Morning Links: iOS 8.1.1 on older devices. Apple ends patent war on Android?

By Joanna Cabot
November 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

How iOS 8.1.1 Affects Performance on Older Devices (Lifehacker) Which is to say, if you’re still rocking iOS 7 on an older device, it’s probably best to stay there. *** Apple Ends Patent War on Android, Deal Suggests (GigaOM) Apple has decided to end a bitter legal war against Google [...]

Morning Links: Kobo resolves download issue. Kindle Voyage review

By Joanna Cabot
October 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

How Far Companies Will Go to Protect You from Copyright Bullies (Gizmodo) When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. *** Kobo Resolves Download [...]

Morning Links: Netflix closes call center. Self-publishing the YouTube of literature?

By Joanna Cabot
October 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Responding to DVD Subscription Decline, Netflix Closes Call Centre (GigaOM) Remember those red envelopes? Fewer and fewer people use Netflix to get DVDs, which is why the company is now closing a call center in Oregon. *** Kobo Releases Massive Update to Current Generation of eReaders (GoodeReader) [...]

Weekend Links: iBooks Author updated. Importance of Pseudonymous activity

By Joanna Cabot
October 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

On the Importance of Pseudonymous Activity (Dear Author) On Saturday, author Kathleen Hale was given a platform on the Guardian, one of the most venerable book outlets in the English speaking world. Using that platform, she chronicles a months long stalking campaign to a Goodreads reviewer who Hale [...]

Morning Roundup: Kobo to focus on eReaders and apps. Librarians respond to Adobe issue

By Joanna Cabot
October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kobo to Focus Exclusively on eReaders and Apps (GoodeReader) The brand new Kobo H2O waterproof e-reader started shipping last week and CEO Michael Tamblyn said had achieved the highest rate of pre-orders of any other Kobo device. However, he also revealed tablet devices were no longer a focus area [...]

Weekend Roundup: No more “Smashwords Edition” Kobo to fix download issue

By Joanna Cabot
September 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lee Child on Why He Signed with Authors United (PW) Lee Child, the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels, revealed why he cares about the Amazon-Hachette dispute — and it’s not about e-book royalties. Child wrote, “it’s a thus-far-and-no-further thing for me. I don’t [...]

Weekend Links: Curious case of Ellora’s Cave. Kobo Aura HD vs Aura H2O

By Joanna Cabot
September 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Four Books That Changed How I View the World (Book Riot) Whenever I open a book to read, I do it with a wish that when I reach the end, its story will have left me a different person. Here are four books that changed how I view the world. *** The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave (Dear Author) [...]

Morning Roundup: Apps for writers. No new Kobo tablets this year and more

By Joanna Cabot
September 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

eBook Sales Down? Here are 15 Tips (Joe Konrath) But what can a writer do when sales begin to flounder, other than panic, get depressed, and curse the universe? *** Kobo Won’t be Launching New Tablets This Year (The Digital Reader) Kobo is exhibiting at IFA Berlin this week, where they [...]

Weekend Links: Data plans biggest obstacle to mobile video. Two Kobo articles and more

By Joanna Cabot
September 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kobo Aura H2O Outside Reading Test (GoodeReader) The Kobo Aura H20 is coming out this October, but Good e-Reader has an early release edition and have been extensively reviewing it. Today, we look at how this e-reader performs in direct sunlight. *** Data Plans are the Biggest Obstacle to Mobile [...]

Morning Roundup: Kobo Aura H2O coming soon. Reporting is not about granting equal weight

By Joanna Cabot
August 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Do Student Internships Really Work? Digital Tools Can Help Evaluate Them (The Digital Shift) But what we really need is a way to evaluate the internships and make sure they work for students, news organizations and schools. Thanks to digital tools, we can do a much better job evaluating them. *** [...]

Weekend Roundup: What do editors read? Kobo CEO speaks about taking over Sony ebook business

By Joanna Cabot
August 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

What do Editors Read? (Book Riot) You’ve heard what librarians read. Now, I’ve asked some stellar editors to tell us what books they’re excited about right now. *** Kobo CEO Speaks Out About Taking Over Sony eBook Business (GoodeReader) “In North America we have been really happy with the [...]

This is what I mean about Amazon doing it better

By Joanna Cabot
August 7, 2014 // 4 Comments

The last time I wrote an article for Teleread on the whole Amazon business, my message was a simple one: if you want to compete, compete! Do a better job. Make a better website, a better store, a better product. Do a better job than Amazon does. I got another tiny example today in what exactly that [...]

Morning Roundup: Kobo giving $5 for library referrals. Agony and ecstasy of social media

By Joanna Cabot
July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Libraries are Not a ‘Netflix for Books’ (Book Riot) If there’s one phrase I dislike more than the latest company touting itself as the “Netflix for books,” it’s when the retort is that such a thing already exists and it’s called the library. *** TSA Policy Change Increases [...]

Weekend Roundup: Reading Rainbow raises $6M. Google vs Kobo

By Joanna Cabot
July 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

HM Ward on Literary Agents and the Indie Author Industry (GoodeReader) Even though the “indie author revolution” and self-publishing as a valid form of content distribution are currently enjoying a never-before-seen rate of success and acceptance, the landscape itself is still evolving as [...]

Smashwords adds daily sales reports

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smashwords is giving more information to self-published authors. The publishing and distribution company announced daily sales reporting for iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, OverDrive and the Smashwords store. It also includes daily and total order accumulation numbers for iBooks preorders. “The [...]

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