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Morning Roundup: Is English “Killing” Other Languages, Kindle for iPad Updated, Aimed at Students and more
January 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle for iPadIs the Popularity of English 'Killing' Other Languages? (GalleyCat) Has the world been taken over with "English mania"? *** Kindle for iPad, iPhone Updated with New Flashcards, X-Ray Options, Dictionary Redesign (The Digital Reader) Amazon rolled out a new update today for their iOS reading app, and from the looks of the changelog it’s pretty clear that they have students in their sights. *** If You're Hiring a 'Head of Digital Innovation' You're Doing it Wrong (Techdirt) Way back in 2006, we wrote about how silly it was that all of these old school media companies were suddenly hiring "chief digital officers" or "chief internet officers" --...

Holiday Searches That Led to TeleRead
December 26, 2013 | 4:26 pm

holiday searchesI admit it. I'm a geek, and I love using my Google Analytics app on my Nexus 7. I often check it multiple times a day to see how the site is doing and which stories are performing well. We didn't post many stories yesterday, but our site numbers were pretty good. I was curious to see which stories performed well. I thought it would be an interesting insight into what people were reading on Christmas Day. By the way, it wasn't the stories we posted yesterday. Those performed miserably. There were the (for us) usual suspects. The Streaming Amazon Instant Video...

Amazon rumored to launch two smartphones in 1H2014
December 24, 2013 | 11:53 am

Is Amazon getting into smartphones? If the latest DigiTimes rumor can be believed, they should be launching in the first half of 2014. The leak is from camera-maker Primax Electronics, which reports getting an order for a lot of cameras to go into such phones. Mediabistro’s Appnewser has a few more details. Reportedly there are two models, a high-end and a regular one, and they’re going to have “as many as three front facing cameras for motion sensor technology, meaning you won’t have to touch the screen to interact with the device.” Intriguing. Of course, they will almost...

Amazon Kindle with Special Offers: $49, today only
December 17, 2013 | 2:59 pm

Amazon is running a sale today (12/17) on its Kindle with Special Offers. This is the basic model, with the arrow buttons rather than a touch screen. It’s normally $69, but Amazon’s got it on sale for $49, today only. Free shipping, non-refurbished. So, if you don’t mind a little non-intrusive advertising, and supporting an evil empire in its continued domination of the e-book industry, it would make a great gift for that friend who likes to read but doesn’t have an e-reader yet. Or, for that matter, for yourself. Needless to say, you can sideload any DRM-free MOBI...

Morning Roundup: Kindle FreeTime Updated, 70% of Readers Will Not Abandon Print Books and more
December 10, 2013 | 9:00 am

kindle freetimeAmazon Updates Kindle FreeTime with New Educational and Parental Controls (Digital Book World) Parents can now use Kindle FreeTime to set educational goals for their kids, and make sure their kids have met their goals before switching to cartoons and games. *** Almost 70% of Readers Will Not Abandon Print Books: Ricoh Study (GalleyCat) Nearly 70 percent of consumers feel it is unlikely that they’ll give up on printed books by 2016, according to a new report from Ricoh and analyst firm IT Strategies with the University of Colorado at Boulder. *** How Not to Deal with Plagiarism (Techdirt) We've had a few posts about plagiarism here...

Amazon tries two-week mall kiosk experiment
November 30, 2013 | 3:43 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon has opened small kiosks in several San Francisco shopping malls to sell Kindles and accessories. They have Kindles on hand that customers can try in a variety of lighting conditions. The stores are only of two-week duration, and Amazon says they are part of a marketing campaign. It’s certainly not a marketing campaign I’ve heard anything about. But Amazon does a lot of experimental things in different locations, and is known for its expertise in mining data. Might this be a trial run to see what form brick-and-mortar retail outlets might best...

Do You Have Gadget Regret?
November 19, 2013 | 5:18 pm

gadget regretThe iPad Air has me regretting my Mini a little. When I got the Mini, I was in search of the lightest and smallest Apple tablet I could get. Now that the Air is out though, I am reconsidering. A full-size tablet, but with the Mini's weight? That is compelling to me. I am not in such a hurry to jump ship though, because experience has taught me that something better will come along someday, and I have made the mistake too often of adopting early and then being sorry later. The iPad is the perfect example. When the Mini came out,...

Morning Roundup: Retina iPad Mini vs iPad Air, Google Book Scanning Decision is Correct and more
November 15, 2013 | 9:00 am

Google Book ScanningWhatever You Think of Google as a Company, The Book Scanning Decision is the Right One (GigaOM) The Authors Guild has argued that Google’s book-scanning project is copyright infringement on a massive scale, but the benefits of having millions of books digitized and searchable clearly outweighs the dangers of that infringement. *** Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs iPad Air (GoodeReader) Welcome to yet another installment of the Good e-Reader Video Comparison Series! Today we check out the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and the Apple iPad Air. Over the course of the video we check out the reading experience with eBooks,...

Kindle, Digital First Sale Doctrine and Licensing
November 11, 2013 | 12:40 pm

digital first sale doctrineApparently I caused consternation and confusion with a comment in my article on the Department of Commerce soliciting feedback on digital first sale doctrine. In the article, I said I was glad I didn't have to ask permission to give a DVD as a gift. A discussion ensued in the comments about giving away Kindles loaded with ebooks. I said that would be illegal because we are licensing digital content instead of buying it, a topic we've discussed here before. Several people asked me to back up my claim about giving away Kindles. I think a couple of people misunderstood me. Yes,...

Amazon allows indie bookshops to sell Kindles
November 6, 2013 | 4:58 pm

Amazon has put together a number of initiatives recently involving its Kindle and digital publishing programs: offering Kindle books early for low prices, limited-time discounted Kindle books and an online literary magazine dedicated to short fiction and poetry. Its newest announcement involves going beyond its own internet doors. Amazon will allow independent bookstores and other retailers to buy Kindle devices and accessories at a discount, and giving the retailers an opportunity to make commission on Kindle books bought through these devices. The program is called Amazon Source. Retailers will have the option of receiving 10 percent of every Kindle book purchased on Kindle...

Amazon offers discounted hardware, e-book affiliate cut to independent bookstores with Amazon Source
November 6, 2013 | 11:16 am

kindlesourceRemember the Amazon/Waterstones partnership deal I mentioned last year, in which Amazon let the bookstore chain sell Kindles and take a commission on e-books? And the other e-reader/e-book deals that UK independent bookstores were considering? Well, it turns out Amazon is finally bringing something similar to these shores. Amazon has announced a new program called Amazon Source that will allow bookstores to Buy Kindle devices at a 6% discount from the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price. Buy Kindle accessories at a 35% discount from...

Former Amazon executive: When Amazon does not seem to turn a profit, its competitors should be scared
November 6, 2013 | 1:40 am

amazonWhy can’t Amazon turn a profit? Eugene Wei, who worked at Amazon until 2004, suggests that’s the wrong question to ask. The big question is why Amazon doesn’t want to turn a profit. In fact, it may even be the wrong line of reasoning altogether. In Wei’s piece on Salon, he points out that Amazon does, or at least did while he was there, turn a profit on pretty much everything it sells, with the exception of specifically-chosen loss leaders (like the infamous $9.99 e-books that drove the publishers so crazy). But the fact that every earning report Bezos delivers shows...