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Morning Roundup: February bookstore sales dropped. Which metrics really matter? and more
April 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

bookstore sales droppedThe Chicago Sun-Times Shuts Down their Comment Section (The Digital Reader) It’s widely accepted that the anonymity of the internet can turn almost anyone into a troll, and nowhere is this more true than in the comment section. *** February Bookstore Sales Dropped 6.8% (Publishers Weekly) Hampered no doubt by bad winter weather, bookstore sales fell 6.8% in February, to $791 million, compared to February 2013, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. *** We are Drowning in Data About Readers and Attention, But Which Metrics Really Matter? (GigaOM) Thanks to the web and real-time measurement tools, the media industry has gone from having...

Morning Roundup: Mobile first isn’t enough. Enhanced eBooks don’t enhance education and more
April 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

mobile firstKindle Direct Publishing Now Offers Up to Date Sales Data (GoodeReader) Self-published authors can celebrate as Amazon introduced a brand new Sales Dashboard on the KDP Reports page to give you up-to-date reporting of paid, borrowed and free orders as they are placed in Kindle stores worldwide. *** Stand Down, Amazon Warriors: Comic Book Guys Already Killed the Comic Book Store (Book Riot) My relationship with brick-and-mortar comic shops ended pretty much the second comiXology entered the market place. For me, it isn’t Amazon that will kill the independent comic shop: it’s the Comic Book Guy. *** Publishers: Mobile First Isn't Enough (The Digital Shift) While mobile...

Morning Roundup: National Trust, could be improved, Books for Passover and more
April 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

national trustPublic Access to Public Books: The Case of the National Trust (The Scholarly Kitchen) But Newitt then points out that while the National Trust’s work in this regard has been invaluable and in many ways exemplary, it has left one important component of many of these properties far short of “open… to everyone”: the books that are housed in their libraries. *** Digital Library Lending Has a Long Way to Go (GoodeReader) It feels like every new step in the right direction also leads to a host of new problems and closures for public libraries where digital lending is concerned. *** Books to Get You in...

Weekend Roundup: Using ePub Split on Boxed sets. Amazon to launch smartphone in June? and more
April 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

epub splitUsing ePub Split to Create Individual Books From Your Collection from Box Sets (Dear Author) The 99c price tag for these epic box sets of 8, 10, and 14 sets of novels is awesome. However, reading them on a digital device is suboptimal. You don’t get a very good idea of where you are in the novel based on page count or percentage or locations. Further, it’s hard to catalog these books since there are multiple authors for the box set. *** Why Features, Not Speed, Determine How People Select iOS Browsers (GigaOM) Apple may think they hold all the cards when it comes...

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...

Why aren’t eBooks disrupting the college textbook market?
April 11, 2014 | 12:25 pm

college textbook marketThanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for sending this article my way. The write-up, from a blog called Fast Company has some interesting insights into why the college textbook market has not been taken over by ebooks yet. I have long held my own ideas on this matter. I have taken one course which had an online textbook option, and the functionality was so limited that it wasn't even worth bothering. Cut and paste was completely disabled, the books could not be read offline, they were scanned PDF and not OCR-searchable, and they expired the day after the course ended....

Morning Roundup: Amazon Publishing: authors are customers. How I became a booktuber and more
April 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazon publishingRIP, Sue Townsend (Boing Boing) She was one of the great comic writers, with all that implies: wisdom, wit, compassion and ruthless honesty. She was 68. *** Amazon Publishing: Authors are Customers (Digital Book World) “Our authors are our customers,” Sarah Jane Gunter, director of international publishing for the company, told me at the London Book Fair this week. “Amazon Publishing is going to become a house that is focused on authors. Our focus is service.” *** The Bullies Win: Authors Abandoning Publishing Over Online Behaviors (GoodeReader) News has come out this week of at least two authors who have declared that they will no longer write...

The Flip Side of the ‘Permission Culture’ Argument
April 10, 2014 | 12:28 pm

Permission CultureTechdirt has put up a great piece about what they are calling the 'permission culture' problem. They are referring to the difficulties of a business model such as Netflix, which has moved from distributing physical goods to distributing streaming digital ones: "The problem is that, unlike earlier movie-rental options, streaming rights fall fundamentally within a permission culture. Netflix is a great illustration of what's gone wrong here. It's gone from having a nearly unrivaled catalog of films available to rent to being the butt of Onion jokes. What happened: It shifted from a system where nobody had a veto power over...

Morning Roundup: Distee, new ebook distributor. Why publishers should care about wearables and more
April 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

disteeThe Ten Worst Things You Can Say to a Writer During a Book Launch (Huffington Post) For anyone who knows a writer launching a book, therefore, I have compiled a list of things not to say if you want to avoid provoking a tearful outburst: *** New eBook Dstributor Distee Launches Flat-fee Model (The Digital Reader) Distee, a new distributor which launching this week, takes a different approach. This firm is offering to distribute an author’s ebooks to major ebookstores in exchange for a flat monthly fee. *** Oxford University Press is Making Online Products Free During National Library Week (GalleyCat) Oxford University Press is making its...

Morning Roundup: Rise of mobile apps. Kobo for iOS updated and more
April 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

Income vs. Expenses: How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living (The Billfold) Remember that this is pre-tax income. It’s also before Paypal takes out its fees, which add up. I wish Paypal were not the ubiquitous method of paying freelancers, but I did not create the system. *** The Rise of Mobile Apps and the Decline of the Open Web (GigaOM) Venture investor Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz and others say they are concerned that the increasing use of mobile apps means less investment in the open web, and that this could have a negative effect on innovation. But is that true? *** Kobo for iOS...

Morning Roundup: Feeling dumb while reading? Why publishers want to sell direct and more
April 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

On the Perils of Feeling Dumb While Reading (Book Riot) Or maybe you don’t hate it, but you certainly don’t love it like everyone else seems to. And you can’t help but ask yourself, “Is it me? Am I just not smart enough for this book?” *** Why Do Publishers Want to Sell Direct? (The Scholarly Kitchen) During my conversations with press staff, I was able to put together a list of motivations for why a press would want to sell direct. After all, this is not a self-evident proposition. *** Scholastic Launches Summer Book Reading Challenge (GalleyCat) Scholastic has opened the pre-registration for the 2014...

Another look at the ebook pricing question
April 7, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebook pricingA blurb on The Passive Voice links to an article at Sciencefiction.com where author Tracy Hickman of Dragonlance fame offers 'sobering news' for aspiring authors. The news is that being a full-time fiction author is really hard work, and doesn't earn as much money as people think it does, which I suppose has to some degree always been true. And, to be fair to Mr. Hickman, he did contribute to the comments and clarify that his quote was taken out of context and he was not complaining so much as explicating on a reality. But, as I am increasingly finding in stories...