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Morning Links: What’s the matter with eBooks? Makings of an unprofessional editor
April 1, 2015 | 8:00 am

ebooksFlickr Now Officially Supports Public Domain Dedications (Techdirt) Thankfully, the Yahoo folks who are currently running Flickr realized that this was an opportunity -- and have now announced that it has added both "public domain" listings and a CC0 dedication as options when uploading images. *** The Makings of an Unprofessional Editor (An American Editor) I make hundreds of editorial decisions in every project and I am prepared to defend my decisions. I let guides guide me, acting as advisors to inform my decision-making process. I do not let guides be the decision maker; that is what I am being paid to do —...

Weekend Links: Buying eReaders in Canada just got harder. Why YA novels make box office hits
March 29, 2015 | 10:04 am

ereaderBuying an eReader in Canada Just Got Harder (GoodeReader) 20% of all Canadians live in rural areas without a major bookstore and an electronics shop. Chapters/Indigo have been closing down locations and with Future Shop axing 65 locations, it will be difficult for Canadians to buy an e-reader on a retail level. *** 'Insurgent' And Why Young Adult Novels Make Box Office Hits (Forbes) The second installment of Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, grabbed $52.3 million in its opening weekend at the U.S. box office, just shy of Divergent’s $54.6 million debut last year. *** Amazon is Testing Bulk eBook Bundles in Japan...

Morning Links: 2014 Reading habits survey. Can data journalism be taught?
March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

journalismGlobal eBook Opportunities Rising (Digital Book World) A recent Pew study hints at growing opportunities for ebook publishers and retailers to reach more English-language readers around the world. *** The Great 2014 Reading Habits Survey: The Results (Book Riot) This post presents the reading and spending habits of the Riot readers who responded to the survey. *** Can Data Journalism be Taught? (The Digital Shift) Can you really teach data journalism? It’s a dumb question that I’m soon going to find the answer for: This semester I started teaching at the Berkeley J-School... *** The Canadian Newspaper Industry is Consolidating (GoodeReader) The Canadian Competition Bureau has given the green light...

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...

Morning Links: Unplugging your kids. What’s up and down with eBooks
March 10, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooks judgingFarewell, GigaOM: Tech News Powerhouse Shutting Down (Mashable) San Francisco-based tech blog GigaOm, a widely-respected name in the industry for nearly a decade, is shutting down for want of funding, according to its founder. *** How to Unplug Your Kids Despite Schools Pushing Tech with Common Core (MediaShift) The American Society of Pediatrics’ most recent guidelines for media use among children note that lots of kids are spending seven hours or more a day looking at a screen. *** So What's Up (and Down) with eBooks? (Dear Author) So now that Hachette and Amazon have settled their epic feud, and we’re seeing the results of publisher...

Morning Links: Some eBooks are hacking you. Pubslush NaNoWriMo grant
March 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

6937238953_ab83e78554_mSome eBooks are Hacking You (GoodeReader) According to research done by Android Police, Google Play Books contains a number of books billed as guides for popular games –each one promising cracked Android application packages (APKs). Of course, it is too good to be true... *** Data Might be the New Oil, but a lot of us Just Need Gasoline (GigaOM) One of the biggest tropes in the era of big data is that data is the new oil. *** Pubslush Foundation Gives Grant to Nanowrimo (GalleyCat) The Pubslush Foundation revealed a new grant for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). *** 13 Delicious Comics about Cooking and Eating (PW) Since cooking...

Morning Links: eBooks that are better than print versions. More on reading diversely
February 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThree Direct-to-Consumer Steps Every Publisher Can Take (Digital Book World) In this post I’ll break down the components of a direct-to-consumer operation that gives readers a clear, compelling reason to buy directly from you as well as the means to do so: discovery; e-commerce and fulfillment; and engagement. *** Reading Diversely FAQ, Part 4 (Book Riot) I don’t want to start this out on a sour note, but I’m going to say this so we all understand: This-is-not-political. *** Where Libraries Are Sited Is As Important As What They Do? (Brave New World) So what has the changing retail habits and property mix got to do with...

Morning Links: Several articles on the future of publishing in 2015
January 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

future of publishingSimply Producing More Books Isn't the Answer (Brave New World) It was simple when we only had the physical book. The market was controlled by the shelf space available, the cost of the inventory and the rate of purchases. *** What's Next for B&N Nook in 2015? (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble have been bringing in a number of people from outside the traditional book-selling industry, such as former Zinio executives Doug Carlson and Jeanniey Mullen. *** eBooks in 2015: Dull New World (GigaOM) Ebooks are feeling a bit hungover heading into the new year. The 50 Shades of Grey exuberance of 2011 and 2012 feels long...

Ten library systems pass one million digital checkouts in OverDrive in 2014
December 29, 2014 | 10:25 am

OverDrive logo The library is still the place to be – at least digitally. A few days ago, OverDrive announced that 10 public libraries surpassed one million digital checkouts for 2014. Six did it in 2013. Checkouts include ebooks, audiobooks, music and video streaming, and periodicals from OverDrive’s collection. Two libraries hit the two million mark. The percentage in parenthesis shows the growth from the previous year. 2 Million or more digital checkouts • Toronto Public Library (ON): (49% growth over 2013) • King County Library System (WA): (33%) 1 million+ • New York Public Library (NY): (42%) • Seattle Public Library (WA): (35%) • Hennepin County Library (MN): (33%) • Los...

To gain more e-book marketshare, Apple should make iBooks for Android
December 22, 2014 | 2:25 pm

appledroidCan a company give Amazon a run in 2015 when it comes to ebooks? Maybe, but the company with the best footing is Apple. Anecdotally, several authors have mentioned the successes they have had through Apple’s iBooks. This is a good new for authors who are looking for other avenues to sell their books. But keeping iBooks strictly for Apple products may not do it. iBooks has been around since 2010 when it was launched with the iPad. In 2013, iBooks became an integrated app on iOS 8. Since that time, iBooks seems to be taking more of the market share. In October,...

eReading while cruising
December 19, 2014 | 10:27 am

ereadingWhen I mentioned to Chris Meadows that I was leaving for my first ever cruise, he suggested I write something about ereading while cruising. I wasn't sure how I'd approach that, until I'd been on the ship for a couple of days. It was interesting to walk around the decks and see what devices people were using. Here's what I saw. The first day, Nooks outnumbered Kindles, but that turned out to be a fluke. After that first day, I saw only one other Nook. Kindles abounded, although most of them were the eInk versions. I saw lots of Paperwhites, one Touch,...

eBooks in Star Trek?
December 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebooks in star trekThe Beloved and I have a nightly Netflix ritual and lately, we have been working our way through the Star Trek canon. Deep Space Nine is his favourite of the Treks, so we started with that one. And it's been so interesting to see how much of their predicted technology has actually come true! One episode in particular caused me no end of amusement. It involved an alien race who attempts to study humans by impersonating characters it observes in their lives---Dr. Bashir's romanticized version of his co-worker, Dax; Commander Sisko's favourite baseball player, lifted from a 'holosuite' adventure; and Rumpelstiltskin,...