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Morning Links: Amazon discusses Kindle Unlimited. Social media is overrated?
January 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

social media is overrated?Amazon Discusses Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Select Participation: Digital Book World, Day 2 (Jane Friedman) If you’ve been watching publishing news over the last 24 hours, then you may have seen a flurry of articles summarizing the Digital Book World session featuring a conversation with Russ Grandinetti of Amazon. These were some of the most memorable takeaways for me. *** Social Media Is Overrated, Seth Godin Tells Publishers at Digital Book World (Digital Book World) Most publishers consider social media an essential part of their marketing toolkits, but author and squidoo.com founder Seth Godin joined Digital Book World 2015 in New York City this...

Morning Links: Best touchscreen gloves. Reading diversely
January 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

touchscreen glovesSix Best Touchscreen Gloves (Lifehacker) Here are the six pair of touchscreen gloves you swiped right the most on, and now it's time to find a winner. Hurry up, it's freezing. *** Overdrive: eBook Checkouts Up 33% (Library Journal) Public and school libraries that are part of OverDrive’s global network circulated 137 million ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other digital media in 2014—a 33 percent increase compared with 2013, according to statistics released by the company. *** New York City Backs Off School Cell Phone Bans... (Techdirt) Fast forward nearly a decade and Mayor de Blasio -- the first New York City Mayor in city history to have...

Morning Links: Awesome bundled productivity pack. Welcome to 2015
January 14, 2015 | 9:00 am

productivityKids Exercising More Autonomy in Digital Content (Digital Book World) In 2013, 89% of parents chose what digital content to buy for their kids, according to new research from PlayCollective and Digital Book World. But kids are now weighing in much more actively to determine what they read. Those purchasing decisions between kids and parents are now close to 50/50. *** Get Evernote, Pocket, LastPass and Wunderlist in One $60 Bundle (GigaOM) This is a good deal: Evernote, password manager LastPass, to-do-list app Wunderlist and read-it-later service Pocket have bundled premium subscriptions to all four services in a single “Productivity Pack” for $59.99 *** Welcome to...

Morning Links: Intellectual property myths. Wikipedia expands auto-translation
January 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

wikipediaOn Loving the Library While Building Your Own (Book Riot) So what happened to transform me from an avid library-goer to someone who doesn’t even know where her library card is? *** 10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law (Lifehacker) How well do you understand copyright and trademark law? When you travel about the Internet or make art, do you know what you are and aren't allowed to do, or do you have intellectual property myths stuck in your brain. *** Wikipedia Expands Auto-Translate Feature (The Digital Reader) Wiki Media announced over the weekend that they are expanding the (currently beta) auto-translate feature to...

Morning Links: No DRM-free app for EFF. Should you spy on your readers?
January 12, 2015 | 8:53 am

drm-freeApple Won't Let EFF Release a DRM-Free App (Boing Boing) EFF has released its mobile app to help people join in important, timely struggles, but you can't get it for your Iphone or Ipad, because Apple insists that EFF use DRM, and this is contrary to everything it stands for. *** Should Authors and Publishers Spy on Readers? (Digital Book World) Okay—that title is slightly provocative. But it’s not an unreasonable question to ask. *** Apple Raises Minimum App Prices in Europe, UK and Canada (GigaOM) As Apple promised earlier this week, minimum prices in the iOS app store have increased in Canada, the U.K. and European...

Weekend Links: Downsides of Kickstarter model for authors. Piracy an unknown with apps
January 11, 2015 | 11:23 am

kickstarterThe Downsides of the High Risk, Low Reward Kickstart Business Model (Dear Author) The problem with Kickstarters is multi-layered and it requires anyone who donates to understand a couple things. *** Piracy is Just as Much an Unknown With Apps As it is with Books (The Digital Reader) Book piracy has always been hard to quantify, but it turns out that is almost as true for apps. *** Authors Guild Gives Up Trying To Sue Libraries For Digitally Scanning Book Collection (Techdirt) The Authors Guild is basically giving up in this case, saying that should the libraries change their practices, it may want to revisit the...

