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Morning Links: Kindle Scout launches. Apple’s “Complete my Bundle”
October 15, 2014 | 8:53 am

kindle scoutKindle Scout, Amazon’s “Reader-Powered” Publishing Program, Launches (Digital Book World) In a letter today to authors, Amazon named and officially rolled out “Kindle Scout,” the “reader-powered” publishing program that was rumored in the past few weeks to be in the works. *** How Apple's 'Complete my Bundle' Works (Lifehacker) Apple recently introduced App Bundles that allow you to snag a group of apps at a discounted price. That makes perfect sense, but they also have a "Complete My Bundle" option that's a bit confusing at a glance. *** BuzzFeed’s Choice of Publisher says a Lot About How the Site Looks at Media (GigaOM) BuzzFeed’s new publisher...

Story time vs tablet time: the kids eBook debate
October 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebookThe NY Times has a great article up which explores, yet again, the kids vs. technology debate. I feel like many of these articles lack a certain nuance on the issue. It's like those old 'is TV good or bad?' stories. Some television programs truly are educational, entertaining and worth watching. Others are trash. And of course, if watching television is ALL you or your child do, then that's not so good because you'll be missing out on other things. So it is with eBooks and kids. Some of them may be useful. I don't see any problem loading up a...

Morning Links: Flight attendants and electronic devices. Why privacy is important.
October 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

can you use electronic devices on airplanesThe Flight Attendants Union Wants You to Put Away Your eReader on Takeoff (The Digital Reader) The WSJ reported on Friday that the AFA-CWA thinks you’re not paying enough attention during the safety briefings. *** Why Your Privacy Matters, Even If You're Not "Doing Anything Wrong" (Lifehacker) Glenn Greenwald—one of the first reporters to write about Edward Snowden's release of classified files—explains in this TED Talk why privacy is important, regardless of whether you do anything wrong or not. *** Canadian Authors Hit by Hachette-Amazon War (PW) Canadian authors are among the many affected by the protracted fight between Amazon and Hachette, but north of the border...

Morning Roundup: Kobo to focus on eReaders and apps. Librarians respond to Adobe issue
October 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboKobo to Focus Exclusively on eReaders and Apps (GoodeReader) The brand new Kobo H2O waterproof e-reader started shipping last week and CEO Michael Tamblyn said had achieved the highest rate of pre-orders of any other Kobo device. However, he also revealed tablet devices were no longer a focus area for the company. Instead, it will concentrate on three main e-reader models, the Kobo Touch, Kobo Aura and the new H2O. *** Librarians, IT Experts Respond to Adobe Spying Accusations (The Digital Shift) OverDrive, Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform, and the 3M Cloud Library all use Adobe Digital Editions and Adobe digital rights management...

Morning Roundup: Journalism and the gender gap. Adobe’s response to data collection
October 9, 2014 | 9:04 am

journalismTrust, Privacy, Big Data, and e-Book Readers (The Scholarly Kitchen) Data has been the topic of many a conversation in the past several years, particularly in the scientific community, which is awash in it and has undertaken many efforts to better manage it and better incorporate it into the scientific publication workflow. *** How Journalism Schools Can Address the Gender Gap (MediaShift) In a year where firebrand journalists were hailed “disrupters” and lauded for boldly shaking up the establishment while blazing a trail for the future of online journalism, the beneficiaries have been starkly homogenous: Nearly all were male, and the vast majority...

Empowerment for the digital age?
October 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

downloadAs part of my somewhat abandoned (well, modified, anyway) 2014 Reading Challenge, I have been finishing off some half-read non-fiction, and one of the books I just finished off was an interesting case study for me in why the self-helpy stuff doesn't do it for me the way it used to. The book was called [easyazon-link asin="0446563595" locale="us"]Simple Abundance[/easyazon-link] by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and when I started it last year, I loved its message. The third third or so of the book was wonderful---it was all about slowing down the pace of your life, taking walks outside, focusing on what was going...

