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SEC probing Barnes & Noble accounting
December 7, 2013 | 12:08 pm

Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble has been hit with more bad news. On Friday, it was revealed the SEC was investigating B&N’s accounting, according to an Associated Press report in USA Today. According to the report, the SEC told the book company it was looking into two issues: the company’s restatement of earnings announced in July and an allegation from an employee who said that B&N improperly allocated some information-technology expenses between its Nook and retail segments. B&N said in a July filing that it had restated results from the fiscal years ending in April 2011 and 2012 due to material errors in the financial...

Poll: More than one-third say they are reading more books because of reading devices
October 7, 2013 | 3:47 pm

E-readers and tablets have changed the way we read. It’s a simple statement, one that is surely to be true. But the question that needs to be asked is ‘how.’ USA Today and Bookish have attempted to answer that question by conducting a survey of 1,000 people across the United States. They also added a supplemental poll with 819 e-reader and tablet owners. The biggest change showed 40 percent of those surveyed say they own a tablet or e-reader, which is up from 18 percent in a 2011 Pew poll, according to USA Today. Of those, 35 percent report reading more books over...

Over 1M Downloads for Tim Ferriss’ BitTorrent Bundle
January 4, 2013 | 10:00 pm

Tim Ferris The 4-Hour ChefThe publishing industry (understandably) made a lot of noise last November when the news broke that self-improvement author Tim Ferriss would be promoting his newest book project, The 4-Hour Chef, on BitTorrent, a site that will probably always be associated with illegal online file-sharing. The promotion—a free, downloadable BitTorrent bundle that includes interviews, candid author photos, the first chapter of the book and more—was at least partly conceived as a response to Barnes & Noble, which has publicly refused to carry any books published by Amazon, its top competitor. According to an article by USA Today reporter Dierdre Donahue, a number of independent bookstores have followed B&N's boycotting lead,...

Should Universities Force E-Textbooks on Students?
September 7, 2012 | 10:02 am

By Stephanie Brooks Last month, USA Today reported that a few colleges and universities in the U.S. now require students to purchase e-textbooks instead of traditional textbooks. The USA Today article noted that many of the students attending these colleges are opposed to being obligated to buy e-textbooks. Many of them prefer print textbooks, even though print books tend to be slightly more expensive. Universities that require students to buy e-textbooks usually do so because of financial incentives, both for the school and for the students. Universities work with digital publishers to get the least expensive textbooks for their students and sometimes...

Ebooks take off over the holidays, says USA Today
January 11, 2012 | 10:13 am

Images From USA Today: It's reflected on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, which tracks combined sales of e-book and print editions. The latest list, based on sales data from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, shows a remarkable burst of digital book sales after e-readers were unwrapped as gifts — for 42 of the top 50 titles, the e-book editions were the most popular format. The previous high, in July, was 25 of the top 50. For e-books, "the two weeks after Christmas is what the two weeks before Halloween is to pumpkins," says Michael Norris, an analyst with Simba Information, a market research...

USA Today launches Kindle Fire app
January 4, 2012 | 9:00 am

711XZ77eOsL SL500 AA300 I guess this will be the start of custom Fire apps.  According to the Amazon Android webstore the app has: • An all new look and feel optimized for the Kindle Fire • Browse through the latest USA TODAY headlines across News, Money, Sports, Life, YourLife, Tech, and Travel sections--headlines are updated 24/7 and stories can be shared via e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook • Enjoy beautiful photo galleries, including The Day in Pictures, Day in Sports, and Day in Celebrities--flip through the day's best photos or play them back as a slideshow and share your favorite ones with friends via e-mail • Access the...

USA Today covers e-books’ transformation of reading
July 5, 2011 | 12:03 am

USA Today had an interesting, rather long piece today on all the new ways that e-reading changes the reading experience for its fans. Citing stories like a playwright being inspired by something he heard on the radio and downloading some e-books on the subject to his iPad then and there, or people who like the way Amazon syncs their reading progress between their Kindle and their phone, the article reports that, “[f]or their devotees, ebooks have transformed the experience of reading.” Some interviewed readers like the portability of having their entire library in their pocket, and even people who...

Tools of Change: Workship – designing iPad apps
February 14, 2011 | 12:26 pm

DSCF1072Jennifer Brook (The New York Times), William Couch (USA TODAY), Craig Mod (PREPOST / Flipboard) Brook: designs mobile apps for the Times. Bad things happen when past and future collide. Gadgets often stop working. Did an initial design which they liked, but realized that didn't fully understand the platform and scrapped it and started it all over again. Needed to understand how people would use the device and what they wanted. Decided that the Apple ad was right and people wanted a "lean back" reading experience. Primary challenge: how...

USA Today reports more best-seller e-books outselling the print books than ever
January 6, 2011 | 7:15 am

USA Today reports that its next best-selling books list is going to show a milestone in the field of e-books: the e-book editions of the top six books on the list (and 19 books in all out of the top 50) outsold the print editions. This is the first time that the entire top fifty list has had more than two titles in which the e-book outsold the print. The surge in e-book sales is largely due to a Christmas in which more e-book readers were gifted than ever before, and is not expected to last (a number of...

Ebooks top print books in USA Today list
January 5, 2011 | 9:37 am

canvas.pngFrom Shelf Awareness: First signs of a Christmas e-bonanza: of the top six titles on USA Today's bestseller list that appears tomorrow, e-book versions outsold the print versions. Of the top 50 titles on the list, 19 had higher sales of the e-book than the printed version. This marked the first time that USA Today's top-50 list had more than two titles whose e-book version outsold the print edition. "Lots of consumers woke up Christmas morning with new e-reading devices ready to load them up with e-books," Paul Bogaards of Knopf commented. Last week Knopf sold about 165,000 e-book versions of the...

E-readers make great gifts, says USA Today
November 25, 2010 | 6:41 pm

USA Today has an article pointing out that e-book readers make gifts because even the “single-purpose” ones like the Kindle or Nook can be used for more than just reading e-books. It mentions keeping track of recipes by using Calibre to reformat clipped text into e-book formats and syncing it to your device; using the built-in web to access calendar, Wikipedia, and other information sources; and playing games. This is pretty obvious to us, but perhaps people who don’t pay as much attention to e-book readers don’t realize what is possible with them. Of course, less-dedicated devices such as...

My iPad hands-on: Stellar for nonDRMed indie and public domain e-books, not just locked bestsellers
April 3, 2010 | 5:27 pm

imageWhere to start---in this first look at the iPad and some major e-reading apps for it? How about the new ones like iBooks and oldies like Stanza? A 32G WiFi-only iPad, almost fresh off the jet from China, is resting on my lap as I type. And even as a fan of public domain e-books and author of a novel from a clueful, DRM-hating small publisher, I’m delighted. No jokes about “hands-on” and the iPad name, please, and don’t be a jerk on the openness issue, either.The iPad is about much more than Apple’s control-freakish App...