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Weekend Links: Snow day reading. A day in the life of a devoted Apple user
February 15, 2015 | 10:43 am

snow day reading10 Strategies for Snow Day Reading (Book Riot) A snow day may mean working from home, wrangling restless kids, or a long binge-watching session on Netflix. But if you decide to go the reading route for your snow day, here are 10 ways to make it work and keep cabin fever at bay. *** Digital Publishers Turning Away from Replica Magazines (GoodeReader) Digital magazines and newspapers have long fallen victim to the replica syndrome that once plagued ebooks. As mere digital copies of the print original, these versions simply weren’t taking advantage of all that the technology had to offer. *** Librivox Wants You to...

Morning Links: Will Kindle Unlimited expansion cause more payment drops? We need social media
February 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedMy Working (or Not) Relationship With Poetry (Book Riot) The task that I feel is going to be the biggest stretch for me by far is poetry. Not LGBT, not authors of color, or even books about indigenous peoples. Poetry. *** The Elephant in the Room is a Phone (The Scholarly Kitchen) According to my log, I came across 150 references to disruptive technology this week.  Or was that 1,150? *** Will the New Kindle Unlimited Expansion Cause Another Dip in Author Payments? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) The news of Kindle Unlimited expansion into Canada and Mexico may bring smiles to the faces of readers but...

Morning Links: Used eBook sales coming? In defense of self publishing
February 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

used ebook salesSecondhand Downloads: Are Used eBook Sales Coming? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) I know that's not the fiery response some might expect, but after watching the ebook market for the past 5 years I've come to believe that there's little or no market pressure for the resale of digital content. *** Why Publishers Are Obligated to Make Content Available Globally (Digital Book World) And while worldwide distribution is an often misunderstood yet market-changing feature of today’s bookselling world, doing it well is actually far more important than it sometimes needs. *** In Defense of Self-Publishing (Media Shift) There are so many op-eds these days on when or if...

Morning Links: Some old books top the bestseller lists. Low reading self-esteem?
February 11, 2015 | 9:00 am

bestseller listsGoogle Drive rewards 2GB for Security Checkup takers (Android Community) The cloud storage will be giving extra space for those who will voluntarily undergo their Security Checkup, as part of their contribution to the Safer Internet Day and to ensure that all is fine and dandy on your cloud drive. *** Harper Lee and E L James Command Ebook Best-Seller List (Digital Book World) As we speculated might happen, both of the titles in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy that debuted last week on the Ebook Best-Seller List last week have made mighty leaps up the rankings ahead of the film adaptation’s release...

Morning Links: Anne Rice to pen book on author bullying. Improve the homepage
February 10, 2015 | 9:00 am

anne riceAnne Rice to Pen Book on Author Bullying (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Author and expert on bullying Anne Rice took to her Facebook page this weekend to announce her latest project: She's writing a book on author bullying. *** Penguin Classics Celebrates 80th (GalleyCat) Penguin Classics is celebrating its 80th birthday by selling 80 of its Little Black Classics for 80 pence (about $1.25). *** Forget Everything You Thought You Know About the Homepage (GigaOM) Is that really the best we can do? Melody Kramer doesn’t think it is — or at least she would like people to think a little more outside the box, as it...

Weekend Links: eBook and print sales cycles different? Cheap Windows tablet as desktop?
February 8, 2015 | 11:22 am

windows tabletAre e-Book and Print Sales Cycles Different? (GoodeReader) Nielsen BookScan is likely the best source for garnering meaningful data on the traditional publishing industry and e-books. The company gleans its e-books data from companies such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million. *** Five Sites to Help You Find Your Next Read (Ink, Bits & Pixels) It's long been said that readers don't have a problem with finding their next book, but given the number of sites that have set out to solve that problem I'm not so sure that's true. *** Can a Cheap Windows Tablet Replace Your Desktop? (Gizmodo) I have no idea how...

