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From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site’s growth
July 30, 2013 | 8:24 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords rolled out preorders for its e-books this week, giving authors a new tool to work within its distribution network. You can read more about that here from Teleread’s Joanna Cabot. When Smashwords was first created, it was a place writers could sell their e-books. But the site quickly changed from retailer to distributor, getting books onto Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Apple iBooks among a number of other outlets. TeleRead had a chance to interview Smashwords CEO Mark Coker about the company's distribution network, and the changing publishing landscape. TeleRead: When did it seem that Smashwords was becoming more of a...

Sony Offers Affiliate Program for E-Books
July 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

Sony seems to be focusing its efforts on e-books, and trying to get readers out there on board by getting them money. Sony announced its first affiliate program through Commission Junction, according to The Digital Reader. It will pay six percent on every e-book sold through its affiliate links on websites and blogs. This seems to focus directly on author websites and book blogging sites. It’s interesting to see Sony move in this direction. Authors promote their books on their websites and social media. Often, they send links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo – where they could also make affiliate...

Weekend Roundup: Royal librarian wanted to look after Queen’s 125,000 titles
July 6, 2013 | 11:35 am

Weekend RoundupWanted: Royal Librarian to Look After the Queen's 125,000 Titles (InfoDocket) The Royal Collection is advertising for a librarian to run the Royal Library at Windsor Castle for £53,000 per year. * * * Sony Launches New Affiliate Program for E-Books (Good e-Reader) Sony has officially announced its first ever ebook affiliate program that will give people a chance to make money on digital sales. * * * 4 Reasons Barnes & Noble Failed the Nook (Babble) Another quarter, another huge loss for Barnes and Noble, Inc. This time it is in the tune of 118.6 million dollars. * * * Modern life means children miss out on the pleasures...

New Sony e-readers pass FCC testing
June 27, 2013 | 5:15 pm

Sony-PRS-T3-FCCSony’s still making e-readers? Apparently so. The Digital Reader reports Sony’s latest, the PRS-T3, has just passed FCC validation. Details are sparse on the ground. It’s got Wi-Fi, there are two models (one of which may be touchscreen), and one report mentions Bluetooth. Nate Hoffelder figures it’s got about a 6” screen, and will probably launch in the US and Europe in August. It’s nice they’re still out there trying new things, even if the most you can really say about them is that they can be used as evidence in anti-trust trials that there really is “competition” to...

Sony and E Ink are Making a Digital Paper Notepad and it Looks Awesome (Video)
May 17, 2013 | 12:15 pm

I’m an all-day note-taker—my day's or week’s itinerary, messages to give to someone else, story ideas, ramblings, etc. Unfortunately I’m also a bit of a messy ... well, unorganized person, I admit. And as you may guess, those two personality traits usually add up, for me, to lots of unorganized, folded pieces of paper in my pockets or around my house and office, and also a library of notebooks of compiled thoughts and ideas with real order. So needless to say, I’m anticipating Sony’s A4-sized (8.3-inches x 11.7-inches) digital paper slate to be rather beneficial in my life. Unveiled last week,...

E Ink Releases Mobius, a Large-Format Flexible Display
May 15, 2013 | 11:49 am

A few days ago, Sony announced they they were launching a large format reader aimed at the educational market. E Ink is making the screen, which has been touted as flexible and durable. Here's the relevant section of the press release: E Ink Mobius will be the first flexible display technology that will go into mass production for a large format digital paper product based on flexible Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology developed by Sony. Mobius uses a TFT technology that will enable the development of much lighter and rugged products. Mobius displays can weigh less than 50% of the weight of...

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Available for US Pre-Orders Starting at $500
April 29, 2013 | 3:45 pm

Sony XperiaWho said high-end 10-inch Android tablets are not attractive anymore just because they’re much pricier than 7-inchers like the Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fires? Well, a lot of people, but Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z is bound to make you rethink that. With a splendid design resembling the Xperia Z phone, a stunning Full HD screen, outstanding hardware, up-to-date software, plus water and dust protection, it’s pretty difficult to ignore Sony’s latest 10-incher. True, the thing is not exactly the most budget-conscious around, but it’s probably worth every penny of the $500 Sony is asking for it in the U.S. Available for...

Morning Links: Kobo unveils a new HD reader
April 16, 2013 | 9:06 am

Morning LinksSony Launches Discover Map Feature on Reader Store (Good e-Reader) Books to Help Kids Talk About Boston Marathon News (GalleyCat) Kobo Unveils Aura HD, a High-Definition Reader (Digital Book World) Enough About Data Caps, They are a Terrible Idea (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther Kind Jr. (and 3 others)  ...

Morning Links: Apple versus comix porn
April 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

AppleApple Threatens to Kick Out Comic Book App Over Adult Content (Techdirt) Sony Displays Massive Resistance to Illuminated Readers (Good e-Reader) Google Could Face Antitrust Investigation in EU After Microsoft Complains (GigaOM) Is an eBook an Experience or Thing? (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deals: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (and 3 others)...

