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Parsing the Amazon Best-Seller Lists
May 22, 2015 | 10:25 am

amazon best seller listNow that my first book  is up at the Kindle store, I have been reading a ton about Amazon rankings, trying to tweak the category listing for my title to give it broader exposure. I knew the book was not going to be a best-seller. It is a niche category, and I knew that. But it was a book I wanted to read myself, so I figured it would be a good test project for me to learn the ins and outs of the Kindle process. The good news: I am beating out my chief competitor. Normally, I am...

Morning Links: Vook to relaunch as Pronoun. Change to MacBook Pro
May 20, 2015 | 8:26 am

pronounMy Personal List of What Should be Top-of-Mind for Publishers Around Digital Change Today (Mike Shatzkin) To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. *** Vook to Relaunch as Free Self-Publishing Platform Pronoun (Digital Book World) The strategy shift comes eight months after acquiring the short-form ebook publisher Byliner and more than a year after buying Booklr, a data and analytics start-up. *** Apple Gives New 15-Inch MacBook Pro a ‘Force Touch’ Trackpad (Plus Other Stuff) (Re/Code) Apple has updated its 15-inch, Retina-display MacBook Pro laptop...

Morning Links: Children in Mali reading eBooks. Digital making us dumber?
May 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

malebooks-250x80Is Digital Making Us Dumber? (GoodeReader) Since the most recent advent of digital reading and ebook proliferation, the techno format has been blamed for  a drop in reading comprehension scores among grade school students, developmental concerns over children’s screen time, and even the overturning of a time-honored pricing and value structure within the publishing industry. *** How This Tokyo Bookstore Made Me Fall Back In Love With Print (Medium) And why Tsutaya gives me second thoughts about the primacy of digital culture... *** Children in Mali Can Now Read PD eBooks, Wikipedia Thanks to MALebooks eReaders (Ink, Bits & Pixels) This project seeks to distribute ereaders packed...

Morning Links: Social media failing creative women. Literary pilgrimage
May 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

Social mediaOn the Literary Pilgrimage (Book Riot) If there were a passport for literary pilgrims, PEI’s stamp would still dominate mine. *** Compromise and Expectations — A Clash in the Making (An American Editor) I am finding that client demands are increasingly impossible. I try to be politic when responding to clients, but sometimes I just want to scream in frustration. *** How Social Media is Failing Creative Women (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instead of these companies thinking about what it means for them to offer a service to everyone when their model of the world is so deeply inaccurate, we keep hearing the equivalent of “It...

Morning Links: Copyediting or proofreading? FCC to start policing broadband caps
May 14, 2015 | 9:00 am

copy editing or proofreadingBusiness Musings: Burning Bridges (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) A freelance writer needs to be an artist and a businessperson. Sometimes those roles conflict. And sometimes we get put into truly uncomfortable situations. *** Walmart Challenges Amazon with $50 per Year Unlimited Shipping (Re/Code) Walmart is planning to test a new unlimited online shipping service this summer for $50 per year, a move to compete with Amazon’s annual $99 Prime shipping service. *** FCC Might Finally Start Policing Broadband Usage Caps, Unreliable Usage Meters (Techdirt) FCC insiders now say the agency might start policing caps if Comcast begins to expand its usage meter ambitions. *** Copy editing or Proofreading? Getting the...

On Reading a Book You Don’t Like
May 13, 2015 | 2:25 pm

readingToday's Morning Links had a post from Book Riot on the 'benefits' of reading a book you don't like. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it at first; I have written on this topic before, and the short version is that for me, life is too short to read bad books, so I don't. eBooks have made me profoundly less patient---there is plenty more where that came from, whatever the 'that' might be, and if a book is not working for me, I make no excuses about giving it the boot. But then I looked a little closer...

