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Morning Links: Myth of consumer tech globalization. Canadians selling ebooks direct
May 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThe Myth of Globalization in Consumer Tech (Re/Code) As he recounted this story, what stood out to him was not that these young Chinese tourists didn’t use Facebook or Instagram, but that they clearly had no idea what they were. *** Companies Join Forces to Provide Free eBooks in Airport (GoodeReader) Most travelers don’t count the airport as the best part of their trip, but thanks to a joint effort by BookShout, HarperCollins, and American Express Canada, the wait time might be a little more pleasant. *** Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling eBooks Direct (DBW) 66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according...

Morning Links: iBooks to receive new features. Losing control of ereading
May 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

ibooksLibrarians: Privacy's Champions (Boing Boing) Librarians like Alison Macrina (whose work I wrote about here are part of the vanguard of privacy activism in libraries, hosting cryptoparties and giving workshops to librarians and patrons on advanced information ninja-ry. *** Amazon's International Growth Challenge (Re/Code) When Amazon reported its financial results recently, foreign exchange fluctuations played a big role. *** iBooks Receives New Features on iOS 8.4 (GoodeReader) This summer a new version of iOS will be released and it will add a bunch of new content to iBooks. *** How I Lost Control of my eReading (Book Riot) Having all of that content so easily available has made me...

Morning Links: Keurig sort of apologizes for DRM. Scalzi: Hugos not destroyed
May 11, 2015 | 9:00 am

keurigWhere Authors Fit Into Multi-Channel Publishing (DBW) In many ways, some authors already excel at multi-channel content development. *** Appeals court kills flight attendants’ challenge to electronics on planes (Ars Technica) A Washington, DC appeals court ruled Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration did not overstep its authority when it allowed airline passengers to use electronic devices during takeoff and landing. *** Keurig CEO Sort Of (But Not Really) Apologizes For Company's Ridiculous Foray Into Obnoxious Coffee DRM (Techdirt) A little more than a year after the embarrassing saga began, Keurig appears to finally be beginning a not-entirely graceful about-face on the matter. *** The Hugos Not Actually...

Morning Links: Fresh look at wearable. No more “boys” or “girls” toys on Amazon
May 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

apple watcheBook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table (DBW) When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting? *** A Fresh Look at Wearables (Re/Code) Politics and religion are supposed to be two hot-button topics you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with friends, family and co-workers, but I think we can now add a third to that list: Wearables. *** Amazon Drops 'Boy' and 'Girl' Categories from Toy Listings (Boing Boing) Amazon's toys category is no longer sorted into "Boys" toys and "Girls" toys. *** 2015 Locus Award Finalists Revealed (GalleyCat) Locus Magazine has revealed the shortlist of nominees for...

Happy Day Against DRM!
May 6, 2015 | 10:25 am

drmAs numerous blogs are reporting, today is International Day Against DRM and many of our favourite DRM-free publishers are offering deals and specials. Here are two good ones: 1) O'Reilly Press This publisher of technical books is 50% off with with the coupon code 'DRM2015' and 60% off is you spend over $100. 2) No Starch Press My favourite Lego publisher is offering 50% off all eBooks with the coupon code 'RIGHT2READ.' Where else can you shop to celebrate the joy of DRM-free books? Smashwords is the DRM-free indie mecca, and Delphi Classics is a classics re-publisher with many good titles. Happy Day Against DRM!...

Morning Links: Changing tablet story. Kindle iOS draining batteries
May 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle iosThe Tablet Story Isn't Over---But It's Changing (Re/Code) It’s hard to argue with the narrative — larger phones are impacting tablet sales. This absolutely seems to be the case. *** Publishers Weekly Will Digitize Entire Archives (GalleyCat) Publishers Weekly, which reviews about 9,000 titles a year, is making its entire archive available to read digitally. *** Amazon Kindle for iOS is Draining Your Battery (GoodeReader) The Kindle app was updated April 15th 2015 with the quintessential “performance and stability improvements”. This last update was the culprit... *** On Taxing eBooks as Print Books: Why Are Books Taxed at a Lower Rate? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Several EU countries lowered the...

Morning Links: Amazon killing it in subscriptions. Profitable comic book movies?
May 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedWhat Are the Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Franchises? (GalleyCat) Marvel’s Spider-Man is the top grossing movie franchise based on a comic book, according to 24/7 Wall Street. *** Amazon is Killing it in the Subscription eBook Market (Ink, Bits & Pixels) If you were hoping that new retailers in the subscription ebook market could grow large enough to balance Amazon, then you might want to look for a plan B. *** Why Are eReaders Great for Reading in the Sun? (GoodeReader) Serious readers often turn to their trusty Kindles or Nooks because E Ink enabled displays are easily readable even in direct sunlight because the electronic...

Morning Links: Free ebooks don’t help poor kids. 2015 Edgar Winners
May 4, 2015 | 8:52 am

Edgar award winners"Free" eBooks Don't Help Poor Kids (Book Riot) Poor kids don’t have access to internet or devices. It’s a fact, and it’s backed up time and time again. *** 2015 Edgar Winners Revealed (GalleyCat) The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the 2015 Edgar Award winners. *** What Apple is Featuring in the Kids Section (Teachers with Apps) Notice in the picture above that all the players are big box names; this is what I see featured in the Kids Section of iTunes App Store on any given day, or for that matter products in any given toy store. *** How to Make Multi-Channel Publishing Profitable (DBW) The digital environment...

