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Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”
November 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletWhy It's Time for Facebook to Offer a 'Pay for Privacy' Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to hand over more personal information in exchange for the right to use the service for free. *** Can Reading Local Cure my Amazon Addiction? (Book Riot) Here’s my confession. I buy 90% of my books from Amazon (gulp!), even as I diligently link to Indiebound.org on my blog to spur readers to shop indie. *** Do You Still Use...

Morning Links: eBooks in schools. Defining clickbait.
November 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

clickbaitGift Books Can be a Big, and Tough Business (PW) A number of publishers in the religion category offer gift books with spiritual or religious themes, some just a few per year or a lone title here and there. Others are in the gift book business in a big way, with whole divisions or imprints devoted to them. *** eBooks Take Hold in Schools---Slowly (The Digital Shift) Sixty-six percent of schools nationwide offer ebooks, up from 54 percent in 2013, and overall, the figure is steadily growing, according to School Library Journal’s fifth annual “Ebook Usage in U.S. School (K–12) Libraries” report. *** Barnes & Noble...

Morning Links: Debut novelist wins Canada lit prize. Non-fiction formatting terrible on tablets?
November 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

formattingDebut Novelist Wins Canada's Biggest Lit Prize (PW) When the winner of the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced at a gala in Toronto Monday night, the spotlight was on a new writer, Sean Michaels, and his debut novel Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada. *** Ending Reader Comments is a Mistake, Even if You Are Reuters (GigaOM) In a post about the decision, Reuters Digital executive editor Dan Colarusso describes it as a necessary evolution, brought about by changes in reader behavior. *** Is Nonfiction eBook Formatting Still Terrible on Tablets? (The Digital Reader) One might think that ebook formatting would be nearly perfect...

Morning Links: Hooked on ebook highlighting. Amazon chooses best books of 2014
November 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonI’m Hooked on ebook Highlighting – What we Underline is so Revealing (The Guardian) Ebook readers reveal the most highlighted passages in Harry Potter, the Bible, Lord of the Rings and many more. *** Amazon Editors Choose Their Best Books of 2014 (GalleyCat) Amazon has revealed their picks for Best Books of 2014, a list led by Celeste Ng, Stephen King, and Liane Moriarty. Follow this link to see the full list of 100 titles. *** Netflix is Becoming Part of the Cable Bundle in the UK (GigaOM) Netflix is becoming more and more like HBO: Customers of U.K. telco BT can now pay for the service...

Morning Links: Reading on a smartphone: availability bias? Resuscitating Enhanced eBooks
November 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

smartphoneIs Reading eBooks on your Smartphone a Product of Availability Bias? (GoodeReader) Availability bias is a human cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the probability of events associated with memorable or vivid occurrences. *** Social Media and Breaking News: Why Authenticity Trumps Authority Almost Every Time (GigaOM) When it comes to breaking news events, many people are willing to overlook the fact that some of the reports they are getting might not be verified or 100-percent accurate, in return for the immediacy and authenticity that comes with a report from someone close to the action. *** How did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy #1?...

Morning Links: B&N launches new audiobook app. Embrace change
November 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

B&NWe Need a New 'Church and State' in Digital Publishing (Media Shift) Much of the digital content industry is lost today in discussions about the blurred line between publisher and advertiser — otherwise known as the divide between church and state. *** Harlequin, Divergent Drive HarperCollins (PW) The purchase of Harlequin, combined with the continuing strong sales of the Divergent series, resulted in a 24% sales increase at HarperCollins in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which ended September 30. *** Barnes & Noble Launches New Audiobook App (GoodeReader) B&N has just unveiled their new Nook Audiobook App for Android. It is currently in beta and...

