Up until my younger brother disassembled it, one of my cherished possessions was an Alphasmart Neo. Powered by AA batteries, this keyboard-sized word processor was a handy way to take notes in meetings where I wouldn’t be allowed to open a laptop (or lacked a table to put the laptop on.) The Neo came to …
The best PDF app for iPad and iPhone was updated today with a bunch of bug fixes and new features. In addition to direct support for loading files from iCloud, Goodreader also gained a couple new features which iPhone 6 owners will appreciate.
The argument against Amazon seems to rest on the proposition that if trad-pubs aren’t awarded excess returns, over and above the actual free-market value of their products, then there will be no money to pay authors to write “serious literature,” irreparably harming our culture and society.
Many readers cite the price of eBooks as one of the primarily aspects of why they choose to read digitally. A new report by Books and e-Books UK 2014 is trying to quantify the parallel between cheaper books and reading more. Their data suggests 26% of consumers who have bought an eBook in the last year are reading more than they used to, because eBooks cost less than paperbacks, a figure that rises to 38% of 16 to 24-year-olds.
[PR] Leading global publisher teams up with Scandinavian e-book success. The world-renowned publisher Simon & Schuster has launched a collaboration with Mofibo, the fast growing Scandinavian e-book subscription service. The collaboration brings Simon & Schuster’s substantial e-book backlist, from all of its publishing companies worldwide to e-book reading consumers in Denmark and Sweden, where Mofibo recently launched.
Adobe Digital Editions is used by millions of libraries and readers to transfer eBooks to their devices. This can include e-readers, tablets or smartphones. Whenever you add an eBook to the ADE library, information is transferred to the Adobe servers in plain text. The data comprises of your User ID, Device ID, IP address, how long it took you to complete the book and percentage of the book read. Anyone with the correct tools can monitor your reading habits and it doesn’t take much for all of your private information to fall into the wrong hands.
After weeks of referring to their as-yet unlaunched crowd-sourcing program as “that thing”, Amazon officially launched the program today with a name, webpage, and an invitation to authors to participate.
The Next Big Thing in author discovery, according to a Wall Street Journal article anyway, is YouTube. Book promo videos have been a coming thing for a while now, as any fule kno. But now Big Publishing is turning the equation round, by using the power of rich social media to discover rather than to market authors.
Samsung has been enjoying the position of being the number one device maker in the world for Android driven smartphones and tablets. They have been enjoying a solid 65% market share of all Android devices sold worldwide. Given the popularity of their devices they have been really hyping their forays into digital publishing, to bring e-reading to the masses.
Digital magazines for tablets have long had a number of problems, not the least of which being that it’s considerably easier for people to make their own “magazines” via RSS readers or other content aggregators such as Flipboard. But Digiday reports that magazine publishers are finding Apple’s Newsstand app problematic in new ways as well.
A new survey suggests the market for supplemental educational products is expanding, driven by an uptick in institutions’ investment in digital content as well as by the impact of the Common Core standards.
There has been a lot of conversation lately about the differences between wholesale pricing and agency pricing for ebooks and about what constitutes a “fair” division of revenue between publishers and retailers. Since the economics of bookstores have been generally misunderstood for years, it is not surprising that the understanding of what changes make sense as we switch to digital have also been misunderstood. A better grounding in the print book economic realities might enable a more informed discussion of what makes sense for digital.
A relatively new digital publishing trade group in France is making a name for itself this week. Le Groupement pour le développement de la Lecture Numérique, or GLN for short, has released the results of a two month long study of Scribd.
Laura Fredericks, founder and CEO of the writing community Describli, has put up a very interesting guest post on the future of publishing at the Independent Publishing Magazine – the same platform that had the good taste to commend me and Chris Meadows as shakers in the evolution of the industry. And she is not exactly recommending the status quo ante disruption. In fact, her call – and warning – for both publishers and writers is: connect (or be damned).