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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 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 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 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. 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...

Amazon AutoRip: better than I expected
March 19, 2015 | 2:41 pm

amazon autoripLast week, I got the hankering to buy [easyazon-link asin="B0029LHW68" locale="us"]This Is War[/easyazon-link] by 30 Seconds to Mars, and I hopped over to Amazon to check pricing. I'd previously purchased one track off the album, and I was expecting I'd get a tiny discount to "complete the album." However, I noticed the CD was on sale for $4.99, which was about half the price of the digital album, and the CD was AutoRip eligible. Cool! I'd known about Amazon AutoRip, but because I seldom purchase CDs, I hadn't given it much thought. When the started the service, I think I ended up...

Morning Links: Amazon friend or foe? It’s complicated. Worst ebook cover art
March 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

amazonThe Worst eBook Cover Art- March 2015 (GoodeReader) Self-published authors normally forgo the expense of hiring a professional graphics designer to do their e-book cover art and elect to do it themselves. Sometimes it works out, but most of the time the end result can make you shake your head in disdain. *** Copyright and Open Textbooks: The Case of Boundless (The Scholarly Kitchen) Third, whether Boundless is successful as a company in the long run doesn’t matter very much. What does matter is whether this model proves out in concept—meaning whether Boundless books prove popular with students. *** Asking Whether Amazon is Friend or Foe...

Annual eBook Spring Cleaning Time
March 6, 2015 | 12:25 pm

ebook spring cleaningI am on March break as of Friday, and that means it's eBook spring cleaning time! I will be off work for two weeks, the the Beloved will still be working, so this is the time of year where I catch up on my various projects---I always feel a little guilty when he is working but I am not, so I try to be productive. This always seems like a good time of year to get my digital---and physical spaces spruced and tidied up! So what is on my to-do list this time around? 1) Order another Apple photo book. I...

Morning Links: More on VAT. Is our concept of “well read” elitist?
March 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

vatIs Our Concept of 'Well-Read' Elitist? (Book Riot) For quite a while now, I have been thinking about what it means when we say that someone is well-read. *** EU Court Rules eBooks Aren’t eBooks, Orders Tax Rates Increased (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Following a several year long legal battle, the ECJ ruled that France and Luxembourg were wrong to lower the VAT they charged on ebooks. *** Amazon eBooks Once Again Available in U.S. Libraries (GoodeReader) Overdrive has been engulfed in a massive technical issue that made thousands of Kindle e-books unavailable to libraries. *** Mind the (Diversity) Gap in Kid's Digital Media (Teachers with Apps) Amidst the flurry...

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