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Morning Links: Writing by Committee. Gmail on Android Watch With Wear Mail
May 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

wear mail clientBusiness Musings: Writing by Committee (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I had a shudder moment yesterday. While researching something else, I read a New York Times interview on leadership with Gina Centrello, president and publisher of Random House Publishing Group. (No, she’s not the head of Random House. Just a section of it.) She mentions the importance of teamwork in the publishing industry. She’s running a huge section of a major company. Of course there needs to be a team, and of course, the team needs to work toward a common goal. *** Do...

Morning Links: Copyediting or proofreading? FCC to start policing broadband caps
May 14, 2015 | 9:00 am

copy editing or proofreadingBusiness Musings: Burning Bridges (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) A freelance writer needs to be an artist and a businessperson. Sometimes those roles conflict. And sometimes we get put into truly uncomfortable situations. *** Walmart Challenges Amazon with $50 per Year Unlimited Shipping (Re/Code) Walmart is planning to test a new unlimited online shipping service this summer for $50 per year, a move to compete with Amazon’s annual $99 Prime shipping service. *** FCC Might Finally Start Policing Broadband Usage Caps, Unreliable Usage Meters (Techdirt) FCC insiders now say the agency might start policing caps if Comcast begins to expand its usage meter ambitions. *** Copy editing or Proofreading? Getting the...

Morning Links: iBooks to receive new features. Losing control of ereading
May 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

ibooksLibrarians: Privacy's Champions (Boing Boing) Librarians like Alison Macrina (whose work I wrote about here are part of the vanguard of privacy activism in libraries, hosting cryptoparties and giving workshops to librarians and patrons on advanced information ninja-ry. *** Amazon's International Growth Challenge (Re/Code) When Amazon reported its financial results recently, foreign exchange fluctuations played a big role. *** iBooks Receives New Features on iOS 8.4 (GoodeReader) This summer a new version of iOS will be released and it will add a bunch of new content to iBooks. *** How I Lost Control of my eReading (Book Riot) Having all of that content so easily available has made me...

Morning Links: Fresh look at wearable. No more “boys” or “girls” toys on Amazon
May 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

apple watcheBook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table (DBW) When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting? *** A Fresh Look at Wearables (Re/Code) Politics and religion are supposed to be two hot-button topics you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with friends, family and co-workers, but I think we can now add a third to that list: Wearables. *** Amazon Drops 'Boy' and 'Girl' Categories from Toy Listings (Boing Boing) Amazon's toys category is no longer sorted into "Boys" toys and "Girls" toys. *** 2015 Locus Award Finalists Revealed (GalleyCat) Locus Magazine has revealed the shortlist of nominees for...

Latest Author Earnings Report shows Big Five cutting their own, authors’ throats to get Amazon
May 7, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The May 2015 Author Earnings Report, Hugh Howey and team's "sixth quarterly look at Amazon’s ebook sales," has just hit the web, and I'm going to precis some of its most important conclusions, while recommending that any writer in particular digest the whole thing. And as in the past, this carries the caveat that it is a biased report from a crew with an agenda, and that there will be a grab-bag of by now customary criticisms of its methodology, conclusions, etc. All the same, it's an important milestone document, not least as it's the first Author Earnings Report to...

Fire HD 6 Tablet: First Impressions
May 6, 2015 | 1:07 pm

fire hd 6 tabletI received a Fire HD 6 tablet last week as a gift, and I've been happily using it for several days now. I plan a series of articles about my new device as I use it over the next few weeks, but I wanted to start with some initial impressions. Considering its size and the limitations of the Amazon app store, I doubt it will replace my iPad as my work device, but as an entertainment device, it has lots going for it. I intend to take it with me to meetings for the next few weeks instead of my iPad...

Morning Links: Amazon killing it in subscriptions. Profitable comic book movies?
May 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedWhat Are the Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Franchises? (GalleyCat) Marvel’s Spider-Man is the top grossing movie franchise based on a comic book, according to 24/7 Wall Street. *** Amazon is Killing it in the Subscription eBook Market (Ink, Bits & Pixels) If you were hoping that new retailers in the subscription ebook market could grow large enough to balance Amazon, then you might want to look for a plan B. *** Why Are eReaders Great for Reading in the Sun? (GoodeReader) Serious readers often turn to their trusty Kindles or Nooks because E Ink enabled displays are easily readable even in direct sunlight because the electronic...

Why own media when you can rent the library?
April 30, 2015 | 2:51 pm

eatIs ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a small monthly fee. Amazon, Google, and Apple soon followed suit. Then came video, as the holy trinity of Netflix, Hulu, and (again) Amazon launched streaming video services for television and movies. Next, it moved into e-books, with Oyster, Scribd, and, yes, Amazon launching services. (Amazon doesn’t seem...

Morning Links: Baltimore libraries remain open. Kindle books as ads?
April 29, 2015 | 9:00 am

41Zl2IfKk2L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Proto-Mommyblogger Dooce Quits the Blog (Boing Boing) After more than a decade of chronicling every detail of her life and those of her children, Heather B. Armstrong is stepping away from the blog as a fulltime job. *** Why Are Authors Citing Older Papers? (The Scholarly Kitchen) With so much new literature published each year, why are authors increasingly citing older papers? *** Baltimore Libraries Stay Open for Their Communities (Book Riot) This is a brief reminder that libraries are there for communities when communities need their libraries. *** Amazon Has Started Using Kindle eBooks as Adverts (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Amazon has built the Kindle platform into the single...

