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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...

Rock on, Books Rock My World
October 28, 2013 | 6:07 pm

booksBooks Rock My World (facebook.com/booksrockmyworld) is "a community of people who come together on Facebook to share their love for literature. Run by admins who collaborate from all over the world to bring their passion for reading to the group, Books Rock My World features book-related images, discussion and trivia." They are rightly very pro-reading: They very much defend the status of books versus other media: And just occasionally, they are a little bit anti-ebook: (And just for the record - and I probably speak for most of TeleRead here - I'm not anti-print. I'm anti-unthinking print book purism. I'm anti publishers and other...

Double standards in Facebook, ebook scaremongering?
October 23, 2013 | 4:30 pm

facebookAm I the only one to see double standards in the tone and level of public responses to the results of Facebook's review of its policy on graphic violence, including posting of decapitation videos? Yes, there's been some condemnation and questioning of the new policy. But is there anything like the shitstorm that greeted the scandalmongering reports on ebook porn? I haven't seen Facebook hastily take down its entire platform with apologetic press statements to explain its decision. And yet far more people log on to Facebook than ever walk in through the doors of a WHSmith store, and would...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Smartphones, Logging into WiFi With Facebook, Digital Reading Innovations, Tom Clancy Has Died
October 3, 2013 | 9:00 am

[caption id="attachment_97753" align="alignright" width="206"] Author Tom Clancy[/caption] Tom Clancy Has Died (GalleyCat) Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy has passed away, ending a legendary career in espionage fiction. *** I Believe We Will See a Kindle Smartphone Sooner Rather than Later (The Digital Reader) Rumors have been circulating for well over a year now that Amazon is working on a smartphone. I’m not sure how many of the rumors true or even vaguely accurate but I do think that even the untrue rumors are circling around a real product. *** Soon, Your Facebook Credentials Could Log You Into Wifi Networks (GigaOM) Cisco and Facebook have built a Wi-Fi technology that...

Oxygen and Clean Eating Magazine to Rise Again
September 24, 2013 | 2:15 pm

I wrote in June about the closure of CANUSA, the parent company of the magazines [easyazon-link asin="B0078XPR46" locale="us"]Oxygen[/easyazon-link] and Clean Eating. At the time, then-owner Tosca Reno attributed the closure to changes in the industry and to the death of her husband, founder Robert Kennedy. She suggested she was looking for other solutions to bring these magazines back, and it seems she's been successful: several outlets are reporting that Active Interest Media has acquired these titles and Reno assured readers via Facebook that all subscriptions would be honoured. Good news for magazine lovers!...

Morning Roundup: Goodreads announces new policy, Intern bill of rights; more
September 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

Goodreads Announces New Policy: Now Deletes Reviews Which Mention Author Behaviour (The Digital Shift) Goodreads has long been struggling to decide between the opposing needs of reader/reviewers and of authors, and today the latter group has finally won out. *** Firms Sign on to 'Intern Bill of Rights' Amid Ongoing Unpaid Labour Fights (GigaOM) InternMatch, a start-up that helps students find internships, is calling on companies to sign a “Bill of Rights’ that promises fair treatment and paid or meaningful work. Some big names are signing on. *** Digital is New Salvation for European Newspapers (GoodeReader) European newspapers have often been shielded by the same issues plaguing...

Morning Roundup: Facebook ‘likes’ and the first amendment; E-readers ‘more effective’ for some dyslexic readers; more
September 20, 2013 | 8:42 am

Cloud Customers Have Bigger Worries than NSA Gate (GigaOM) Nirvanix’ fast shutdown spooks current and would-be cloud storage customers more than the prospect of government spying. At least for now. *** Questions (and Answers) from the Society of Scholarly Publishing (The Scholarly Kitchen) Consider today’s post a bit of shameless self-promotion if you will, but at last summer’s SSP meeting many attendees were shanghaied into a side room and asked about their experiences and thoughts on scholarly publishing. The results are below: *** Yes, a Facebook 'Like' is Protected by the First Amendment (Techdirt) Last year we wrote about a troubling case, in which a district court...

‘Find my family’ posts use Facebook to spread the word
August 10, 2013 | 2:27 pm

cassandradoptedPublishing and publicizing are related words. They both mean “to make public,” in their way. They intersect in the self-published e-book world, but they can intersect in other ways as well. There are some Facebook photos making the rounds lately of people who are trying to find missing loved ones. They post a photo of themselves holding a whiteboard with their message. This young solder writes: My name is Casandra Skaife. I am currently serving overseas and today is my 21st birthday! I’m not looking for a drink, I’m just looking for my birth parents....

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools
July 29, 2013 | 4:45 pm

laptopsMediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that's grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have been great for students—they've spent their time "doing everything from conversing with peers in Costa Rica through Twitter in a history class, to designing and producing their own online magazines." But it hasn't been so great for the IT department employees, who've spent their time trying to reinstall content filters after students worked very...

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