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Morning Roundup: Sony issues Reader updates, How to measure success and more
April 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

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The great Sony Reader Store to Kobo migration
March 29, 2014 | 9:55 am

sony reader storeYesterday, I received an email from the Sony Reader Store with a custom link to use to migrate my Sony store account. Has anyone else gotten this yet? I clicked the link and expected a smooth transfer; I didn't get it. Three attempts later, I finally got a prompt screen to call tech support, which I did; I spent quite some time on hold, and then was told my problem has to be 'escalated to level 2.' The rep seemed unsure of what would occur once that happened but said they have a special team set up to handle the Sony...

Morning Roundup: Writing publicity campaigns, Kobo adds to children’s section and more
March 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

writing publicity campaignsThe Business Rusch: Publicity Campaigns (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) First, you have to make an overall decision on your marketing. Are you marketing yourself or your books? Because there’s a huge difference between being a famous writer and having written a well-known novel. *** Harriet the Spy Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary with Art Exhibition (GalleyCat) Louise Fitzhugh’s classic children’s book Harriet the Spy turns 50 this year and to celebrate The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is hosting an exhibit. *** Kobo Bulks up Children's Section with Nickleodeon and Blue Apple (Digital Book World) Top series like Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Teenage...

Morning Roundup: Nebula nominees 2013 announced. Angry Sony customers speak out
February 26, 2014 | 8:48 am

nebula nominees 20132013 Nebula Nominees Announced (SFWA) Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2013 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2014), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. *** Angry Customers Raise Valid Points About Sony Closing Reader Store and Switching to Kobo (GoodeReader) A few weeks ago a bombshell announcement was made that Sony was closing their online Reader Store and transitioning all of their North American customers to Kobo. Users, are starting to express tremendous disdain about this move. *** Author Earnings Takes...

Morning Roundup: Make a living as a writer. Kobo’s international strategy paying off
February 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

make a living as a writerIf I was in Charge of the Sony e-Reader or Reader Store (GoodeReader) Sony has seen diminished sales since their peak and they have been on the downward trend ever since. In 2011, Sony accounted for 28% of all e-readers sold in Canada. *** How I Make a Living as a Writer (And You Can Too) (Lifehacker) The most important thing for me: writing without fear. Writing without judgment. Writing without anger. Making writing fun. Writing right now. *** Kobo's International Strategy is Paying Off (Digital Book World) Kobo’s content revenue was up 44% in the fourth quarter of 2013 over the previous year, and its...

Sony to shut down Reader store: customers will move to Kobo
February 6, 2014 | 1:53 pm

sony to shut down reader storeAnd another one bites the dust. I just received an email from the Sony store announcing that they are closing the store in the U.S. and Canada as of March 20, 2014. All customers will be transferred to Kobo. Here's the relevant paragraph from the email: You don't have to do anything right now, and you'll be able to re-download your previously purchased eBooks for a limited time. In late March, you will receive a notification from us with a link that will allow you to transfer your library to Kobo. Whether you are new to Kobo or already have an account,...

Thirty years of time shifting: The Supreme Court decision legalizing the VCR
January 18, 2014 | 2:14 am

Today marks an important anniversary for our digital media era—an era that couldn’t have been foreseen thirty years ago, but nonetheless relies to a very great extent on a legal decision exactly thirty years old. Today is the 30th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared the Sony Betamax VCR was legal because “time shifting,” recording a program off the air to watch it later, was fair use, and thus the VCR had substantial non-infringing purposes. Ars Technica has a feature article looking at the context of the decision in greater detail. This decision is crucial to...

13-year-old bemusedly tries old Sony Walkman for a week
December 24, 2013 | 2:40 am

Kids these days, eh? The BBC’s Magazine section has a story on a 13-year-old kid’s experience over the course of a week using one of the original Walkman tape players, which came out 30 years ago this week. As you might expect, it’s replete with “How does this work? This looks funny. I can’t believe people actually used to think this thing was awesome!” from the younger generation. (It’s easy to wonder how he couldn’t understand a Walkman, but you have to remember he’s just 13. It would be like asking someone from my generation to figure out a...

Morning Roundup: The value of negative reviews; Sony abandons eReaders; more
September 27, 2013 | 9:17 am

The Value of Negative Reviews (John Scalzi) Over at Metafilter, they’re talking about this New Yorker article, in which book critic Lee Siegel explains why he doesn’t want to write negative book reviews anymore. *** K-12 Education Startups Face Challenges, Tough Competition (Teachers with Apps) The U.S. education sector has become the nation’s second-biggest sector after healthcare. The value of education industry is estimated at nearly $1.5 trillion — roughly 10% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, according to GSV Asset Management and Candlestick Research. *** Sony Abandons eReader Market in the United States (GoodReader) Sony has confirmed that they have no intention of selling their new...

Google’s WIMM Labs acquisition flags prospects for wrist e-readers
August 31, 2013 | 8:56 pm

The news that Google has quietly been the owner for a year now of smartwatch startup WIMM Labs confirms the prospects for a new generation of smart wrist devices that I highlighted earlier in TeleRead. And with Samsung's Galaxy Gear wrist device now only days away from launch, it looks like this new generation will be rolling out with at least some of the devices running varieties of Android, with access—at least in principle—to the library of e-reader apps on the Google Play Store. WIMM Labs already has one device, the WIMM One, based on Android. And although this unit hardly challenges...

Baen places e-books in Sony store
August 9, 2013 | 11:06 pm

Fullscreen capture 892013 100234 PM.bmpAnother brief Baen update: Baen e-books have started appearing on the Sony e-book store. It’s hard to tell how many, because it’s apparently not possible to search by publisher, but a number of Baen David Weber, David Drake, and other titles have started to show up. Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf said on the Baen Bar that a press release had been approved and was supposed to go out today, though I don’t find any sign of it on Google News yet. The biggest surprise for me in all this is really that Sony is still selling e-books at all....

Sony Adds ‘Mood Match Up’ to Book Discovery
August 7, 2013 | 4:19 pm

Sometimes, you just have to say "enough already!" Sony's latest effort in book discovery is just silly. They are trying to match moods with books by having virtual flip cards with the mood you're feeling and a book recommendation. Well, in the first place, my current mood (tired from a long drive) isn't available, which makes me cranky. Whoops. That one's missing too. OK, let's get creative. Hey, that's there! So I'm supposed to read "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer. Teens at summer camp? In my current mood? Nope, I'm in the mood for an angst-free zone right now. Perusing further, a possible...