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Google Play Books adds from-device uploading in impending update
December 11, 2013 | 11:16 am

Android Police notes that Google Play Books has gotten an update that allows you to upload e-books into its cloud directly from your device, rather than being restricted to doing it only via the web site. I hadn’t realized Google Books could do cloud storage of your own e-books at all, but given that Google Play Music does cloud storage of your MP3s, I suppose I should have guessed. Need to see about trying that out. There are a few other improvements, too, like landscape mode, lower brightness settings for low-light reading, and so on. The update probably won’t...

Is Merging All Your Online Services Into One Ecosystem a Good Idea?
October 19, 2013 | 10:20 am

data integration As a Goodreads user, I was intrigued by the growing data integration Goodreads is enjoying with the Kindle ecosystem now that Amazon owns Goodreads too. It would be handy, I mused, to be able to rate and review books right from the Kindle. But...I guess that if you weren't a Goodreads user, all the unfilled in stars and the prompts to comment might just be visual clutter, wouldn't they? Two other recent episodes give me pause on the growing drive to merge all your online services into one uber-ecosystem. Call it Amazon, call it Google or Facebook or iTunes, it's the...

Internet Basics 101: Back Up Your Stuff, Back Up Your Stuff, Back Up Your Stuff!
September 26, 2013 | 3:01 pm

From my friends at GigaOM comes this write-up about the perils of relying on the 'Cloud' for keeping your stuff: author Geoffrey Goetz writes about some music he had which disappeared from his Apple iCloud account when Apple stopped carrying the songs in question. It seems their cloud matching program only works for items they presently list in their catalogue, or that you've uploaded yourself. If Goetz had downloaded his purchases and then re-uploaded them manually, he could have kept them. I feel for Goetz and his difficulties, but really this should be Internet 101 at this point. Thou shalt back...

Morning Roundup: Facebook ‘likes’ and the first amendment; E-readers ‘more effective’ for some dyslexic readers; more
September 20, 2013 | 8:42 am

Cloud Customers Have Bigger Worries than NSA Gate (GigaOM) Nirvanix’ fast shutdown spooks current and would-be cloud storage customers more than the prospect of government spying. At least for now. *** Questions (and Answers) from the Society of Scholarly Publishing (The Scholarly Kitchen) Consider today’s post a bit of shameless self-promotion if you will, but at last summer’s SSP meeting many attendees were shanghaied into a side room and asked about their experiences and thoughts on scholarly publishing. The results are below: *** Yes, a Facebook 'Like' is Protected by the First Amendment (Techdirt) Last year we wrote about a troubling case, in which a district court...

Morning Roundup: Authors and readers band together to stop Goodreads bullying
August 26, 2013 | 8:57 am

GoodreadsWe Need a Digital-First Curriculum to Teach Modern Journalism (Media Shift) At the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, one panel addressed adding programming skills to the curriculum: “Why All Your Students Must Be Programmers.” The inevitable question was posed: What would you cut from existing offerings to make room for these new topics? * * * Authors, Readers Band Together to Stop Goodreads 'Bullying' (Good e-Reader) Who knew the book industry was filled with such venom, such mayhem, such…death threats? Book discovery and discussion site Goodreads has been the battlefield recently for a...

Why We Need Off-Line Media
July 8, 2013 | 11:17 am

mediaGigaOM's Lauren Hockenson has a great response to the recent gaming headlines about SimCity, Xbox One and the concept of the always-on console. Reading her arguments about why gamers need to sometimes be off-line, it struck me—as it often does with gaming-themed articles—how true these points are for all media. I know Amazon probably sees a future where all your media is in the cloud (and preferably a cloud you access through them), but it doesn't always work that way. People don't always have a perfect Internet connection. Companies don't always stay around forever to provide the cloud they promise. It's...

The Bloom is Off the ‘Cloud’ Rose: How Google went from essential to evil in one short week
March 20, 2013 | 4:27 pm

GoogleIf there is one thing that writing about technology has taught me, it's that things change, fast. People lament the publishing  'power' of Amazon and they forget that before Amazon, Fictionwise was the e-book destination. Remember Hotmail? Not the leader now, are they? Remember Netscape? Also gone. Things change, fast. And here is my latest example. A week ago, I spent probably 80 percent of my online time on Google products. I used Google Drive to store documents and work on them at home and at school. I used Gmail and Google Calendar for both contacts and scheduling, YouTube for video watching, Google Reader for...

Five Useful ‘Cloud Syncable’ Apps for E-Book Fans
March 1, 2013 | 1:43 pm

appsI started reading e-books back in the stones ages of plain text Gutenberg files on a handheld Palm device. My, how times have changed! Now, we can read on phones or tablets, in full glorious color—or on battery-efficient E Ink devices—books with sophisticated layouts and embedded multimedia. But those sorts of bells and whistles pale in comparison to the greatest wonder of the tablet age—cloud synchronization. My favorite apps allow me to preserve my files for computer or off-line use, but powerfully make full use of my library across my different gadgets when I am in Internet range. What does this mean,...

Amazon cloud music player lines up label licenses
June 13, 2012 | 8:53 pm

CNet reports that Amazon is closing licensing deals with record labels to cover its cloud music service, Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. According to an anonymous source, it has already come to agreements with Universal Music Group, EMI, and Sony Music Entertainment, and is in talks with Warner Music Group. Although Amazon launched its services without licenses, touting fair use rights for users to upload and stream their own content, getting licensed would mean Amazon could add new features that go beyond fair use. While we don't know what new features Amazon will offer, the...

The Dropbox cloud storage service as a disruptive innovation
February 26, 2012 | 5:04 pm

Venture capitalist Bill Gurley’s personal blog, Above the Crowd, has a post pointing out why Dropbox is a “major disruption” (that is, a disruptive innovation—”an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology” per Wikipedia) in the industry. Prompted by a new feature Dropbox added, to allow Android devices to synch photos automatically, Gurley points out that it’s easy to underestimate the importance of what Dropbox has done. He explains that Dropbox was the first...

Audiobooks launches unlimited cloud-based audio book service
January 24, 2012 | 9:44 am

Abc logo From the press release: announced today the launch of the first unlimited cloud-based audio book service. For $24.95 per month, users can take advantage of unlimited cloud-based audio content via an Android or Apple mobile device with no need to return audio books, no long-term contracts and no time constraints on audio book use. features several technical innovations that are unavailable from any other audio book source. Since it's a cloud-based service, allows users to instantly access thousands of popular titles from anywhere using an Internet-enabled mobile device such as an iPhone,...

Free storage at Amazon
December 16, 2011 | 8:46 am

Download From Andrys Basten's blog.  More details at the site: I should clarify since few know it, that every Amazon customer gets 5 free gigs of storage space for ANY data from anywhere (unless it's copy-protected by others) -- and any music you upload from your own stash is streamable for you from anywhere, at anytime, at no added cost.  Any mp3's you buy from Amazon are not counted against the 5 free gigs.  Just as with Kindle books, they're just automatically stored.  All Kindle owners (globally) now get 5 additional gigs of storage for "personal documents" -- meaning doc, text, PDF, or non-Amazon...