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Morning Roundup: Kobo offers Father’s Day deals and more
June 6, 2014 | 11:48 am

Customers in Canada will be able to save $30 off the Kobo Arc 7HD 16GB, $50 off the Kobo Arc 7 HD 32GB, and $100 off the Kobo Arc 10HD....

Updated: ‘Amazon Derangement Syndrome’ characterizes dispute between Amazon and Hachette
May 24, 2014 | 12:36 am

So, there’s a thing. Over on The Passive Voice, and some other blogs with similar points of view, they refer to it as “Amazon Derangement Syndrome (ADS),” for the way a certain class of people seem to like to run around like chickens with their heads cut off whenever the evil Amazon does another evil thing evilly. Now, I’ll grant that ADS might not be the best term to go around using if you want to engage in serious discourse, given that the sort of people who toss it around are likely to be just as opinionated in...

Interesting article on how piracy is devaluing digital goods
March 10, 2014 | 11:15 am

piracy is devaluing digital goodsAlthough it's an older post, it only came across my feed recently, and I thought Baekdal had some interesting points worth sharing. He says the real problem with piracy is the devaluation of digital goods. Here's how he presents this: Imagine that you have $200 left to spend, and you want to buy a new pair of shoes, a new iPad bag (because you feel your old one is looking a bit out-of-date), a couple of books, a movie, an XBOX game, a magazine subscription, and Will.I.am's latest album. Clearly, you can't do that because the total sum is more than the $200 you have....

Book as Dishware: The Shakespearean Insult Mug
September 18, 2013 | 11:06 am

In one of the ironies of my ebook adoption journey, the shelf space I used to occupy with books is being given over to a range of non-book items with markedly book-esque themes. There is the art print of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven; which was gifted to me by my Beloved; there were the vintage Winnie the Pooh books my Grandma left me that I had shadowboxes built for so I could display them as a memento. Now, the book bling has invaded my kitchen too! Our latest novelty find was this stunning mug, adorned with insults; pulled from...

The Future of the Traditional Bookstore
September 11, 2013 | 2:57 pm

Here's more digital ink being spilled on this topic: what should the bookstore do? With ebooks on the rise, print on the decline and increasingly, shelf space being occupied by non-book items, what is the bookstore to do? Michael Kozlowski thinks they should be making apps, to lessen their reliance on third parties like Google and Amazon. While I think he does fine work over at GoodeReader, I have to disagree with him on this one. We don't need more apps. We don't need more ecosystems. We don't need to fragment a not-quite-settled marketplace yet with still more stuff, for two...

Amazon e-books: Born in a bubble from a bullet
July 21, 2013 | 1:17 am

200px-Riding_the_BulletAn article on the Digital Reader about the 4th anniversary of the Nook e-books store prompted me to look back to the turn of the millennium. It was a period in the history of e-books that I don’t think most us think about as much. It was a couple of years after the founding of Peanut Press, so people had time to get used to the idea of e-reading—and big stores like Amazon and Barnes & Noble were starting to get interested for the first time. And that’s what led to a very brief e-book bubble. In March 2000,...

The problem with watermarking
July 9, 2013 | 10:38 pm

coyote-caughtRemember SiDiM, that supposedly novel idea for secretly watermarking a text by changing random words in order to be able to tell who leaked it? (“Novel” is right. Tom Clancy’s protagonist in The Hunt for Red October proposed something similar as a way to tell who leaked classified documents.) Cory Doctorow has his turn taking shots at it in his latest Publisher’s Weekly column. Apart from noting that it could be defeated just by comparing two or more different copies of the same text and randomizing the differences, he points out one of the biggest problems with the idea, and...

Charlie Redmayne steps down as Pottermore CEO to become HarperCollins CEO
July 2, 2013 | 7:53 pm

On paidContent, Laura Hazard Owen reports that Charlie Redmayne has just boarded the Hogwarts Express to take him back to the land of the muggles. He’s stepping down as CEO of Pottermore and taking the CEO helm of HarperCollins. Prior to helping found Pottermore in 2011, Redmayne was EVP and chief digital officer for HarperCollins. One reason for the change is that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp just spun its publishing arm, including HC, off into a separate company, and the previous CEO, Victoria Barnsley, felt it was a good time to leave. Pottermore’s CTO Julian Thomas will serve as...

Publishers still dragging their feet on e-books
June 27, 2013 | 6:15 pm

Paul St. John Mackintosh’s recent post on the Guardian’s eco-unfriendly book review process brought to mind a recent article on Wired’s Underwire blog, by Rachel Edidin, venting her frustration at wandering Book Expo America accumulating increasing stacks of paper book swag that they would have to carry home with them, and nary an e-book in sight. “I have to carry this home,” I tell a publicist trying to thrust a hefty hardcover at me. “Are you on NetGalley? Can you give me a download code instead? If I give you my card, can you send me...

Mike Shatzkin discusses publishers, agency royalties, books on shelves, and publisher relevance
June 27, 2013 | 9:15 am

Publishing industry veteran and consultant Mike Shatzkin weighs in on the agency royalty mess I mentioned a little while ago. He elaborates on what Brian DeFiore said about how the most successful authors are largely exempt from this, because their advances are calculated to come out to more money than their expected sales should generate, and discusses the agent community reaction to these revelations. The publishing industry is facing a hardscrabble battle with retailers for profit margins on book sales—since the less money the publisher makes, the more the store can make, and vice versa. Lest you thought Amazon...

Morning Links – E-Book news you may have missed
January 9, 2013 | 12:21 pm

Reader's Digest UK Undergoes Restructuring, Drops 75% of Employees (Good E-Reader) Ebook 'Lines' Can be Powerful for Brand Extensions (Digital Book World) New Price List Shows Marked Change in Library eBook Availability (The Digital Reader) eBook Bestsellers Average Price Drops $0.61 This Year (App Newser) Kindle Daily Deals: In the Land of the Long White Cloud by Sarah Lark (and 3 others)  ...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 10, 2012 | 8:45 am

Otis Chandler of Goodreads The slow pace of ebook innovation (O'Reilly Tools of Change) The transformation of publishing (The Guardian) Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler on the Future of Discoverability and Social Reading (Digital Book World) A New Era for Books: The Random House-Penguin Merger Is Just the Start (The Atlantic) Kindle Daily Deal: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser {and} Puss in Boots by Eric Metaxas & Pierre Le-Tan * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook...