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Morning Links: B&N to split off college bookstores. Konrath joins Kindle Worlds
February 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

Kindle WorldsBarnes & Noble Spins College Bookstores Into Separate Company (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble has announced their intention of spinning off their college bookstore division into its own autonomous unit called Barnes and Noble for Education. *** Assessing the Health of Independent Bookstores (NYT) In a 1936 essay, George Orwell recognized one of the main difficulties of owning an independent bookshop: turning a profit. *** JA Konrath Joins Kindle Worlds, Lets Contributors Keep More Control (Ink, Bits & Pixels) And best of all, the contributing authors get to keep the rights to the characters they create. *** Should We Care About Douglas Coupland? (Torontoist) The Canadian artist-novelist came up with...

Morning Links: Handling the Pinterest problem. Holes in security on cheap kid’s tablets
February 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

PinterestHere's How One Marketing Firm is Handling the Pinterest Problem (GigaOM) Making the most of the site’s reach takes more than just a promoted pin — brands need a marketing strategy that taps into all of Pinterest’s qualities. *** The Security on Cheap Kid's Tablets Has More Holes Than Swiss Cheese (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Bluebox shocked no one last November when they revealed that cheap Android tablets came with bonus security problems, and this security firm is back again this week with a report which shows that cheap kid's tablets are just as ridden with security issues. *** Reading Authors Not Like Me (John Scalzi) I’ve...

Morning Links: Apple must pay troll $532M. Amazon to publish Kindle Scout books
February 25, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle scoutAccounting for Authors, Publishing’s Forgotten Customers (Digital Book World) One issue I hear talked about a lot lately among publishers is the need to figure out who their customers are. *** Apple Must Pay Patent Troll $532M, Texas Jury Rules (GigaOM) Apple must pay a shell company $532.9 million because iTunes infringes upon three patents related to online patents, a jury in East Texas ruled on Tuesday. *** 7 TV Series That Take Place in Bookstores (Book Riot) Now it’s time for 7 TV series that take place in bookstores. *** Amazon to Publish eBooks Chosen by Kindle Scout, its Reader-Powered Publishing Platform (Ink, Bits & Pixels) It's been...

Morning Links: Libraries concerned about lack of Kindle format. Protecting an open Internet
February 24, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle formatLibraries Are Concerned About the Lack of New e-books in the Kindle Format (GoodeReader) Libraries all over the US have expressed concern to Good e-Reader that the vast majority of new e-book titles from Overdrive are not available in the Kindle format. *** Trade Agreements Should Protect an Open Internet, Not Kill It (Techdirt) For a few years now, we've been writing about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and how we're quite concerned by many aspects of it. *** In the Age of Niche Media, Everyone Still Really Wants to be Mass (GigaOM) In a nutshell, De Boer said that his problem with many of...

Morning Links: Free things for writers. Whose digital content is it anyway?
February 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

digital contentBrooklyn Bookstore Launches Kickstarter to Save Vintage Sci-Fi (Apartment Therapy) Brooklyn bookstore and publisher Singularity & Co. has launched a Kickstarter to save sci-fi. *** 8 Free Things for Writers (Media Shift) Everyone loves free stuff. Food samples, household products through the post –- even winning the odd competition –- things taste better when they are free. *** Questions to Ask for the Ideal Client-Freelancer 'Marriage' (An American Editor) The right questions asked at the right time can make the difference in a smooth, rewarding experience for both client and freelancer, whether the project is a writing, editing, proofreading, graphics, desktop publishing, or other assignment of some...

Weekend Links: Konrath on the Amazon debate. What do we want in a smartwatch?
February 22, 2015 | 10:40 am

smartwatchAcademy Awards 2015: Top 10 Works in WorldCat By Oscar Nominees in Five Categories (InfoDocket) More interesting (and fun) “WorldCat Mining” from the team at OCLC Research in a new “What in the WorldCat” post. *** Have We Figured Out What We Want in a Smartwatch Yet? (GigaOM) Next month will be the one-year anniversary of Google’s smartwatch platform introduction. And the month after that will see the Apple Watch ship to its first buyers. *** My Thoughts on Amazon Debate (Joe Konrath) According to those voting in the audience, my side (Amazon is for readers) lost 43% to 50%. According to the online poll, we...

