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Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns
November 23, 2014 | 11:04 am

kickstarterNew Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating book piracy in schools and on the consumer level. They are doing this to attract major publishers from Europe and the United States. *** The Four Fatal Flaws of Failed Kickstarter Campaigns (GigaOM) But launching a crowdfunding campaign is no guarantee of success. I want to focus on the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, examine why promising startups...

More on the Kindle Paperwhite Update
November 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kindle paperwhite updateI received the new Kindle Paperwhite update at some point yesterday. When I went to use it last night, there was an alert from Amazon---complete with explanatory e-guide---highlighting features of the new OS. Some of it didn't interest me. We can't use FreeTime in Canada. and the family sharing was a moot point since the Beloved does not have an Amazon account. But I was interested to check out the 'improved' collection handling. The e-guide promised that, as people have often requested, Amazon has added some filters to make it easier to distinguish between Cloud and on-device content. Here was how...

Morning Links: iOS 8.1.1 on older devices. Apple ends patent war on Android?
November 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8.1.1How iOS 8.1.1 Affects Performance on Older Devices (Lifehacker) Which is to say, if you're still rocking iOS 7 on an older device, it's probably best to stay there. *** Apple Ends Patent War on Android, Deal Suggests (GigaOM) Apple has decided to end a bitter legal war against Google and Android phone makers, and to turn away from patent tactics that have cost the smartphone industry billions of dollars, according to reports and new court filings. *** Kobo Now Lists File Type and if it Has Adobe DRM (GoodeReader) When you are browsing the online Kobo catalog their is a new section at the bottom...

Oyster to Launch Two New Support Programs
November 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

oysterOyster launches to new literary initiatives today---a literary magazine called 'The Oyster Review' and an Author Advisory Board where authors will provide feedback on product and content decisions to Oyster. There were a few things about these ventures which are worth noting. Firstly, the review magazine is an on-line freebie. I confirmed this with the rep I spoke to because I know they have been slow to roll out services to Non-Americans, and I wondered if this new magazine might be an aspect of their service that I might try. She confirmed that anyone who could access the website---Review.OysterBooks.com---can read the...

Morning Links: 3 Questions about Goodreads gender study. Novels that started in NaNoWriMo
November 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoAre Parents Under-Reporting the eBooks They Buy for their Kids? (The Digital Reader) One common concern with consumer surveys is that the respondents might not answer truthfully. Whether through unconscious bias or simple oversight, there’s always a chance that data from a survey might not be as reliable as it would appear. *** 3 Questions About the Goodreads Gender Study (Book Riot) In case you missed it, Goodreads did a study on 40,000 users of their site (20,000 women and 20,000 men). Then they took those users’ stats and came up with some interesting information. *** 5 Indie Novels That Got Their Start in NaNoWriMo (IndieReader) We’re...

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
November 19, 2014 | 10:25 am

snowWe had our first big snowfall of the year on Monday! And I was all ready, with new boots, a warm hat and fleecy mittens. The only aspect of my life that was hit hard? My reading life! One of the side effects of the loss of physical page turn buttons has been a dip in my reading as soon as mitten-and-glove weather hits, because I favour my iPhone when I am commuting, and you can't use it with be-mittened hands. I don't know if my snowy home makes it worth upgrading my Paperwhite to the Kindle Voyage, and I don't...

Morning Links: Five small presses killing it. Pelican relaunched with few links to the past
November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

pelican books logoIn Relaunching Pelican Books, Penguin Breaks With the Past in Pursuit of a Digital Future (The Digital Reader) But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one small modernization the new Pelican Books bears little resemblance to the old. *** Five Small Presses That Are Absolutely Killing It (Book Riot) Because the scale of production precludes scoring huge names to add to their catalogs, small presses often have the advantage of finding really interesting books by fresh voices that may have gone unnoticed...

Notes on iPhone/iPad
November 18, 2014 | 4:25 pm

notes on iphoneIn today's Morning Links, there was an interesting piece from Mark Crump at GigaOM on his work process for iPad/iPhone note-taking. This is an interesting subject for me as I have at various times tried to run my workflow in this way, and have been unable to. I have never seen an article---Crump's included---that discussed only one product, so that tells me that the field of digital note-taking still has a ways to go. So, what are some of the deficiencies in what is currently available? 1) Most of them require ancillary tools to work at their best. Crump discusses the...

Morning Links: NYC to offer free public WiFi by 2015. Taking notes on the iPad
November 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

public wifiIf Publishers Are Going to Harness Data, We Need One Language (Media Shift) Publishers now have the ability to capitalize on audience interests and behaviors (i.e., types of content preferred, which links are clicked or shared, etc.) with various types of analytic tools. *** Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Review (GoodeReader) Amazon has put together their first true true tablet aimed at children with the Fire HD Kids Edition. *** NYC To Offer Free Public Wifi by 2015 (The Digital Reader) NYC unveiled a new plan today to adapt some 10,000 pay phone locations to fill  a new need as public Wifi hotspots. *** How to...

Morning Links: Afternoon at Harlequin. Book publishers and Black Friday
November 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

harlequinAn Afternoon at Harlequin (Dear Author) I had been warned by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches–who had visited the Harlequin headquarters before–that the offices where Harlequin is housed is a rather ordinary building featuring a plain exterior. Inside is where the magic takes place. *** A Kindle Software Update Lets You Share eBooks with Your Family (GigaOM) Amazon started pushing an over-the-air update to certain Kindle e-readers on Friday, which means that the new e-reading features Amazon touted when launching its Kindle Voyage will soon be available for older Kindles as well, as promised. *** Five Trends to Watch (PW) But six months later, Amazon’s purchase of...

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited numbers. Should libraries make their own eReader apps?
November 16, 2014 | 10:26 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited and the Only Amazon Numbers We Know for Sure (Dear Author) But since the announcement of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon has shared (albeit reluctantly as you will see) actual numbers which show the performance of one of its most recent consumer launches. *** Jane Austen's Fashion history: 200 Years of Cover Designs – in Pictures (The Guardian) It’s more than two centuries since Sense and Sensibility was first published, in three austere volumes. Things have grown rather more colourful since, with heaving bosoms, gilt-embossed curlicues appealing to different decades and demographics. Here are some of Jane’s many faces. *** The Author's Guild: Do More Than...

Cash for reviews: a slippery slope
November 14, 2014 | 4:25 pm

cash for reviewsI recently purchased some teaching products via Amazon.com. The order arrived last week and everything was fine, so I didn't pay too much attention to it, and did not realize it had come from a third-party seller until I got a curious email from them this week. The email said that their records indicated my order should have arrived by now, they hoped I found everything satisfactory, and they suggested that if I indeed did find it so, perhaps I could leave them a review for it. Fair enough so far, I guess. But then I got to this little clincher: "If...