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Morning Roundup: Amazon says publishers not “really necessary.” Konrath advice
August 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonBook Rating Categories That Should Exist (Because Star Ratings are Useless) (Book Riot) I need a more nuanced system to keep track of my thoughts on the books I have read. Here are some categories that I desperately need when rating books. *** Is BuzzFeed’s Deletion of Articles an Ethical Lapse or the Growing Pains of a New-Media Entity? (GigaOM) BuzzFeed has come under fire for deleting thousands of old articles, which founder Jonah Peretti says didn’t live up to the kinds of standards the site wants to adhere to now. Should the company be criticized for doing this because it’s a journalistic no-no,...

Weekend Roundup: What do editors read? Kobo CEO speaks about taking over Sony ebook business
August 17, 2014 | 11:11 am

KoboWhat do Editors Read? (Book Riot) You’ve heard what librarians read. Now, I’ve asked some stellar editors to tell us what books they’re excited about right now. *** Kobo CEO Speaks Out About Taking Over Sony eBook Business (GoodeReader) “In North America we have been really happy with the Sony customers coming over to Kobo. People have been really interested and excited about our retail ecosystem and our investment around recommendations and how to discover your next great read. As a company, we are very happy with the collaboration and quality of customers coming over.” said Tamblyn. *** We. Don't. Care. How. Traditional. Publishing. Works. (The...

Why aren’t more teachers using technology in education?
August 15, 2014 | 4:25 pm

technology in educationThe excellent blog Teachers with Apps has a thought-provoking write-up on the timeless and eternal question of why teachers don't use technology in education better. The reasons they list, pulled from an Education Week survey, are varied, and true to my own experience: lack of time, lack of training, lack of access and so on. But when all is aid and done, they boil down to one thing: Technology is not an instant fix. That's it. That is the simple truth right there. People see the new and shiny and they get seduced by the idea that it's the better way which...

Humble Bundle releases Android App
August 15, 2014 | 1:50 pm

Humble BundleFrom the fine folks at Lifehacker comes this intriguing news (Humble Bundle Releases Android App): the Humble Bundle people have just updated their Android app to allow downloads right from inside. As the article explains, the app used to allow only game downloads. Now, you can download music, books and audiobooks too and send them to an app like Play Books for use and enjoyment. Very slick, Humble Bundle. Now, where is the iOS app?...

Morning Roundup: Amazon bets consumers won’t budge. Average price of ebook bestsellers rising
August 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonAmazon's Bezos Gambles Consumers Won't Budge Amid Supplier Spats (Business Week) Jeff Bezos is betting consumers are so hooked on Amazon.com Inc’s easy shopping and fast delivery that they won’t revolt even as negotiations with suppliers make it harder to find some items on the site. *** How to Use Social Media for Better Book Recommendations (Book Riot) In the height of summer reading season, everyone is looking for the next hot book to read. And they’re all on Facebook asking what they should get next. If you’ve tried this route you may have noticed that you get all kinds of titles shouted at...

Review: Next Issue magazine subscription service
August 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

next issueNext Issue which intrigued me. It offered a Netflix-esque model where you paid a fixed monthly fee and could access any title on the service. My last tablet magazine experience was Zinio, which I stopped using after some difficulties with the way they automatically renewed subscriptions. Since there was no subscription to deal with here other than a single fixed monthly fee, I wondered if Next Issue would be the app which got me reading magazines again. And the answer is: no, it is not. With Zinio, I liked the magazines but hated the service. With Next, I liked the service...

What features do the e-Ink Kindles still need?
August 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

E-inkThere is a new Kindle Paperwhite update making the rounds! It adds some features which have been present in the iOS app for awhile, including the 'sync to most recent open page' option and some PDF features. I really like some of the 'extras' eBooks allow me to take advantage of. I love the on-board dictionary, the Wikipedia and Google Translate options, the notes and annotation features (I never used to highlight paper books; I often do with eBooks) and, few bugs notwithstanding, the vocabulary builder. So, what's left? What features could Amazon still add here? 1) Academic Citation Features. I wonder...

Morning Roundup: Evolution of the Nook. Reddit book recommendations in a bookstore
August 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

redditThe Evolution of the Barnes & Noble Nook-- in Pictures (GoodeReader) Today, we are going to take down memory lane and look at every single model they ever released and talk about important milestones. *** San Francisco Creates Reddit Book Recommendation Wall (GalleyCat) Reddit user Severitis has taken inspiration from the site and used it to curate a wall of books at the small bookstore that she works at in San Francisco. *** Before You Make a Fixed-Layout eBook: Five Things to Watch Out For (Digital Book World) So you want to make a fixed-layout ebook. For starters, are you sure? *** Four Questions for...Hugh Howey (PW) With the Amazon-Hachette...

My new digital-age mantra: everything is improvable
August 13, 2014 | 4:25 pm

readingAn article came my way this morning which shook me out of my digital-age complacency. I had spent my morning RSS checking filtering out much more of the same old, same old. Case study: this GalleyCat write-up on a study which 'proves' that reading comprehension is better when students read paper texts as opposed to digital ones. With no offence to our friends at GalleyCat, this article was typical of many in this genre in that it presented its conclusion as a fait accompli---the study said that the old way was better, the end. So I was grateful to Nate at...

Morning Roundup: Print vs. digital comprehension. Comics after Amazon-Comixology
August 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

comiXologyAmazon, Hachette, Russia, Israel…(Sigh)… (Publerati) The future of publishing lies within this overall pricing challenge. The audience for hardcover fiction is shrinking, not growing, so the publisher needs to get as much out of that shrinking group of purchasers as possible. *** Ukrainian Law Would Allow Authorities to Block Websites, Along with Other Media (GigaOM) The draft law was waved through its first reading in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday, raising fears of censorship without safeguards. *** Surveying Digital Comics after Amazon-Comixology (PW) It’s been a time of upheaval in the digital comics landscape. Amazon’s still recent purchase of Comixology continues to make waves. *** Reading Print Versus...

Morning Roundup: HarperCollins assists indie bookstores. #IReadEveryWhere
August 12, 2014 | 8:58 am

harpercollins_logo.gifA Round-Up of NYPL’s #IReadEverywhere (Book Riot) The NYPL recently started a hashtag campaign to promote literacy (as well as their services): #IReadEveryWhere. It’s worth checking out on Twitter just for fun AND for some great book recommendations. *** Teaching the Digital Media Revolution Without Disregarding the Past (Media Shift) Gencarelli described the four revolutions in the history of human communication and asked us if we are in the middle of the fifth. *** HarperCollins Assists Indie Bookstores with Marketing Funds (GoodeReader) HarperCollins Publishers today announced the HarperCollins Promotional Fund (HCPF), which will provide an additional fund of marketing dollars for Independent Retailers in the company’s fiscal...

Morning Roundup: Best subscription service for self-pubbing. iOS 8 highlights
August 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8Which Subscription Service is Best for Self-Published Authors: Kindle Unlimited, Scribd or Oyster? (Media Shift) Is Kindle Unlimited the best, or should self-publishers join the Scribd or Oyster programs instead? How do you get in? Read on for a comparison of these top three reader subscription programs and best recommendations for self-publishers who are looking to add these channels to their revenue streams. *** Looking Forward to iOS 8: Highlights (GoodeReader) As a developer, I have had the chance to test drive the beta version of iOS 8 since early June… for the rest of you still waiting to give it a try, here...