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Morning Links: Comixology Subscription Plan? New Movie Anti-Piracy Ads Aimed at Moviegoers
June 30, 2015 | 8:00 am

comiXologyComixology to Launch “All You Can Read” Subscription Plan? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) There's an unsubstantiated, unverified, and unsupported (but almost certainly true) rumor going around today that Comixology is about to offer a Kindle Unlimited type of subscription service for digital comics. TeleRead Take: Considering I am quite interested in reading the Civil War comics before next year's movie, I'd be all over this. *** MPAA Targets New Anti-Piracy Ads... At People Who Already Paid To Go See Movies (Techdirt) Here, for example, is the MPAA, the guardian of Hollywood's old way of doing business, launching a big new "anti-piracy ad campaign" by......

Morning Links: B&N Revenues Down. Hoopla Adds Digital Comics
June 26, 2015 | 7:23 am

B&NB&N Reports Revenues Down Across the Board (Ink, Bits & Pixels) According to the press release (which was also filed with the SEC as the 10-K report), the company saw a net loss was $19.4 million in the 4th quarter, compared to $36.7 million in the same period last year. For FY2015 B&N reported net earnings of $36.6 million, down from $47.3 million in the prior fiscal year. TeleRead Take: Not a big surprise. I didn't think the hardware deal with Samsung was the right way to go. Plus awesome innovations like preventing downloading of books file to computers. Going the way...

Morning Links: No Curfew For Adult eBooks. Cord Cutting On the Rise
June 25, 2015 | 7:56 am

cord cuttingeBooks Won’t Actually Be Getting a Curfew in Germany (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Yes, that is as crazy as it sounds, but now it appears that German regulators recognize that fact as well. A new story crossed my desk this morning which suggests that the curfew might not be enforced after all. TeleRead Take: So glad it appears sanity is prevailing here. With the global economy, restrictions like this make no sense anymore (assuming they ever did). *** New Study Shows A Rise In Cord Cutting – 8.2 Percent Ditched Pay TV In 2014, Up 1.3% YoY (TechCrunch) There’s been some debate about how many...

Morning Links: Wendig on Fixing Kindle Unlimited. Real Price of Traditional Publishing
June 24, 2015 | 8:00 am

kindle unlimitedHere’s How Amazon Could Fix Kindle Unlimited (Terrible Minds) So, Amazon — you and me, we’re pals. We’re cuddlebuddies, right? I’m going to fix Kindle Unlimited for you. I’m going to blow it open and make it awesome for authors. TeleRead Take: I'm usually not a fan of Chuck Wendig (he's often too extreme for me), but he make such good sense here that it's worth sharing. Nothing exactly new but still good stuff, in Wendig's unique style. ;) *** The New World of Publishing: The Real Price of Traditional Publishing (Dean Wesley Smith) Now I could go on and on about the illusionary “support” traditional publishers...

Morning Links: Typeface Mimics Dyslexia. Why Apple Might Become a Bank
June 23, 2015 | 7:49 am

dyslexic-font1-250x140This Typeface Simulates Reading with Dyslexia (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Daniel Britton doesn't have to wonder; he's had the condition all his life, and now he's found a way to communicate it to others. TeleRead Take: I've always had sympathy for people with dyslexia, but it grew significantly after reading this article. I could read virtually none of the sample text. As much as I love reading, it's painful to think of others doing with difficulty what I do with ease. *** Opinion: Seven reasons I think Apple may become a bank within the next five years (9 to 5 Mac) Now that Apple Pay...

Morning Links: Apple Receives Helen Keller Award. 1990s Guide to the Web
June 22, 2015 | 7:50 am

appleApple receives Helen Keller Award for its pioneering VoiceOver feature (Cult of Mac) Organized by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Apple was specifically praised for VoiceOver, the iOS feature which reads out descriptions of everything happening on a device’s display. TeleRead Take: Go Apple. What's not to like here? *** This 1990s Guide to Using the Web Is Delightful (Gizmodo) Once upon a time you didn’t just use the internet, you were a “nethead” who “surfed the web” and “sailed data streams.” This is how we talked about the internet. TeleRead Take: Yes, there was a time when we needed paper books to tell...

Morning Links: Instapaper Opens API. Gaming the System
June 19, 2015 | 8:42 am

InstapaperInstapaper Opens Its API, Gives Free Users More App Options (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instapaper announced on its blog yesterday that it was loosening a restriction on the Instapaper API, finally making it possible for free Instapaper users to use any 3rd-party app which supports Instapaper. TeleRead Take: As a huge lover of Instapaper, I'm always glad when users have more options. Like Nate, however, I'm not familiar with 3rd party options, but I'd love to hear of good ones to try. *** Business Musings: Gaming the System (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) It has taken the latest Kindle Unlimited Apocalypse (KUpocalypse 2? KUpocalypse Part Deux? KUpocalypse...

Morning Link: eBook Subscription Legal in France. Metadata Good For Book Sales
June 18, 2015 | 7:58 am

kindle unlimitedeBook Subscription Services Are Legal in France (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Kindle Unlimited and its local competitors Izneo, Youscribe, and Youboox were given five months to bring their services into compliance with the legal decision. I don't have news yet on Kindle Unlimited but I can report that Youboox, Izneo, and Youscribe are either now legal in France, or will be soon. TeleRead Take: Fixed price book laws lead to lots of unintended consequences. *** How A Simple Metadata Fix Can Double Book Sales (Publishing Perspective) Ronald Schild CEO of Germany’s MVB discusses how research shows simple metadata fixes, like putting the language of a...

