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Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5
January 29, 2015 | 9:00 am

ipad turns 5Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs- 2015 (The Passive Voice) The most commented posts in the history of The Passive Voice have been those requesting the stories of  indie authors who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their writing income. The first post is here and the second is here. *** Apple's iPad Turns 5: Has it Lived Up to Steve Job's 2010 Keynote? (Slate) Five years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad. At a time when the press and the public were wondering whether anyone really needed a third computing device, Jobs was remarkably clear-sighted about what...

Morning Links: Death of music sales. Lost your reading mojo?
January 28, 2015 | 9:00 am

death of music salesHarry Potter eBooks Now Available on Oyster (GoodeReader) Today, the company is proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with JK Rowling, to have the entire Harry Potter saga available. *** The Death of Music Sales (The Atlantic) If CDs are "dead," so is iTunes. *** Apple Reduces the Amount of Storage iOS Updates Require (GigaOM) In a more specific note, Apple said that this update reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update. *** Have You Ever Lost Your Reading Mojo? (Dear Author) I received this email and I thought a lot of readers might feel this way. With Roma’s permission, I’ve republished...

The Great Media Filtering Project of 2015
January 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

amazon_wishlistIn today's Morning Links, I shared a GigaOM article on media habits. Meanwhile, on the other side of the internet was this Lifehacker story on how to cull an over-run Netflix queue. It seems media filtering is on people's minds! The GigaOM article sums it up thusly: "Creating web content is incredibly easy — but filtering content is really hard." And that is as true for books as it is for click bait, Netflix queues, or any other media type. So, if we agree that 'filtering' is a problem, what can we do about it? Our fine friends at Lifehacker have...

Morning Links: Illegal music file sharing virtually eliminated in Norway. Auditing media habits
January 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

file sharingRecording Industry Has 'Virtually Eliminated Illegal File-Sharing' In Norway -- By Offering Better Products (Techdirt) A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music. *** 4 Lessons From Two Months of Selling Books (Book Riot) A few months ago, I was ecstatic to learn about a new indie bookstore opening in my neighborhood in Chicago. On a whim, I messaged the new owner to congratulate her, and to see if she would be hiring booksellers. *** Authors Playing the Long Game in a Tough Book Market (Digital Book World) In...

Morning Links: Is Internet Addiction Real? Science of science fiction?
January 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

science fictionIs Internet Addiction Real? (GigaOM) The stories are numerous, yet extreme, and thus widely covered. You’ve probably heard at least a few. *** Spotify for Books: Authors and Publishers May Constrain the Rise of e-book Subscriptions (The Economist) The record companies tolerate music-streaming services like Spotify, which pay them only modest fees, because the alternative is a continued rise in music piracy—on which they earn nothing at all. However, piracy of e-books is not such a problem... *** Does the Science of Science Fiction Matter? (Book Riot) I love Neil deGrasse Tyson, so believe me when I say upfront that this isn’t a criticism of him–it’s just...

Weekend Links: Don’t blame readers for book devaluing. Oscar movie piracy
January 25, 2015 | 9:52 am

oscar movie piracyDon’t Blame Readers If Books Are Being “Devalued” (Book Riot) If you hang out on the bookternet at all, you have no doubt seen one or more pearl-clutching declarations that books are losing their value–especially ebooks, which you can get for as little as NINETY-NINE CENTS (omg)–which is putting literature in great peril. *** Analysis Of Pirated Oscar Movies Shows They're Almost All Available... In HD (And Not From Screeners) (Techdirt) There are some interesting findings in the data, including that screener copies don't matter much any more. *** This Explains Why No Men Were Using Pinterest (GigaOM) If you ever wondered why Pinterest took off...

Why Are People Still Surprised by Amazon?
January 23, 2015 | 11:25 am

amazonI saw several articles in my newsfeed this morning about Amazon's new textbook creation software.  Most of them were simply a factual write-up of the situation---people don't seem to care all that much about textbooks, so there was less hand-writing about this than usual---but still, I was surprised by the wounded tone some tech journalists seem to take in Amazon-related stories. Amazon is disrupting the industry. Amazon is taking over the world. This new piece of news, whatever it might be, shows Amazon throwing its might at yet another poor, beleaguered media provider...you know the rhetoric I mean. But here is...

Morning Links: Kobo singled out in Canadian investigation. Apple Watch details surface
January 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

apple watchKhan Academy for iPad Updates with Over 150,000 Exercises (Lifehacker) Khan Academy has had an iPad app for a while, but it didn't offer any of the actual training exercises available on the web site. A recent update changes that, and the new iPad app includes just about everything you get with the web version. *** Kobo Feels 'Singled Out' in Canadian Investigation (PW) After the Competition Bureau of Canada last week sought a court order that could force Indigo Books and Music and Kobo to turn over records as part of an investigation into anti-competitive e-book pricing practices, Michael Tamblyn, president and...

Morning Links: Reading diversely. Audiobooks benefiting from podcast boom?
January 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

audiobooksReading Diversely FAQ, Part 2 (Book Riot) It’s no secret that diversity in reading is an important value at Book Riot. We write about it so often, in fact, that we’ve noticed that the same questions come up again and again from our readers in the comment sections of those posts... *** Are Audiobooks Benefitting From the Current Podcast Boom? (Simon Owens) Did you hear the news? Podcasts, once a niche product, are now “booming.” Due partially to the success of Serial, the This American Life spin-off podcast reinvestigating a 1999 murder in Baltimore, the medium has now made its way into the “cultural...

Morning Links: Netflix wants to expand to 200 countries. Doctorow wants to end DRM
January 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

drmNetflix Wants to Expand to 200 Countries Within the Next Two Years (GigaOM) Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within the next two years, the company announced as part of its Q4 2014 earnings release. *** License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (David Nickle) So here's a funny story: in 2015, and only in Canada and a few other countries, James Bond entered the public domain. *** Cory Doctorow to Push for Ending DRM (Techdirt) This is Copyright Week, in which various people supporting more reasonable copyright laws highlight some of the problems with existing laws and important concepts that should be in copyright reform efforts....

Nobody Cares About Magazines
January 20, 2015 | 2:25 pm

magazineGigaOM had a neat little story in today's Morning Links which merits some further attention. The story discusses why 'Spotify or Netflix for print content is probably doomed' and Matthew Ingram has his to say: "Another big flaw with the “Netflix for magazines” model is that it tends to see the magazine itself as the most important thing, despite the fact that in the current media environment — a world in which social sharing is rapidly becoming the most important tool for discovery — the article has arguably become the atomic unit of content. It’s as though iTunes or Spotify forced...

Morning Links: Amazon enters feature film business. Print subscription content doomed?
January 20, 2015 | 9:05 am

amazonSo Shall You Reap? Success and ‘Investment’ at #DBW15 (Writer Unboxed) What do we expect in return for heavy investment in our work? What do we expect a publisher to invest? *** Why Your Spotify or Netflix for Print Content is Probably Doomed (GigaOM) The latest comes from Magzter, a company that is offering an all-you-can-read subscription to a universe of 2,000 magazines for $9.99 a month. *** Amazon Enters the Feature Film Business (GoodeReader) Post-production takes a fraction of the time it used to. So what does all of this mean? Companies like Amazon have the opportunity and the option of producing their own feature films. *** The...