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Morning Roundup: Amazon officially launches Kindle Unlimited. Sherlock Holmes rights battle
July 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock HolmesHow I Became a Knausgaard Truther (Pacific Standard) Did companies in Norway institute Knausgaard-free days in response to the popularity of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical novel My Struggle? It’s a question that led to a search for proof that something never happened. *** Amazon Officially Launches Kindle Unlimited eBook and Audio Subscription Service for $9.99 a month (GigaOM) The service is only available in the U.S. for now. About 640,000 titles are available, the bulk of them from Amazon’s own publishing imprints or by self-published authors who’d previously enrolled their books in Kindle Select. *** Sherlock Holmes and the Battle Over Literary Rights (The Telegraph) Setback...

Morning Roundup: Publishers are as bad as Amazon, Final bill for Apple price-fixing
July 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

Apple price fixingMicrosoft Layoffs- Thursday's the Day (GigaOM) The company, as reported, needs to slim down after its $7.17 billion buyout of Nokia and to focus on key “CloudOS” and productivity tools across devices. The cuts are expected to be substantial — insiders expected up to 10 percent of employees will lose their jobs, which would be a deep cut for Microsoft. *** More Speculation on the Final Bill for Apple's Price-Fixing Problems (GoodEReader) News was announced yesterday from the lawyers for the plaintiffs in one of Apple’s side lawsuits over ebook pricing that the grand total the company could have to pay out to consumers...

Morning Roundup: Amazon in talks with S&S. Kobo adds Dr. Seuss titles and more
July 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

simon & schuster logoAmazon Now in Talks with Simon & Schuster (WSJ) The country’s largest bookseller is also in talks with Simon & Schuster, said Leslie Moonves, CEO of the publisher’s parent CBS Corp.CBS -1.94% at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. *** Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Turns 50 (GalleyCat) Roald Dahl‘s classic children’s book Charlie & The Chocolate Factory turns 50 this year. To commemorate the occasion, Penguin Young Readers has released a new paperback edition of the novel and is running its own golden ticket sweepstakes. *** 10 Things Publishers Have Been Doing (That We Should Celebrate) (Future Book) Publishing is all too often,...

Morning Roundup: Kobo giving $5 for library referrals. Agony and ecstasy of social media
July 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboLibraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books' (Book Riot) If there’s one phrase I dislike more than the latest company touting itself as the “Netflix for books,” it’s when the retort is that such a thing already exists and it’s called the library. *** TSA Policy Change Increases Tech Security Burden for Travelling Journalists (Media Shift) Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. *** The Agony and Ecstasy of Social Media (Dear Author) Today two authors debate the issue of social media in writing....

Balanced Bibliophilocy: a new paradigm for reading
July 14, 2014 | 4:25 pm

e-booksOur friends at The Passive Voice linked to another of those tedious 'smell of paper' screeds the other day. You know the kind of article I mean: she bought a Kindle (for work! It's totally defensible!) but got seduced but the feature set and the convenience aspect, and the free public domain books and the one-clickiness of it all, and now she feels guilty. She is single-handedly killing the bookstores of the world, her ability to focus has gone out the window, her cat doesn't love her anymore and so on... And I got annoyed. And then I got bemused that...

Big phone or small tablet: the next tech shift?
July 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

big phone or small tabletIn the Weekend Links, I highlighted a GigaOM story which claims that sales of bigger phones are starting to cut into sales of smaller tablets. I believe it. When I got my iPad Mini, it was because I wanted a not-phone-sized device that didn't weigh a ton. I still use my Mini a lot (mostly in situations which call for two iPads, such as the Beloved being able to FaceTime at home on days I stay late at work, or a train ride we take semi-regularly involving a small child who won't share). But in my perfect tech world, I'd...

Morning Roundup: Free eBooks no longer effective? Social media for novelists and more
July 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

free ebooksReaders Gravitate Away from Free Books (GoodeReader) New research is suggesting that giving your eBook away for free might not be effective anymore. *** Social Media Marketing for Novelists, Is Relationship Building (Digital Book World) But social media marketing does not have to mean getting on a loudspeaker and booming out self-lauding messages. That model for promotion is not necessary. Instead, think about marketing as building relationships. *** Art or the Future of the Printed Book? (Brave New World) This weekend in a quiet small local market in Bath we came across two stalls which caught our eye. One was selling lampshades at £75 each and the...

Weekend Roundup: Trad publishing not in authors’ interests. Amazon the friendly giant
July 13, 2014 | 2:59 pm

amazonAmazon, A Friendly Giant As Long as It's Fed (NYT) A few years ago he was reduced to returning bottles and cans for grocery money. Now his Amazon earnings pay for lengthy stays in Italy and Paris, as well as expeditions to the real Amazon. *** UK Society of Authors: Traditional Publishing No Longer in Author's Best Interests (GoodeReader) But one organization in the UK, the Society of Authors, has stated in an interview with its head Nicola Solomon that the validity of the traditional publishers is questionable and goes so far as to state the traditional publishing as a whole is no longer...

Infographic: How Americans spend their tablet time
July 13, 2014 | 2:47 pm

tabletA cute interactive infographic  came my way this weekend from the folks at Kensington, exploring how Americans use their tablet devices. There was nothing earth-shaking here, but a few fun facts, including who is most likely to use their tablet in the bathroom (men), who is more likely to prefer a television (senior citizens) and who are the biggest early birds (18-24 year olds). If you are a trivia junkie, you might enjoy this! ...

Student vs eBooks: Another Question of Terminology
July 12, 2014 | 4:32 pm

ebooksI wrote earlier about how important the proper defining of terms can be when debating the complex issue of publishing today. In my earlier piece, I made a point about the distinction between a 'publisher' and an 'editor,' and how muddied the waters can get when on conflates these two very different terms. Well, another article has been lighting up the blogs this week, and it's about 'students' who prefer paper textbooks over 'ebooks.' Notice the scare quotes there; I am not trying to be dramatic. But I would like to point out that there are very different ways each of...

How the public library looks these days
July 12, 2014 | 3:25 pm

libraryI completed an annual ritual this week---the renewal of my public library card! I almost exclusively use the library for ebook borrowing these days, but my local library system still insists on that antiquated ritual of the card renewal. You must show up at a branch, in person, at least once a year with proof of your address in order to maintain your borrowing privileges. They have renovated the library branch I go to since my last visit, and it was interesting to see what they've done. In no particular order--- 1) The librarians seem to be serving different functions these days....

A new Humble Bundle is available!
July 11, 2014 | 9:15 am

humble bundleVia Boing Boing comes this news, that a new Humble Bundle is available. These popular book bundles let you pay whatever price you want for a complete collection; those who pay more than the going average are entitled to bonus books and other content. The newest bundle is sci-fi themed, and contains the following titles: - The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough - The Reluctant Swordsman by Dave Duncan - Freehold by William Dietz - The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly - Wingman by Mack Maloney. And the bonus books for those who pay more: - Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster - I Have No Mouth...