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Review: Inateck Kindle Paperwhite Case
November 20, 2014 | 4:25 pm

inateck kindle paperwhite caseIt's getting to be that time of year when people will be deciding on gifts to give for the holiday. With the Kindle Paperwhite now being marketed as the mid-range offering in Amazon's eInk reader line up, I'm betting there will be a number of them wrapped in colorful paper soon. However, if you've owned such a device in the past, you know that it's not enough to buy the reader. You also want to protect the reader, and the folks at Inateck recently sent me a case to review. Gotta say, I love it. The [easyazon-link asin="B00JP7R7DC" locale="us"]Inateck Compact Kindle...

Digital Book World conducting author survey
November 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Digital Book World logo DBWDigital Book World has conducted two previous surveys of authors, and now they are doing a third. Their previous surveys have been criticized as drawing from too narrow a field, i.e. readers of Writer's Digest. The criticism is that many, if not most, indie authors don't read Writer's Digest, leading the survey to under represent that section of the population. I'm not offering an opinion on prior surveys one way or the other because honestly, I haven't taken the time to dig into the methodology. But if the criticism is fair, then it seems obvious that a good fix is to...

Review: Scribd update and audiobooks
November 17, 2014 | 2:30 pm

scribd book discoveryRecently, we announced that Scribd had added audiobooks to their subscription service. They also implemented some tweaks to their mobile apps. While I still love the service, I'm not wildly enthusiastic about the changes or the audiobook implementation. Let's start with finding an audiobook. While I have never had a problem finding an eBook I wanted to read in Scribd, I feel like I struggle when looking for audiobooks. The site uses the same discovery system as with eBooks, and with over 30K audiobooks available, you'd think I'd be able to find something with ease. Not so much. Let me point...

Amazon and Hachette finally agree to a contract!
November 13, 2014 | 3:55 pm

Hachette logoFinally! While I'm sure that Authors United and their compatriots will continue to find something to harp about, it should stop being how big bad Amazon is bullying poor benighted Hachette. According to the letter to Hachette authors and agents (via Joe Konrath): The new agreement delivers considerable benefits. It gives us full responsibility for the consumer prices of our ebooks. This approach, known as the Agency model, protects the value of our authors’ content, while allowing the publisher to change ebook prices dynamically to maximize sales. Importantly, the percent of revenue on which Hachette authors’ ebook royalties are based will not decrease...

How about an entire product placement eBook?
November 12, 2014 | 3:22 pm

41Zl2IfKk2L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Something curious showed up on the screen saver of my Kindle this morning. It was a free book, [easyazon-link asin="B00PD2MQRA" locale="us"]The Vanishing Game[/easyazon-link], and at the bottom of the ad was the Land Rover logo. Curious, I downloaded and read it while waiting for a meeting to begin. (It's a quick read). When I got home, I saw the press release about the book on The Digital Book World. Not knowing exactly what it was, I was expecting a pretty bad book, with long, technical info dumps about the Land Rover and its capabilities. I was pleasantly surprised by a decent story, of...

Scribd adds audiobooks. Might be enough for me to cancel Audible
November 6, 2014 | 9:30 am

scribdScribd just added something huge. Subscription audiobooks. Remember how I said in my two months with Kindle Unlimited post that the availability of audiobooks was a huge differentiator? Scribd just closed that gap with today's announcement. Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today announced that it is broadening its offering to give subscribers access to more than 30,000 audiobooks. Titles will include new releases, as well as smash hits and award winners like The Hunger Games trilogy, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, and Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, all for Scribd’s current price of $8.99 per month. The addition of...

Amazon Prime Shipping starting to apply to other sites
November 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

amazon primeI didn't see this coming, although I suppose I should have. Amazon is starting partnerships with other sites to allow Amazon Prime shipping to work there too. It's only one site, so far: AllSaints, a British retailer, but apparently Amazon is pitching the concept to other retailers. “I can see a day when Prime members will have access to sneak previews and first chance to shop our new collections," Rich Ascott, AllSaints' global digital director, said at the event. "What this means for AllSaints is that we can leverage Amazon’s payments expertise and global reach to introduce new customers to AllSaints by...

Interview with author John Gilstrap
November 4, 2014 | 2:25 pm

John GilstrapI met John Gilstrap last year at the Creatures, Crime and Creativity Conference in Maryland, and I became an instant fan. You may remember that I reviewed his first book, [easyazon-link asin="B006M0KPRU" locale="us"]Nathan's Run[/easyazon-link], last year. He was the Saturday keynote speaker at this year's conference, and it was one of the best speeches I've ever heard. Too bad this conference isn't one where every panel and keynote is recorded and posted on YouTube. It was worth hearing again. The gist of his message, to authors, was never give up, and he had the personal story to back it up. In...

Amazon adds Prime Photos
November 4, 2014 | 10:59 am

prime photosAmazon wants to make everything easy for Prime customers. Or wants to take over the world, depending on who you talk to. Today they took the next step in whichever logical progression you believe in with Prime Photos. Amazon today introduced Prime Photos, the newest benefit for Prime members, which provides free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices. And, they continue to create billions of photos every year. Now, Prime members have a simple, secure place to store them all for free. Starting today, members...

Battle of the genres (infographic)
October 27, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Battle Of The GenresThis is probably the best looking infographic I've seen in a long time. It's showing some of the best-selling books of all time, sorted by genre, to show the best-selling genres of all time. You can quibble with a few of their choices The Thorn Birds as YA? Why only one book in magical realism? However, overall, it makes for interesting viewing. Infographic credit: http://www.furnitureuk.co.uk/​...

Book Review: Brothers in Crime by KM Rockwood
October 22, 2014 | 2:25 pm

brothers in crimeThe fun part about going to writer's conference is that you meet lots of writers and get opportunities for review copies, especially if you let folks know you review books. KM Rockwood is a delightful person, and I was happy to accept a review copy of her latest book, [easyazon-link asin="B00K2L77XU" locale="us"]Brothers in Crime[/easyazon-link]. When she asked me if I wanted the first in the series or a later book, I opted for the latest book, to see if book would stand alone as well as she said it would. The good news is that it does. However, this is an odd...

What would make an Amazon competitor competitive?
October 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

competitionAs all and sundry go round and round about Amazon/Hachette and the end of author royalties as we know it, I stopped to consider. I believe the eBook marketplace is healthier with competition, even if Amazon is right now a pretty darned good company to do business with. I do not consider B&N, Kobo or Apple to be the ideal competition, although together, they may not be too bad. So, I asked myself, with both my reader and author hats on, what it would take to be a contender in the eBook marketplace. As a reader This was tough because Amazon does...