Morning Links: Print outsold digital for first half of 2014? NaNoWriMo Storybundle
October 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoA Special Storybundle: Writing Tools for NaNoWriMo (Storybundle) StoryBundle.com has put together a massive batch of useful books that will help you survive—and thrive—during National Novel Writing Month. Twelve books on writing craft, productivity, and business—by eight bestselling writers, a TV producer, and more. And you name your own price. *** Print Books Outsold Digital Books During the First 6 Months of 2014 (GalleyCat) Nielsen Books & Consumer has released the results of a recent survey focusing on book sales from the first six months of 2014. *** Adobe Confirms It's Gathering eBook Reader's Data (Digital Book World) Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by...

Morning Roundup: On the specialness of books. Non-fiction should consider self-pub
October 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

booksOn the 'Specialness' of Books (Dear Author) We’re all familiar with the assertion that books are “special,” and therefore deserving of different treatment than other commercial products. I used believe it myself. Until, that is, folks like Jon Sargent and Authors United started using it to justify crap like agency pricing and the shunning of Amazon. *** If You Write Non-Fiction and Cannot Command Mega-Advances, You Should Consider Self-Pub (The Digital Reader) The great majority of indie self-pubs are genre fiction, and a large proportion of nonfiction in self-pub is about how to write and sell genre fiction. *** Print Book Retailing Economics and eBook...

When DRM infects the non-digital world
October 6, 2014 | 12:25 pm

drmHere's an update on a quirky story I reported on earlier this year. An Ontario coffee roaster is suing Keurig Green Mountain for $600 million for engaging in anti-competition practices by embedding "DRM" into their latest model of single-serving coffee machine. As CBC reports the issue is that the patent on Keurig's 'k-cup' coffee pods has now expired, which has opened the door to other manufacturers such as Club Coffee (the complainant in this case) to make their own 'pods' for use in these machines. This is cutting into Keurig's profit, obviously---when they were the exclusive source for the pods, they...

Morning Roundup: Apple family or Amazon family? Best literary TED Talks
October 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

apple vs amazonAre You an Apple Family or an Amazon Family? (GigaOM) Both Amazon and Apple have new programs that let family members share downloaded content. Which one makes more sense for your family? *** Publishing Battle Should be Covered, Not Joined (NYT) Many readers have complained to me that The Times is demonizing Amazon and siding with publishers and those authors who support them. A pro-Amazon author charges that the paper is spewing propaganda and, on Twitter, asks for a public editor “intervention.” *** Ten Best Literary TED Talks of the Year (Book Riot) Every year on Book Riot we’ve put together a round-up of our favorite...

Weekend Links: HarperCollins encouraging direct sales. Indie bookstores are not dead
October 5, 2014 | 10:30 am

harpercollinsHarperCollins Encourages Authors to Sell eBooks Directly (GoodeReader) HarperCollins is empowering their cadre of authors to sell eBooks directly with the advent of a new eCommerce platform. *** Thinking About Switching to iOS 8's Family Sharing? Here's What You Need to Know (GigaOM) With iTunes Family Share, Apple has finally found a way to help families manage purchases across multiple devices. Is it worth throwing out your old workarounds? *** Indie Bookstores Aren't Dead---They Are Making a Comeback (Huffington Post) For years, journalists have made these types of predictions about the death of independent bookstores: if the chains didn't crush them, Amazon would. If Amazon didn't, they...

A novel way to raise library funds
October 3, 2014 | 12:40 pm

libraryI came across this fantastic t-shirt yesterday---perhaps it's because I have always been such a bookworm that a nice comfy shirt emblazoned with the public library logo so spoke to me. It cost a little more than I normally spend on t-shirts (which tend to be my bedtime wear of choice) but the Beloved encouraged me. Sometimes something speaks to to you, the Beloved reassured me. And when it does, it's okay to splurge. I felt a little better about the sticker shock when I learned that 10% of the proceeds would actually go to support the public library. And I...