Morning Links: Kindle Unlimited illegal in France. Tablets aren’t rotting kid’s brains
February 20, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited Ruled Illegal in France (Ink, Bits & Pixels) In a move that surprises no one, the government of France announced today that subscription ebook services, including Kindle Unlimited, violated France's fixed price book laws. *** No, Tablets Aren't Necessarily Rotting Kid's Brains (Lifehacker) There's a lot of research out there about kids and screen time, and I also turned to Clare Smith, an early language development researcher who is also a speech and language therapist, to get to the bottom of things. Here's what you need to know. *** Kobo Unveils Digital Writing Contest (GoodeReader) Kobo has just unveiled a new literary prize to celebrate...

Morning Links: New Dr. Seuss books coming. Kindlebox links Dropbox and Kindle
February 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindleboxKindlebox Automatically Sends Books from Your Dropbox to Your Kindle (Lifehacker) It's pretty easy to send just about anything to your Kindle, but if you're looking for an even more automated solution, Kindlebox does the job by linking a Dropbox folder to your Kindle and sending anything over automatically. *** New Dr. Seuss Books Coming in July (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Penguin Random House is going to publish a recently rediscovered Dr Seuss book later this year. *** Business Musings: A Year of Experiments (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) So much experimenting, so many different projects, that I walk into my office and find my head spinning. Thanks...

Morning Links: SEO for book publishers. Top 100 biographies to read in a lifetime
February 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

seo for book publishersThe Two Sides of SEO for Book Publishers (Digital Book World) Here’s a scenario: A reader hears about a book you publish from someone they trust. They decide they want to buy it and read it. So how do they find it? *** Toy Fair 2015: Toy Stores Add More Books to the Mix (PW) Publishers represent a small slice of the landscape at the New York International Toy Fair, accounting for less than 30 out of the 1,000-plus exhibitors in the 2015 edition. *** How to Compete with Cheap Freelancing Sites When You're a Professional (Lifehacker) Thanks to online talent platforms like Fiverr, it's...

Morning Links: 9 frustrations to fix in iOS 9. Digital newspaper bundling
February 17, 2015 | 9:00 am

ios9Princeton Inherits $300M Worth of Rare Books (GalleyCat) William H. Scheide, a graduate of Princeton University, passed away last year and left a very valuable rare book collection to his alma mater. *** Digital Newspaper Bundling for Added Value (GoodeReader) This type of value-added offer for digital readers is becoming an increasingly common step for any industry that looks to entice consumers and retain a loyal following. *** 9 Frustrations I'd Like to See Apple Fix in iOS9 (GigaOM) I’ve become very frustrated with that the pace Apple has been introducing new features has come at a stability cost. *** Rakuten Reports Revenues Up 15%, eBook Losses Narrowing...

Morning Links: Novels must be a particular length? Reading with depression
February 16, 2015 | 9:04 am

novelsKilling Even More Sacred Cows of Publishing: #1… Novels Must Be A Certain Length (Dean Wesley Smith) You hear this myth spouted from almost every blog or young author or young editor at one point or another. The writers spouting this myth all go on about how a novel doesn’t have value, readers won’t like it, the author won’t feel complete unless the novel they write is at least 80,000 words long or longer. *** Reading, Depression, and Me (BookRiot) For long periods of my life, hitting low points meant turning to books, rather than turning away from them. I could sit down on...

Weekend Links: Snow day reading. A day in the life of a devoted Apple user
February 15, 2015 | 10:43 am

snow day reading10 Strategies for Snow Day Reading (Book Riot) A snow day may mean working from home, wrangling restless kids, or a long binge-watching session on Netflix. But if you decide to go the reading route for your snow day, here are 10 ways to make it work and keep cabin fever at bay. *** Digital Publishers Turning Away from Replica Magazines (GoodeReader) Digital magazines and newspapers have long fallen victim to the replica syndrome that once plagued ebooks. As mere digital copies of the print original, these versions simply weren’t taking advantage of all that the technology had to offer. *** Librivox Wants You to...