Morning Links: Sue for copyright infringement in advance? Post-Nepal Facebook checkins
May 1, 2015 | 10:13 am

copyrightiPad Still King of Declining(?) Tablet Market (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Apple may be going through several quarters of declining tablet sales, but they're not the only ones. *** Business Musings: Mush Brain (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I treat my writing like a day job. I think: would I have shown up at my day job feeling as crummy as I do today? The answer is yes. *** Can You Sue For Copyright Infringement Before It's Actually Happened? (Techdirt) It appears that HBO and Showtime have decided to pre-sue two sites that it claims are planning to stream the big Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao boxing match. *** Seven Million...

Morning Links: Judy Blume advocates for library. Books which began as blogs
April 30, 2015 | 9:00 am

judy blumeFour Indie Books That Began as Blogs (IndieReader) Check out this handful of great (gorgeous!) indie books that got their start as blogs. *** Is Agency Ebook Pricing Suppressing Sales? Hard to Say (DBW) The latest monthly data from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), for January 2015, show ebook sales in slump. *** Judy Blume Advocates for the New York Public Library (GalleyCat) Judy Blume has decided to become an advocate for the New York Public Library. Blume considers librarians to be heroes and feels that this institution deserves more funding. *** Kobo to Co-Publish Tell-All eBook on Jian Ghomeshi (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Everyone knows that nothing sells...

Morning Links: Baltimore libraries remain open. Kindle books as ads?
April 29, 2015 | 9:00 am

41Zl2IfKk2L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Proto-Mommyblogger Dooce Quits the Blog (Boing Boing) After more than a decade of chronicling every detail of her life and those of her children, Heather B. Armstrong is stepping away from the blog as a fulltime job. *** Why Are Authors Citing Older Papers? (The Scholarly Kitchen) With so much new literature published each year, why are authors increasingly citing older papers? *** Baltimore Libraries Stay Open for Their Communities (Book Riot) This is a brief reminder that libraries are there for communities when communities need their libraries. *** Amazon Has Started Using Kindle eBooks as Adverts (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Amazon has built the Kindle platform into the single...

Morning Links: Subscription services benefit whom? Romance readers lying to themselves?
April 28, 2015 | 9:00 am

subscription servicesWhich Authors Do Subscription Services Benefit? (Digital Book World) Subscriptions services may yet turn out to be a next game-changer in publishing, but for the moment that market is in a state of flux and expansion. *** Retailers Prep to Kick Off Independent Bookstore Day (PW) Aside from simply celebrating small bookstores, one objective of the forthcoming Independent Bookstore Day, on May 2, is to bury a long-running narrative that the indies are dying. *** A Pay-What-You-Want Bookstore Could be Used for Many Things, But Discovering New Authors? No (Ink, Bits & Pixels) A new bookstore called Openbooks has been getting a lot of attention over...

Morning Links: Indie bookstores decline in UK. eReader lighting evolution
April 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

ereader lightingWhy are Indie Bookstores on the Decline in the UK But Having a Revival in the US? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) With the number of indie bookstores in the US growing every year, no one can argue that they are on the rise. *** 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners Show A Changing Reality for Journalism (Media Shift) But it’s the fusion of legacy reporting with newer digital tools that makes these newspapers stand out, said Mike Pride, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, who announced the winners. *** 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Local Indie Bookstore (Book Riot) So you’ve found your local indie...

Weekend Links: Time enough for reading? Inside the Kobo Glo HD
April 26, 2015 | 1:52 pm

kobo glo hdWhat's So Great About Young Writers? (NYT) I have an interest in the nurturing of “late blooming” writers. I have long grumbled about the conflation of the words “young” and “emerging,” and particularly about the many prizes set aside for writers in their early careers below whatever cutoff has been picked, usually 35 or 40. *** How Much Time is Enough for Reading? (Book Riot) The other day I was waiting for the bus and I found myself doing what I call “booktime math”: checking the transit schedule and quickly calculating do I have enough time to start reading? Or should I just goof...

Author Inc, Part 2: Setting up a Specialty Website Account
April 24, 2015 | 10:25 am

download (2)I wrote earlier about my experiences setting myself up as a beginning author on the Kindle store. I found the experience pretty painless, overall. But how does another web store compare? Is it easier, or harder, to set oneself up there? For comparison, here is a recap of my first few days as a seller on the specialty website Teachers Pay Teachers. This website allows teachers to offer free and paid self-created resources for use by other teachers. It has become very popular because they require each seller to offer at least one resource for free, so there are a lot...

Morning Links: Juvenile book sales drop. Reading on the bus dangerous?
April 24, 2015 | 9:00 am

reading on the busJuvenile Book Sales Plummet (PW) Industry members expected that sales in the two segments would cool this year and sales, which started to slow this spring, plunged in the week ended April 19, 2015, compared to the similar week in 2014. Unit sales in the juvenile nonfiction category fell 39% in the week and dropped 46% in fiction at outlets that report to BookScan. *** In Praise of the Digital Calendar (Unclutterer) Dave has declared his love of the wall calendar, and I agree with the points he made. I also know plenty of other people who work well with either paper wall calendars...

The Erosion of National Autonomy in Copyright
April 23, 2015 | 1:25 pm

copyrightThe fantastic and informative Michael Geist has a great analysis in today's Morning Links about the latest gambit in the copyright wars: a term extension which will protect sound recordings for an additional 20 years. Geist cites numerous reports done in other countries which suggest the benefit to artists from this extension will be extremely minimal. One report he cites---and a Canadian one, at that---says this: "Adding 20 years of protection would contribute 2.3% to the present value of royalties under a 7% discount rate, assuming that the flow of royalties remains unchanged during the whole period. Under identical assumptions, extending...

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