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Morning Links: Organizing library books, Culture of Reading or Buying?
March 17, 2015 | 9:00 am

library booksHow I Organize Our Library Books (From 9 Different Sources) (Book Riot) Our home is a veritable borrowed book disaster. Each human occupant of our apartment (there are four of us) has their own New York Public Library card. My two daughters go to different schools, and we have library cards from each one. *** A Culture of Reading, or a Culture of Buying? (Dear Author) Last week’s post on digital book prices for commercial fiction engendered a lot of great responses, reflecting some really passionate opinions on how books are priced and how readers make their purchasing decisions. *** The Long Story Behind...

Gigaom is shutting down
March 10, 2015 | 10:25 am

gigaomGigaom is shutting down. The company made the announcement on Monday night with a statement on its website. Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets. The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy. We would like to take a moment and thank...

Twitter’s potential changes could affect author promotion
September 6, 2014 | 2:32 pm

twitterSo Twitter wants to change things. According to multiple reports (you can find here, here, and here), Twitter is more than considering changing the way users see their feeds. Exactly how is not entirely clear yet as many have looked at smaller changes such as bringing back out tweets from users you already follow or changing the  algorithm completely by curating content that they think you want to read. That sure sounds like Facebook – and one of the biggest reasons why I use Twitter way more than I use the other guys. So, hopefully, it won't go that way. But this website...

A case study in the difficulties of the permission culture
April 11, 2014 | 6:25 pm

permission cultureI wrote on Thursday about a great term Techdirt has been using to describe the new normal 'permission culture' in which we find our every media move governed by a rights-holder who can, or cannot grant permission for the use we desire. Whether it's 'this movie is not available for streaming on your country' or 'you bought the book but Amazon can tell you which device you can read it on,' users are being told they can't do something which may seem common sense to them. GigaOM has a great little case study which raises some interesting questions on this. Actress...

NYPL launches new book recommendation tool online
March 24, 2014 | 1:53 pm

book recommendation toolThe New York Public Library has introduced a book recommendation tool for its online catalog. The recommendations will factor in searches by the user using tags and keywords, according to Gigaom. The NYPL has partnered with Zola Books’ Bookish. The recommendations will be based on book data instead of user data. If a user searches for a specific book, they will get a list of recommendations based on factors of that book (not the user) The NYPL had offered recommendations based on titles other users were interested in. This change will gear books more toward the individual user rather than what’s popular now. This...

GigaOm Research report says new form factors crimping Western tablet market growth, emerging markets step in
February 28, 2014 | 10:25 am

The latest research report from GigaOm Research, "Forecast: Global tablet shipments, 2012-2017," authored by Peter Crocker, "founder and principal analyst at Smith’s Point Analytics, a full service market research and consulting firm focused on the mobile and wireless industry," sees a tablet market experiencing a growth slowdown in developed Western markets for good reason. Although, the report observes, "shipments of tablets worldwide will grow at a 29 percent  rate compounded annually (CAGR) from 179 million in 2013 to 427 million by 2017," overtaking PC shipments in 2015, all is not entirely calm seas and plain sailing for the tablet market. The...

Smashwords details payment plan for authors using Oyster subscription model
October 29, 2013 | 2:30 pm

oysterIt’s been dubbed the “Spotify for ebooks,” which sounds great for booklovers. But how were authors going to benefit from Oyster, a monthly subscription for an unlimited amount of books? Smashwords recently revealed its payment terms for Oyster, and GigaOM had the info. Smashwords founder and CEO Mark Coker sent an email to authors and publishers with details: “As a Smashwords author or publisher, you’ll earn 60 percent of your book’s retail list price whenever an Oyster subscriber reads more than 10 percent of your book, starting from the beginning of the book forward. It’s an author-friendly model. That’s the same rate Smashwords...

Scribd offers e-book subscription service
October 1, 2013 | 2:22 pm

The competition for e-book subscription-based services is getting tougher. Scribd announced it is offering its own service for e-books on Tuesday. The service will cost $8.99 a month for an unlimited amount of books and will have many HarperCollins among its publishers its library. Scribd is a six-year-old company that provided a place where can share documents. It already had the technology for use of e-books, and now it took it one step further. “We want to be one of the most publisher-friendly companies out there,” Scribd cofounder and CEO Trip Adler told GigaOM. “It’s core to our strategy to build this for...

The Battle for Bookstores: Who’s their ideal customer now?
August 16, 2013 | 10:46 am

bookstoreI'd bookmarked several articles this week waxing philosophical about the fate of the bookstore, and it seems I am not the only one who noticed this trend: Laura Hazard Owen did a nice round-up for GigaOM summarizing the contributions from some main players. Joseph Esposito, Mike Shatzkin and Seth Godin all approach the book issue from different vantage points (Esposito and Shatzkin are cunsultants, Godin is an author) but reach a few similar conclusions, about the move to e-books (inevitable, whether welcome or not) and the shift to purchasing online versus purchasing in stores. Godin seems a little more sentimental and hopes...

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: ‘Cord Cutters’ Survey Makes Wrong Point
July 12, 2013 | 9:38 am

surveyGigaOM has a report about a comScore survey showing that 16 percent of Canadians "stream all of their TV from on-line sources." The survey also has an additional 35 percent of Canadians watching both traditional television and a further 35 percent only watching traditional television. Janko Roetggers correctly points out some food-for-thought in the results here: that Google, owner of YouTube, commissioned the survey, and that bandwith caps, which are prevalent in Canada, might be playing a factor in what Canadians watch on-line. But it also misses the point that if you don't ask the right questions, you won't get a full picture...

Did DRM Hand Amazon Their Monopoly?
July 11, 2013 | 2:33 pm

AmazonGigaOM's Matthew Ingram has a thoughtful piece on the recent Apple decision, where he posits that publishers got themselves into their "versus Amazon" position not because of pricing, but because of their insistence on selling books with DRM. What's the connection? Well, DRM is a lock; we all agree on that. And who has the power whenever there is a lock? Whoever has the key! As soon as someone invests in one Kindle book, they are locked into that system forever (unless they are techy enough to know otherwise), and every book Amazon sells them only cements that monopoly. DRM locks, as...

Why We Need Off-Line Media
July 8, 2013 | 11:17 am

mediaGigaOM's Lauren Hockenson has a great response to the recent gaming headlines about SimCity, Xbox One and the concept of the always-on console. Reading her arguments about why gamers need to sometimes be off-line, it struck me—as it often does with gaming-themed articles—how true these points are for all media. I know Amazon probably sees a future where all your media is in the cloud (and preferably a cloud you access through them), but it doesn't always work that way. People don't always have a perfect Internet connection. Companies don't always stay around forever to provide the cloud they promise. It's...