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Jellybooks measures user engagement with ARC e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

How well do readers engage with books? That kind of information can be useful for publishers to know in advance, especially if they might be planning to craft a marketing campaign around that book. [...]

Authors United monopoly claim against Amazon is fairly unconvincing

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A couple of interesting pieces on the Authors United matter popped up today. In the New Yorker, Vauhini Vara looks at the united authors’ arguments put forward in their letter. Calling those [...]

Vysor Chrome extension mirrors your Android device to PC

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ever wanted to use Android apps on your desktop? Here’s another way. TechCrunch reports on the beta release of a Chrome extension called Vysor that will let you mirror your Android phone or tablet [...]

Kinokuniya snaps up 90% of Murakami book to keep it away from Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Well, that’s one way to fight Amazon. According to Publishing Perspectives, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, Kinokuniya, has announced it is buying up 90% of the first printing of Japanese author [...]

Converting PDF documents: Use a web tool, or use Calibre

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

PDFs are tricky critters, aren’t they? Not precisely e-books in the truest sense of the word, they are more like ”dehydrated” printed documents—simply a printed form with the paper removed. [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses smartphone reading, German ‘soft’ DRM move

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin has posted his latest thoughts on the state of the publishing industry. This time he notices the trends toward increased smartphone e-reading and German conglomerates removing [...]

The future is stupid

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 4 Comments

This just about sums up the digital revolution, doesn’t it? We use USB ports to charge things that we might never have imagined charging just a few years before. Heck, it wasn’t so long ago that [...]

Barnes & Noble may be adding a new 8” tablet next month

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder offers a pretty big scoop based on insider information: someone at Barnes & Noble tells him that B&N is planning to reset its stores early next month to [...]

Scribd pares audiobook offerings from its subscription service

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Uh-oh, looks like the audiobook fiends have joined the romance novel fiends as an unwanted financial drain on Scribd’s subscription program. The company reports on its blog that it is cutting back [...]

Hummingbird Digital Media seeks to compete with Amazon, ‘democratize e-book retailing’

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here comes another Amazon competitor. Shelf Awareness reports that a new startup called Hummingbird Digital Media, founded by American West Books who supplies books to Costco, Sams Club, and other [...]

Why hasn’t piracy killed artists’ incomes?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

15 years ago, during the height of the Napster hearings, Lars Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee of his concerns that Napster was going to set off a “creative apocalypse.” How [...]

Ellora’s Cave author Ann Jacobs files request to intervene in Dear Author lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I last mentioned erotica e-book publisher Ellora’s Cave, in the context of discussing a Guardian story about the popularity of erotica e-books, some commenters remarked on the lack of mention [...]

New York Times separates hardcover, paperback, and e-books in children’s bestseller lists

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Publishers Weekly reports that the New York Times is making a significant change to how it lists bestsellers in the middle-grade and young-adult book categories, creating separate paperback and [...]

Simon & Schuster to offer free e-books to Hotels.com customers

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World is carrying a press release reporting that Simon & Schuster is entering a partnership to give e-books away to customers who book stays through Hotels.com. (That certainly gives [...]

A self-published bestseller helps children get to sleep

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Guardian reports on a 2014 Swedish self-published picture book whose English translation has, by word of mouth, suddenly shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists on both sides of the [...]

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