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Morning Roundup: iPad Mini refurbs available. Is Amazon KDP MFN legal?
April 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

iPad Mini refurbsiPad Mini Refurbs Now Available from Apple – Including Retina (The Digital Reader) Want to buy an iPad Mini but found them just too expensive? I have some good news for you. You can now pick up Apple’s iPad Mini Retina for about 16% off. That’s not a great discount, no, but it is about as good as you will get from Apple. *** Is the Kindle Direct Program MFN Legal? (Go To Hellman) If you sell an ebook through the Kindle Direct program, Amazon doesn't want you to offer it for less somewhere else. It's easy to understand why; if you're a consumer, you hate to pay...

Morning Roundup: Bloggers are media, Goodreads launches “Add Amazon Books” feature and more
April 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

bloggers are mediaNew Competition Highlights Indie Books (Indie Reader) The Pulitzer prize winning British newspaper, The Guardian, is co-sponsoring a new competition exclusively for indies. *** Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature (Digital Book World) You can now add books you’ve purchased on Amazon – both print and Kindle books – to your Goodreads shelves. This will be available in the next few weeks to members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. *** Court Declares That Yes, Bloggers Are Media (Techdirt) While it seems crazy that this kind of issue is still being debated in 2014, it's good to see a court make such a clear statement on the...

Morning Roundup: February bookstore sales dropped. Which metrics really matter? and more
April 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

bookstore sales droppedThe Chicago Sun-Times Shuts Down their Comment Section (The Digital Reader) It’s widely accepted that the anonymity of the internet can turn almost anyone into a troll, and nowhere is this more true than in the comment section. *** February Bookstore Sales Dropped 6.8% (Publishers Weekly) Hampered no doubt by bad winter weather, bookstore sales fell 6.8% in February, to $791 million, compared to February 2013, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. *** We are Drowning in Data About Readers and Attention, But Which Metrics Really Matter? (GigaOM) Thanks to the web and real-time measurement tools, the media industry has gone from having...

Morning Roundup: Mobile first isn’t enough. Enhanced eBooks don’t enhance education and more
April 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

mobile firstKindle Direct Publishing Now Offers Up to Date Sales Data (GoodeReader) Self-published authors can celebrate as Amazon introduced a brand new Sales Dashboard on the KDP Reports page to give you up-to-date reporting of paid, borrowed and free orders as they are placed in Kindle stores worldwide. *** Stand Down, Amazon Warriors: Comic Book Guys Already Killed the Comic Book Store (Book Riot) My relationship with brick-and-mortar comic shops ended pretty much the second comiXology entered the market place. For me, it isn’t Amazon that will kill the independent comic shop: it’s the Comic Book Guy. *** Publishers: Mobile First Isn't Enough (The Digital Shift) While mobile...

Morning Roundup: National Trust, could be improved, Books for Passover and more
April 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

national trustPublic Access to Public Books: The Case of the National Trust (The Scholarly Kitchen) But Newitt then points out that while the National Trust’s work in this regard has been invaluable and in many ways exemplary, it has left one important component of many of these properties far short of “open… to everyone”: the books that are housed in their libraries. *** Digital Library Lending Has a Long Way to Go (GoodeReader) It feels like every new step in the right direction also leads to a host of new problems and closures for public libraries where digital lending is concerned. *** Books to Get You in...

Weekend Roundup: Using ePub Split on Boxed sets. Amazon to launch smartphone in June? and more
April 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

epub splitUsing ePub Split to Create Individual Books From Your Collection from Box Sets (Dear Author) The 99c price tag for these epic box sets of 8, 10, and 14 sets of novels is awesome. However, reading them on a digital device is suboptimal. You don’t get a very good idea of where you are in the novel based on page count or percentage or locations. Further, it’s hard to catalog these books since there are multiple authors for the box set. *** Why Features, Not Speed, Determine How People Select iOS Browsers (GigaOM) Apple may think they hold all the cards when it comes...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Publishing: authors are customers. How I became a booktuber and more
April 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazon publishingRIP, Sue Townsend (Boing Boing) She was one of the great comic writers, with all that implies: wisdom, wit, compassion and ruthless honesty. She was 68. *** Amazon Publishing: Authors are Customers (Digital Book World) “Our authors are our customers,” Sarah Jane Gunter, director of international publishing for the company, told me at the London Book Fair this week. “Amazon Publishing is going to become a house that is focused on authors. Our focus is service.” *** The Bullies Win: Authors Abandoning Publishing Over Online Behaviors (GoodeReader) News has come out this week of at least two authors who have declared that they will no longer write...

Morning Roundup: Distee, new ebook distributor. Why publishers should care about wearables and more
April 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

disteeThe Ten Worst Things You Can Say to a Writer During a Book Launch (Huffington Post) For anyone who knows a writer launching a book, therefore, I have compiled a list of things not to say if you want to avoid provoking a tearful outburst: *** New eBook Dstributor Distee Launches Flat-fee Model (The Digital Reader) Distee, a new distributor which launching this week, takes a different approach. This firm is offering to distribute an author’s ebooks to major ebookstores in exchange for a flat monthly fee. *** Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week (GalleyCat) Oxford University Press is making its...

Morning Roundup: Rise of mobile apps. Kobo for iOS updated and more
April 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

Income vs. Expenses: How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living (The Billfold) Remember that this is pre-tax income. It’s also before Paypal takes out its fees, which add up. I wish Paypal were not the ubiquitous method of paying freelancers, but I did not create the system. *** The Rise of Mobile Apps and the Decline of the Open Web (GigaOM) Venture investor Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz and others say they are concerned that the increasing use of mobile apps means less investment in the open web, and that this could have a negative effect on innovation. But is that true? *** Kobo for iOS...

Morning Roundup: Feeling dumb while reading? Why publishers want to sell direct and more
April 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

On the Perils of Feeling Dumb While Reading (Book Riot) Or maybe you don’t hate it, but you certainly don’t love it like everyone else seems to. And you can’t help but ask yourself, “Is it me? Am I just not smart enough for this book?” *** Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct? (The Scholarly Kitchen) During my conversations with press staff, I was able to put together a list of motivations for why a press would want to sell direct. After all, this is not a self-evident proposition. *** Scholastic Launches Summer Book Reading Challenge (GalleyCat) Scholastic has opened the pre-registration for the 2014...

Morning Roundup: Fight for libraries, Amazon book categories and more
April 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesHow Thin, Flexible Electronics will Revolutionize Everything from User Interfaces to Packaging (GigaOM) Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. *** Getting Inside Amazon’s “Head” with Your eBook Category (Author U) Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. *** Fight for Libraries, Prevent Book Deserts...

Weekend Roundup: Readmill shutting down. Moving from iPhone to Android and more
April 6, 2014 | 12:21 pm

Samsung-Galaxy-Note-IIIjpg Nook Android Update Lets Everyone Sample (GoodeReader) According to the Google Play store, Nook has been updated to fix bugs, allow users to browse and sample books without an account and to get deal and book notifications. *** How I Made the Move from iPhone to Android with Few Regrets (Dear Author) I began to spend time with people who had these larger Android devices. In January I finally broke down and bought one of my own. It’s been three months now and I’m not sorry that I’ve switched. *** Readmill...