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Morning Roundup: Mobile first isn’t enough. Enhanced eBooks don’t enhance education and more
April 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

mobile firstKindle Direct Publishing Now Offers Up to Date Sales Data (GoodeReader) Self-published authors can celebrate as Amazon introduced a brand new Sales Dashboard on the KDP Reports page to give you up-to-date reporting of paid, borrowed and free orders as they are placed in Kindle stores worldwide. *** Stand Down, Amazon Warriors: Comic Book Guys Already Killed the Comic Book Store (Book Riot) My relationship with brick-and-mortar comic shops ended pretty much the second comiXology entered the market place. For me, it isn’t Amazon that will kill the independent comic shop: it’s the Comic Book Guy. *** Publishers: Mobile First Isn't Enough (The Digital Shift) While mobile...

Why aren’t eBooks disrupting the college textbook market?
April 11, 2014 | 12:25 pm

college textbook marketThanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for sending this article my way. The write-up, from a blog called Fast Company has some interesting insights into why the college textbook market has not been taken over by ebooks yet. I have long held my own ideas on this matter. I have taken one course which had an online textbook option, and the functionality was so limited that it wasn't even worth bothering. Cut and paste was completely disabled, the books could not be read offline, they were scanned PDF and not OCR-searchable, and they expired the day after the course ended....

The Flip Side of the ‘Permission Culture’ Argument
April 10, 2014 | 12:28 pm

Permission CultureTechdirt has put up a great piece about what they are calling the 'permission culture' problem. They are referring to the difficulties of a business model such as Netflix, which has moved from distributing physical goods to distributing streaming digital ones: "The problem is that, unlike earlier movie-rental options, streaming rights fall fundamentally within a permission culture. Netflix is a great illustration of what's gone wrong here. It's gone from having a nearly unrivaled catalog of films available to rent to being the butt of Onion jokes. What happened: It shifted from a system where nobody had a veto power over...

Morning Roundup: Distee, new ebook distributor. Why publishers should care about wearables and more
April 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

disteeThe Ten Worst Things You Can Say to a Writer During a Book Launch (Huffington Post) For anyone who knows a writer launching a book, therefore, I have compiled a list of things not to say if you want to avoid provoking a tearful outburst: *** New eBook Dstributor Distee Launches Flat-fee Model (The Digital Reader) Distee, a new distributor which launching this week, takes a different approach. This firm is offering to distribute an author’s ebooks to major ebookstores in exchange for a flat monthly fee. *** Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week (GalleyCat) Oxford University Press is making its...

Kobo appoints Tamblyn President, Chief Content Officer
April 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

michale_tamblyn.jpgKobo, now probably Amazon's biggest rival in the ereader ecosystem realm, with Barnes & Noble wavering over the Nook and an also-ran outside the U.S., has just announced that Michael Tamblyn, hitherto its Chief Content Officer, has now had his position upgraded to the status of President and CCO. Seen here in an earlier video on TeleRead, Tamblyn is a founding member of Kobo's team, according to the company, and has "led the expansion of Kobo’s publisher relationships, content catalogue, and merchandising operations" since 2009. His new role will expand the content acquisition and business relationships development he is currently engaged...

Amazon ebook sales quandary drives Trefis to Kindles
April 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

TrefisAmazon's reluctance to reveal precise figures on its ebook sales has caused all kinds of ripples within the book world, and beyond. For one thing, it's been partly responsible for the huge exposure given to Hugh Howey's AuthorEarnings report. And in the case of stock analysis company Trefis, it's driven their team to extrapolate Amazon's ebook sales from sales of Kindle devices, using this to justify their target price of $373 for Amazon's stock, "implying a premium of 10% to the market price." [caption id="attachment_111303" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Source: Trefis[/caption] According to Trefis estimates, "sales of Kindle devices stood at roughly 20 million...

Nick Harkaway calls time on print vs. ebook debate
April 3, 2014 | 10:25 am

Tim Waterstone's anti-ebook statements at the Oxford Literary Festival seem to have attracted quite a bit of backlash, and one common thread to the lashes backlashing seems to be that this debate is so over. The whole Us vs. Them faceoff appears to be inducing a welcome sense of fatigue in many readers, and commentators. Typical of this is the response by author Nick Harkaway in The Guardian, entitled: "Paper vs digital reading is an exhausted debate." "There are fewer and fewer venues where digital technology has made no impact – and where there's a digital device, there are ebooks, at...

Have we forgotten the value of a book?
March 26, 2014 | 12:24 pm

value of a bookWhen we look at buying a book, it seems many are caught up in the price – thinking: ‘Can I get this cheaper online? How much is Amazon selling it? Why can’t I get this ebook free?’ The value of books has taken a dive over the last couple of years. We have become obsessed with trying to read as much as possible by spending the least amount of money. Yet, we don’t take into account the value of what we are getting out of a book. A good book offers about four hours of entertainment. A great book will present even...

Morning Roundup: Diesel eBooks shutting down, Why and how to keep a journal
March 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

diesel ebooks shutting downHere's the Google vs. Amazon Pricing Breakdown (GigaOM) God bless RightScale. It did the math to calculate how Google’s new price cuts compare with current Amazon Web Services pricing so I didn’t have to. *** Complete Humble Bundle eBook Lineup Revealed (Boing Boing) Four more books have been added to the final week of the third Humble Ebook Bundle. *** It's Official---Diesel eBooks is Shutting Down in Four Days (The Digital Reader) When I reported the speculation yesterday that Diesel eBooks might be shutting down in 5 days, I was hoping that I had gotten the story wrong. Sadly, that’s not the case. *** Why You Should Keep a...

Morning Roundup: Tips for a Little Free Library, China as the next big ebook market and more
March 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

little free library5 Tips for Running a Little Free Library (Book Riot) So. You’ve been hearing about these Little Free Libraries and are intrigued, possibly even considering putting up your own. Or maybe you just love living vicariously and want to know more about what I’ve learned from my Little Free Library in the months it’s been up. Either way, I’ve got you covered. *** China: The Next Big eBook Market (Digital Book World) Roughly 42% of China’s nearly 1.4 billion people use the Internet. In the early part of 2013, China surpassed the U.S. in terms of how many people in the country were using...

Nielsen Books & Consumers survey shows UK ebook sales up 20 percent in 2013
March 21, 2014 | 4:38 pm

Research firm Nielsen has just released its Books & Consumers survey for the UK book market in 2013, and the data shows ebooks forging ahead against a marginal decline in overall purchases in Britain last year. According to the survey precis, last year saw "a 20% increase in e-book purchasing, with UK consumers buying an estimated 80 million e-books in 2013, with spending on this format reaching £300 million [$495 million] ... E-books accounted for one in four consumer book purchases in 2013, up from one in five in 2012, with their share of spending rising to 14%. In Adult...

Morning Roundup: Sesame Street on Kobo. Less is more in the future of reading?
March 12, 2014 | 8:38 am

sesame street on Kobo25 years after inventing the web, Tim Berners-Lee invites users to help draft global “bill of rights” (GigaOM) The World Wide Web Foundation has set up a campaign called Web We Want, which it hopes to see draft a Magna Carta for the digital world as a way of pushing back against malign corporate and government intrusions on web freedom. *** Sesame Street eBooks Now on Kobo (GalleyCat) Sesame Street eBooks are now available through Kobo’s eBook store thanks to a new partnership between eReader company Kobo and Sesame Workshop. *** New Survey Shows eBook Adoption at 29% in the UK (The Digital Reader) The UK reading...