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Amazon data mining to find customer tastes
November 3, 2013 | 10:54 pm

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on Amazon’s original television programming pilot selection process, in which it winnowed down a long list of pilots using user ratings and feedback to pick the ones that were most likely to succeed to base series on. The WSJ compares this approach to that taken by Netflix, who didn’t even require a pilot for shows like Orange is the New Black or House of Cards. While this doesn’t have a whole lot to do with books, it does bring up one of the most crucial aspects of Amazon as a process. I found...

BookBale offers eight big-name SF titles in pay-what-you-want book bundle
November 3, 2013 | 9:25 pm

9-CitizenIt seems that the pay-what-you-want book bundle has been getting more popular lately. They’re popping up all over the place. Here’s one called “BookBale” that features a number of major-name authors and books. The pay-what-you-want has a minimum price of at least $2.99, and includes six books: The Jesus Incident by Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom Climbing Olympus by Kevin J. Anderson Birthright: The Book of Man by Mike Resnick Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer Future Perfect by Nancy Kress The Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey & Andre Norton If you pay at least $10, you also get: The Hemingway Hoax by Joe Haldeman Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein The...

Agency pricing lawsuit could lead to shift in consumer book buying habits
November 1, 2013 | 10:37 pm

Kristine-Kathryn-Rusch-196x300.jpgThe obvious effects of the agency pricing anti-trust lawsuit are, well, obvious, with the publishers suddenly having to operate under new rules and intense scrutiny. They can’t impose agency pricing and higher e-book prices, at least immediately, so they’re having to sell somewhat lower than they would like. But on her blog, “The Business Rusch,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch points out that there is a set of less obvious consequences that might very well have a greater effect on the publishing industry in the longer term. Rusch, long-term industry insider that she is, notes that the agency-pricing kerfuffle hardly marked the first...

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America
October 29, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library ConsortiumWhat kind of national digital library system---or systems, plural---should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America the solution with its “one big tent” approach for public and academic libraries? With museums even included? Or do we need intertwined but separate public and academic systems, so literacy issues, K-12 needs, related digital divide matters, and other national concerns do not fall through the cracks? Could a national digital library endowment, started mostly with philanthropic donations...

First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them
October 20, 2013 | 1:11 pm

bibliotechLast year knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were living below the poverty line in 2009 by one estimate. And yet the local library initially wanted to start out with just 50 Kindle e-readers---hardly the best solution for people too poor or technophobic to buy and use e-book devices. The local NAACP and other groups yelled foul, just as they should have. So what’s happening down in Bexar County, Texas? BiblioTech, the world’s first all-digital public library system, opened there September 14...

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise
October 18, 2013 | 6:26 pm

FireVergeWant to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to go with? In those cases and others, the guidance here is for you. Most tips will work even with low-cost, no-name tablets. But let’s pay special attention to the new Kindle Fire HDXes. They are among the top choices if you care more about reading than about tech and can stomach...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 9: eZines!
October 6, 2013 | 10:55 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** I can't believe I am 9 months into my year of DRM-free reading! And to my delight, there has been no shortage of material, nor of sites to purchase it from. I am continually discovering new little niches of the internet from which to get content, and have been catching up this month on some of the zine-esque pay news stuff I have been hoarding. 1) Star Dispatches I mentioned in a previous article that I was thinking of dropping my subscription to the Star Dispatches ereads service. I love the concept---premium, in-depth news...

Good News: Penguin Has Relaxed Restrictions on Kindle Library Books
September 27, 2013 | 11:07 am

Overdrive You may have read that Penguin books are again available for purchase in Overdrive, which means library patrons will soon see popular Penguin books in their libraries. Hooray! Well, there's more good news. In the Overdrive announcement on Wednesday, they said that while new books would be available, Kindle owners would still need to use USB to load them (although savvy borrowers knew of the work-around for that problem). Yesterday, Overdrive announced that Penguin books are now available as "Get for Kindle" just like books from other publishers. No more USB. No more work-arounds. One final bit of good Overdrive news. You...

Picking the price of a self-published book
September 19, 2013 | 11:41 am

Pricing is an important aspect when it comes to self-publishing. It’s a decision authors haggle with for days. Add in the fact that you are putting out the first book of a series – and that decision might take just as long as writing the book. Pricing wasn’t something authors thought about too much before the self-publishing revolution. Publishing houses took care of that aspect using market research and data to come to a decision. Self-publishers are relying on personal experience, published data and discussions with other authors to decide how to price books. Fantasy writer Lindsay Buroker discusses her process in deciding...

Rainbow eBooks Shutting Down
September 16, 2013 | 3:15 pm

Much has been written on the ephemeral nature of e-books and e-bookstores, and we're losing yet another one at the end of the month. I just received an email that Rainbow eBooks is closing their web store on September 30. They will remain open so customers can download their purchases through the end of the year. This is another reminder that while e-books are convenient, readers need to manage their purchases. Backing them up is an excellent idea, especially when purchasing from smaller, niche stores like Rainbow. Do I think Amazon is going out of business and that you'll lose all your...

Average price of best-selling e-books drop to all-time low
September 11, 2013 | 12:23 pm

Power RankingsThe average price of e-books on Digital Book World’s best seller list dropped to an all-time low. The company reported on Wednesday the average price fell by nearly a dollar to $5.41. DBW has 25 books on its list and Lee Child’s newest Jack Reacher book jumping to the top spot with a price of $11.76. But that couldn’t help the average price rise. The average price of e-books had jumped several weeks ago to nearly $10 with many new books from top authors hitting the market. However, as the market settled, the average price of e-books came down. Over the last two...

Oyster: Is It Worth $9.95 a Month?
September 10, 2013 | 4:29 pm

Oyster While Oyster is a great idea, and we've known an all-you-can-read type of subscription service was inevitable, is it the e-book subscription system to rule them all? Sadly, I'm going to have to say, "no, not yet." Now let me back that up. You really have to evaluate a service like this based on three criteria 1. Price 2. Availability of books 3. Look and feel of the app Let's start with price. My husband and I have been debating this off and on for a couple of days now. I'm a 15-20 book a month reader. Realistically, I'd never do all my reading in Oyster,...