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Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”
November 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletWhy It's Time for Facebook to Offer a 'Pay for Privacy' Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to hand over more personal information in exchange for the right to use the service for free. *** Can Reading Local Cure my Amazon Addiction? (Book Riot) Here’s my confession. I buy 90% of my books from Amazon (gulp!), even as I diligently link to Indiebound.org on my blog to spur readers to shop indie. *** Do You Still Use...

Must you finish every book you’re reading?
November 13, 2014 | 10:25 am

reading on a tabletI caught this provocative essay during my vacation and wasn't able to respond to it,  but since the fine folks at Book Riot are still talking it  I figure I am fair game to weigh in, even a few days late. The question: must you finish every book you're reading? The arguments Juliet Lapidos presents in the 'yes' camp are briefly, that finishing every book you read teaches you fortitude, persistence and respect. How can I rebut against that? With three words: life is too short. That's it. That's my answer. Life is too short to read bad books. On the 'fortitude...

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.
November 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

clickbaitGift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted to them. *** eBooks Take Hold in Schools---Slowly (The Digital Shift) Sixty-six percent of schools nationwide offer ebooks, up from 54 percent in 2013, and overall, the figure is steadily growing, according to School Library Journal’s fifth annual “Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries” report. *** Barnes & Noble...

Morning Links: Debut novelist wins Canada lit prize. Non-fiction formatting terrible on tablets?
November 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

formattingDebut Novelist Wins Canada's Biggest Lit Prize (PW) When the winner of the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced at a gala in Toronto Monday night, the spotlight was on a new writer, Sean Michaels, and his debut novel Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada. *** Ending Reader Comments is a Mistake, Even if You Are Reuters (GigaOM) In a post about the decision, Reuters Digital executive editor Dan Colarusso describes it as a necessary evolution, brought about by changes in reader behavior. *** Is Nonfiction eBook Formatting Still Terrible on Tablets? (The Digital Reader) One might think that ebook formatting would be nearly perfect...

Amazon on the Road!
November 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

amazonThe Beloved and I took a little vacation  last week! And guess what I found, tucked in amongst the sights and sounds of the mighty New York City? One of the Amazon trucks! The truck was one of a handful that Amazon plans to take around the country to promote the new Kindle models. I asked the vendor how that was going and he anecdotally reported to me that business was brisk. They are offering each current Kindle model for $5 off and that has been an incentive for people. As for me, it was fun checking out the new Kindle Voyage,...

In Flanders Fields and Other Poems of Remembrance Day
November 11, 2014 | 1:35 pm

remembrance dayToday is Remembrance Day in Canada---the holiday Americans call Veteran's Day. This day commemorated throughout the Commonwealth countries with a moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the day the armistice treaty was signed to end the First World War. There are usually poems, songs, readings and other activities to mark this solemn day. A Canadian tradition is the recitation of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John McRae. McRae was a Canadian physician who served on the front and was inspired to write the poem by the fields of poppies that grew...

Morning Links: Hooked on ebook highlighting. Amazon chooses best books of 2014
November 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonI’m Hooked on ebook Highlighting – What we Underline is so Revealing (The Guardian) Ebook readers reveal the most highlighted passages in Harry Potter, the Bible, Lord of the Rings and many more. *** Amazon Editors Choose Their Best Books of 2014 (GalleyCat) Amazon has revealed their picks for Best Books of 2014, a list led by Celeste Ng, Stephen King, and Liane Moriarty. Follow this link to see the full list of 100 titles. *** Netflix is Becoming Part of the Cable Bundle in the UK (GigaOM) Netflix is becoming more and more like HBO: Customers of U.K. telco BT can now pay for the service...

Morning Links: Reading on a smartphone: availability bias? Resuscitating Enhanced eBooks
November 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

smartphoneIs Reading eBooks on your Smartphone a Product of Availability Bias? (GoodeReader) Availability bias is a human cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the probability of events associated with memorable or vivid occurrences. *** Social Media and Breaking News: Why Authenticity Trumps Authority Almost Every Time (GigaOM) When it comes to breaking news events, many people are willing to overlook the fact that some of the reports they are getting might not be verified or 100-percent accurate, in return for the immediacy and authenticity that comes with a report from someone close to the action. *** How did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy #1?...

Morning Links: B&N launches new audiobook app. Embrace change
November 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

B&NWe Need a New 'Church and State' in Digital Publishing (Media Shift) Much of the digital content industry is lost today in discussions about the blurred line between publisher and advertiser — otherwise known as the divide between church and state. *** Harlequin, Divergent Drive HarperCollins (PW) The purchase of Harlequin, combined with the continuing strong sales of the Divergent series, resulted in a 24% sales increase at HarperCollins in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which ended September 30. *** Barnes & Noble Launches New Audiobook App (GoodeReader) B&N has just unveiled their new Nook Audiobook App for Android. It is currently in beta and...

Morning Links: Kindle Original vs. Kindle Voyage. Oyster launches new feature.
November 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

oysterKindle Original vs Kindle Voyage (Boing Boing) Jason Weisberger finally upgraded. Did seven years make much difference? The answer will probably not surprise you, but the details might. *** Amazon Gives Unlimited Photo Storage to Prime Customers (Lifehacker) Despite the price increase, Amazon Prime still offers some of the best benefits. Now, there's one more. *** Oyster Launches a New Book Lists Feature (GalleyCat) Oyster has added Book Lists to its eBook streaming service. This new feature will allow for greater discoverability. *** The Implications of the Computer Moving from the Desktop to our Pocket (Mike Shatzkin) Benedict Evans of Andreessen/Horowitz (an indispensible observer of digital change across media, and...

How to clean up your Calibre library
November 4, 2014 | 4:25 pm

CalibreI find Calibre one of those most useful eBook tools for people like me who still like to have a downloadable copy. I can see the writing on the wall on that---I fully expect the kids I know to grow up with a 'read once and then move on' model which they'll learn from level-based school programs like Raz-Kids and translate into library and Netflix-esque borrowing. But I am 'old school' as far as eBooks go. I want my own copy to clean up, categorize and store in my own library. But like the music nerds find with their iTunes collections,...

Morning Links: Amazon hints at relaxing ebook exclusivity. Nexus 9 tablet review
November 4, 2014 | 9:05 am

nexus 9 tablet110 Writing Tools in a Single Post (GalleyCat) Every year, we publish daily links to writing tools and tips during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. For today, we’ve rounded up four years’ worth of advice in a single post for GalleyCat writers. *** Amazon Exec Hints at Relaxing eBook Exclusivity: Will Kindle Unlimited Address Concerns of Authors and Publishers? (IndieReader) Much of the debate has centered on the requirement that authors and publishers who participate in KU must grant Amazon exclusivity, which has faced considerable criticism from industry insiders. This month, it appears that while the door to “elective” rather than “exclusive” KU publishing...