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Morning Links: A comic book to teach copyright. Libraries reinventing in the digital age.
December 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightLawyers Say iPods Deleted Songs Not Purchased from Apple (GigaOM) Songs on iPods not purchased through Apple mysteriously disappeared on some devices, say consumer advocate lawyers in the current suit against the company. *** This Comic Book Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Copyright (Lifehacker) Reading up on copyright and fair use laws isn't most people's idea of fun. This comic book from Duke University, however, translates law basics into an interesting, visual story. *** Libraries Reinvent Themselves in the Digital Age (GoodeReader) A recent report by the Library Journal has stated that 95% of all US libraries have an e-book collection. That’s up...

eBooks in Star Trek?
December 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebooks in star trekThe Beloved and I have a nightly Netflix ritual and lately, we have been working our way through the Star Trek canon. Deep Space Nine is his favourite of the Treks, so we started with that one. And it's been so interesting to see how much of their predicted technology has actually come true! One episode in particular caused me no end of amusement. It involved an alien race who attempts to study humans by impersonating characters it observes in their lives---Dr. Bashir's romanticized version of his co-worker, Dax; Commander Sisko's favourite baseball player, lifted from a 'holosuite' adventure; and Rumpelstiltskin,...

Morning Links: Netflix CEO predicts end of broadcast TV. Top YA titles from 2014
December 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

Netflix CEOJournalism and Patronage (The Glog) Journalists are expected to avoid conflicts of interest. As I wrote a month ago, personal ethical standards and disclosure to one's editors are key tenets in avoiding conflicts. *** The Internet of Things: What it is and Why You Should Care (Lifehacker) You've probably started to hear the term "Internet of Things" being thrown around a lot lately. If you're not sure what it means, don't worry, you're not alone. This video can help you understand. *** Netflix CEO Puts an Expiration Date on Traditional Broadcast Television (TechDirt) Netflix's path of disruption has been nothing if not entertaining, whether it's the...

My 2014 eBook Predictions—How did I do?
December 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebook predictionsAt this time last year, I was fresh off my successful crystal balling of 2013. All my ebook predictions had come  true and I was basking in the glow of my talent as a trend-spotter. As it turns out, I was basking a little too much. Most of my predictions for 2014 fell short of the mark. Perhaps I had too much faith in the ability of the market to innovate---in many of my predictions, I see the first emergences of baby steps, but I had anticipated a more fully realized progress. In others, the market simply shifted in areas...

Morning Links: Bezos thinks ebooks make industry healthier. Nook trade in program
December 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

nookFour Ways Publishers Should Rethink Author Partnerships (Digital Book World) It’s an argument we’ve heard before: publishers must take a fresh look at their partnerships with authors, lest they lose them the proliferating number of self-publishing services and platforms. *** Amazon's Bezos Thinks eBooks Make the Book Industry Healthier (GigaOK) “The book industry is in better shape than it ever has been and it’s due to ebooks,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told an audience on Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview that addressed the company’s drone plans, its campus culture and its indifference to pain of short-term shareholders. *** Gifting Books? Expert Tips from a Children's Book...

Morning Links: Goodreads best books of 2014. Growing author discontent with Kindle Unlimited
December 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedGoodreads Best Books of 2014 (GoodReads) Announcing the winners of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year! *** The Obamas Go Book Shopping on Small Business Saturday (GalleyCat) President Obama made his annual trip to the Washington DC based indie book store Politics and Prose over the weekend to celebrate Small Business Saturday. *** Money is Pouring into Media, but Will it Find the Value it Seeks? (GigaOM) As tech analyst Ben Thompson pointed out in an email to Stratechery subscribers about the news, one of the most noteworthy things about both of...

Morning Links: Right to be forgotten guidelines published. Books to read in your lifetime
December 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

books to readFive Digital Publishing Questions for Eric Huang (Digital Book World) What do you think has been the most newsworthy event for authors in the past year around publishing and digital change? *** 'Right to be Forgotten' Guidelines Published by European Regulators (TechCrunch) Europe’s Article 29 Working Party, the body comprised of data protection representatives from individual Member States of the European Union, has now published guidelines on the implementation of the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, which was handed down by Europe’s top court back in May. *** Which Books Must You Read in Your Lifetime? Infographic (GalleyCat) Have you ever made a bucket list for...

Weekend Links: Lessons from Kindle Scout. Publishers to sue over pirate eBooks
November 30, 2014 | 9:36 am

kindle scouteBook Publishers May Soon Sue ISP Providers Over Pirate eBooks (GoodeReader) Rightscorp is trying to establish a precedent with suing Cox Communication.  If a judge finds Cox liable for the actions of users on its network, it will have major implications for the company, the cable industry and any ISP in the future who neglects to punish eBook pirates. *** Why Privacy is Like the Frog in the Pot of Boiling Water (GigaOM) Now is the time to take responsibility for our data prior to the the proverbial boil. *** Four Surprising Things I Learned from (Not) Getting a Contract Through Kindle Scout (The Digital Reader) A...

Black Friday Links: All shopping edition
November 28, 2014 | 7:57 am

black fridayWhat’s not to like about Black Friday shopping online? No crowding and no hunting for a parking place. Happy deal hunting! Amazon.com Black Friday Deal: Use code Holiday30 for 30% off any print book *** Barnes & Noble: 50% Off Selected Titles, Nook Deals *** Kobo: Save $40 on Kobo Aura *** Apple: Get a Gift Card with Selected Products *** Kindle Daily Deal: Must-Read Fiction and Non-Fiction _______ Anything strike your fancy?...

Thanksgiving Links: Amazon & B&N reveal Black Friday deals. In defense of copyright
November 27, 2014 | 10:38 am

thanksgiving.jpgAmazon and Barnes & Noble Reveal Black Friday Deals (GoodeReader) Amazon and Barnes and Noble are gearing up for one of the biggest shopping days in the US with some mighty deals. *** Global Net Neutrality Coalition (Boing Boing) The Electronic Frontier Foundation has teamed up with organizations around the world to fight for net neutrality everywhere, because this isn't an issue that just affects Americans. You can help by finding a group in your country and joining in. *** The 12-Book Program: A Holiday Survival Guide (Book Riot) Lucky for us, there are books to advise us, guide us, and help us get away. (Nothing says...

Why Customer Service is Even More Important in the Digital Age
November 26, 2014 | 11:25 am

customer serviceI had a bad customer service experience this past week, and it soured me on a vendor I have sunk a lot of money into over the years. And it also highlighted for me the reason why customer service is even more important than ever in the digital age---because the rise of social media has given the customer places to vent on other than your inbox! Satisfy the customer yourself, or they will go elsewhere looking for the satisfaction. And that elsewhere will be public, prominent and outside your control. I'll withhold the name of the vendor, because they did make...

Morning Links: Amazon bundling KU with Kindles. Global tablet market slowing
November 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

global tablet marketAmazon Now Bundling Kindle Unlimited with New Kindles, Fire Tablets (The Digital Reader) If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kindle on Black Friday then I have some good news for you: a better deal has come along. *** The Global Tablet Market is Slowing Down, Says IDC (GigaOM) It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates. *** Dear Library Forgive Me (Book Riot) This is not a love letter. This is an apology. Remember when we used to see...