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MediaShift Plans Series of E-Books
May 13, 2013 | 2:45 pm

MediaShift and PBS are getting into the e-book business. The first line of e-books will focus on topics within the MediaShift realm. The books are Your Guide to Cutting the Cord to Cable TV and How to Self-Publish Your Book. Both books provide a ‘how-to’ on the respective topics with the ‘Cutting the Cord’ book also including essays on the topic. MediaShift says it plans to roll out more books in the coming months. These two topics seem like safe choices in first releases. However, these topics (especially self-publishing) have been covered so much with dozens and dozens of books on the marketplace. The more...

VIDEO: Can Print and E-Books Coexist?
December 24, 2012 | 10:46 am

  'Tis the season for reading -- both print and e-books. But can the two really coexist? For this video report, I checked in with three bookstores in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C., and asked store managers and customers whether they preferred print or e-books. Some of their answers were expected, such as people's love of the smell of print books, and how they enjoyed having a break from staring into a screen. E-book users praised their devices for their portability, and enjoyed being able to carry multiple books with them without being weighed down... Read Full Article... Source: Media Shift (PBS) * * *  ...

DRM turns e-book experience into confusing maze of incompatibility and missing features
October 31, 2011 | 10:32 pm

PBS’s MediaShift is running a series on e-books this week, and not all the articles are as lame as the one I talked about earlier asking whether Amazon was short-changing authors. MediaShift’s business columnist Dorian Benkoil wrote a lengthy column complaining about the annoying maze of incompatibility and missing features that purchasers of DRM-locked mass-market e-books have to face. When given a book he wanted to read, Benkoil went looking for an e-book version that he could both read and have read to him, and thought that Google, which is pretty open, would have the best version—but was...

Is Amazon short-changing authors? Who knows?
October 31, 2011 | 2:25 am

PBS’s MediaShift blog looks at whether Amazon’s self-publishing operations might be short-changing authors, but doesn’t really seem to do a whole lot by way of saying yes or no apart from simply posing the question. The article discusses Amazon’s direct publishing pricing practices, and takes a look at a couple of authors who publish through Amazon, but doesn’t really seem to draw any conclusions. Though it doesn’t really come right out and say it explicitly, the article seems to be taking the tone that Amazon is bigger than everyone else, therefore it must be evil. Some of its examples...

The Public Broadcasting model for ebooks, by Eric Hellman
April 7, 2011 | 9:48 am

mewithnewglasses.jpg Imagine if Radiolab (my favorite radio show) were a book. It would be a best-seller, probably the kind you might buy at Target. It would sound good on your coffee table, and you'd have a shelf full of your favorite episodes. You'd also be able to get it for free at the library. Now that radio is becoming digital, you might even be able to buy it instantly at, or download it to your iPad from the iBookStore. It's expensive to create fantastic programs like Radiolab. New York Public Radio, which produces Radiolab,...

How digital technologies affected magazines in 2010
December 26, 2010 | 3:57 pm

On PBS’s MediaShift, Susan Currie Sivek has a great article summing up the effect that the iPad and other digital technologies had on magazines in 2010. She starts by looking at magazine apps for the iPad: Zinio, Wired (which sold 105,000 copies in June, but was down to 32,000 by the month of September), and more. A number of these magazines are only showing 1 to 2 percent of newsstand sales for their apps. Users have been by and large unimpressed by iPad selections, calling the reading experience only “somewhat better or about the same” than print or...

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