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Apple Fires Back at the Feds, Amazon

Apple Fires Back at the Feds, Amazon | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Apple responds to antitrust charges: "The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry."...
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Don't Like Amazon's New Kids' Tablet? Here are 5 Alternatives

Don't Like Amazon's New Kids' Tablet? Here are 5 Alternatives | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet is going to be getting a lot of press over the next few weeks, but it’s not the first tablet to launch in this market – nor even the twenty-first. Here are 5 kids tablets that you might consider in place of the Fire HD Kids Edition.

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Nook Press and The Bookseller Team up for Indie Author Promotion

Nook Press and The Bookseller Team up for Indie Author Promotion | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Nook Press is the self-publishing system that Barnes and Noble developed to allow authors to submit eBooks and sell them online. It has been a US exclusive since its original launch, and only recently expanded to the UK. In order to better promote Nook Press as a viable alternative to Kindle Direct Publishing and Kobo Writing Life, Barnes and Noble has partnered with The Bookseller on a New Preview Section for Self-Published Authors in the UK.
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Kindle for iPad and iPhone Updated for iOS8

Kindle for iPad and iPhone Updated for iOS8 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Do you know all those nifty-sounding new reading features Amazon announced last night alongside the new ereaders and tablets? Well, they haven’t added the features to the Kindle app yet, but Amazon did roll out a few other goodies.
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The Invisible Growth in the Industry…or WYSIATI

The Invisible Growth in the Industry…or WYSIATI | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
BISG award-winner Judith Appelbaum reflects on changes in the industry and explains why the lack of statistics on self-publishing is misleading us all.
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The Start-up Learning Curve: Slicebooks Refines Its Biz Model

The Start-up Learning Curve: Slicebooks Refines Its Biz Model | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Three years after co-founding Slicebooks, Jill Tomich reflects on the evolving market for remixed ebooks and content, and how her company has adapted.
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iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed

iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
A big, developer-centric update completes the overhaul started in iOS 7.
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Tablets, books and readers! Reflections on the first week of school

Tablets, books and readers! Reflections on the first week of school | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

I just finished my first full week of teaching for the new school year, and it’s been so interesting to watch my students react to some of the changes I have implemented this year. In no particular order, here are some points of interest from my first teaching week.

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What You Should Know About Finnish Literature

What You Should Know About Finnish Literature | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Journalist Anu Partanen offers a preview of Finnish literature today, ahead of Finland's Guest of Honor program at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair.
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Is Vook’s Acquisition of Byliner a Good Deal for Authors?

Is Vook’s Acquisition of Byliner a Good Deal for Authors? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
With Vook's acquisition of Byliner, the service has shifted entirely to an a la carte model offering 85% royalties. It's less value for readers, but far more valuable for authors.
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HarperCollins Thinks There's No Such Thing as Too Much DRM, Adds Another DRM Layer to eBooks

HarperCollins Thinks There's No Such Thing as Too Much DRM, Adds Another DRM Layer to eBooks | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

HarperCollins dashed my hopes today when they announced that they were spending even more on DRM. This publisher isn’t just using DRM to try to lock down consumer copies; they’ve expanded the idea with the false hope that they can use digital watermark DRM to make their supply chain more secure.

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International Read an eBook Day Debuts September 18

International Read an eBook Day Debuts September 18 | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Thursday, September 18 will mark the first International Read an eBook Day, an annual holiday to celebrate and raise awareness for reading on digital devices. In recent years, the popularity of eBooks has soared, with 28 percent of adults aged 18 and older reading at least one eBook in 2013, according to Pew Research. Readers can access eBooks on any mobile device, computer or tablet, anytime, anywhere.

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People Still Love their Sony e-Readers

People Still Love their Sony e-Readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Sony has abandoned making new e-readers and fully closed down their online bookstore in North America, Europe and Australia. Sony always employed high build quality in their complete line of electronic readers, users still cling to their old models, as if they were a precious metal.

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Amazon, Publishers, and Readers

Amazon, Publishers, and Readers | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Back in 2007, when publishers began selling large numbers of books in digital format, they used digital rights management (DRM) to lock their books to a particular piece of hardware, Amazon’s new Kindle. DRM is designed to transfer pricing power from content owners to hardware vendors. The publishers clearly assumed they could hand Amazon consolidated control without ever having to conspire with one another, and that Amazon would reward them by passing cost-savings back as inflated profits. When Amazon instead decided to side with the customer, passing the savings on as reduced price, they panicked, and started looking around for an alternative conspirator.

