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Toronto Public Library Buying Used Books?
January 19, 2015 | 1:25 pm

Toronto Public LibraryA controversial story hit my newsfeed this weekend: it seems the Toronto Public Library has launched a new program aimed at reducing wait times for popular best-sellers: they are plumping up the catalogue by buying used copies from library patrons. As the Toronto Star explains: The books it has listed on its “Sell Books to the Library” website page are not books that the public does not want; their authors are not ones who, the great lie of media and festivals, stand to benefit from extra publicity. No, the list is comprised of books so popular that the library is having a...

Morning Links: Making a ToC in Evernote. Manga 80% of books sales in Japan
January 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

productivityWhy Marketing Giant Seth Godin Went Indie (IndieReader) Godin’s latest book, The Icarus Deception, argues that we’ve been brainwashed by industrial propaganda, and pushes us to stand out, not to fit in. *** Manga Accounts for 80% of All Digital Book Sales in Japan (GoodeReader) In the last year, new research has reported that manga accounts for 80% of all digital book sales in Japan. *** Can Learning to Read Too Young Backfire? (GalleyCat) Many studies have pointed to the benefits of reading to children from birth, but can teaching kids to read too early backfire? *** Make a Table of Contents in Evernote for Easy Access to...

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited and Market Scrying. Payment hardware scrambling
January 18, 2015 | 12:12 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited, Market Scrying, and Sales Cycles (The Digital Reader) Over the past couple months many authors have pointed to Kindle Unlimited and complained that Amazon's 5 month old ebook subscription service is harming their sales, but there is growing evidence that this is not the case. *** The Best-Selling Books of All Time, According to Wikipedia (Book Riot) How many copies do you think the Harry Potter series has sold, total? How many copies of The DaVinci Code do you think have been sold? *** Digital Magazines Now Qualify for the Pulitzer Prize (GoodeReader) The Pulitzer Prize for journalism has now been extended to print...

Review: The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley
January 16, 2015 | 4:25 pm

the smartest kids in the world[easyazon-link asin="1451654421" locale="us"]The Smartest Kids in the World[/easyazon-link] is my first almost-five-star read of the year! This engaging and well-written book follows three American teenagers who, as part of Ripley's research into the best education systems in the world, go on year-long exchanges to three of the 'top' countries. The narratives of Tom in Poland, Kim in Finland and Eric in South Korea frame Ripley's thoughts on what makes a good teacher or school, the importance (or not) of standardized testing, and what really is the most vital component of a good education. I was impressed by the breadth of research Ripley...

On the Future of Subscription Services
January 16, 2015 | 12:25 pm

subscription servicesGoodeReader had a good little write-up this morning on a piece of news that slipped past my radar: Apple is a giving the axe to their free single-of-the-week promotion. Jillian Koskie speculates in her analysis that Apple may be shifting away from a download model into a more Spotify-esque subscription service. I think that is entirely likely. It seems like the entire content consumption model is moving in that direction, across all media industries. I'm not sure it's a good thing, necessarily---there are definitely some anti-consumer bugs in the whole 'Cloud' system. For instance, when I upgraded my iPad, I had...

Morning Links: Amazon discusses Kindle Unlimited. Social media is overrated?
January 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

social media is overrated?Amazon Discusses Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Select Participation: Digital Book World, Day 2 (Jane Friedman) If you’ve been watching publishing news over the last 24 hours, then you may have seen a flurry of articles summarizing the Digital Book World session featuring a conversation with Russ Grandinetti of Amazon. These were some of the most memorable takeaways for me. *** Social Media Is Overrated, Seth Godin Tells Publishers at Digital Book World (Digital Book World) Most publishers consider social media an essential part of their marketing toolkits, but author and squidoo.com founder Seth Godin joined Digital Book World 2015 in New York City this...

What Happened to Google?
January 15, 2015 | 12:22 pm

google logoWhenever anybody talks about Amazon 'winning' or something, I always chuckle and think about how many tech 'winners' I have seen fall by the wayside. I remember when everybody bought books from Fictionwise! And, more recently for me, I remember when everything I did was via a Google app. And now? I am moving away from Google, as much as I can. Why? 1) The apps have become slow and clunky. I had everything on Google Docs not too long ago. When it started pausing and thinking for upwards of one or two minutes every time I opened something, I thought it...

Morning Links: Best touchscreen gloves. Reading diversely
January 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

touchscreen glovesSix Best Touchscreen Gloves (Lifehacker) Here are the six pair of touchscreen gloves you swiped right the most on, and now it's time to find a winner. Hurry up, it's freezing. *** Overdrive: eBook Checkouts Up 33% (Library Journal) Public and school libraries that are part of OverDrive’s global network circulated 137 million ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other digital media in 2014—a 33 percent increase compared with 2013, according to statistics released by the company. *** New York City Backs Off School Cell Phone Bans... (Techdirt) Fast forward nearly a decade and Mayor de Blasio -- the first New York City Mayor in city history to have...

Morning Links: Awesome bundled productivity pack. Welcome to 2015
January 14, 2015 | 9:00 am

productivityKids Exercising More Autonomy in Digital Content (Digital Book World) In 2013, 89% of parents chose what digital content to buy for their kids, according to new research from PlayCollective and Digital Book World. But kids are now weighing in much more actively to determine what they read. Those purchasing decisions between kids and parents are now close to 50/50. *** Get Evernote, Pocket, LastPass and Wunderlist in One $60 Bundle (GigaOM) This is a good deal: Evernote, password manager LastPass, to-do-list app Wunderlist and read-it-later service Pocket have bundled premium subscriptions to all four services in a single “Productivity Pack” for $59.99 *** Welcome to...

Morning Links: Intellectual property myths. Wikipedia expands auto-translation
January 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

wikipediaOn Loving the Library While Building Your Own (Book Riot) So what happened to transform me from an avid library-goer to someone who doesn’t even know where her library card is? *** 10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law (Lifehacker) How well do you understand copyright and trademark law? When you travel about the Internet or make art, do you know what you are and aren't allowed to do, or do you have intellectual property myths stuck in your brain. *** Wikipedia Expands Auto-Translate Feature (The Digital Reader) Wiki Media announced over the weekend that they are expanding the (currently beta) auto-translate feature to...

Morning Links: No DRM-free app for EFF. Should you spy on your readers?
January 12, 2015 | 8:53 am

drm-freeApple Won't Let EFF Release a DRM-Free App (Boing Boing) EFF has released its mobile app to help people join in important, timely struggles, but you can't get it for your Iphone or Ipad, because Apple insists that EFF use DRM, and this is contrary to everything it stands for. *** Should Authors and Publishers Spy on Readers? (Digital Book World) Okay—that title is slightly provocative. But it’s not an unreasonable question to ask. *** Apple Raises Minimum App Prices in Europe, UK and Canada (GigaOM) As Apple promised earlier this week, minimum prices in the iOS app store have increased in Canada, the U.K. and European...

Weekend Links: Downsides of Kickstarter model for authors. Piracy an unknown with apps
January 11, 2015 | 11:23 am

kickstarterThe Downsides of the High Risk, Low Reward Kickstart Business Model (Dear Author) The problem with Kickstarters is multi-layered and it requires anyone who donates to understand a couple things. *** Piracy is Just as Much an Unknown With Apps As it is with Books (The Digital Reader) Book piracy has always been hard to quantify, but it turns out that is almost as true for apps. *** Authors Guild Gives Up Trying To Sue Libraries For Digitally Scanning Book Collection (Techdirt) The Authors Guild is basically giving up in this case, saying that should the libraries change their practices, it may want to revisit the...