Amazon claims a key objective in its ongoing dispute with Hachette is to keep e-book prices low and competitive with other other media.
Amazon contends that keeping e-books priced at $9.99 or less can increase e-book sales by as much as 16%. Lower prices attract a larger audience—Amazon says the $9.99 price point can increase the size of author’s readership by as much as 74%—raising the payout for itself, the publisher and lifting royalty payments to authors.
"The Financial Times is preparing to kill off its iPad and iPhone app for good, signalling its final conversion from executable-app to web-app publishing. The news publisher launched a HTML5 web app and pulled its iOS app off iTunes Store in mid-2011 but left the iOS version usable by subscribers with it already installed."
"Now, however, the FT will render the iOS app unusable by its remaining users over the next month, as it completes its HTML5 migration.
It is taking the step because only a relative handful of users remain and because it can no longer continue to maintain features inside the app."
Progress surrounds us. We land rovers on distant planets. Satellites and wires that we will never see or touch allow us to connect with anyone anywhere. And we can read great literature on our phones—or play with pigs in space.
Children today get an unprecedented dose of adult reality in their books, sometimes without the redemptive beauty, cathartic humor and healing magic of an earlier time. (Is modern #children's #literature more violent or darker than it's ever been?
Does reading fiction make you a better, less self-absorbed person? Finally, science has given its approval to one of the literary world's most cherished ideas about the value of literature. Even though the study only measured short-term benefits, it was taken to stand for a wider truth about the morally improving effects of the stuff, the notion that it makes you a better, more empathic person.
With society becoming more and more reliant on technology it is incumbent upon leaders to harness the power of digital technologies in order to create school cultures that are transparent, relevant, meaningful, engaging, and inspiring. In order to set the stage for increasing achievement and to establish a greater sense of community pride for the work being done in our schools, we must begin to change the way we lead. To do this, leaders must understand the origins of fear and misconceptions that often surround the use of technology such as social media and mobile devices."
Choosing the best tablet for kids Gizmag Because it's from LeapFrog, the Ultra runs its easily managed operating system, and is compatible with more than 800 educator-approved games, eBooks, apps and videos.
Murder themes rampant in children's classic books Deccan Chronicle If you thought that modern children's books are too violent for their young readers, try re-reading classic books for kids from the past.
Number of publishers forced out of business shows sharp increase Financial Times Most of the insolvencies were small businesses – including Evans Brothers Limited, the company that first published books by children's writer Enid Blyton.
When ebooks and dedicated e-reading devices first grew in popularity, a sizeable section of the digital reading public felt that children’s books didn’t lend themselves well to ebooks. Aside from the concerns over handing a young reader an expensive device, some likened the reading experience as being too close to other forms of electronic entertainment for children. Others held onto the nostalgia associated with sharing a hardbound children’s book with their kids, contending that ebooks were digitized for portability and convenience, not for the experience of reading or learning to read, as the case may be.
But new studies have shown that children’s ebook sales are on the rise ...
Children's Book App Authors Join Forces to Strengthen the Industry Digital Book World Book App Alliance logo Karen Robertson, president of The Book App Alliance and author of the award-winning Treasure Kai book app series for children says, “I...
'Great children's books of the last 100 years' selected by New York Public Library The Star-Ledger - NJ.com NEW YORK -- Beloved authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle helped the New York Public Library celebrate children's literature last week as the...
Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tri...
Google-owned Motorola has some big plans for replacing your online and device passwords that include taking a pill every morning and wearing a tattoo on your arm. The two experimental prototypes were showcased during the D11 technology conference by Motorola’s head of advanced technology and projects group, Regina Dugan. Both concepts are meant as alternatives to using passwords, passcodes, picture passwords, and two-factor authentication as a means to access your smartphone, tablet, car, and even your front door.
Protecting Children's Reading in the Digital Age Huffington Post UK To date, children's e-reading has been less successful than adults. In 2012 4.5% of children's books sold were eBooks, compared to 18% for adults'.
Irish Independent Eason strikes new deal with biggest rival to Amazon's Kindle Irish Independent "We think that people love visiting bookstores and this is why people are buying Kobo ebooks." Despite this clever marketing strategy, there are still...
In 2015 Tomie dePaola will celebrate his 50th year in publishing and his 40th writing and illustrating his award-winning tales of Strega Nona. (It's Picture Book Month! Look for Rebecca on November 22nd!
100 Books Every Kid Should Read By Age 14 Business Insider The British reading and writing charity Booktrust has released an "ultimate list" of the 100 children's books every kid should read by the time he's 14.
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