Articles by Chris Walters

Four New York high schools to hand out Kindles to students

By Chris Walters
August 7, 2011 // 1 Comment

This fall, four school districts in New York will distribute 3G/Wi-Fi Kindles to students in high school English classes as part of an experiment to see whether the ereader is a viable classroom tool. The program, called the 8-Ounce Backpack Project, was funded by a foundation grant and will pay [...]

CEO of HarperCollins talks about experimentation, ROI, and the 26-use ebook policy for libraries

By Chris Walters
August 7, 2011 // 1 Comment

Digital Book World has a ten minute video interview with Brian Murray, CEO of HarperCollins, where he talks about how the publisher is experimenting with new business models in the digital age. It’s worth watching the full interview, but this is what he has to say about HarperCollins’ [...]

Turkish writers, editors, and publishers talk about ebooks

By Chris Walters
August 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman spoke with five Turkish publishing professionals about how digital publishing is transforming their business, and what they think it might lead to in the near future. The Literary Saloon, from where I found the link, notes that “while the answers [...]

Kobo’s workaround to provide a store link has been pulled from iOS app

By Chris Walters
August 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

We don’t know whether someone at Kobo voluntarily decided to do it, or whether the Apple ebook police demanded it (but the second option is a lot more likely), but the two links to the Kobo web store have been removed from the News feed of its iOS app. If there’s any good news to this, [...]

Can students save money with digital textbooks?

By Chris Walters
August 6, 2011 // 1 Comment

SFGate took a look at all the ways today’s student can purchase access to a textbook—buying the latest print edition, buying used or older editions, and buying or renting digital editions—and found that thanks to high pricing and inflexible rental periods, going digital is only [...]

Barnes & Noble hosting self-publishing online review today

By Chris Walters
August 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

Today until 8pm ET, self-published authors who are using Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! digital publishing platform can visit the PubIt! Facebook page and pitch their novels to participating book review bloggers. Here are the details: On Friday from 9am EST-8pmEST, stop by the PubIt! Facebook [...]

The Guardian launches “Guardian Shorts” e-singles

By Chris Walters
August 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

Another news outlet has decided to sell short pieces on current events as standalone ebooks, reports paidContent. UK newspaper The Guardian has launched Guardian Shorts as , and the first title is Phone Hacking: How the Guardian broke the story. Although the series is Kindle only for now, the first [...]

Woot offering 16GB HP Touchpad for $385 shipped

By Chris Walters
August 5, 2011 // 0 Comments

HP’s flagship tablet, the Touchpad, launched just a month ago in 16GB and 32GB models for $500 and $600 respectively, but in an attempt to move more units the company has introduced a $100 discount to both models. The new $400/500 prices are now showing up on sites like Amazon and [...]

Melville House embraces QR codes to connect digital to print

By Chris Walters
August 5, 2011 // 0 Comments

Brooklyn based Melville House Publishing has launched a new program, HybridBooks, that lets a customer scan a QR code printed on the back of a book to access supplemental material in digital format. Here’s a sample of the related content, which it calls “illuminations,” for the [...]

German publishers are still figuring out how to deal with ebooks

By Chris Walters
August 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

Max Franke of the German print-on-demand company epubli says that many German publishers are too risk averse and controlling when it comes to ebooks, and as a result they miss out on opportunities. They take too long to bring new products to market, he says, and take the wrong approach to DRM and [...]

Smashwords releases updated style guide

By Chris Walters
August 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the Smashwords blog: We updated the Smashwords Style Guide today to include improved instructions for building linked Tables of Contents, controlling your NCX, building intra-book links for footnotes and endnotes, and troubleshooting. The new instructions are included in an expanded Step 20. [...]

AOL joins news aggregation app war with “Editions” iPad app

By Chris Walters
August 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

AOL has just launched a new iPad app, Editions, which serves up a custom daily “magazine” of content from both its own sites and others (but mostly its own). Like Zite, Flipboard, Pulse, Taptu, Hitpad and a slew of other apps, you can customize the type of content you see, although if [...]

Print is dead for our kids, argues Telegraph’s tech editor

By Chris Walters
August 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

Is the youngest generation going to grow up thinking of books as digital objects first, and print relics a distant second? That’s what Shane Richmond, the Head of Technology (Editorial) at the Telegraph, thinks. In an editorial published today he argues that print can’t compete with [...]

Apple explains how to sync narration tracks in EPUB files for iBookstore

By Chris Walters
August 4, 2011 // 1 Comment

Back in June, Apple introduced a new iBook feature it calls Read Aloud, which is similar to Nook’s Read to Me feature in that it provides a human voice narration that syncs to the onscreen text. In both commercial cases, the feature is meant primarily for children’s books. Now Apple has [...]

Indie nonfiction author shares results of her first month on the Kindle Store

By Chris Walters
August 3, 2011 // 1 Comment

Last month, Tracey Edwards self-published to the Amazon Kindle Store a nonfiction book about the stock market. She’s previously published nonfiction titles through a traditional publisher, but as this is her first time going the DIY Kindle route, she’s documenting the experience on her [...]

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