Are publishers getting ready to publish globally?

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Mike Shatzkin’s latest column looks at some of the big publishers’ recent promotions of e-book-related executives into higher positions and suggests they might mean publishers are starting to [...]

Barnes & Noble taps new CEO as revamped B&N e-commerce site hinders access to e-books

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

Earlier today, Fortune reported that Barnes & Noble has tapped Sears Canada CEO Ron Boire to take over as B&N’s CEO. Boire has been the CEO of the struggling Sears Canada for just 10 [...]

Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption

By Chris Meadows
October 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for [...]

In B&N's closure of Fictionwise, Canadian customers lose big

By libertyc
November 16, 2012 // 9 Comments

We reported yesterday on the sad news that e-book pioneer Fictionwise will be shutting down at the end of the year. I feel very bittersweet about this. The sweet is that I’m very proud of the [...]

Barnes & Noble to shutter Fictionwise, eReader, and eBookwise

By libertyc
November 15, 2012 // 26 Comments

Found via an email from Ed Howdershelt to the Ebook Community Mailing List: the swan song for e-book stores Fictionwise, eReader, and eBookwise. Barnes & Noble has emailed Fictionwise publishers [...]

GenCon Interview: Self-publishing author Michael Stackpole (Part One)

By libertyc
September 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Here is the first ten minutes of the thirty-minute discussion I had with Michael Stackpole at GenCon last month. I will be posting the other two parts in days to come. Stackpole is best known for his [...]

Barnes & Noble to add autograph function to Nook

By libertyc
April 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I covered Autography, a prototype system for autographing digital books involving an iPad 2. Now Barnes & Noble is about to release an upgrade to the Nook reader that will [...]

Gear Diary on craziness of e-book format proliferation

By libertyc
March 20, 2011 // 5 Comments

Gear Diary blogger Douglas Moran has an entertaining and extremely true rant on one of the big problems with the commercial e-book world these days—the proliferation of differing formats, each of [...]

Apple enforcement of in-app purchase clause may imperil e-book apps

By libertyc
January 24, 2011 // 16 Comments

A shot fired by Apple in the ongoing e-magazine controversy could end up having profound implications for reading non-iBooks e-books on iOS devices. It’s no surprise that speculation has been rife [...]

Unshelved at the celestial library: The Last Ghost vs. Edge of Time

By libertyc
December 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

I’ve been distracted for the last few days. A story idea got into my head for one of the Internet fiction series I contribute to occasionally, and it’s been hard to concentrate on anything else [...]

Len Riggio defeats Burkle Barnes & Noble board bid

By libertyc
September 29, 2010 // 6 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports that Ron Burkle has lost his bid to seat himself and his chosen nominees on Barnes & Noble’s board of directors. Barnes & Noble shareholders elected founder [...]

Backlist e-publisher E-Reads offers advances on e-book royalties

By libertyc
September 28, 2010 // 1 Comment

In a blog post on its own website, backlist e-publisher E-Reads points out that it is now paying advances for e-book rights (and actually has been for several months). It notes that in a Publishers [...]

Fictionwise closing branded stores

By libertyc
September 13, 2010 // 2 Comments

So says an article by Richard Curtis at e-reads. According to Richard: These are store-fronts hosted by Fictionwise enabling customers to view only the publishers’ own titles rather than the [...]

Barnes & Noble’s Nook not an also-ran, but still in the running

By libertyc
August 26, 2010 // 2 Comments

Tim Carmody, who I also mentioned earlier today, also has a piece at Wired’s Gadget Lab section on Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader, pointing out that despite the tendency to think of e-books [...]

Micropay problems at Fictionwise? Company and Barnes & Noble seem unresponsive

By libertyc
August 22, 2010 // 12 Comments

I received the following email from Clytie Siddall, from Renmark, in the Riverland of South Australia. Is anyone else having similar problems with Fictionwise? Email begins: My purchasing at [...]

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