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Will the acquisition of BookLamp make Apple a credible Amazon competitor?
August 6, 2014 | 12:20 pm

booklampChris covered BookLamp last year, and he wasn't impressed. Last month, the news broke that Apple had bought BookLamp in April. Honestly, I didn't pay much attention to the story because, although my books are available there, I don't really think of Apple as having a credible ebook store. Although, right now, it's probably more credible than B&N. Then I read this article by author William Richards, and it made me think differently about the BookLamp purchase. Here was Richards' view: BookLamp figured out a way to model a book in order to quantify how the book reads. They look at keywords used, genre,...

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books
September 12, 2013 | 1:30 pm

I am a daily commuter, and as such I always my e-reader with me so that I have something to read on my daily train rides. However, the train is far from a quiet library, and as a result I have gotten in the habit of listening to music while simultaneously reading. However, it's no easy task finding the right music to complement your book let alone amplify it. That's where Booktrack comes in. In short, Booktrack is a digital publishing tool that enables bloggers, artists and writers to self-publish their work with corresponding soundtracks. Writers can choose from a catalogue...

No Names, No Jackets: E-Book Discovery Site I Really Like
June 26, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Books on Board Now this is a good idea! No Names, No Jackets is a news(ish) e-book discovery site I saw referenced in several places today (including in a comment to my post from yesterday). I had to check it out, and I like it. The idea is simple. The site is a list of sample chapters. No author names, no titles, no book jackets, no marketing blurbs or anything else. Just pure text. Because it's a WordPress site, it displays perfectly on my tablet. (I know what I'll be doing most evenings now.) You can specify genre or just browse through the archive. You...

Are e-book discovery studies missing important avenues?
June 24, 2013 | 7:30 pm

Morning Links I was drafting an article in response to one of our Morning Roundup articles (the one on the exaggerated death of the paperback), and I was looking for studies on e-book discovery to disprove one of the points in the article (that e-books aren't discovered online). Unfortunately, every study I found proved the point in the article. One study, by paidContent, was particularly damning. It showed that while book readers were active on the Internet, visiting sites like Pinterest and Goodreads regularly, those visits didn't drive e-book purchases. Drat! So much for that article idea. There's a chart in the article, which isn't approved...

Luzme: Another Way to Track E-Book Prices
May 7, 2013 | 10:56 am

LuzmeA couple of weeks ago, I reviewed eReaderIQ as a way to track Kindle e-book prices. Several readers encouraged me to try Luzme, and so I gave them a look today. Their big advantage over eReaderIQ is that Luzme allows you to track prices from multiple stores, in five countries (U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and India). They say they have more stores and countries coming soon. Obviously, this is nice if you like to price compare over multiple stores. Signing up and creating an account is easy. If you just want to check the price on an individual book, you don't need...

Bookish Impressions
February 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

Bookish has launched with much fanfare. Some good. Some bad. Nate over at The Digital Reader had an amusing look at their terms of service. DBW has three reasons they will succeed and three reasons they will fail. Hedging their bets much? So I decided to try using the site and assess it from a usability perspective. The first thing I tried didn't work out so well. There's a big box in the middle of the page that says "Enter a Book." I assumed I would enter a book title and get some recommendations based on that title. Failing that, I thought at...

A conversation with Amanda Close about BookScout, Random House’s new discoverability app
February 1, 2013 | 1:00 pm

  By Brian Howard Last week, following a soft-launch the week prior, Random House marched out BookScout, a Facebook app designed to link readers with books they'll like but might not have discovered on their own. The recommendation engine draws on a user's "likes"—both on one's Facebook timeline and then directly through the app. Intriguingly, BookScout is not purely a Random House recommendation engine—it'll tip readers to any book in print, regardless of whether it was published by its own imprint Knopf, Big Six rival HarperCollins, indie McSweeney's or even Amazon Publishing. Though the app's early reviews have been mixed (I've found its recommendations to...

Ownshelf Helps Readers Share Their Digital Libraries With Friends
December 12, 2012 | 11:45 pm

  Rick Marazzani believes readers should be able to share and discover e-books through their friends' personal libraries just like they do with print books. That's why he built Ownshelf. Ownshelf, a free web service that launched in beta Friday, provides readers with a cloud storage platform to share e-books with friends and family. Think of it as a simpler Dropbox intended specifically for e-books, but with a social element built in to foster discovery ...   Read Full Article Source: Mashable * * *  ...

SmallDemons Releases “Collections” Feature for Storyverse
November 19, 2012 | 3:27 pm

smalldemons collections, collections featureBy Colleen T. Reese Today, SmallDemons, a book discovery and literary culture app, quietly released what can ultimately only be described as the Pinterest for books. We’ve written about SmallDemons before, but for those of you unfamiliar with the application, SmallDemons aggregates cultural references made in books and uses them to aid in book discovery. Users contribute references, passages and images, as well as rank and create topics in a user-generated, user-controlled, wiki-format. These references make up what is called the "Storyverse," or the universe of books, so to speak. The Storyverse is categorized by Books, People, Places, and Things. So instead of a behaviorist...

Barnes & Noble’s two new tablets want to help you find your next book
September 26, 2012 | 11:27 pm

Barnes & Noble Nook HD Plus tabletBarnes & Noble’s new Nook HD tablets, priced starting at $199, aim to stand out from the pack with reader-centric features and enhanced reading experiences for magazines and catalogs. The company’s goal is to drive book discovery and purchasing through the tablets in new ways. Barrnes & Noble’s two new Android Wi-Fi tablets, the 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+, aim to compete with other moderately priced tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7. But the new Nook tablets, starting at $199 and available in October, differentiate themselves most from competitors when it comes to some new...

Are you drowning in e-books? Here’s a solution.
September 26, 2012 | 5:04 pm

book carousel widgetThose of you who work professionally in the publishing biz have probably been reading, hearing and talking about the art and science of 'e-book discovery' for years now; it's been a slowing growing industry trend for as long as I can remember. But unless I've suddenly been stricken with a nasty case of Baader-Meinhof Syndrome, the so-called 'discovery' concept has absolutely exploded lately: Everyone in the book world, it seems, is talking about it. Why is that? The best explanation, as far as I can tell, is that book publishing itself has exploded—e-book publishing especially—now that we all live in the Age of...

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