Morning Roundup: 13 lessons learned from taking our college newspaper digital
May 23, 2013 | 10:08 am
By Joanna Cabot
13 Lessons from Killing Our College Daily Newspaper and Going Digital (Media Shift)
In the seven months since that party, the Revolution has worked in most of the ways we can measure. But we also see flaws yet to be fixed and lessons yet to be learned from our college peers. Here’s more on the results, the lessons and the future of the Revolution.
Kobo Suspends Google Affiliate and Switches to Rakuten Linkshare (Good e-Reader)
Affiliate programs are very popular with booksellers, indie bookstores, authors and online websites. Kobo has been running theirs for a number of years and allows people to earn a 5% commission for ebook sales, while devices and accessories generate 10%. Today, Kobo announced that they were severing ties with Google Affiliates and transitioning to the Rakuten Linkshare program.
Word of Mouth (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
So panicked writers behave badly. They promote stupidly. They alienate the very people whom they want to read their books. TweetingBuy My Book! Buy My Book! twenty-five times per day. Demanding that friends and family “like” said book on Facebook.The advent of social media hasn’t made this problem worse, although it has made the problem obvious.
Amazon’s Kindle World: Instant Thoughts (John Scalzi)
The Twitters are abuzz today about Amazon’s new “Kindle Worlds” program, in which people are allowed to write and then sell through Amazon their fan fiction for certain properties owned by Alloy Entertainment, including Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, with more licenses expected soon. I’ve had a quick look at the program on Amazon’s site, and I have a couple of immediate thoughts on it.
Kindle Daily Deals: Ricochet by Sandra Brown (and 3 others)