3 Reasons Why Facebook Can’t Replace Your Author Website (Jane Friedman)
I’ve occasionally been asked by authors at conferences: Why not just use Facebook? Isn’t that where everyone is spending their time already? Why would people visit my site? Why bother with all the effort of establishing a site, which, if it becomes dusty or out-of-date, could be more damaging than no website at all?
* * *
Digital rights protection and the future of writing (The Guardian)
SiDiM, an ingenious new rights protections system, may point the way to the experimental literature of the future. Germany’s FraunhoferInstitute recently revealed that it is working on a new digital rights management system, entitled SiDiM. DRM is what protects ebooks – and other digital products – from being shared against the wishes of their producers, an automated form of copyright enforcement.
* * *
Why Big Publishers Think Genre Fiction Like Sci-Fi Is the Future of E-Books (Wired)
In the last few months, Random House and HarperCollins launched their first digital-only imprints, and all of them focused on genre fiction. Random House announced the sci-fi/fantasy line Hydra, mystery line Alibi, “new adult”-targeted Flirt and romance-centric Loveswept, while Harper Collins created the digital mystery imprint Witness in April.
* * *
6 Apps You Don’t Want to Miss (Mashable)
It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you’re in luck — Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.
* * *
Kindle Daily Deals: “The One I Left Behind” by Jennifer McMahon (and 3 others)