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How to kill off Chrome RAM hogs: Crash-proofing tips
May 22, 2015 | 4:52 am

chrome ram hogs pac-man imageGoogle’s Chrome browser these days can be the Pac-Man of apps---with an insatiable appetite for RAM. Talk all you want about e-books in browsers and other goodies. But what about the basics? My Chrome was crashing constantly, and even a Google support staffer hadn’t a complete solution for my HP Pavilion---overwhelmed despite 8GB of RAM. I’d vaguely heard of the Great Suspender, a Chrome plug-in which tidies things up a bit by dumping tabs that you have not used in X amount of time (yes, you can adjust that value). And there is also OneTab to help you manage in a...

Too busy to read? Rooster is the app for that
March 12, 2014 | 10:25 am

Too busy to read a book? There’s an app for that. Plympton, a digital startup, unveiled Rooster on Monday, an iPhone app that will send short, timed installments to readers who are on the go, according to Mashable. Rooster will divide books into 15-minute installments. Readers can decide when to get the update and how often. One of the other settings is that Rooster will also recommend books to read. “Like your trusted friend who always has great recommendations, we take the guesswork out of choosing your next read,” the company wrote on its website. “Each month, we pair our contemporary selection with a classic....

HarperCollins is planning something big – like a dinosaur, maybe?
December 2, 2013 | 4:02 pm

harpercollinsA long and fairly uncritical interview article in Mashable takes us on a tour of the epublishing aspirations of HarperCollins under the stewardship of its new chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi, and its plans to corner the "Next Big Thing" in digital publishing - whatever it is. Mashable's Seth Fiegerman, it seems, is much taken by HarperCollins's readiness to jump into bed with startups like Scribd and Oyster on the first date, to get in the game. He quotes Restivo-Alessi approvingly to the effect that it matters to move early with startups to direct their thinking and guide their development. HarperCollins, it seems,...

Want to promote that ebook? Do Facebook
November 3, 2013 | 11:44 am

facebookFirst let me state that I have no shares in Facebook or personal interest in promoting Mark Zuckerberg. But I thought I'd share the new Mashable/Statista/Shareaholic data on traffic from social networks to publishers. After all, it looks like everyone else is sharing - on Facebook most of all. "Facebook Drives the Most Traffic to Publishers, Beating Twitter and Reddit," reads the Mashable headline. And before you get too excited, the publishers they have in mind are online content publishers managing websites, not the book publisher kind. That said, the information is valuable to anyone using social networks to promote their...

Barnes & Noble to stop creating tablets; e-readers still a go
June 25, 2013 | 2:30 pm

Barnes & NobleThere’s a reason Barnes & Noble was discounting its Nook line of tablets lately—the company is pulling back its investment into that side of the business, the company announced today. It will stop making new Nook tablets, but will sell its Nook HD and Nook HD+ through the holiday season, according to a report in The E-Book Reader. In addition, the report states B&N will focus its attention on working with third-party vendors when it comes to tablets. It will continue to create e-readers, however. In a press release, B&N said: The company plans to significantly reduce losses in the NOOK segment by limiting risks...

Blackstrap’s business model takes the digital publishing revolution backwards—but in a good way
April 9, 2013 | 11:11 am

BlackstrapWe've watched with interest as a few new digital publishing-related startups have launched seemingly out of the blue over the past few weeks. Thin Reads, a fantastic new website that runs reviews of e-singles, is definitely one of our favorites, and we're clearly not alone; the site has been enjoying a ton of mostly glowing press. (Click to see what Mashable, Paid Content, and MediaBistro's GalleyCat have to say about the new site.) But there's another interesting and brand-new startup known as Blackstrap that hasn't been getting quite as much love lately. In fact, we hadn't even heard of it until we...

Ownshelf Helps Readers Share Their Digital Libraries With Friends
December 12, 2012 | 11:45 pm

  Rick Marazzani believes readers should be able to share and discover e-books through their friends' personal libraries just like they do with print books. That's why he built Ownshelf. Ownshelf, a free web service that launched in beta Friday, provides readers with a cloud storage platform to share e-books with friends and family. Think of it as a simpler Dropbox intended specifically for e-books, but with a social element built in to foster discovery ...   Read Full Article Source: Mashable * * *  ...

With HTML5, publishers don’t need native apps, says Financial Times
December 4, 2012 | 10:10 pm

Assuming you're interested in the confluence of HTML5 and the monetization of digital publishing, you'll definitely want to check out this recent Mashable article, which covers a panel that took place at the Mashable Media Summit last Friday, November 30. Thinking Outside the App, as the panel was titled, appears to have essentially dealt with just one question, which Mashable reporter Laura Indvik puts forward in her post: "Given the amount of traffic publishers are seeing from mobile web-browsers, coupled with improvements in HTML5 ... does it make sense for publishers to continue to invest in native apps for tablets and smartphones?" Panelist Rob Grimshaw, the...

Why all the B&N bashing?
August 22, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Poor Barnes & Noble has been taking a real beating in the e-reader blog space lately, so I thought I'd share a link to a recent Mashable story that actually offers a bit of positive B&N and Nook news. The lede graph of reporter Lauren Indvik's piece tells the rather unfortunate financial B&N story we've been reading about everywhere over the past few days: "Sales of Barnes & Noble’s line of tablets and e-readers declined in the company’s fiscal 2013 first quarter ending July 28, the bookseller reported Tuesday."  But then, there's this: "[Barnes & Noble's] digital content sales increased 46%. That was...

Mashable to explore publishing trends at $2,199 Mashable Connect conference
March 25, 2012 | 4:15 pm

mashableOn Mashable, Lance Ulanoff posts about the trend toward self-publishing through Amazon and other e-book shops. Amazon, he writes, has a huge potential audience, and both known and unknown writers are finding audiences for their books there. And Apple just unveiled iBooks Author, which makes creating e-books easier than ever. Of course, there are concerns over quality, especially given that many e-books may not have been professionally edited. Whether you use Amazon or Apple, these platforms tear down the traditional publisher barrier and put control firmly in the hands of you and me. I wonder how...

Newspapers need to innovate
June 23, 2010 | 12:15 pm

3577fa96-ee3c-4be5-9b8b-dd9eacba5439Doonesbury the other day had an amusing take on the print-vs-digital conundrum that is currently affecting newspapers. But in a way it’s not so much a laughing matter. Mashable has a fairly long report looking at the problems newspapers are having now. A rebound in advertising purchases that increased spending on the Internet, TV, and radio bypassed newspapers and magazines, whose ad revenues still fell. As a result, newspapers have been losing money, and hence losing employees. The problem lies not in a stubbornness to evolve and recognize value in digital media, but a lack of resources. As a result of cutting, newspapers...

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