Follow us on
Connect
More on TechnologyTell: Gadget News | Apple News

Morning Roundup

Morning Links: Netflix closes call center. Self-publishing the YouTube of literature?
October 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

netflixResponding to DVD Subscription Decline, Netflix Closes Call Centre (GigaOM) Remember those red envelopes? Fewer and fewer people use Netflix to get DVDs, which is why the company is now closing a call center in Oregon. *** Kobo Releases Massive Update to Current Generation of eReaders (GoodeReader) It includes a bevy of enhancements, such as the ability to turn off the X-Ray inspired Beyond the Book. *** More Advice to Authors United (JA Konrath) I know it has only been three days, but why hasn't Authors United announced its next move? I'm just one man, and I can compose and post a blog response within a few...

Morning Links: Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author removed to Federal Court. Kindle vs. Kindle
October 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindleEllora's Cave vs Dear Author Suit Removed to Federal Court (The Passive Voice) Dear Author has just removed the case from the Ohio state court where it was originally filed to the relevant U.S. District Court in Ohio claiming diversity jurisdiction is present in the case. *** How Piracy Benefits Companies, Even if They Don't Admit it (Lifehacker) We've talked a lot about the legality of piracy a lot here at Lifehacker, but really, you're probably breaking the law everyday anyway. However, piracy can sometimes have its benefits. Even to the companies who own the copyrights. *** Ten Things I've Learned About Life from Blogging (Design...

Morning Links: What’s next for Authors United? Easier switch from iOS to Android
October 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

authors unitedWhat's Next for Authors United? (David Gaughran) Perhaps it’s time for Douglas Preston to widen the aims of the group and start campaigning on issues which actually matter. *** Make the Switch from iOS to Android with Google's New Guide (Lifehacker) If you're not excited about the new features in iOS 8, you might consider switching to Android. Thankfully, Google just released a guide to help make the switch easier. *** How Soon Will the Majority of Books be Self-Published? (Publishing Perspectives) Literary agent Andrew Lownie believes that in 5-10 years, 75% of books will be self-published, 20% assisted by agents, and only 5% traditionally published. *** Margaret Atwood...

Morning Links: Roundup of Kindle Voyage reviews. Amazon will slash royalties! Really?
October 21, 2014 | 9:04 am

kindle voyageRoundup: Kindle Voyage Reviews (The Digital Reader) Amazon’s latest and greatest ereader officially broke embargo today, a day ahead of the official shipdate, and the early reviews have already been posted. *** Simon & Schuster Strikes Amazon Deal Reviving Agency Ebook Pricing (Digital Book World) Simon & Schuster has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Amazon, according to reports today by the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. *** Journalism May be Common Core's New English (Mediashift) On one hand, those CCSS English Language Arts college- and career-readiness standards sounded a lot like what they were doing already. *** Amazon Will Slash Your Royalties! (Joe Konrath) But then isn’t this...

Morning Links: Why TV networks are ready to unbundle. Polish eBooks on the rise
October 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

tv networksLove it or Hate it, Common Core Should Include Journalism Education (Media Shift) Launched in 2009, Common Core is a set of national standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy intended to enhance college and career preparedness as well as bring all states in line with international benchmarks. *** Never Say Never: Why TV Networks Are Suddenly Ready to Unbundle (GigaOM) Not so long ago, people argued that HBO wasn’t going to unbundle anytime soon, or ever. So what changed? *** The Polish eBook Industry is on the Rise (GoodeReader) The Polish eBook industry is starting to see some significant gains and rose 23% in 2013....

Weekend Links: iBooks Author updated. Importance of Pseudonymous activity
October 19, 2014 | 11:39 am

iBooks AuthorOn the Importance of Pseudonymous Activity (Dear Author) On Saturday, author Kathleen Hale was given a platform on the Guardian, one of the most venerable book outlets in the English speaking world. Using that platform, she chronicles a months long stalking campaign to a Goodreads reviewer who Hale charactered as her number one critic. *** Kobo President Lambastes Amazon (GoodeReader) Newly appointed Kobo President and Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn took to Twitter today to post a rambling diatribe on why Amazon might not be the best call for indie authors to self-publish with. *** Amazon's Elite Reviewing Club Sabotaged my Book (The Passive Voice) PG...

