Morning Links: Amazon gambles on kids. What? Twitter might filter our feeds?

twitterAmazon Gambles on the Kids (Digital Book World)
Amazon’s announcement of their Kindle Kids’ publishing software platform probably caught very few in the industry off-guard. It’s been clear that Amazon’s ambition is to become both the publisher and the retailer, which irrespective of what the industry feels lines up perfectly with Amazon’s stated goal of delivering better value to their customers.

Authors United Preparing New Amazon Initiative (PW)
It’s been almost a month since Authors United, a group of more than 900 authors concerned about Amazon putting writers in the middle of its dispute with Hachette, published a full-page ad in the New York Times. Now the group is getting ready to push forward its objections to Amazon’s negotiating tactics, which it claims have been harmful for debut and midlist authors.

Many Users Are Outraged at the Idea That Twitter Might Use an Algorithm to Filter their Feeds (GigaOM)
The suggestion that Twitter might apply Facebook-style algorithmic filtering to its timelines — something executives have said they are considering — seemed to strike many users as the worst thing that could happen to the service.

What You Should Know About Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 24 (The Digital Shift)
As part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week campaign to raise awareness about the impact of censorship on intellectual freedom, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is designating Wednesday September 24th, 2014 as the fourth Annual Banned Websites Awareness Day (BWAD).

Kindle Daily Deals: Up At Butternut Lake (and more)

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