and I wondered if this new magazine might be an aspect of their service that I might try. She confirmed that anyone who could access the website---Review.OysterBooks.com---can read the...

Morning Links: 3 Questions about Goodreads gender study. Novels that started in NaNoWriMo
November 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoAre Parents Under-Reporting the eBooks They Buy for their Kids? (The Digital Reader) One common concern with consumer surveys is that the respondents might not answer truthfully. Whether through unconscious bias or simple oversight, there’s always a chance that data from a survey might not be as reliable as it would appear. *** 3 Questions About the Goodreads Gender Study (Book Riot) In case you missed it, Goodreads did a study on 40,000 users of their site (20,000 women and 20,000 men). Then they took those users’ stats and came up with some interesting information. *** 5 Indie Novels That Got Their Start in NaNoWriMo (IndieReader) We’re...

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
November 19, 2014 | 10:25 am

snowWe had our first big snowfall of the year on Monday! And I was all ready, with new boots, a warm hat and fleecy mittens. The only aspect of my life that was hit hard? My reading life! One of the side effects of the loss of physical page turn buttons has been a dip in my reading as soon as mitten-and-glove weather hits, because I favour my iPhone when I am commuting, and you can't use it with be-mittened hands. I don't know if my snowy home makes it worth upgrading my Paperwhite to the Kindle Voyage, and I don't...