Morning Links: What Is a Book? Pebble Time Review
June 17, 2015 | 7:57 am

pebble tiimeA Book is a Book: What is a Book? (Dear Author) When you hear the word book, what comes to mind? TeleRead Take: It's a fair question. eBooks have been challenging the question. I think about it when I "report" finished books to Goodreads. Most of the time, I don't bother with "books" which are really short stories. I suppose it skews the numbers, but who really cares but me? Pebble Time review (Android Central) Can the Pebble Time stand against the likes of full-touchscreen Android-based watches from the big players who make our Android phones? That was my question going into things. In...

Morning Links: Reports of iOS Ad Blocking May Be Premature. Fix or Replace?
June 16, 2015 | 8:11 am

ios 9iOS 9 content blocking extensions are not a mobile advertising armageddon (Baldur Bjarnason) Over the past couple of days I sat down and did what most tech columnists seem unwilling to do: I actually looked into what an announced API is capable of. Namely, the upcoming iOS 9 Safari content blocking extensions. TeleRead Take: I had thought all the hoopla last week about "no more ads on iOS browsers" might have been overblown. Looks like I might have been correct. We'll see as the API goes into wider use. *** Should You Fix That Broken Gadget or Just Buy a New One? (Lifehacker) Sometimes fixing...

Morning Links: No Graphic Novels in English Course? Android Apps with TTS Support
June 15, 2015 | 8:25 am

graphic novelsStudent Calls For Eradication Of Graphic Novels From English Course (io9) A student enrolled at Crafton Hills College has protested the inclusion of a number of graphic novels in the curriculum for her English 250 course. Tara Shultz, along with her parents and friends have called for the “eradic[ation] [of the books] from the system,” and have complained to the College’s administrators over their inclusion. TeleRead Take: I found Lolita to be pretty offensive in my English Lit course, but it never occurred to me to protest and ask to have it removed from the curriculum. Doubt anyone would have listened to...

Morning Links: New Kobo Firmware Update. Getting Reviewed by the NYT
June 12, 2015 | 8:10 am

koboFirmware Update 3.16 Released for Kobo Glo HD and Kobo Touch (The eBook Reader) Kobo has started rolling out a new software update, version 3.16.0. Unlike most updates, this one is only being issued to a couple of models, the new Glo HD and the old Kobo Touch. TeleRead Take: A new Kobo Glo HD just arrived at my house (thanks to the kind benefactor who gifted it to me), so we'll see more Kobo coverage soon. If you want to sideload the update, here's some instructions from MobileRead. *** How To...

Morning Links: Apple Watch Perfect For Podcasts? Exaggerated Shrinking Book Market?
June 11, 2015 | 8:07 am

applewatchApple Watch Is About To Become A Perfect Podcast Machine (TechCrunch) The Apple Watch is set to become almost an entirely new device with the introduction of watchOS 2 this fall, but the changes set to arrive with the update seem like they’ll have extreme benefits for one group in particular: podcast aficionados, and podcasters themselves. TeleRead Take: For you podcasting readers. Let us know if it turns out to be true. *** Reports of a Shrinking US eBook Market Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Today I...

Morning Links: Ask a Librarian For a Lap Dance? Apple and Streaming Music
June 10, 2015 | 8:11 am

libraryWould You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance? (Huffington Post) In the 15 years that I've worked at my local public library, I've learned that we librarians do plenty of things for our patrons that aren't in our job descriptions. After a patron asked me to change her flat tire, and another wanted to check out our pencil sharpener, I logged onto my favorite librarian hangout on Face Book and asked: What's the oddest thing a patron has ever asked you to do? TeleRead Take: Yes, the title is totally click bait. Why do you think I excerpted it? :) But...

Morning Links: Everything new in iOS 9. Felony to clear browser history?
June 9, 2015 | 7:17 am

ios 9Here’s everything new in iOS 9 (9to5 Mac) Apple introduced iOS 9 during its WWDC keynote today, and we’ve got a hands-on look at all of the new stuff you can expect to see when it comes out later this year. TeleRead Take: Not a lot here to get excited about, except for multi-tasking on iPads which support it. I might have to finally upgrade my iPad 4. *** According To The Government, Clearing Your Browser History Is A Felony (Techdirt) One of the stipulations of Sarbanes-Oxley is the preservation of evidence. Failing to do so, or purposefully destroying records, can result in felony criminal...

Morning Links: HTC sorry for poor performance. Apple to reduce vig to 15%?
June 8, 2015 | 8:29 am

htcHTC says sorry to shareholders for poor performance (Android Community) HTC may be busy introducing new phones left and right but truth is, the company is losing money. Revenue the past months went down by 40 percent but HTC is still hopeful that sales will improve especially after the new models are launched. TeleRead Take: Considering my growing dissatisfaction with my HTC phone, I'm neither surprised nor disappointed. *** Apple Reportedly Planning to Reduce Vig to 15% – Will It Impact eBooks? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) For the past four and a half years Apple has been strangling its ebook competitors by requiring a 30%...

Morning Links: Orphan works. Fighting the bad guys. WiFi-powered cameras and Big Brother.
June 5, 2015 | 9:36 am

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization (InfoDocket) The Report documents the legal and business challenges faced by good faith users who seek to use orphan works and/or engage in mass digitization projects. The TeleRead Take: Slow progress on this issue, but still, progress. I think this is an important, and often overlooked topic. -- Five Authors Who Will Inspire You to Fight the System (Book Riot) Activism is exhausting. It’s all very well to say that you’re going to be proactive and fight the power but actually doing it?...

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