Posts tagged kindle
Intelligence Squared audience decide Amazon isn’t the reader’s friend
January 20, 2015 | 4:25 pm
As heralded in Teleread earlier, self-publishing poster child Joe Konrath and Matthew Yglesias, Executive Editor of Vox, appeared against Franklin Foer, former editor of The New Republic, and attorney and author Scott Turow, in the Intelligence Squared debate in New York , last weekend, arguing the motion: "Amazon is the reader’s friend." And whatever one thinks of the merits of the arguments on both sides of the fence, the outcome was fairly conclusive: before the debate 41 percent were for the motion, 28 percent against, and 31 percent undecided; afterwards, 42 percent were for, 50 percent were against, and 8 percent undecided....
Did Waterstones really see a shift back to print?
January 12, 2015 | 12:25 pm
There's been quite a bit of pickup of the recent Financial Times story on Waterstone's, which supposedly supports a shift in UK reader appetite back towards printed books, where James Daunt, Waterstones CEO, said sales of which “disappeared to all intents and purposes”, according to James Daunt, chief executive. There are just a few flaws in the narrative, though. For one thing, Daunt also disclosed a 5 per cent physical book sales rise in December - yes, the height of the Christmas buying season. That's hardly a massive resurgence of interest in the printed book. And although further reporting in the FT...
To gain more e-book marketshare, Apple should make iBooks for Android
December 22, 2014 | 2:25 pm
Can a company give Amazon a run in 2015 when it comes to ebooks? Maybe, but the company with the best footing is Apple. Anecdotally, several authors have mentioned the successes they have had through Apple’s iBooks. This is a good new for authors who are looking for other avenues to sell their books. But keeping iBooks strictly for Apple products may not do it. iBooks has been around since 2010 when it was launched with the iPad. In 2013, iBooks became an integrated app on iOS 8. Since that time, iBooks seems to be taking more of the market share. In October,...
Morning Roundup: 15 literary humans of New York; more
December 11, 2014 | 12:01 pm
Morning Roundup: Kindle and morning reading; more
December 8, 2014 | 9:22 am
Apple iPod DRM case heats up, but might still fizzle
December 7, 2014 | 12:37 pm
The wheels of justice grind slowly, and sometimes a bit of grit gets stuck in the gears. This seems to be the case with the ten-year-old lawsuit against Apple over the DRM policies it used to enforce on iTunes Music Store music and iPods. Over the last couple of weeks, it’s started moving again, and the testimony and depositions have been interesting to follow. But now it looks as though, just as it’s getting started again, it may come to a complete halt. Locking Out Competitors At heart, the case has to do with the way Apple continually...
James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading
November 20, 2014 | 7:16 am
Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about what Amazon ought to be doing but isn’t. And I can’t say that I necessarily disagree. Patterson is planning to launch a new public awareness campaign to encourage reading, following on the heels of his $1 million in grants to bookstores. The campaign will include a TV ad featuring a public book-burning (a bit of a cliché,...
Morning Links: Afternoon at Harlequin. Book publishers and Black Friday
November 17, 2014 | 9:00 am
An Afternoon at Harlequin (Dear Author) I had been warned by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches–who had visited the Harlequin headquarters before–that the offices where Harlequin is housed is a rather ordinary building featuring a plain exterior. Inside is where the magic takes place. *** A Kindle Software Update Lets You Share eBooks with Your Family (GigaOM) Amazon started pushing an over-the-air update to certain Kindle e-readers on Friday, which means that the new e-reading features Amazon touted when launching its Kindle Voyage will soon be available for older Kindles as well, as promised. *** Five Trends to Watch (PW) But six months later, Amazon’s purchase of...
Dutch treat, Dutch auction, Dutch date … Amazon dares storm of Dutch epithets going Dutch in Netherlands
November 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm
I hope no Dutch uncle is going to get me in Dutch over all my Dutchisms (or should they be Netherlandisms?) in this article, but how else to convey the news that Amazon has opened a Dutch website, Amazon.nl, offering its wares in the Netherlands? This already includes extensive Kindle ebook offerings in Dutch as well as the localized Kindle client software, and English ebooks, though no products beyond ebooks, at least at this stage. According to reports in the Netherlands Times, the new Dutch version of the Kindle Store will offer some 20,000 Dutch titles by local authors, as well...
Morning Links: Kindle Original vs. Kindle Voyage. Oyster launches new feature.
November 5, 2014 | 9:00 am
Kindle Original vs Kindle Voyage (Boing Boing) Jason Weisberger finally upgraded. Did seven years make much difference? The answer will probably not surprise you, but the details might. *** Amazon Gives Unlimited Photo Storage to Prime Customers (Lifehacker) Despite the price increase, Amazon Prime still offers some of the best benefits. Now, there's one more. *** Oyster Launches a New Book Lists Feature (GalleyCat) Oyster has added Book Lists to its eBook streaming service. This new feature will allow for greater discoverability. *** The Implications of the Computer Moving from the Desktop to our Pocket (Mike Shatzkin) Benedict Evans of Andreessen/Horowitz (an indispensible observer of digital change across media, and...
Will the Asus EeeBook X205 bring back the great days of netbooks?
November 3, 2014 | 10:25 am
Most readers not still in short pants will remember how Asus basically invented the netbook category in 2007 with the original $300 Eee PC, causing consternation in the process for other PC manufacturers, who saw their fat margins on notebooks threatened. Now Asus seems primed to revisit the concept, and revive the brand, with the announcement of its new $199 EeeBook X205 notebook ... or netbook? Of course, the home computing market has changed considerably since 2007, in ways that are immediately obvious from the new EeeBook's design. Remember how heavily compromised the original Eee PC was in terms of hardware and software, with...
Amazon’s $99 Fire HD shines for library and public domain books—and here are a few related tips
October 30, 2014 | 4:25 pm
Amazon’s new Fire HD 6, a $99 tablet computer, might be catnip for frugal lovers of library and public domain e-books who don’t need a cell phone in the same gadget. Libraries themselves, in fact, may want to loan out HDs and other Amazon models while experimenting with other brands, too. The six-inch screen’s resolution is 1280x800, and the pixel count is 252 per inch. That’s equal to many cell phones selling for twice as much. 252 ppi is just 48 ppi shy of the 300-ppi of the Voyage, the new top-of-the-line E Ink reader from Amazon. The HD 6’s screen should also...