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Morning Roundup: Comixology to offer DRM-free comics. Gallery of Horrors Bundle
July 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

ComiXologyThe Gallery of Horrors Bundle (StoryBundle) We have a fantastic lineup of authors in this pay-what-you-want collection, chosen to represent so many aspects of the horror landscape. *** Comixology to Offer DRM-Free Backup Copies (PW) Comixology, the digital comics marketplace, announced plans to become the latest platform to offer DRM-free content. *** Why Does the Author's Guild Refuse to Even Acknowledge Views of Authors Who Disagree with It? (Techdirt) When an organization tries to conceal what its critics are saying, it's fair to surmise that something else is driving its behavior. And I don't know what that thing could be other than fear of contrary opinions...

If you want to compete, compete!
July 24, 2014 | 4:06 pm

competeI have spent the last week being simply exhausted by the Amazon stuff showing up in my news feed. Every blog, every writer, every author's group or reader's group or publisher's group has an opinion on the latest Amazonpocalypse, and it's cluttering up my news feed like you would't believe. I've written already about my own opinion---that we should not fool ourselves thinking Hachette is any better, that we should concentrate instead on the factors we can control ourselves. But a blog post from writer M.C.A. Hogarth, found via The Passive Voice, makes one more point that I think is...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone Roundup. Love and hate reading for pleasure?
July 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

Amazon Fire PhoneWe Love and We Hate Reading for Pleasure (Book Riot) Reading is great, and we can talk about it in a million different contexts, but we must always pause for a moment to offer a people now don’t read like people used to read, like there’s some sort of crusty Reading God to whom we must occasionally say these holy grumbles and offer a bow, lest the god be offended. And then we carry on. *** Man Booker Prize- Disappointing and Disappearing (Digital Book World) My guess will be the apathy for the list will pass over to the customer and we’ll see some...

Do you have any non-screen hobbies?
July 23, 2014 | 12:25 pm

hobbiesThere has been a lot of Doompocalypse talk lately about what Amazon/Google/Apple/The Cloud means for authors, readers, publishers and...well, books. And accompanying that has been a moderate spike in the quantity of 'Blogger abandons Kindle, returns to 'real' books and rhapsodizes about the smell of paper' posts. I don't think the smell of paper is anything magical, per se, and I have no problems snuggling up with a blanket and a Kindle just as I did with a book, or reading on the beach or in a bathtub (eBooks are actually better for that because you can put them in a...

Morning Roundup: Apple patent for iTime. Why Amazon terrifies publishers and more
July 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

apple patent for itimeKindle Unlimited's Two-Tier System Makes Some Authors Second-Class Citizens (Digital Book World) Whenever I speak about a situation where an entity (retailers or publishers) treat authors poorly the answer is always the same: “because they can.” *** Why Amazon Terrifies Publishers: Let's Look at Royalty Statements (Forbes) Like many authors, I’ve been struggling to decode all the noise coming  from Amazon and traditional book publishers, in hopes of figuring out which side is right in this long-running quarrel. The breakthrough moment for me came earlier this month, with the arrival of a new royalty statement from my New York agent. *** Amazon Makes Plea to Authors...

Morning Roundup: Facebook adds Save for Later. Five things about subscriptions
July 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

scribd logoLibraries Receive Shrinking Share of University Expenditures (The Scholarly Kitchen) As a percentage of overall university expenditures, libraries have been steadily losing ground. This is the main message of an updated graphic produced by the American Research Libraries (ARL). *** Facebook Adds Save for Later Reference (GoodeReader) A new save feature lets you put a virtual bookmark in a link, place, movie, TV show, or music clip… so when you have time, you can get properly caught up. *** Unlimited Subscriptions: Five Things You Need to Know (Joe Wikert) Here are five important points everyone in publishing should keep in mind when analyzing Kindle Unlimited and the...

New ‘Walking Dead’ Humble Bundle is up!
July 22, 2014 | 8:15 am

humble bundle walking dead themeA new Humble Bundle is up, and it's for comic book fans this time! The 'pay what you want' bundle has DRM-free digital comics including titles from the Walking Dead collection. Digital comics are not my thing, but I was intrigued at how many 'levels' they are offering this time. The first level, where you set your own price, nets you four books. If you exceed the $10-ish average, you get three more. If you exceed $15, you get an extra bonus book. And then there are options for 'everything above, plus a t-shirt ($40) and 'everything above plus a limited...

People prefer electric shocks to being alone with their thoughts
July 21, 2014 | 12:57 pm

Electric_shockI somehow missed this earlier in the month, but our friends at Boing Boing posted a link to this great little story. It's about a study performed at the University of Virginia which aimed to measure how good people are at entertaining themselves. The answer? Not so good. From the story: "They report on 11 experiments. In most, they asked participants to put away any distractions and entertain themselves with their own thoughts for 6 to 15 minutes. Over the first six studies, 58 percent of participants rated the difficulty at or above the midpoint on a scale (“somewhat”), and 42...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Unlimited-good or bad for authors? Barry and Joe fisk The Guardian
July 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

barry eislerOpen Journalism Leads The Way In Investigating The Crash Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (Techdirt) Things are made much more difficult by the refusal of local armed groups to allow inspectors full and free access to the crash site. It is in precisely this context, where traditional reporting finds it hard to provide useful information, that an alternative -- open journalism -- shows its strengths. *** 20 Marketing Questions Self-Published Authors Must Answer (Digital Book World) If you’re a self-published novelist, your line of books is your small business. Like any small business, you need a marketing strategy. *** Is Kindle Unlimited Good or Bad for...

Weekend Links: Facebook adding Buy Buttons to ads. Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited
July 19, 2014 | 12:12 pm

facebook adds buy buttonsFacebook is Adding Buy Buttons to Ads---Do You Think They Could be Used to Buy/Sell eBooks? (The Digital Reader) Only a couple days after BitTorrent announced that they would be adding a payment option to BitTorrent Bundles, Facebook started letting a handful of advertisers add buy buttons to their ads. *** Is Kindle Unlimited Good for Indie Authors? (GoodeReader) Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited, a US based service that has 600,000 eBooks and audiobooks available at $9.99 per month. The Seattle based e-commerce giant is now competing against companies such as Oyster and Scribd, which have friendly terms for self-published authors. Is Kindle...

Books you know you’re never going to read
July 18, 2014 | 2:25 pm

booksOur friends at Book Riot have another fun booklist up today---Susie Rodarme writes about the 12 books she knows she's never going to read. From the article: "Obviously, if I don’t think I’m going to like a book, I won’t put it on my TBR; sometimes, though, there are books that are super-popular and thought very highly of and that look really good that I will unfortunately never get around to reading. And sometimes? Even though the books and I match on paper (heh), I just don’t want to read them, for reasons. Maybe irrational reasons. Probably irrational reasons." She thing goes...

How newspapers are circumventing the the EU’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ law
July 18, 2014 | 12:25 pm

right to be forgotten lawTechdirt has an interesting piece about how the EU's 'Right to be Forgotten' law---a law which requires search engine owners to remove articles at the request of people mentioned in them. The law is intended to help people ensure that potentially embarrassing things about them do not stay online forever, but it has been criticized as being potentially censoring, and for lacking an appeals process so that legitimate news reporting can stay online. Some news sources are finding ways around this, and Techdirt's story reports on a newspaper who is getting around the requests by simply reporting on them. This creates...