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How to Really Stand Out in Frankfurt

How to Really Stand Out in Frankfurt | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Talk to us about advertising, advertorials and other promotional opportunities at the Frankfurt Book Fair. We can create custom packages to suit your budget and goals.
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Hands-on Videos of Kindle Voyage and New Kindle Touch

Hands-on Videos of Kindle Voyage and New Kindle Touch | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Yesterday after Amazon officially announced the new Kindle Voyage and entry-level Kindle Touch, a few tech sites posted some early hands-on videos showing the new Kindles in action.
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First Impressions of the New Kindle Lineup

First Impressions of the New Kindle Lineup | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
As my flight from New York approaches Denver International and the media embargo ends, I want to share impressions from today’s Amazon’s media demonstration of the new Kindles. My group of about 12 journalists—one of several such gatherings throughout the day—convened at Milk Studios, 450 West 15th Street, for a little more than two hours of presentations and time to try the devices and chat ask questions. It was a beautiful, sunny day on Manhattan, and we began on the top-floor patio with a view of the Hudson River next to a table with stickie buns, coffee, juice and other treats.
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Amazon's new Family Library feature lets you share purchases as a household

Amazon's new Family Library feature lets you share purchases as a household | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon just removed one of the biggest roadblocks for sharing things you've bought with someone else in your family — at least for some of the things you buy off Amazon

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Macworld Abandons Print and Goes Digital Only

Macworld Abandons Print and Goes Digital Only | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Macworld magazine has been going strong since 1984 and has been chronicling all things Apple. Due to a decline in print subscriptions the publication has announced they are abandoning the print edition and focusing more on the website and digital version.

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New Leaks Reveal the Kindle Voyage with a 300 DPI Screen

New Leaks Reveal the Kindle Voyage with a 300 DPI Screen | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Remember that TechCrunch story from last November about the Kindle Paperwhite codenamed Ice Wine and the 300 dpi screen? It turns out that, aside from the launch date, the details were mostly true. 

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Kobo and Bol form a Unique eBook Partnership

Kobo and Bol form a Unique eBook Partnership | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Kobo has announced that they have formed a new partnership with Bol.com, the largest provider of eBooks in the Netherlands and Belgium. Starting today, customers will be able to order the entire Kobo Arc line of tablets and modern e-readers like the Kobo Aura and Aura HD directly on the Bol website. This agreement though, goes far beyond e-readers and may be a blueprint of how Kobo forms relationships with eBook retails going forward.

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Publishing in Finland: Minna Castren, Publishing Director, Otava

Publishing in Finland: Minna Castren, Publishing Director, Otava | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it
Which authors should you look for from Otava, Finland's largest book publisher? Director Minna Castren lists upcoming books, authors and trends ahead of Frankfurt.
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Pirated Kindle Books May Hijack your Amazon Account

Pirated Kindle Books May Hijack your Amazon Account | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Here is how the vulnerability works. Hackers have been injecting links to external websites in the book’s title or in the field reserved for the name of the author, or in both. The script is triggered when you visit the Amazon Kindle Management page and have used the Send to Kindle Plugin. The Kindle Library takes whatever is inside the book’s title or author fields and inserts it into the Kindle Library web page. As a result, if the title or author fields contain HTML code, this code becomes part of the Kindle Library web page and is treated as if it had originated from Amazon’s server.Send to Kindle remains a very popular function, Amazon has an official version and many 3rd parties have developed alternatives for Android, Chrome, Firefox or iOS. It basically allows you to send documents and eBooks directly to your Amazon account to be read by a Kindle e-Reader, tablet or official reading app.

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Are Books Really Like Any Other Consumer Good?

Are Books Really Like Any Other Consumer Good? | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

In today’s Morning Links, I highlighted a GigaOM writeup on the latest Authors United tomfoolery: a letter to Amazon where they assert, among other things, that while Amazon does have the perfect right to refuse to stock or carry any ‘commercial good’ they want, they should not exercise this right on books because books are a special snowflake and not just a regular consumer good. Their letter says this:

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Amazon Expands No-Rush Shipping Credit to Include eBooks, Books

Amazon Expands No-Rush Shipping Credit to Include eBooks, Books | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Amazon has long offered an incentive to Prime members to choose a slower shipping method, and earlier this week they changed the incentive to include a $1 credit which can be applied to buy books or ebooks.

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Kobo to Partner with Dutch Retailer Bol.com

Kobo to Partner with Dutch Retailer Bol.com | Pobre Gutenberg | Scoop.it

Reliable sources have told me that Kobo will be announcing a new retail partner soon. The deal isn’t scheduled to be revealed until Monday, but I have been informed that Bol.com, a Dutch media retailer, is going to be Kobo’s newest partner.

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