Morning Links: Author uprising over Kindle Unlimited? My eReader is selling me toilet paper!
February 6, 2015 | 9:49 am

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited Update: Author Uprising Afoot? (IndieReader) Do subscription services like KU make it impossible for authors–both traditional and indie–to earn a living wage? *** I Used Dictation and Voice Control for a Week. Here's What Happened (Lifehacker) We like to make fun of how badly it works, but I decided to dive in headfirst to see what it's like to actually use it...for everything. Here's what happened. *** My eReader is Selling Me Toilet Paper (Book Riot) But should I get a Kindle with special offers? Or pay a bit extra for one without? *** Amazon.com Releases the Top 20 Most Romantic U.S. Cities (Amazon) Love is in the...

Morning Links: eBooks that are better than print versions. More on reading diversely
February 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThree Direct-to-Consumer Steps Every Publisher Can Take (Digital Book World) In this post I’ll break down the components of a direct-to-consumer operation that gives readers a clear, compelling reason to buy directly from you as well as the means to do so: discovery; e-commerce and fulfillment; and engagement. *** Reading Diversely FAQ, Part 4 (Book Riot) I don’t want to start this out on a sour note, but I’m going to say this so we all understand: This-is-not-political. *** Where Libraries Are Sited Is As Important As What They Do? (Brave New World) So what has the changing retail habits and property mix got to do with...

Morning Links: Amazon Prime celebrates 10 years. We need diverse children’s books
February 4, 2015 | 9:00 am

amazon primeAmazon Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Amazon Prime With Numbers, But Leaves Out the Most important One (Ink, Bits & Pixels) In recognition of the 10th anniversary of its customer loyalty program, Amazon released an infographic today which shares a few details on Amazon Prime. *** The Most Important Skills You Need to Start a Writing Career (Lifehacker) So you want to get paid for your writing, but you've never been published. You have no formal experience, and no one's ever hired you for a writing-related job. The professional legwork that comes with getting paid to write can be intimidating. Honing a few important skills...

Morning Links: Free samples of 2015 Newberry winners. Book price doesn’t measure value.
February 3, 2015 | 9:00 am

newbery winnersFree Samples of the 2015 Newbery Medal & Newbery Honor Winners (GalleyCat) We’ve linked to free samples of the Newbery Medal-winning title and the Newbery Honor books below. *** Why Book Price Doesn't and Shouldn't Measure Value (Dear Author) Last week, author advocate Porter Anderson wrote a piece on book pricing called ‘Who Decided Our Worth?’ Do Free Books Give Away Authors’ Value?, in which authors like Roz Morris, Henry Hyde, and others try to build the case for book prices that reflect an author’s “value” and “worth.” *** The Indie Author Dream: Fact of Fiction? (GoodeReader) Much of the ongoing drama between the self-publishing proponents...

Morning Links: Publishers should go direct. How Salon tamed the trolls
February 2, 2015 | 9:00 am

trollsWhy All Publishers Can and Should Go Direct-to-Consumer (Digital Book World) But all publishers can and should be developing D2C strategies, including—and especially—small and mid-size publishers focused on a specific category or niche. *** How Salon Tamed the Trolls and Saved its Online Comments (Digiday) Online comments sections are a double-edged sword for publishers. *** Your Guide to the 17 Journalism Conferences Worth Attending in 2015 (Media Shift) It’s the new year, and you’ve just taken a long, hard look at your goals for the coming year. Get more work? Check. Learn new skills? Check. Make more money? Check. The thing is, all of these goals...

Weekend Links: Should writers be open about income? Fighting a book slump
February 1, 2015 | 11:20 am

book slumpShould Writers be More Open About Their Income? (GalleyCat) Writing books may be one’s most important work in life, but it is not always the easiest way to pay the bills. *** Canadians Can't Watch 'Real' Superbowl Commercials (Techdirt) The process is known under CRTC regulation as "simultaneous substitution"...So, whenever a U.S. station is showing the same program as a Canadian channel, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires that upon request the cable or satellite provider must switch the American feed over so that the Canadian commercials are visible and the broadcasters’ rights deals are upheld. *** Canadian Indies Report a Positive 2014 (PW) Independent bookstores...