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News on Kindle and Kindle Apps
March 9, 2015 | 9:58 am

news on kindleWhile I'm well-informed on developments in the tech industry and social media, I've been feeling woefully uninformed about other news, and I decided it was time to start reading a paper. Although I tend to prefer the writing and journalism of The New York Times, I decided to start a 14 day trial of The Washington Post on Kindle. I chose the Post for two reasons. 1. It's the paper where I live and where I set my fiction, and I'm hoping to find ideas for stories. 2. It was $8 a month cheaper. That's almost the cost of a...

Don’t share angry: Looking past outrage in the news
May 20, 2014 | 8:07 am

outrage1It seems like the news is always telling us new reasons it thinks we should be outraged. A woman won a small fortune in court for spilling hot McDonalds coffee in her lap. Auto manufacturers are making millions of extra unwanted cars and just letting them pile up. Amazon was granted an obvious patent on photographing objects against a white background. And so on, and so forth. Odds are that many of the stories you see in your Facebook or Twitter feed every day are carefully crafted to induce the maximum amount of outrage. Why? Because that drives...

Another bad idea: Charging news aggregators for snippets
May 13, 2014 | 4:25 pm

news aggregatorsGoogle is the bad guy yet again. Well, not just Google but other news aggregators. Spain is attempting to pass a law to force aggregators to pay for the content they collect. The argument for the law is that most people don't click through headlines and snippets to get to the "real" site. So since the news site isn't getting their page views from the aggregators, they want to charge for the links. From the article: Under the new law, the original publisher will be compensated even for the reproduction of headlines and snippets of text. Written permission and a greater fee...

Morning Roundup: Being an awesome Little Free Library patron. More on book discovery
April 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

Little Free LibraryHow Three Independent News Sites Survived Their First Five Years (Media Shift) Maness moderated a panel recently in which the editors told their stories at the International Symposium on Online Journalism at the Knight Center for Digital Journalism in the Americas in Austin, Texas. *** 5 Tips for Being an Awesome Little Free Library Patron (Book Riot) While I’ve discussed how much fun it is to be the keeper of a Little Free Library, I haven’t really talked much about my ideal Little Free Library Patron. *** Will Proposed Rules Leave Behind a Population of Researchers? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Humanities and social science researchers have expressed concerns...

Morning Roundup: Newsrooms Need More Women in Tech Roles, Amazon Delivery Drones and more
December 2, 2013 | 9:00 am

Amazon Delivery DronesWhy Newsrooms Need More Women in Technology Roles (Media Shift) The news industry has been calling upon the savviest techies in the world to help make sense of how the explosion of digital technology is impacting the news business. Coders, programmers and data scientists are forging innovative ways of gathering, distributing and paying for news coverage. *** Ten Things I've Learned From Evaluating Self-Published Books for a Year (Writer Unboxed) At Compulsion Reads, we always seek to help educate and inform writers. I believe that my personal experience of reading and evaluating a large amount of self-published books over the last year could lend...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 10: News, News, News
November 1, 2013 | 12:37 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** It was a quiet October for me. It was a busy month for me at school (culminating in yesterday's Day of Frenzy, aka Halloween) and while I read a lot, I did not read many books. What happened? 1) I became a news junkie. With my go-to newspaper erecting a paywall last month, I went looking elsewhere for my daily news fix, and as a result added several new sites to my daily rounds....

Do Paywalls Retain Loyal Readers, or Send Them Away?
August 18, 2013 | 12:06 pm

paywallsI wrote earlier this week about the paywall roll-out at The Toronto Star, which has been one of my daily online haunts for a while. Well, it seems the paywall is now fully operational: I just got hit with a pop-up message telling me I had two free articles left before I'll have to start paying for access. I think many newspapers have been trying to paint the paywall launch as not just a money grab but as a mutually beneficial 'Good Thing.' They retain profitably, and I get 'value-added' stuff like multimedia content and whatever else. But is that really...

Sweden’s Meganews Delivers Print-on-Demand Newsstand
August 16, 2013 | 12:23 pm

MeganewsPrint-on-demand facsimiles of major dailies are a familiar sight in international hotel lobbies these days, but now Sweden's Meganews has gone one step further, by introducing a mechanized and Internet-enabled newsstand that can print magazines as well as newspapers on demand. "Use the touchscreen to select a magazine of your choice, pay with your credit card, and within two minutes a high-fidelity issue can be picked up at the end of the newsstand," the Meganews site explains. "The printing course of your magazine can be followed on the monitor." Initial venues for the Meganews newsstand "are in locations lacking publications for sale--where...

Kobo Writing Life Adds New E-Book Creation Tools
July 23, 2013 | 3:06 pm

Kobo Writing LifeDigital Book World is one of several outlets reporting that Kobo had added new e-book creation tools to its Writing Life platform. The report claims more than 17,000 authors have already published with Kobo's program. What they've added is an online WYSIWYG creation tool which simplifies creating and editing books. An intriguing development! More in the press release....

The Guardian’s success in growing digital revenue without paywalls continues apace
July 18, 2013 | 11:09 am

The GuardianThe latest set of annual results from the owner of the UK's The Guardian newspaper show positive trends for online media operations and newspapers as a whole, with figures to substantiate increased digital revenues that have helped offset falling print sales. This is all the more interesting as The Guardian is one of the few major British newspapers that forgoes paywalls, concentrating instead on growing its readership internationally. Reporting in its own newspaper, Guardian News & Media cited an annual loss of £30.9  million ($46.65 million) in the year to the end of March 2013, which had fallen by 30 percent from last...

Reuters Institute Digital News Report confirms power of tablets, payment
June 21, 2013 | 9:56 am

Digital News Report The latest Reuters Institute Digital News Report for 2013, from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, confirms the dominance of digital news, but also of tablets as the core recourse for readers, especially in younger age groups. And it suggests that not only are readers increasingly more prepared to pay for content, but also that tablet readers are even more likely to do this—a comforting sign for writers. The Reuters Institute, "established in autumn 2006, with core funding from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and part of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford," surveys...

Rob Ford, Crack Cocaine, and Editorial Responsibility in the Days of Instant News
May 20, 2013 | 3:14 pm

Rob FordIn my grandfather's day, if you saw it on the front page of the newspaper, it must be true. My, how times have changed! A bizarre story is gripping my city this week, and nobody knows if it's true or if it isn't. The fact that somebody told it to somebody else is news enough! It's almost too bizarre to even begin explaining. Our mayor, Rob Ford, is, to put it in the kindest way, a character. His dislike for the Toronto Star, a major local paper, is legendary and well-established. Their dislike of him is as established. But when they...

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