Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 08/26/2012

WHAT’S THE POINT OF PUBLISHERS IN A DIGITAL AGE?
As e-books grow and bookstores close, there’s a growing murmur that publishers are no longer relevant in the digital age. Authors now have the ability to self-publish their books and get electronic distribution on their own. So, who needs a big legacy… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

WHY AMAZON’S KINDLE WILL SOMEDAY BE FREE
Farhad Manjoo admits that his “record on predictions about Amazon is mixed at best,” but he’s pretty certain about this one: Sooner or later, the company will start offering its Kindle e-reader for free, he writes… [read more]
Source: Newser

AMAZON SAYS MORE ORDERS SHIPPED VIA AMAZON PRIME THAN SUPER SAVER
The Seattle company said the top three items purchased through Amazon Prime this year are the Kindle Fire tablet, the $79 Kindle e-reader and the Kindle Touch. No. 4 is the raunchy “50 Shades of Grey.” The most-watched TV show available through… [read more]
Source: Los Angeles Times

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Podcast: Meet Siggy Buckley, Author of Next Time Lucky

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 08/19/2012

A PRETTY GOOD SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF E-BOOK LENDING (OR AT LEAST I THINK SO)
That quirk of human psychology helps explain why today, five years after the launch of the Amazon Kindle and three years after the introduction of Apple’s iPad, there’s still no satisfactory way to lend and borrow e-books. Nobody much likes the current… [read more]
Source: Forbes

NEW BESTSELLER LIST GIVES MORE ACCURATE DATA
Success stories of indie authors and self-published authors making the major bestseller lists are becoming more and more commonplace, especially in this climate of digital reading and an appreciation for the DIY authors… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

BIG PUBLISHERS, HIGH PRICES DOMINATE E-BOOK BEST-SELLERS
Think consumers have a problem with higher priced e-books? Think again. According to our new e-book best-seller list, most of the e-books that are bought each week are priced near or above $10 and the vast majority of them are published by “big six” publishers… [read more]
Source: Forbes

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 08/12/2012

GETTING LEFT BEHIND IN THE E-BOOK REVOLUTION
That’s what publishers of illustrated books may be feeling right now as they watch traditional immersive reading publishers (you know: fiction, non-fiction, mostly text) fill their coffers with e-book and digital publishing revenues… [read more]
Source: Forbes

AMAZON ‘SEND TO KINDLE’ OPTION HITS GOOGLE CHROME
“Send to Kindle for Google Chrome” adds a Send to Kindle button to users’ Google Chrome browsers, explains Amazon community manager Kevin Goddard in a Kindle forum post. The button sends text published on the Web to the user’s Kindle device and… [read more]
Source: InformationWeek

MOVE OVER KINDLE, BEBOOK PURE – THE WORLD’S THINNEST E-READER IS HERE
Its closest competitor (in terms of thickness) is Amazon’s 8.5mm thick Kindle Keyboard, which weighs 247g. Pure is encased in a rubber shell and runs on a 600MHz processor and packs in 4GB of memory… [read more]
Source: Mobile & Apps

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Podcast: Meet Chaz Young, Author of Travels of Fahdamin-Ra

Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 08/05/2012

ENGADGET’S BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE 2012: E-READERS
Barnes & Noble didn’t change much with the latest version of its Nook e-reader — and really, with the previous version of the device having nabbed the top spot on this list last year, there’s not really a heck of a lot that needed changing… [read more]
Source: Engadget

THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS – SOLAR POWERED E-READERS
e-Readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook are famous for lasting months on a single battery charge. One of the draws of e-ink displays is that the power requirements are amazing because the screen does not automatically refresh… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

SMASHWORDS ADDS PRICING & LIBRARY FEATURES
Self-publishing platform Smashwords has a new update which includes a new pricing and library feature. The “Pricing Manager” feature lets authors and publishers set the retail price of their books within the dashboard of Smashwords… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

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