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Morning Roundup: Are You a Gadget Hoarder, How Can B&N Compete in 2014 and Beyond
December 23, 2013 | 9:00 am

gadget hoarderAre You a Gadget Hoarder? (CBS Miami) Most people like getting their hands on the latest and newest technology, but for some, letting go of the old is hard to do. *** How Can Barnes & Noble Compete in 2014 and Beyond? (Dear Author) As we look toward 2014, the major question to be answered is the future of Barnes & Noble. If you think that the publishing world would be just fine without Barnes & Noble, you’d be wrong. *** Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014 (DBW) It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in...

Google Play Books adds from-device uploading in impending update
December 11, 2013 | 11:16 am

Android Police notes that Google Play Books has gotten an update that allows you to upload e-books into its cloud directly from your device, rather than being restricted to doing it only via the web site. I hadn’t realized Google Books could do cloud storage of your own e-books at all, but given that Google Play Music does cloud storage of your MP3s, I suppose I should have guessed. Need to see about trying that out. There are a few other improvements, too, like landscape mode, lower brightness settings for low-light reading, and so on. The update probably won’t...

Android defragmentation via Google Play Services: Implications for e-books?
September 3, 2013 | 11:56 am

An excellent post by  Ron Amadeo on Ars Technica encapsulates Google's changes to software upgrade procedures and rollouts of new generations of Android. Amadeo's thesis—and while unsupported by specific comment from Google, it's pretty hard to refute—is that Google has given up on trying to dragoon all its OEMs into updating Android on their multitude of devices—often with their own in-house skins—and instead is going for incremental upgrades to the Android ecosystem through the back door. The back door in this case is Google Play Services. As Amadeo says: "It has its own silent, automatic update mechanism that the user has no control...

Weekend Roundup: Here’s the other e-book pricing problem…
July 20, 2013 | 8:00 am

e-bookThe Other eBook Pricing Problem (Huffington Post) While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on. * * * Google Play Books Now Available in 9 New European Countries (Good e-Reader) Google Play Books has expanded into nine new countries today, bringing their total footprint to 26. Residents in Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Sweden can now access millions of free and paid eBooks. * * * Signed First Edition of JK...

Google Play Books launches in Mexico
March 21, 2013 | 12:40 pm

Good news for our readers in Mexico. You can now get books through Google Play, in addition to apps. Slashgear kindly reported on it for those of us who can't read Spanish. (It was announced yesterday on Google+ Mexico.) According to Slashgear: Publishing houses offering content for users in Mexico include Random House Mondadori and Planeta, according to a statement made on the Google Mexico G+ profile. In addition to local titles, international titles are also available, providing access to bestselling novels from overseas. The article discussed reading on smartphones and tablets, but didn't mention e-readers, so my first question, having never used...

Morning Links: Is it Worth Spending Half Your Profits ‘Fighting Piracy?’
March 21, 2013 | 8:55 am

Google Play Books is Now Live in Mexico (The Digital Reader) Is it Worth Spending Half Your Profits 'Fighting Piracy?' (Boing Boing) Book eMail Site Bookbub Reaches 1 Million Users (Digital Book World) Open Access—Idealism and Realism Remain Difficult to Reconcile, Survey Says Kindle Daily Deals: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (and 3 others!) ...

Morning Links: Penguin settles with DOJ; NYT publishing e-books
December 19, 2012 | 8:52 am

Google Play BookseBooks Can Unify Backlist for Prominent Authors (Digital Book World) The Slow But Steady March Toward Paid Content (Scholarly Kitchen) Google Play Books Introduces Read-Aloud Feature (Good E-Reader) Penguin Settles with Department of Justice in eBook Pricing Case (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deal: Pocket 47 & Three Others * * *  ...

Reading E-Books on Smartphones – How popular is it?
September 16, 2012 | 9:42 pm

Last week, Digital Book World editorial director Jeremy Greenfield shared the details of an interesting (if non-scientific) e-reading study; it was conducted via DBW's Twitter account, which has more than 20,000 followers. The tweet itself was simple enough; it read this like: Do you read on your smartphone? Do you read on other devices, too? Tell us! As of September 11, 30 DBW Twitter followers had answered back, and about half of those respondents answered in the affirmative. The tweets featured in the post were fairly interesting, although most surprising to me was Greenfield's mention of Michael Tamblyn, Kobo’s EVP of content, sales and merchandising: In a DBW interview conducted earlier...

IDPF – James Crawford, Engineering Director Google Play books
June 4, 2012 | 3:39 pm

Screen Shot 2012 05 30 at 9 55 01 AM One in every 4 US household has a tablet.  Majority of digital content purchases made on smartphones and reading is one of the most popular tablet activities. Over 4 million books on Google Play.  Can be read on Andoid phones and tablets, iPads, iPhones and on the web.  For Google play the book is completely available on the browser when it is offline.   Android activations are going up by 850,000 activations a day and outside of the US carrier billing is very important and is being rolled out everseas. Getting increasing input from merchandising people so interface is looking less engineering-like....