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Morning Roundup: HarperCollins Humble Bundle. Monkey selfie not copyrightable and more
August 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinsHarperCollins Humble eBook Bundle with Gaiman, Bujold. Coelho, Williams and More (Boing Boing) It's a really big deal that HarperCollins has teamed up with the Humble Bundle. When I was curating the first of these bundles, a bunch of big name HarperCollins writers -- and their editors -- were incredibly excited about the opportunity, only to have it crushed by head office, who wouldn't allow them to sell books without DRM. *** Judge Says You Don't Own Facebook 'Likes' on Your Page (Techdirt) In a world where people are always pushing the idea of "intellectual property" over just about everything, is it really any...

Morning Roundup: Amazon expands Same Day Delivery. Nook Glowlight now in UK
August 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

new update for nook glowlightBarnes & Noble Launches Nook Glowlight in UK (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble has just launched their Nook Glowlight e-Reader in the UK for £89. It will be available this week at Argos, Currys/PC World, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and bookshop chain Foyles. *** More than 20,000 People Are Now Suing Facebook in Europe Over Privacy (GigaOM) An Austrian “class action” suit against the social network is proving very successful in picking up participants — so much so that the suit’s organizers will soon impose a cap so they can process applications. *** Amazon to Challenge Convenience of Local Bookstores with Same-Day Delivery in Six Major Cities...

Morning Roundup: Facebook adds Save for Later. Five things about subscriptions
July 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

scribd logoLibraries Receive Shrinking Share of University Expenditures (The Scholarly Kitchen) As a percentage of overall university expenditures, libraries have been steadily losing ground. This is the main message of an updated graphic produced by the American Research Libraries (ARL). *** Facebook Adds Save for Later Reference (GoodeReader) A new save feature lets you put a virtual bookmark in a link, place, movie, TV show, or music clip… so when you have time, you can get properly caught up. *** Unlimited Subscriptions: Five Things You Need to Know (Joe Wikert) Here are five important points everyone in publishing should keep in mind when analyzing Kindle Unlimited and the...

Weekend Links: Facebook adding Buy Buttons to ads. Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited
July 19, 2014 | 12:12 pm

facebook adds buy buttonsFacebook is Adding Buy Buttons to Ads---Do You Think They Could be Used to Buy/Sell eBooks? (The Digital Reader) Only a couple days after BitTorrent announced that they would be adding a payment option to BitTorrent Bundles, Facebook started letting a handful of advertisers add buy buttons to their ads. *** Is Kindle Unlimited Good for Indie Authors? (GoodeReader) Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited, a US based service that has 600,000 eBooks and audiobooks available at $9.99 per month. The Seattle based e-commerce giant is now competing against companies such as Oyster and Scribd, which have friendly terms for self-published authors. Is Kindle...

Dark Side of the Sun: A Facebook sale, a social media precedent
June 11, 2014 | 10:25 am

Dark Side For any authors, self-published or otherwise, wondering how to use social media to promote their work, as well as any fans of the dark, weird, and horrible in general, here's an example for you. A group of horror and dark fiction writers has come together to launch "Dark Side of the Sun: A One-Day Sale on Dark Fantasy Horror and Contemporary Fantasy Books" via Facebook, scheduled for June 27th. "Readers rejoice! For one day only, Friday, June 27th, you will be able to buy over a dozen dark fantasy horror and contemporary fantasy novels for just 99 cents each," reads the...

Morning Roundup: Hachette titles strong on eBook bestseller lists. What motivates reviewers?
May 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

HachetteHachette Titles Hold Strong on Ebook Best-Seller List Amid Trade Dispute With Amazon (Digital Book World) As the trade dispute between Amazon and Hachette grinds on, there are at least three authors who have less cause than others for grievance: James Patterson, Donna Tartt and David Baldacci. *** Facebook Will Curb Automatic Posts from Apps in the News Feed (GigaOM) Facebook is getting rid of automatic posting from third-party apps, but is it an Open Graph killer or a strategic way to get people to post better? *** Wattpad Expands Exterior Publishing Ambitions (GoodeReader) WattPad has started to transcend their own digital publishing platform and has started...

Beware the First of April!
March 31, 2014 | 6:26 pm

The dark time is upon us once again. Tomorrow marks April Fool’s Day. (In fact, in some parts of the world it’s April 1 already.) Remember to be careful believing and sharing what you read for the next few days until the joke posts age off the pages. If it seems too good (or too terrible) to be true, it probably is. (That said, Google’s AFD prank this year is as funny as usual. Google has a great knack for coming up with hilarious “pranks” there’s no way you’ll think are true.) And do try to catch some of...

Web IM aggregator imo.im decides to stop supporting other IM services
March 2, 2014 | 1:23 pm

imoWell, that’s remarkably stupid. I just received an email today from imo.im, an instant message web/mobile app that I’ve used on my desktop computer, my iOS devices, and my Android devices. The point of the service was to aggregate multiple accounts—AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, etc.—together in one web window so you could access all your IM services from anywhere you were. Or so I thought, at least. But apparently the good people running imo don’t see it that way. To provide the best and most reliable service for our users, we need...

Facebook: authors need to rethink strategy in light of latest changes
January 23, 2014 | 12:18 pm

Authors will have to re-think how they use Facebook. The social media company announced its changing the way updates from brand Pages will appear in Facebook feeds. Many authors have fan pages instead of profiles and will need to adjust based on the new algorithms, according to a post from Facebook. Facebook’s Chris Turitzin, a product manager, said that it saw text status updates from Pages didn’t get as much attention as status updates from friends. We are learning that posts from Pages behave differently to posts from friends and we are working to improve our ranking algorithms so that we do a...

Facial recognition for random strangers, coming soon to Google Glass and your smartphone
January 8, 2014 | 9:39 pm

nametag_1Smartphones might be good for e-reading, but soon they’ll be able to read your face, too. Remember the uproar when Facebook announced plans to add face recognition identity tagging to its photos? It turned out only to be meant to tag people who you’d friended already, but to hear most people you’d have thought they were going to have their identities revealed to total strangers. Well, CNET Australia now reports on a forthcoming app for Android, iOS, and Google Glass that could reveal your identity to total strangers. Called NameTag, the app will allow users to snap photos...

Morning Roundup: Getting the Most Out Of New eReaders, Google Books Appeal Filed
December 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

Google Books appealHow to Get the Most Out of Your New eReader (GoodeReader) Today, we look at some of the great websites out there to aid you in your literary endeavors and look at some cool services that will get you the most out of your e-reader. *** Author's Guild Files Appeal in Google Books Lawsuit (The Digital Reader) Never one to give up on a fight, the Authors Guild filed a new appeal last week in the Google Books lawsuit. *** Konrath's Publishing Predictions 2014 (Joe Konrath) I've been looking to the future, wondering what is going to happen next, and I've got a few equally wild ideas. *** Facebook...

Want to promote that ebook? Do Facebook
November 3, 2013 | 11:44 am

facebookFirst let me state that I have no shares in Facebook or personal interest in promoting Mark Zuckerberg. But I thought I'd share the new Mashable/Statista/Shareaholic data on traffic from social networks to publishers. After all, it looks like everyone else is sharing - on Facebook most of all. "Facebook Drives the Most Traffic to Publishers, Beating Twitter and Reddit," reads the Mashable headline. And before you get too excited, the publishers they have in mind are online content publishers managing websites, not the book publisher kind. That said, the information is valuable to anyone using social networks to promote their...