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David Carr bashes Amazon, bucks for Witchfinder General vacancy
July 16, 2013 | 2:33 pm

David CarrThe latest in a long series of analyses of the Penguin Random House merger, the Apple price fixing verdict, and the difficulties of Barnes & Noble as all chapters in some great "Lord Of The Rings"-style epic struggle against the encroaching forces of darkness in the shape of Amazon, with its regiments of marching Kindles, comes, perhaps not surprisingly, from the pen of New York Times columnist David Carr. Carr has an illustrious track record as an Amazon-basher, so it's not unusual to see more of the same on display here. Still, savor these gems: "So far, what has been bad for the...

William Lynch Steps Down as B&N CEO: What does it mean for the future of Nook Media?
July 9, 2013 | 12:14 pm

Considering William Lynch's history with the company, this news probably doesn't come as a huge surprise. Lynch oversaw the entire Nook line, including the E Ink Nook readers and the tablet line. Considering that B&N is abandoning tablet development and focusing just on the Nook line, Lynch's legacy with the company can hardly be said to be successful. I did a bit of research on Lynch, and, according to Wikipedia, From 2000-2004, Lynch was Vice President and General Manager, eCommerce, for Palm Inc., where he oversaw Palm’s Web properties, including:, the Palm Online Store, the Palm Software Connection and the Palm.Net wireless...

Xbox One Update: Microsoft Backs Down!
June 20, 2013 | 5:17 pm

Xbox OneI wrote earlier this month about the upcoming Xbox One from Microsoft, the successor to the company's popular Xbox console. Its release was controversial because it was to come built-in with some of the most onerous DRM features I'd ever seen: an 'always on' connection that required you to 'phone home' to Microsoft every 24 hours in order to keep playing your games, and restrictions on loaning or borrowing games. The Toronto Star, however, is reporting that after two weeks of complaints by online gamers, Microsoft has cavedand removed the most onerous of the restrictions: "An internet connection will not be required to play offline...

Microsoft Not Buying Nook After All?
May 14, 2013 | 10:30 am

And this is why I try very hard not to report on rumors. Last week I wrote about a rumor that Microsoft was considering buying the Nook Media division. Well, the rumor was good for Barnes & Noble stock, which spiked up to $22 a share the day the rumor was announced, and then continued up to almost $24 a share later in the week. (Today it's down to $21.) However, as with many rumors, this one has now been dispelled (maybe, assuming dispelling the "rumor" isn't just part of the big plan.) Insider Monkey says they had an email on Friday...

Weekend Roundup: Drug Paraphernalia on Amazon, B&N’s Nook Dilemma
May 12, 2013 | 10:39 am

Weekend RoundupBarnes & Noble's Nook Dilemma (Dear Author) What's left if B&N sells the Nook business to Microsoft? (Forbes) Free Books for Mother's Day (GalleyCat) Now Amazon is selling bongs, nitrous oxide, and deadly hallucinogenic drugs (Business Insider) Kindle Daily Deals: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (and 3 others)...

Weekend Roundup: Reading on cell phones in Africa
May 11, 2013 | 9:10 am

Weekend RoundupWhat news organizations are learning from their e-book efforts (Poynter Online) What's left if B&N sells the Nook division to Microsoft? (The Passive Voice) A 'novel' idea for spreading literature in Africa: The cellphone (Christian Science Monitor) The e-book piracy debate, revisited ( The fascinating stories behind classic book titles (Flavorwire) Kindle Daily Deals: Subterranean by James Rollins (and 3 others)...

Morning Links: Library E-Books, Nook & Microsoft
May 10, 2013 | 9:38 am

Morning LinksIs it the Best of Times or the Worst of Times for Journalism? Yes (GigaOM) Library eBooks: The Role of Libraries in the Book Discovery Process (Sourcebooks) The Cover That Launced a Thousand iBookstore Sales (GalleyCat) In Nook, Microsoft Sees a Chance to Compete Against Amazon and Apple (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott (and 3 others)   ...

Rumor: Microsoft Considering Buying Nook Media
May 9, 2013 | 10:15 am

TechCruch had a story on this yesterday. They have obtained some internal documents discussing the proposed deal, with Microsoft reportedly offering $1 billion for Nook Media. I agree with Nate over at The Digital Reader that this sounds plausible. Microsoft has been working with Barnes & Noble since April of last year on Nook devices and content. Last year, they offered $300 million, much of which was aimed at developing content for Windows 8 devices. There was even speculation at the time that the next Nook would be Windows powered. Obviously that hasn't happened, and now it looks unlikely. Apparently the documents...

Amazon Reportedly Producing a “Kindle TV” Set-Top Box
May 5, 2013 | 10:00 am

AmazonBy Jeff Kleist Amazon has been making its own devices for quite a while now. From e-readers to tablets to a rumored smartphone, the company has been pretty successful in establishing its own Apple-style ecosystem. So it makes perfect sense that Amazon wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to take charge of the one device in the home that even Apple hasn’t been able to dominate—the television—with a “Kindle TV” set-top box. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, such a set-top box is actually in the works. Given that Amazon Instant Video still isn’t exactly ubiquitously supported on TVs, it makes sense that the company...

Morning Links: Microsoft’s new 7-inch design specs
March 30, 2013 | 12:04 pm

Morning LinksKindle Fire to Now Accommodate Video-Enhanced E-Books (Good e-Reader) Why Microsoft's new 7-inch design specs will help Windows 8 tablets succeed (Computerworld) Why ebooks are a different genre from print (The Guardian) The Role of Reading in Growing Asian Economies (Publishing Perspectives) Kindle Daily Deals: 6 Twilight novels by Stephanie Meyer (+ 3 others)...

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

iPad When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, "What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?" For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned picked the iconic brand. Apple Insider contends this is bad news for the rest of the tablet market, as 47 percent of surveyed consumers mentioned their intention to purchase an iPad. That left 26 percent of respondents going for an Android-based tablet, and 23 percent saying they were unsure, or didn’t know. Just one percent...

A national digital library endowment: How America’s billionaires could be modern Carnegies for real
February 11, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett was on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer, Rebecca Jarvis, asked if he owned an iPhone. No. iPad? No. “He prefers books,” she said in an admiring way, “and reads avidly.” As if electronic books don’t exist! As if millions of Americans are not downloading e-books to iPhones, iPads and other devices! As if a young Buffett today wouldn’t love to read scads of library e-books each year! No, I won’t beat up on either Buffett or Ms. Jarvis, given people’s varying tastes in reading formats. In fact, for retirement purposes, I’m a small shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett's company, and I trust his long-term judgment...