How to kill off Chrome RAM hogs: Crash-proofing tips

By David Rothman
May 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Google’s Chrome browser these days can be the Pac-Man of apps—with an insatiable appetite for RAM. Talk all you want about e-books in browsers and other goodies. But what about the basics? My Chrome was crashing constantly, and even a Google support staffer hadn’t a complete solution for [...]

Too busy to read? Rooster is the app for that

By Susan Lulgjuraj
March 12, 2014 // 4 Comments

Too busy to read a book? There’s an app for that. Plympton, a digital startup, unveiled Rooster on Monday, an iPhone app that will send short, timed installments to readers who are on the go, according to Mashable. Rooster will divide books into 15-minute installments. Readers can decide when to [...]

HarperCollins is planning something big – like a dinosaur, maybe?

By libertyc
December 2, 2013 // 4 Comments

A long and fairly uncritical interview article in Mashable takes us on a tour of the epublishing aspirations of HarperCollins under the stewardship of its new chief digital officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi, and its plans to corner the “Next Big Thing” in digital publishing – [...]

Want to promote that ebook? Do Facebook

By libertyc
November 3, 2013 // 3 Comments

First let me state that I have no shares in Facebook or personal interest in promoting Mark Zuckerberg. But I thought I’d share the new Mashable/Statista/Shareaholic data on traffic from social networks to publishers. After all, it looks like everyone else is sharing – on Facebook most [...]

Barnes & Noble to stop creating tablets; e-readers still a go

By libertyc
June 25, 2013 // 2 Comments

There’s a reason Barnes & Noble was discounting its Nook line of tablets lately—the company is pulling back its investment into that side of the business, the company announced today. It will stop making new Nook tablets, but will sell its Nook HD and Nook HD+ through the holiday season, [...]

Blackstrap's business model takes the digital publishing revolution backwards—but in a good way

By Dan Eldridge
April 9, 2013 // 2 Comments

We’ve watched with interest as a few new digital publishing-related startups have launched seemingly out of the blue over the past few weeks. Thin Reads, a fantastic new website that runs reviews of e-singles, is definitely one of our favorites, and we’re clearly not alone; the site has [...]

With HTML5, publishers don't need native apps, says Financial Times

By libertyc
December 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

Assuming you’re interested in the confluence of HTML5 and the monetization of digital publishing, you’ll definitely want to check out this recent Mashable article, which covers a panel that took place at the Mashable Media Summit last Friday, November 30. Thinking Outside the App, as [...]

Why all the B&N bashing?

By libertyc
August 22, 2012 // 11 Comments

Poor Barnes & Noble has been taking a real beating in the e-reader blog space lately, so I thought I’d share a link to a recent Mashable story that actually offers a bit of positive B&N and Nook news. The lede graph of reporter Lauren Indvik’s piece tells the rather unfortunate [...]

Mashable to explore publishing trends at $2,199 Mashable Connect conference

By libertyc
March 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

On Mashable, Lance Ulanoff posts about the trend toward self-publishing through Amazon and other e-book shops. Amazon, he writes, has a huge potential audience, and both known and unknown writers are finding audiences for their books there. And Apple just unveiled iBooks Author, which makes [...]

Newspapers need to innovate

By libertyc
June 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Doonesbury the other day had an amusing take on the print-vs-digital conundrum that is currently affecting newspapers. But in a way it’s not so much a laughing matter. Mashable has a fairly long report looking at the problems newspapers are having now. A rebound in advertising purchases that [...]

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