Morning Links — Sony’s new book portal, Amazon execs in court, and more
March 5, 2013 | 9:06 am

West with the Night by Beryl MarkhamHow Newsrooms Can Adopt a Mobile-First Mindset (Media Shift) Sony Launches New Kids Corner ePub3 Book Portal (Good e-Reader) Amazon Execs Set to Testify in Price-Fixing Case Against Apple (Paid Content) Five Shades of Book Discovery (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deals: West with the Night by Beryl Markham (and 3 others)  ...

Sony Takes $50 Off Xperia Tablet S Price, Also Offers A Free “Casual Cover”
February 18, 2013 | 11:28 am

Sony Xperia tablet saleToday is Presidents’ Day and that’s reason for celebration not only for Dell, but also for Sony. The latter isn’t exactly as generous as the former, but we still have awesome news for folks that are in the market for a decently priced 10-inch tablet. The Xperia Tablet S, released less than five months ago, is now just $399.99 in the 16 GB flavor. That’s $50 off the list price, but the savings don’t stop there. Sony’s store also throws in a free “casual cover” (regularly worth $59.99) with every Xperia Tablet S order, bringing the savings total to $109.99. Not too...

Digital Publishing in 2013 — Meet the New Seven Sisters
January 2, 2013 | 12:56 pm

  By David Wogahn There seemed to be a sigh of relief the last few months of 2012 as the trade publishing establishment trumpeted the slowing growth of e-book sales. It may indeed be slowing, but the pain of adjusting to new economies of scale, changing consumer habits, technology adoption and lack of business model options are even bigger threats to the independence of large traditional publishers. The digital revolution has had an undeniable impact on how businesses operate. Costly technology and complex analog media production (music, publishing, film) are no longer the purview of large organizations. With lower technology costs and easy...

Sony Xperia Tablet S now available for purchase
September 9, 2012 | 11:36 pm

By Robert Nelson | for Technology Tell Sony unveiled the Xperia Tablet S back in late-August during IFA, and it looks like the tablet has since come available for purchase. Those interested will be able to make the purchase by way of the Sony Store, where the tablet is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. The tablets are priced at $399.99, $499.99 and $599.99 respectively. Also worth noting: Those who make the purchase will “get 3 digital movies on Google Play” — a $45 value. Otherwise, the Xperia Tablet S is running Andorid 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich; features include a 9.4-inch (1280 x 800) HD...

Reader Privacy Under Threat in the Digital Age
September 2, 2012 | 1:09 pm

There was an interesting overview of reader privacy issues in this week's Guardian. I wonder if most e-book readers have given any thought to the issue. I bet it hasn't even crossed their minds that the customer profile Amazon or Kobo or Sony might have on them—detailing what they've purchased, and when—would be valuable to someone. And if they did see the value (I myself find Amazon's recommendations engine both useful and surprisingly accurate), I wonder if it's crossed their minds that this information could potentially be shared once Amazon has it. As the article points out: "Retailers and search engines, most notably Amazon...

In UK, Sony discounts ten e-books to 20p; price-matcher Amazon gets the blame
July 28, 2012 | 1:13 am

I hadn’t been aware of this until just today, probably because it happened on the other side of the Atlantic, but in recent weeks there’s been a bit of a furor over Amazon UK listing several e-books for only 20 pence each. It turns out, though, that this isn’t Amazon’s “fault”—Amazon is only pricematching Sony. Sony recently launched its own UK e-book store with 20 pence promotions on ten e-books, which will apparently change over time—including, oddly enough, titles from Macmillan, whose American branch was so concerned about Amazon’s $9.99 e-book prices eroding the value of e-books that it...

New Sony ereader for pre-order at $180
July 9, 2012 | 9:17 am

Sony PRS T2 2T Shop e-readers is offering the wireless PRS-T2 for pre-order at $180.  I can't image how an e-ink reader can succeed at this price point. According to Good e-readers: The main selling feature is the inclusion of Overdrive to let people borrow library books right on the Sony reader. The second major factor is the strong PDF support for reflow and augmenting the viewing experience. Word has it that one of the main new features is the inclusion of EPUB 3 support, which will help Sony compete in the Asian markets. EPUB 3 will allow for complex symbols and strong Japanese language...

Sony launches web-based Reader Store and Android app
June 7, 2012 | 9:24 am

RS screen grab1 403x370 From the Sony Blog: Hey book lovers! In our mission to continue to offer the best reading experience, the Reader™ Store is happy to announce a new web-based Reader Store and Android™ Reader App, giving you more freedom to read the content you love, anytime and anywhere. Our new web-based Reader Store now allows you to access your Reader Store account from any web browser, and sign in and purchase content without having to install any software to your computer.¹  The web store officially supports the latest browsers on Windows® and Mac®, including Internet Explorer®, Safari®, Chrome™ and Firefox®.   Now you can discover your next story...

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