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Black Friday Links: All shopping edition
November 28, 2014 | 7:57 am

black fridayWhat’s not to like about Black Friday shopping online? No crowding and no hunting for a parking place. Happy deal hunting! Amazon.com Black Friday Deal: Use code Holiday30 for 30% off any print book *** Barnes & Noble: 50% Off Selected Titles, Nook Deals *** Kobo: Save $40 on Kobo Aura *** Apple: Get a Gift Card with Selected Products *** Kindle Daily Deal: Must-Read Fiction and Non-Fiction _______ Anything strike your fancy?...

Thanksgiving Links: Amazon & B&N reveal Black Friday deals. In defense of copyright
November 27, 2014 | 10:38 am

thanksgiving.jpgAmazon and Barnes & Noble Reveal Black Friday Deals (GoodeReader) Amazon and Barnes and Noble are gearing up for one of the biggest shopping days in the US with some mighty deals. *** Global Net Neutrality Coalition (Boing Boing) The Electronic Frontier Foundation has teamed up with organizations around the world to fight for net neutrality everywhere, because this isn't an issue that just affects Americans. You can help by finding a group in your country and joining in. *** The 12-Book Program: A Holiday Survival Guide (Book Riot) Lucky for us, there are books to advise us, guide us, and help us get away. (Nothing says...

Morning Links: Amazon bundling KU with Kindles. Global tablet market slowing
November 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

global tablet marketAmazon Now Bundling Kindle Unlimited with New Kindles, Fire Tablets (The Digital Reader) If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kindle on Black Friday then I have some good news for you: a better deal has come along. *** The Global Tablet Market is Slowing Down, Says IDC (GigaOM) It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates. *** Dear Library Forgive Me (Book Riot) This is not a love letter. This is an apology. Remember when we used to see...

Morning Links: Readers who borrow don’t buy? HarperCollins partners with JetBlue
November 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinseBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print in 2018 (TechCrunch) PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. *** Readers Who Borrow eBooks From the Library Don't Buy More Books (GoodeReader) The essence of the pilot is to carry out real-time, real-world research into the impact of eBook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service so that a suitable and sustainable model can be found. *** One Reason Apple's Cloud Stinks: It's an Organizational Orphan (GigaOM) It is striking that Apple, for all the rave reviews it gets for its devices and OS...

Morning Links: Don’t pay to self-publish. Shutting down comments is a bad idea
November 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

cash for reviewsDon't Pay to Self-Publish (Joe Konrath) This post for all newbie writers considering self-publishing. While it would be extremely helpful to you to take a week and read my entire blog to get a full understanding of how the publishing industry works, here's the most important thing you need to know. *** UK Government Wants to Accurately Identify Law-Breaking Web Users (GigaOM) The U.K. government is set to announce measures to force internet service providers to maintain records of which customers use which IP addresses, so as to make online anonymity more difficult. *** Shutting Down a Comment Section is a Bad Idea (The Digital Reader) Over...

Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns
November 23, 2014 | 11:04 am

kickstarterNew Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating book piracy in schools and on the consumer level. They are doing this to attract major publishers from Europe and the United States. *** The Four Fatal Flaws of Failed Kickstarter Campaigns (GigaOM) But launching a crowdfunding campaign is no guarantee of success. I want to focus on the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, examine why promising startups...

Morning Links: iOS 8.1.1 on older devices. Apple ends patent war on Android?
November 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8.1.1How iOS 8.1.1 Affects Performance on Older Devices (Lifehacker) Which is to say, if you're still rocking iOS 7 on an older device, it's probably best to stay there. *** Apple Ends Patent War on Android, Deal Suggests (GigaOM) Apple has decided to end a bitter legal war against Google and Android phone makers, and to turn away from patent tactics that have cost the smartphone industry billions of dollars, according to reports and new court filings. *** Kobo Now Lists File Type and if it Has Adobe DRM (GoodeReader) When you are browsing the online Kobo catalog their is a new section at the bottom...

Morning Links: 3 Questions about Goodreads gender study. Novels that started in NaNoWriMo
November 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoAre Parents Under-Reporting the eBooks They Buy for their Kids? (The Digital Reader) One common concern with consumer surveys is that the respondents might not answer truthfully. Whether through unconscious bias or simple oversight, there’s always a chance that data from a survey might not be as reliable as it would appear. *** 3 Questions About the Goodreads Gender Study (Book Riot) In case you missed it, Goodreads did a study on 40,000 users of their site (20,000 women and 20,000 men). Then they took those users’ stats and came up with some interesting information. *** 5 Indie Novels That Got Their Start in NaNoWriMo (IndieReader) We’re...

Morning Links: Five small presses killing it. Pelican relaunched with few links to the past
November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

pelican books logoIn Relaunching Pelican Books, Penguin Breaks With the Past in Pursuit of a Digital Future (The Digital Reader) But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one small modernization the new Pelican Books bears little resemblance to the old. *** Five Small Presses That Are Absolutely Killing It (Book Riot) Because the scale of production precludes scoring huge names to add to their catalogs, small presses often have the advantage of finding really interesting books by fresh voices that may have gone unnoticed...

Morning Links: NYC to offer free public WiFi by 2015. Taking notes on the iPad
November 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

public wifiIf Publishers Are Going to Harness Data, We Need One Language (Media Shift) Publishers now have the ability to capitalize on audience interests and behaviors (i.e., types of content preferred, which links are clicked or shared, etc.) with various types of analytic tools. *** Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Review (GoodeReader) Amazon has put together their first true true tablet aimed at children with the Fire HD Kids Edition. *** NYC To Offer Free Public Wifi by 2015 (The Digital Reader) NYC unveiled a new plan today to adapt some 10,000 pay phone locations to fill  a new need as public Wifi hotspots. *** How to...

Morning Links: Afternoon at Harlequin. Book publishers and Black Friday
November 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

harlequinAn Afternoon at Harlequin (Dear Author) I had been warned by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches–who had visited the Harlequin headquarters before–that the offices where Harlequin is housed is a rather ordinary building featuring a plain exterior. Inside is where the magic takes place. *** A Kindle Software Update Lets You Share eBooks with Your Family (GigaOM) Amazon started pushing an over-the-air update to certain Kindle e-readers on Friday, which means that the new e-reading features Amazon touted when launching its Kindle Voyage will soon be available for older Kindles as well, as promised. *** Five Trends to Watch (PW) But six months later, Amazon’s purchase of...

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited numbers. Should libraries make their own eReader apps?
November 16, 2014 | 10:26 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited and the Only Amazon Numbers We Know for Sure (Dear Author) But since the announcement of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon has shared (albeit reluctantly as you will see) actual numbers which show the performance of one of its most recent consumer launches. *** Jane Austen's Fashion history: 200 Years of Cover Designs – in Pictures (The Guardian) It’s more than two centuries since Sense and Sensibility was first published, in three austere volumes. Things have grown rather more colourful since, with heaving bosoms, gilt-embossed curlicues appealing to different decades and demographics. Here are some of Jane’s many faces. *** The Author's Guild: Do More Than...