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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...

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....

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...

Morning Links: Making a ToC in Evernote. Manga 80% of books sales in Japan
January 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

productivityWhy Marketing Giant Seth Godin Went Indie (IndieReader) Godin’s latest book, The Icarus Deception, argues that we’ve been brainwashed by industrial propaganda, and pushes us to stand out, not to fit in. *** Manga Accounts for 80% of All Digital Book Sales in Japan (GoodeReader) In the last year, new research has reported that manga accounts for 80% of all digital book sales in Japan. *** Can Learning to Read Too Young Backfire? (GalleyCat) Many studies have pointed to the benefits of reading to children from birth, but can teaching kids to read too early backfire? *** Make a Table of Contents in Evernote for Easy Access to...

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited and Market Scrying. Payment hardware scrambling
January 18, 2015 | 12:12 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited, Market Scrying, and Sales Cycles (The Digital Reader) Over the past couple months many authors have pointed to Kindle Unlimited and complained that Amazon's 5 month old ebook subscription service is harming their sales, but there is growing evidence that this is not the case. *** The Best-Selling Books of All Time, According to Wikipedia (Book Riot) How many copies do you think the Harry Potter series has sold, total? How many copies of The DaVinci Code do you think have been sold? *** Digital Magazines Now Qualify for the Pulitzer Prize (GoodeReader) The Pulitzer Prize for journalism has now been extended to print...

Morning Links: Amazon discusses Kindle Unlimited. Social media is overrated?
January 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

social media is overrated?Amazon Discusses Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Select Participation: Digital Book World, Day 2 (Jane Friedman) If you’ve been watching publishing news over the last 24 hours, then you may have seen a flurry of articles summarizing the Digital Book World session featuring a conversation with Russ Grandinetti of Amazon. These were some of the most memorable takeaways for me. *** Social Media Is Overrated, Seth Godin Tells Publishers at Digital Book World (Digital Book World) Most publishers consider social media an essential part of their marketing toolkits, but author and squidoo.com founder Seth Godin joined Digital Book World 2015 in New York City this...

Morning Links: Best touchscreen gloves. Reading diversely
January 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

touchscreen glovesSix Best Touchscreen Gloves (Lifehacker) Here are the six pair of touchscreen gloves you swiped right the most on, and now it's time to find a winner. Hurry up, it's freezing. *** Overdrive: eBook Checkouts Up 33% (Library Journal) Public and school libraries that are part of OverDrive’s global network circulated 137 million ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other digital media in 2014—a 33 percent increase compared with 2013, according to statistics released by the company. *** New York City Backs Off School Cell Phone Bans... (Techdirt) Fast forward nearly a decade and Mayor de Blasio -- the first New York City Mayor in city history to have...

Morning Links: Awesome bundled productivity pack. Welcome to 2015
January 14, 2015 | 9:00 am

productivityKids Exercising More Autonomy in Digital Content (Digital Book World) In 2013, 89% of parents chose what digital content to buy for their kids, according to new research from PlayCollective and Digital Book World. But kids are now weighing in much more actively to determine what they read. Those purchasing decisions between kids and parents are now close to 50/50. *** Get Evernote, Pocket, LastPass and Wunderlist in One $60 Bundle (GigaOM) This is a good deal: Evernote, password manager LastPass, to-do-list app Wunderlist and read-it-later service Pocket have bundled premium subscriptions to all four services in a single “Productivity Pack” for $59.99 *** Welcome to...