Amazon debuts Lei Crime Kindle World; what do you want to see next?
April 13, 2015 | 12:25 pm

LeiCrimeThe latest Kindle World popped up last week with the Lei Crime Series. The Lei Crime Series, written by Toby Neal, debuted on April 7. Kindle Worlds allow anyone to write stories within specific universes using characters already developed by the respective authors. The Lei Crime Kindle World kicked off with eight new stories. Kindle Worlds helps writers (please read all the conditions first) earn money for their fan fiction by selling the stories through Amazon. Amazon currently has nearly 40 Kindle Worlds, including G.I. Joe, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The World of Kurt Vonnegut, and J.A. Konrath’s Jack Daniels and...

Goodreads: A Casualty of the .Ca Upgrade
April 6, 2015 | 2:25 pm

goodreadsI wrote earlier about converting my Amazon.com account over to the .ca portal. Amazon seems to be strongly preferring that people shop at their 'correct' country portal these days---they let me keep using the .com site for my Kindle purchases, but had annoying banners and pop-ups regularly encouraging me to switch over. More recently, they started offering enticements such as a month of free service from Kindle Unlimited. So I bit the bullet, and switched. All my books transferred over just fine. I understood that some people had problems with subscription content such as magazines, but I had no such content...

Morning Links: Laptops for students? Adults love coloring books too!
April 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

laptopsAre Laptop Requirements a Forgone Conclusion or a Burden on Students? (Media Shift) One 2014 survey found 90 percent of students own laptops and 86 percent own smartphones, while less than half of those surveyed own tablets. *** The Internet Doesn’t Make You Smarter; You Only Think it Does (Ars Technica) After using search engines, people overestimate their ability to explain ideas. *** Writer's Events Can Strengthen Your Craft, Build Your Career (GoodeReader) Authors who are interested in establishing themselves as both better writers and as serious career-minded artists can benefit greatly from attending writers’ conferences and workshops, but the cost of attending is often pretty prohibitive....

Amazon vs. HarperCollins. Will this be different from Amazon vs. Hachette?
April 2, 2015 | 1:52 pm

amazonSo the battle over book pricing may have started a bit earlier this spring. Last year it wasn't in full swing until May. This year is starting with April, assuming the Business Insider article yesterday wasn't an April Fool's joke (doubtful). So far the coverage has been moderate with only one article leaving me scratching my head. Publisher's Weekly had this quote: The Business Insider story quotes an Amazon spokesperson saying that the online retailer has offered the same contract to HC that Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and HBG signed. That line caught the attention of several industry members, who wondered, given...

Morning Links: Tablets in the classroom help learning? Amazon-Harper Collins face off
April 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

tablets in the classroomDo Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn? (Gizmodo) What do these mobile devices really add, though? Is there more to this tech trend than just grabbing the attention of students? Is mobile technology boosting classroom instruction, or is it all just a flashy way to accomplish the same things as analog instruction? *** Amazon-HarperCollins Negotiations Peek into Public View (Digital Book World) Amazon’s contract negotiations with HarperCollins have come to a something of an impasse, according to an anonymous source Business Insider reports as knowledgeable about the matter. *** 10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin (io9) When George R.R. Martin...

The Great Canadian Amazon.ca Upgrade
March 31, 2015 | 10:25 am

amazon.caI did something a little momentous today---I finally caved to Amazon's repeated suggestions that I move my account over to Amazon.ca. I did it in part because the Canadian dollar isn't so strong right now and I didn't want to get dinged on the exchange rate, and in part because I want to sell on the Kindle store and figured that a .ca account may simplify that process for me. But mostly, I did it because I wanted to try out Kindle Unlimited. There is a 30-day free trial option, and I wanted to look. And...how did it go? Smooth, very smooth....

Morning Links: Amazon adds new review options. New Dr. Seuss museum
March 24, 2015 | 9:00 am

amazon reviewsAmazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop-Down Menus (Self-Publishing Review) If you’ve tried to review a book on Amazon recently, Amazon has added a few options for users when reviewing a book via drop-down menus. *** Does Patent Licensing by Patent Trolls - Or Anyone - Serve A Useful Purpose? (Techdirt) The paper also provides yet more evidence that the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act, designed to encourage the commercialization of research results through licensing, actually turns universities into patent trolls -- something that Techdirt has discussed before. *** Duolir Lets You Read a Dual-Language eBook With Instant Translations (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Yesterday a friend on Twitter...

Amazon return policy: a case for when it’s appropriate
March 21, 2015 | 10:42 am

amazonA article from 2012 on Amazon's return policy seems to continue getting hits here on Teleread! The updated comments came at an opportune time for me because I just returned a Kindle book yesterday. Here is what happened. The book was a re-purchase of an oldie-but-goodie I had in paper. I did a casual glance at the preview just to make sure it wasn't Topaz, and then I bought the book for $4.99. I realized midway through the first chapter that I was in trouble. There seemed to be an issue with the letters E and C; I was seeing words like...

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