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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...

Weekend Roundup: More power to Amazon good for books? Digital info after you die
August 10, 2014 | 10:51 am

legalAfter the Bell Tolls for Thee---What Happens After You Die? (Dear Author) I’ll start this post off with a disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I strongly advise you to consult a lawyer who specializes in wills and trusts so that when you do shuffle off your mortal coil (in the way, way future) your descendents think of you fondly. *** The Best Thing for Books is More Power to Amazon (Yahoo Finance) Amazon used to set the prices people paid for ebooks, but, thanks to an illegal price fixing conspiracy, they lost most of that power to publishers. Almost everyone -- probably even...

The great monkey copyright war of 2014
August 8, 2014 | 2:25 pm

copyrightHere's a fun little story which highlights the absurdity of our current intellectual property laws. Yahoo News had a write-up about a photographer who is embroiled in a legal dispute with Wikipedia over a photograph of his which became viral and ended up on Wikipedia website. As the article explains: "In 2011, Slater spotted a crested black macaque in Indonesia and set up his camera to click a photo. Suddenly, the monkey snatched the camera and started to take selfies..." The issue is that current intellectual property law favours the one who snapped the picture, regardless of how they came to do...

Morning Roundup: Same-day delivery doesn’t best bookstores. If we were Patterson
August 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

Boulder BookstoreIs Social Media to Blame for the Increase in Graphic Images in the Media? (Media Shift) Social media platforms are the Wild West of publication. Journalists and traditional news publishers are no longer the primary information “gatekeepers” of public discourse; neither are they able to impose their professional publication standards and ethics on social media users and bloggers. *** Hachette, Ingram Drop Plans to Buy Perseus (PW) A letter sent to Perseus employees Thursday afternoon, from Perseus CEO David Steinberger, said that despite much effort from all three parties "we could not reach an agreement on everything necessary to close the transaction." *** If...

This is what I mean about Amazon doing it better
August 7, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle paperwhite in depthThe last time I wrote an article for Teleread on the whole Amazon business, my message was a simple one: if you want to compete, compete! Do a better job. Make a better website, a better store, a better product. Do a better job than Amazon does. I got another tiny example today in what exactly that means. Just a small little moment of elegance, a feature nicely done which showed me why Amazon is the market leader in this area. I had downloaded a sample and was reading it, and I decided I wanted the book. I called up the...