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My DRM-Free Year, Month 6: Short story binging
July 5, 2013 | 12:00 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * Happy July, everyone! June was an exceptionally busy month for me, and I found myself doing a lot of reading in bits and pieces. It just seemed more satisfying to actually be able to finish something, even if it was only a short story snuck in on the iPhone during a bus ride home from work. I am 'off' for the summer now, but juggling two on-line courses and some other commitments. I do hope to have more reading time though! So, what did I read in June? 1. Delphi Classics I did some playing...

Zinio partnering with Nokia for exclusive app, and $50 worth of free magazines
May 8, 2013 | 4:57 pm

Zinio This one's pretty specific. If you have a Nokia Lumia Windows 8 phone and are a user of Zinio, you can get $50 worth of free magazines. All this is in celebration of Zinio partnering with Nokia to release an exclusive app for the Nokia Lumia phone. By exclusive, they mean that the Lumia is the only Windows 8 phone that can run the app. Zinio is available on other platforms, including iOS and Android. More details in the press release. According to an earlier release, the app is optimized for the smartphone environment and takes advantage of the Windows 8 smart...

Cord Cutters, Digital Mooches and the Content Conundrum of the Future
March 29, 2013 | 2:15 pm

Cord Cutters Dan linked to a great article in today's Morning Links roundup about 'digital mooches,' aka the 20-somethings who may be leaving Mom and Dad's house in the coming years, yet seem to have no plans to leave their parents' cell phone contracts or Netflix subscriptions. I read this article with interest; I'd just read another about 'cord cutters,' aka the cable-free, and how the content industry is wringing their hands about what to do with these people. It seems these articles, read together, paint an ominous pattern: The kids aren't paying because they get it for 'free' at home. Then they turn...

Why We Need a Subscription Model for E-Books
January 24, 2013 | 10:00 am

Brett Sandusky at Digital Book World has an interesting write-up on digital subscriptions. He ruminates on the pros and cons of two different models: the 'modular' subscription, where customers subscribe to one thing at a time, as they wish, versus the bundle model, where customers pay a fixed amount for a package deal which includes the content they want, plus other stuff which they may or may not want (for instance, when you purchase phone service just to get a cheaper deal on the Internet and cable). Sandusky prefers the 'modular' model. He aims to treat his customers like grown-ups who know...

Morning Links — Tumblr becoming an online lit destination
January 14, 2013 | 9:23 am

Tumbler Now Nurturing Authors (Media Shift) eBook Sales Data, the Truth is Out There (Futurebook) Zinio Laucnes 'Z-Pass' Subscription Program (Good E-Reader) Courts Adopt Aggressive Approach in Cross-Border Internet Jurisdiction Cases (Michael Geist) Kindle Daily Deal: The Devil Colony by James Rollins (+ 3 others)...

The Hospital: Where paper—not tech—still rules
November 6, 2012 | 10:30 am

My mother is home at last after a week in the hospital recovering from major surgery. I'm glad she's at last on the mend, but I was struck by how tech-free her whole recovery experience has been so far. From the time she checked into the hospital a week and a bit ago until I visited her back at home for the first time, I was struck by how gadget-free the whole experience had been. Here are some of the reasons why I think the hospital is one of those places where paper might reign supreme, even years into the future: 1....

Zinio to automatically renew all your subscriptions from now on
August 17, 2012 | 2:33 pm

I received an email today about some important changes in the terms of service for Zinio magazine subscribers. On the benign level, you can now enable your iPad to automatically download issues for you. But on the more major level, Zinio has "enabled" continuous service for "most magazines" on your behalf. What this means is that when your initial subscription expires, Zinio will automatically renew it for you (and bill you at whatever price it wants!) without asking. This used to be available as an option; you could choose it or you could choose a standard subscription. What they've done...

E-magazine service Zinio reportedly seeks buyer
June 25, 2012 | 9:15 pm

And speaking of e-magazines, CNN’s Fortune Magazine has broken the story that Zinio, the original e-newsstand app, is now seeking a buyer, to the tune of $50 to $100 million. CNN calls Zinio a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s Newsstand apps, but Zinio has been around since long before the Kindle was even a twinkle in Jeff Bezos’s eye, let alone the Johnny-come-lately Newsstand app belying Steve Jobs’s claim that nobody reads anymore. We first mentioned Zinio back in 2002, as “proprietary software designed for reading magazines on tablet PCs.” It popped up again in 2004 (only available...

Recorded Books and Zinio Debuting Digital Magazine Newsstand for U.S. Libraries
May 30, 2012 | 9:34 am

From The Digital Shift: Libraries across the U.S. are this week launching a digital magazine newsstand being offered by Recorded Books (RB) and Zinio. The service allows libraries to build their own magazine collection from a portfolio of about 4000 digital titles that RB and Zino are offering. Multiple patrons can read the same title simultaneously, and libraries pay per title in addition to a tiered platform fee that is calculated based on annual material circulations. ... Corinne Hill, the director of the Chattanooga Public Library, said she couldn’t wait to roll out the service. ‘As a lover of magazines I really couldn’t resist this...

Zinio now in Amazon app store; works on Kindle Fire
November 15, 2011 | 9:57 am

Screen Shot 2011 11 15 at 9 56 23 AM From the press release: Zinio, the world’s largest and most popular magazine marketplace, is now available on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Debuting #1 in free magazines in the Amazon Appstore, Zinio is now available on more tablet devices than any other newsstand or magazine reader, including on the iPad, ASUS Transformer, Acer Iconia, Lenovo IdeaPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Tablet S and dozens more. Customers can enjoy their magazines across tablets, smartphones and PC devices running all flavors of iOS, Android, WebOS, Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. Global adoption of digital reading continues...

Hurricane Irene knocks down paywalls
August 27, 2011 | 1:39 pm

hurricane-irene-4-mAs Hurricane Irene approaches the upper east coast, property damage is of course a key concern—but Hurricane Irene is also, at least temporarily, knocking down some virtual walls—paywalls. Laura Hazard Owen reports on PaidContent that the New York Times and Newsday.com are both making hurricane coverage available to all readers for free. E-magazine service Zinio is also offering free issues of several electronic magazines to travelers stranded by the hurricane. Of course, the usefulness of these free services depends on people being able to keep their connectivity during the storm. USA Today has a guide suggesting ways for...

Zinio releases iPad magazine viewer version 2.0
July 30, 2011 | 3:15 pm

zinioVersion 2.0 of the iPad magazine app Zinio was released yesterday, Engadget reports. (Video overview embedded below the cut.) The app includes in-app purchasing of magazines (presumably forking over 30% to Apple) and adds some new content preview options including free articles from a number of publications. It also offers improved performance and new functionality such as in-app shopping. (Social networking features are reportedly on the way.) But, as Engadget points out, the prices of Zinio e-magazines are still in line with what you would pay for a physical newsstand copy. Too bad about that. ...