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Morning Roundup: Kobo Aura H2O coming soon. Reporting is not about granting equal weight
August 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo aura h2oDo Student Internships Really Work? Digital Tools Can Help Evaluate Them (The Digital Shift) But what we really need is a way to evaluate the internships and make sure they work for students, news organizations and schools. Thanks to digital tools, we can do a much better job evaluating them. *** Real Reporting Is About Revealing Truth; Not Granting 'Equal Weight' To Bogus Arguments (Techdirt) Bad journalists seem to think that if someone is making a claim, you present that claim, then you present an opposing claim, and you're done. They think this is objective because they're not "picking sides." But what if one...

Weekend Roundup: What do editors read? Kobo CEO speaks about taking over Sony ebook business
August 17, 2014 | 11:11 am

KoboWhat do Editors Read? (Book Riot) You’ve heard what librarians read. Now, I’ve asked some stellar editors to tell us what books they’re excited about right now. *** Kobo CEO Speaks Out About Taking Over Sony eBook Business (GoodeReader) “In North America we have been really happy with the Sony customers coming over to Kobo. People have been really interested and excited about our retail ecosystem and our investment around recommendations and how to discover your next great read. As a company, we are very happy with the collaboration and quality of customers coming over.” said Tamblyn. *** We. Don't. Care. How. Traditional. Publishing. Works. (The...

This is what I mean about Amazon doing it better
August 7, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle paperwhite in depthThe last time I wrote an article for Teleread on the whole Amazon business, my message was a simple one: if you want to compete, compete! Do a better job. Make a better website, a better store, a better product. Do a better job than Amazon does. I got another tiny example today in what exactly that means. Just a small little moment of elegance, a feature nicely done which showed me why Amazon is the market leader in this area. I had downloaded a sample and was reading it, and I decided I wanted the book. I called up the...

Morning Roundup: Kobo giving $5 for library referrals. Agony and ecstasy of social media
July 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboLibraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books' (Book Riot) If there’s one phrase I dislike more than the latest company touting itself as the “Netflix for books,” it’s when the retort is that such a thing already exists and it’s called the library. *** TSA Policy Change Increases Tech Security Burden for Travelling Journalists (Media Shift) Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. *** The Agony and Ecstasy of Social Media (Dear Author) Today two authors debate the issue of social media in writing....

Weekend Roundup: Reading Rainbow raises $6M. Google vs Kobo
July 6, 2014 | 11:54 am

reading rainbowHM Ward on Literary Agents and the Indie Author Industry (GoodeReader) Even though the “indie author revolution” and self-publishing as a valid form of content distribution are currently enjoying a never-before-seen rate of success and acceptance, the landscape itself is still evolving as players from every aspect of the industry still work through the system. *** Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Raises $6 Million With Help from Seth McFarlane (NY Daily News) LeVar Burton announced Wednesday that the literacy project raised a total of $6.4 million in five weeks. *** eBook Stores: Google vs Kobo (Sydney Morning Herald) E-books make it easy to carry around an entire library in...

Smashwords adds daily sales reports
June 12, 2014 | 12:25 pm

swchartsSmashwords is giving more information to self-published authors. The publishing and distribution company announced daily sales reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store. It also includes daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders. “The reports provide authors and publishers unprecedented insight into recent sales performance across the largest Smashwords retailers,” Smashwords CEO Mark Coker wrote on his blog. “Authors can use the reports to gain rapid feedback on the effectiveness of marketing and promotion campaigns.” This type of information will help authors and publishers learn what marketing campaigns work best. Blog tours, discounts and or...

Morning Roundup: Kobo offers Father’s Day deals and more
June 6, 2014 | 11:48 am

Customers in Canada will be able to save $30 off the Kobo Arc 7HD 16GB, $50 off the Kobo Arc 7 HD 32GB, and $100 off the Kobo Arc 10HD....

The Kobo (and Kindle) in pictures
May 28, 2014 | 1:25 pm

koboAwhile ago, GoodeReader posted a great little write-up showing the evolution of the Kindle---in pictures, and with capsule reviews and commentary. It showed how the Kindle went from big-ish and clunky, with a built-in keyboard, to small and sleek and button-free. Now, they are back, giving the Kobo Reader the same treatment. The Kobo's evolution has been less dramatic---the shape and style has stayed pretty consistent over the past few years. But the Kobo too has gone button-free, acquired a front light and shrunk in size and weight a little. These are fun little galleries to browse. Enjoy!...

Morning Roundup: Kobo launches book reviews. Surface Pro-Better laptop?
May 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboSimon & Schuster Enters eBook Subscription Distribution Channel (Digital Book World) Simon & Schuster will be distributing its back-list to ebook subscription services Oyster and Scribd, becoming the second among the world’s five largest publishers to do so. *** Surface Pro 3 Hands on: Better Laptop, Yes; Better Tablet, Maybe (GigaOM) Even at first blush it’s easy to see that Surface Pro 3 is a better laptop than its predecessor: It’s thinner, lighter, has a better display with more room to work and has a super trackpad. Is it a better tablet? That’s hard to say. *** Kobo Launches New Book Review Section (The Digital Reader) A...

Morning Roundup: Kobo considering social ebook club. Should self-publishers hire services
May 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

social ebook clubKobo is Considering a New Social eBook Club (GoodeReader) A new survey has been dispatched to select Kobo e-reader owners and people who typically buy a ton of eBooks.  It is worded as if the Book Club will be launched and they are asking key questions about the social media aspect. *** Should Self-Publishing Authors Hire Editors, Producers and Cover Designers? Team Publishing vs. DIY (Digital Book World) Self-publishing is something of a misnomer, given the various ways that authors can publish books outside of a traditional publishing relationship. In particular, we might consider two modes of indie publishing, do-it-yourself and team publishing. *** Why Freelance...

Morning Roundup: Licensing Fanfiction. Serial copyright infringement and more
May 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

fanfictionA Licensing Model for Fan Fiction (Future Book) As fanfiction continues to mature and become a more popular medium with greater revenue opportunities, it may soon be time for the publishing industry to take another look at the possibility of introducing alternative licensing systems. Building new relationships with readers and enabling new income streams for authors and publishers could be just some of the benefits. *** How Many Times a Day Do You Violate Copyright Law Without Even Realizing It? (Techdirt) In fact, he notes that pretty much everyone agrees that full enforcement is "undesirable and counterproductive." And, really that should be a clear...

Morning Roundup: Rise of mobile apps. Kobo for iOS updated and more
April 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

Income vs. Expenses: How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living (The Billfold) Remember that this is pre-tax income. It’s also before Paypal takes out its fees, which add up. I wish Paypal were not the ubiquitous method of paying freelancers, but I did not create the system. *** The Rise of Mobile Apps and the Decline of the Open Web (GigaOM) Venture investor Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz and others say they are concerned that the increasing use of mobile apps means less investment in the open web, and that this could have a negative effect on innovation. But is that true? *** Kobo for iOS...