Morning Roundup: Tracking Readers For Better Books? Amazon Gains Many Prime Subscribers and more
December 27, 2013 | 9:00 am
By Joanna Cabot
Will Tracking Readers Lead to Better Books? (GalleyCat)
The New York Times has a story this week examining the rise of eBook services that track reader behavior.
Amazon was a Prime shopping source this holiday, gaining 1M more subscribers (GigaOM)
Based on the statistics, maybe selling those Kindle Fire tablets at or below costs isn’t such a bad idea. Although smartphones created more mobile traffic this holiday, tablets generated more overall sales. And Amazon gained a million new Prime members.
Music publishers claim to own “Silent Night” & Rip Off indie YouTube singer (Boing Boing)
It worked fine until YouTube’s notorious “Content ID” system let some of the biggest music publishers in the world lay claim to the copyright in Adam’s video, on the basis that his rendition of “Silent Night” belonged to them — despite having been composed in 1818 and being firmly in the public domain.
6 Libraries Loan Out 1 Million eBooks Each in 2013 (GoodeReader)
One of the big bright spots of digital books this year was the massive role libraries have played. The ALA in conjunction with Overdrive has been relentless in their pursuits to convince major publishers that books were not devalued when loaned out for free.
Kindle Daily Deals: Dennis LeHane Thrillers (and 4 others)