Morning Links: Apple introduces new iPads. Are publisher advances critical?
October 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

ipad mini vs ipad airApple Introduces New iPads, Macs (USA Today) Apple offered few surprises but plenty of new hardware and software on Thursday. *** iOS or OS X? It Doesn't Matter... (GigaOM) Apple signaled this change a few years ago and now you can see the fruits of its labor: It matters less if you use a low-cost phone, mid-priced tablet or expensive computer to get things done thanks to hardware, software and the cloud. *** Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical? (The Digital Reader) The argument against Amazon seems to rest on the proposition that if trad-pubs aren’t awarded excess returns, over and above the actual free-market value of their...

Morning Links: Nobel Prize a disservice to readers? Judges want to make it harder on patent trolls
October 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

patent trollsDoes the Nobel Prize do a Disservice to Readers? (Book Riot) To sum up so far, the Nobel potentially divides readers along the lines of literary merit and general worldliness. *** Judges Want To Make Life Harder On Patent Trolls: Want Them To Actually Have To Explain What Infringement Happened (Techdirt) A key part of the patent reform proposal that everyone thought was going to happen earlier this year was to change those rules to require the patent holder to have to actually explain where the infringement occurred. *** Amazon's Might Divides Opinion at World's Biggest Book Fair (The Economic Times) "We fear unfair competition on prices...

Morning Links: Kindle Scout launches. Apple’s “Complete my Bundle”
October 15, 2014 | 8:53 am

kindle scoutKindle Scout, Amazon’s “Reader-Powered” Publishing Program, Launches (Digital Book World) In a letter today to authors, Amazon named and officially rolled out “Kindle Scout,” the “reader-powered” publishing program that was rumored in the past few weeks to be in the works. *** How Apple's 'Complete my Bundle' Works (Lifehacker) Apple recently introduced App Bundles that allow you to snag a group of apps at a discounted price. That makes perfect sense, but they also have a "Complete My Bundle" option that's a bit confusing at a glance. *** BuzzFeed’s Choice of Publisher says a Lot About How the Site Looks at Media (GigaOM) BuzzFeed’s new publisher...

Morning Links: Flight attendants and electronic devices. Why privacy is important.
October 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

can you use electronic devices on airplanesThe Flight Attendants Union Wants You to Put Away Your eReader on Takeoff (The Digital Reader) The WSJ reported on Friday that the AFA-CWA thinks you’re not paying enough attention during the safety briefings. *** Why Your Privacy Matters, Even If You're Not "Doing Anything Wrong" (Lifehacker) Glenn Greenwald—one of the first reporters to write about Edward Snowden's release of classified files—explains in this TED Talk why privacy is important, regardless of whether you do anything wrong or not. *** Canadian Authors Hit by Hachette-Amazon War (PW) Canadian authors are among the many affected by the protracted fight between Amazon and Hachette, but north of the border...

Morning Links: Review of new $79 Kindle. S&S to dip toe into DRM-free waters
October 13, 2014 | 8:55 am

kindleReview: $79 Kindle (2014) (The Digital Reader) The Kindle (2014) features a somewhat faster processor, touchscreen, and additional storage, but no frontlight or high resolution screen. It’s running basically the same software as the Kindle Paperwhite was running last month, which means that the new Kindle is still lacking the many new features which Amazon promised to add in a firmware update this fall. *** Adobe’s Latest E-Book Misstep: This Time, It’s Not the DRM (Copyright and Technology) More actual facts about this sorry case will emerge in the coming days, no doubt, leading to a fully clear picture of what Adobe is doing...

Morning Roundup: Kobo to focus on eReaders and apps. Librarians respond to Adobe issue
October 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboKobo to Focus Exclusively on eReaders and Apps (GoodeReader) The brand new Kobo H2O waterproof e-reader started shipping last week and CEO Michael Tamblyn said had achieved the highest rate of pre-orders of any other Kobo device. However, he also revealed tablet devices were no longer a focus area for the company. Instead, it will concentrate on three main e-reader models, the Kobo Touch, Kobo Aura and the new H2O. *** Librarians, IT Experts Respond to Adobe Spying Accusations (The Digital Shift) OverDrive, Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform, and the 3M Cloud Library all use Adobe Digital Editions and Adobe digital rights management...