Morning Links: Myth of consumer tech globalization. Canadians selling ebooks direct
May 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThe Myth of Globalization in Consumer Tech (Re/Code) As he recounted this story, what stood out to him was not that these young Chinese tourists didn’t use Facebook or Instagram, but that they clearly had no idea what they were. *** Companies Join Forces to Provide Free eBooks in Airport (GoodeReader) Most travelers don’t count the airport as the best part of their trip, but thanks to a joint effort by BookShout, HarperCollins, and American Express Canada, the wait time might be a little more pleasant. *** Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling eBooks Direct (DBW) 66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according...

Morning Links: iBooks to receive new features. Losing control of ereading
May 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

ibooksLibrarians: Privacy's Champions (Boing Boing) Librarians like Alison Macrina (whose work I wrote about here are part of the vanguard of privacy activism in libraries, hosting cryptoparties and giving workshops to librarians and patrons on advanced information ninja-ry. *** Amazon's International Growth Challenge (Re/Code) When Amazon reported its financial results recently, foreign exchange fluctuations played a big role. *** iBooks Receives New Features on iOS 8.4 (GoodeReader) This summer a new version of iOS will be released and it will add a bunch of new content to iBooks. *** How I Lost Control of my eReading (Book Riot) Having all of that content so easily available has made me...

Morning Links: Keurig sort of apologizes for DRM. Scalzi: Hugos not destroyed
May 11, 2015 | 9:00 am

keurigWhere Authors Fit Into Multi-Channel Publishing (DBW) In many ways, some authors already excel at multi-channel content development. *** Appeals court kills flight attendants’ challenge to electronics on planes (Ars Technica) A Washington, DC appeals court ruled Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration did not overstep its authority when it allowed airline passengers to use electronic devices during takeoff and landing. *** Keurig CEO Sort Of (But Not Really) Apologizes For Company's Ridiculous Foray Into Obnoxious Coffee DRM (Techdirt) A little more than a year after the embarrassing saga began, Keurig appears to finally be beginning a not-entirely graceful about-face on the matter. *** The Hugos Not Actually...

Morning Links: Fresh look at wearable. No more “boys” or “girls” toys on Amazon
May 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

apple watcheBook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table (DBW) When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting? *** A Fresh Look at Wearables (Re/Code) Politics and religion are supposed to be two hot-button topics you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with friends, family and co-workers, but I think we can now add a third to that list: Wearables. *** Amazon Drops 'Boy' and 'Girl' Categories from Toy Listings (Boing Boing) Amazon's toys category is no longer sorted into "Boys" toys and "Girls" toys. *** 2015 Locus Award Finalists Revealed (GalleyCat) Locus Magazine has revealed the shortlist of nominees for...

Happy Day Against DRM!
May 6, 2015 | 10:25 am

drmAs numerous blogs are reporting, today is International Day Against DRM and many of our favourite DRM-free publishers are offering deals and specials. Here are two good ones: 1) O'Reilly Press This publisher of technical books is 50% off with with the coupon code 'DRM2015' and 60% off is you spend over $100. 2) No Starch Press My favourite Lego publisher is offering 50% off all eBooks with the coupon code 'RIGHT2READ.' Where else can you shop to celebrate the joy of DRM-free books? Smashwords is the DRM-free indie mecca, and Delphi Classics is a classics re-publisher with many good titles. Happy Day Against DRM!...

Morning Links: Changing tablet story. Kindle iOS draining batteries
May 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle iosThe Tablet Story Isn't Over---But It's Changing (Re/Code) It’s hard to argue with the narrative — larger phones are impacting tablet sales. This absolutely seems to be the case. *** Publishers Weekly Will Digitize Entire Archives (GalleyCat) Publishers Weekly, which reviews about 9,000 titles a year, is making its entire archive available to read digitally. *** Amazon Kindle for iOS is Draining Your Battery (GoodeReader) The Kindle app was updated April 15th 2015 with the quintessential “performance and stability improvements”. This last update was the culprit... *** On Taxing eBooks as Print Books: Why Are Books Taxed at a Lower Rate? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Several EU countries lowered the...

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