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Morning Roundup: Bloggers are media, Goodreads launches “Add Amazon Books” feature and more
April 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

bloggers are mediaNew Competition Highlights Indie Books (Indie Reader) The Pulitzer prize winning British newspaper, The Guardian, is co-sponsoring a new competition exclusively for indies. *** Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature (Digital Book World) You can now add books you’ve purchased on Amazon – both print and Kindle books – to your Goodreads shelves. This will be available in the next few weeks to members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. *** Court Declares That Yes, Bloggers Are Media (Techdirt) While it seems crazy that this kind of issue is still being debated in 2014, it's good to see a court make such a clear statement on the...

My Goodreads Wishlist for 2014
January 2, 2014 | 2:47 pm

goodreadsOne of my first online tasks of the year was to update my Goodreads reading challenge. I aimed for 50 books last year and fell just short, but one of my new year's resolutions is to waste less time goofing around on-line and to spend my leisure time more productively. So I am aiming for 75 books this year---and while I do enjoy using Goodreads to track them, there are a few tweaks Amazon could make to the site which would make my tracking even easier. Here are my top three most-wanted Goodreads features. What are yours? 1) Ability to set...

Infographic: A look at Goodreads in 2013
January 2, 2014 | 10:48 am

Check out this neat infographic the folks at Goodreads put together for a glimpse at 2013. ...

Monrning Roundup: Rogers Media Pulls Digital Magazines from Zinio; France Doesn’t Tax DRMed Books Extra and more
November 20, 2013 | 9:00 am

digital magazinesRogers Media Pulls All Digital Magazines out of Zinio and Launches their own Service (GoodeReader) Rogers Media is likely the largest magazine publisher in Canada and they have pulled all of their digital editions out of Zinio. Rogers intends on launching their own Netflix-like app, called Next Issue magazine that will provide access to all of its magazines as well as dozens of high-profile American titles for a monthly fee. *** Kindle Paperwhite gets Goodreads Integration and Kid-Friendly Reading Goals (GigaOM) A day after Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets got a software update, so too does its Paperwhite. Like the tablets, the Paperwhite gains deeper...

Mashable app list: Really making you a better reader?
November 11, 2013 | 6:37 pm

Social media and technology site Mashable has grouped together "8 Apps to Make You a Better Reader" - and not just concentrating on e-reading, but also bringing in some apps that will be just as helpful for print reading as well. If they help. Because the premise for choosing some seems the exact opposite of making you a better reader - i.e. making you a hastier and less insightful reader by predigesting and dicing up your reading matter. As Mashable's Mark Knoblauch says, the article has been "trying to stray from the obvious reading apps, like e-readers." And yes, as well...

Morning Roundup: Amazon and Goodreads Could Lose Their Best Readers, Writing For Free Isn’t Slavery and more
October 29, 2013 | 9:05 am

GoodreadsHow Amazon & Goodreads Could Lose Their Best Readers (Salon) With 20 million members (a number some have noted is close to the population of Australia) and a reputation as a place where readers meet to trade information and share their excitement about books, the social networking site Goodreads has always appeared to be one of the more idyllic corners of the Internet. *** One Quarter of Europeans Prefer Buying Books Online (GoodeReader) A survey carried out by Eurostat to determine the extent that information or communication technologies has permeated in the lives of the average European has revealed the online buying pattern that...

New Kindle Lineup Faster, Lighter and More Locked Down
September 25, 2013 | 4:02 pm

Amazon announced a series of new Kindle tablets yesterday. Some of the intriguing features of this new lineup include a faster processor, improved battery life and a slimmer, lighter profile. As for the 'lowlight,' these tablets are more integrated than ever into the Amazon ecosystem, and that can be both a feature and a curse. A few examples: 1) Goodreads Integration Now that Amazon owns Goodreads, they will be integrating it into all of their software interfaces, for both the tablets and the e-ink readers. That's great, if you like Goodreads! But what if you'd rather use a different social book site?...

Goodreads New Author Protection Policy
September 23, 2013 | 4:15 pm

Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for his comprehensive write-up of the new Goodreads content policy designed to 'protect' authors from cyber-bullying by overly exuberant readers. Goodreads couched the announcement as a friendly 'note regarding reviews' and it begins with 'reviews should be about the book' and then goes from there. The new measures include revised author guidelines, which Goodreads says it developed because "it’s clear that some problems have come up because some authors who are new to Goodreads don’t know what's appropriate on Goodreads and/or take matters into their own hands rather than flagging content that they feel...

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...

On Negative Reviews and Bad Online Behavior
August 29, 2013 | 1:45 pm

cyber-bullyingI've read a couple of articles this week on author bullying, fan culture and negative reviews, and I've taken a few days to let the ideas simmer before writing this essay. As an author, I'm sensitive to the subject. But I'm also a reader, and that allows me to see both sides of the issue. No, I don't approve of author bullying—or any kind of bullying, for that matter—and I've seen too much about the bullying culture on GoodReads to be happy about what appears to be going on there. It will be interesting to see what, if any, changes take place...

Morning Roundup: Authors and readers band together to stop Goodreads bullying
August 26, 2013 | 8:57 am

GoodreadsWe Need a Digital-First Curriculum to Teach Modern Journalism (Media Shift) At the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, one panel addressed adding programming skills to the curriculum: “Why All Your Students Must Be Programmers.” The inevitable question was posed: What would you cut from existing offerings to make room for these new topics? * * * Authors, Readers Band Together to Stop Goodreads 'Bullying' (Good e-Reader) Who knew the book industry was filled with such venom, such mayhem, such…death threats? Book discovery and discussion site Goodreads has been the battlefield recently for a...

Morning Roundup: Goodreads is blowing up; Penguin Random House partners with print
July 24, 2013 | 9:39 am

Morning RoundupSix Years Later, How Apple Keeps the iPhone Chugging Along (GigaOM) Apple has found ways to keep the iPhone growing in emerging and also established markets. But it’s coming at the cost of slipping profit margins. * * * Self-Published Author Lands Book of the Week Promotion at Apple's iBookstore (GalleyCat) Smashwords author JD Nixon scored the coveted “Book of the Week” promotion at Apple’s iBookstore this week, making the first book of the author’s Heller series free for a week for iBooks readers. * * * Penguin Random House Dabbles in Direct Sales with New Book Country Bookstore (Digital Book World) Penguin Random House’s manuscript workshopping...