Morning Links: Kindle Original vs. Kindle Voyage. Oyster launches new feature.
November 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

oysterKindle Original vs Kindle Voyage (Boing Boing) Jason Weisberger finally upgraded. Did seven years make much difference? The answer will probably not surprise you, but the details might. *** Amazon Gives Unlimited Photo Storage to Prime Customers (Lifehacker) Despite the price increase, Amazon Prime still offers some of the best benefits. Now, there's one more. *** Oyster Launches a New Book Lists Feature (GalleyCat) Oyster has added Book Lists to its eBook streaming service. This new feature will allow for greater discoverability. *** The Implications of the Computer Moving from the Desktop to our Pocket (Mike Shatzkin) Benedict Evans of Andreessen/Horowitz (an indispensible observer of digital change across media, and...

Morning Links: Amazon hints at relaxing ebook exclusivity. Nexus 9 tablet review
November 4, 2014 | 9:05 am

nexus 9 tablet110 Writing Tools in a Single Post (GalleyCat) Every year, we publish daily links to writing tools and tips during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. For today, we’ve rounded up four years’ worth of advice in a single post for GalleyCat writers. *** Amazon Exec Hints at Relaxing eBook Exclusivity: Will Kindle Unlimited Address Concerns of Authors and Publishers? (IndieReader) Much of the debate has centered on the requirement that authors and publishers who participate in KU must grant Amazon exclusivity, which has faced considerable criticism from industry insiders. This month, it appears that while the door to “elective” rather than “exclusive” KU publishing...

Morning Links: Kindle Fire tablets in direct sunlight? Library ebook growth slowing.
November 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle fireHow Well do the Fire Tablets Perform in Direct Sunlight? (GoodeReader) Amazon has released their next generation Fire Tablet lineup a few weeks ago. This includes the Fire HD6, Fire HD7, Kids Tablet and Fire HDX 8.9. *** Spain OKs 'Google Tax' Demanded by News Publishers (NYT) Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results. *** Four Reasons I Switched to Safari After Years of Using Chrome, and Why I Will Probably Switch Back (GigaOM) If you haven’t used Safari on your Mac in years, there’s a number of new features...

Weekend Links: I was going to review some tablets, but… Scalzi on NaNoWriMo
November 2, 2014 | 9:55 am

nook tabletsI Was Going to Review Some Tablets... (Dear Author) So, here is my review: Amazon is winning the sales war because they are better at business. Period. *** Amazon Exec: We Priced the Fire Phone Wrong (Fortune) In an interview with Fortune, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp acknowledged Amazon bumbled the phone’s pricing. *** A Quick Note on Nanowrimo (John Scalzi) But the fact of the matter is that it was possible to do it that way because every day I wasn’t writing 80,000 words, I was writing 2,500. That’s ten pages, double-spaced. Totally doable. *** How Publishers & Copyright Gave Amazon the Very Power...

Morning Links: New “Orphan Works” rule in the UK. Spain passes new copyright law
October 31, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightNew 'Orphan Works' Rule in UK Makes Millions of Creative Works Available for Public Display (GigaOM) The UK government is trying a new approach to the orphan works problem that it says will make more than 91 million painting and books available to the public. *** Amazon's Impact on Publishing? It's Complicated (PW) Offering equal measures of thoughtful and contradictory commentary, aWednesday night panel called “Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books?,” at the New America Foundation in New York City, gave an encompassing picture of the publishing industry’s conflicted--perhaps even tortured--responses to Amazon, and its business tactics. *** Rupert Murdoch Urges Media...

Morning Links: Want to assemble your own smartphone? The Percy Jackson problem
October 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

percy jacksonWant to Assemble Your Own Reading Device? Google Shows Off Project Ara Modular Phone Prototype (The Digital Reader) The idea of assembling a DIY mobile device has long since fallen out of the mainstream, but if Project Ara is successful then that could change. *** Journalists Need a Point of View if They Want to Stay Relevant (Techdirt) But when gridlock becomes the norm the conflicts are endless, infinite, predictable and just plain dull: in a way, the opposite of news. *** Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs Kindle Voyage (GoodeReader) The Kindle Voyage builds upon the software and design principles of the Paperwhite line of e-readers. Today,...