Morning Links: Publish and they will come? Industries ripe for disruption
January 9, 2015 | 9:00 am

disruptionPublish and They Will Come...Right? (Digital Book World) Creating awareness is the most fundamental and crucial step in the book discovery process–and it is a process; discoverability does not end there. *** How Middle School Reading Lists Have Evolved Since 100 Years Ago (GalleyCat) Annie Holmquist over at BetterEd.org dug up the curriculum manual from a 1908 middle school reading list to compare it with modern reading lists. *** Libraries Loan Out 105 Million eBooks in 2014 (GoodeReader) Libraries that do business with Overdrive loaned out 137 million digital assets in 2014, which is a 33% increase from 2013. *** Industries That Are Ripe for Disruption (The...

Morning Links: Amazon marks Fire Phone to $189. Libraries trending on Twitter
January 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

Amazon Fire PhoneTor.com's Annual Free 'Besg of' eBook (Boing Boing Every year, Tor.com anthologizes some of the best short fiction from its website in a free ebook, and it's always one of the best sf anthologies of the year -- this is no exception! *** Amazon Marks the Fire Phone Down to $189 (The Digital Reader) For all that it is described as a failure, it's not a bad phone - when it costs $189, that is. *** Now Trending on Twitter: Public Libraries (PW) After a tweet from Ferguson (Mo.) Municipal Public Library Municipal Public Library Director Scott Bonner, public libraries today found they were suddenly trending on...

Morning Links: Digital publishing questions. No cell phone privacy
January 7, 2015 | 9:00 am

cell phone privacyFour Digital Publishing Questions for Mary Ann Naples (Digital Book World) 2015 will be the year of the customer for publishers. From every corner of the business, we are seeing experiments on how to best connect with customers gathering steam, if not much actual revenue yet.There is a growing sense that publishers need to delight customers–whether by creating a pop-up shop, a hotline or a good old-fashioned community experience on a new social media platform. *** FBI Asserts Right to Monitor Cell Phones Without a Warrant (Boing Boing) The Obama administration has already let people know they have "no reasonable expectation of privacy" when...

Morning Links: Prices stable post VAT increase. Best book apps of 2014
January 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

vatZuckerberg Launches Book Club (PW) The publishing industry will likely be thankful for one of Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolutions. The Facebook founder and CEO, who has over 30 million followers, has launched a new book club as part of a challenge to himself, for 2015, to read a new book every two weeks. *** eBook Prices Stable After VAT Increase (GoodeReader) Many readers were concerned that when the VAT increased on e-Books all over Europe they have to have to pay more. This was not the case as retailers and publishers have helped cushion increase in price, so little has changed. *** On Loving Books...

Morning Links: Content shakeout in 2015. CES 2015 expectations
January 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

ces 20152015 Reading Challenge Roundup (Book Riot) And, since keeping a resolution is easier if you’re keeping it with friends, I thought joining in on a reading challenge might help me stick to it. *** Predictions for 2015: Content Shakeout, More Tracking, Measurement Muddle (Media Shift) If you thought there was a flood of content this year, just wait. The good news, though, is that more of the good stuff will rise to the top. *** Copyright Law Amended in Japan to Combat eBook Piracy (GoodeReader) Japan is planning on augmenting their copyright law in early 2015 so publishers can actually go after e-Book pirates. This should assist...

Morning Links: Several articles on the future of publishing in 2015
January 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

future of publishingSimply Producing More Books Isn't the Answer (Brave New World) It was simple when we only had the physical book. The market was controlled by the shelf space available, the cost of the inventory and the rate of purchases. *** What's Next for B&N Nook in 2015? (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble have been bringing in a number of people from outside the traditional book-selling industry, such as former Zinio executives Doug Carlson and Jeanniey Mullen. *** eBooks in 2015: Dull New World (GigaOM) Ebooks are feeling a bit hungover heading into the new year. The 50 Shades of Grey exuberance of 2011 and 2012 feels long...