Podcast: Up to Speed in Digital Media News with Quinn & TJ for 11/30/2012

Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 11/25/2012

AMAZON’S JEFF BEZOS PRACTICALLY CONFIRMS THE KINDLE SMARTPHONE
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos all but confirmed the development of a Kindle smartphone. “Here’s one where… You know, we’re very reluctant to discuss our future roadmap,” Bezos replied when questioned… [read more]
Source: Forbes

SMASHWORDS: AMAZON THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS
I blogged my opposition to the program here at the Smashwords blog, and in the months since also spoke out against it here, here, here and here. The controversial program has its share of opponents and supporters. Some authors have done… [read more]
Source: Mark Coker of Smashwords

HOW MUCH SHOULD SELF-PUBLISHING COST?
Publishing my own stuff wasn’t hard. Seems much harder to land an agent, if anything (which I’m currently doing). The only drawback to self publishing that you’d have to sink money into is marketing. Heaven knows I don’t have the coin for that… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

RUMOR: MICROSOFT, AMAZON TO RELEASE SMARTPHONES IN 2013
News surrounding self-branded smartphones from Microsoft and Amazon isn’t anything new. In fact, a Kindle-branded smartphone was rumored to make an appearance back in September when Amazon announced its updated line of Kindle e-readers and… [read more]
Source: Tom’s Hardware Guide

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Book Review: Mequon Nature Preserve Field Guide by Kate Redmond

Book Details:

File Size: 9.26 MB
Print Length: 170 pages
Publisher: Mequon Nature Preserve
Text-to-Speech: NA

Book Summary:

Our Field Guide is for you! Whether you’re leading a children’s group having their first encounters with the natural environment, a university student engaged in research or adults and families getting back in touch with nature, the field guide will broaden your perspective. It contains information and photographs that help to explain and describe MNP’s diverse ecological communities. However, for a true broadening experience, come and visit us. The Field Guide is only part of our story!

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Quinn Barrett Interviewed by Writing and Publishing Radio Show 11/24/2012

Quinn Barrett Interviewed by Your Book As A Business 11/24/2012

Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 11/18/2012

AUTHOR WHO KNOCKED “FIFTY SHADES” FROM ITS NO. 1 SPOT EXPLAINS WHY PUBLISHERS MAY BE DOOMED
Sylvia Day’s “Crossfire” series has some noticeable similarities to the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise: it’s a self-published erotic novel based around a wealthy and somewhat violent male protagonist named Gideon Cross. The plot centers on… [read more]
Source: BuzzFeed

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KINDLE
Today marks the fifth birthday of the Amazon Kindle — the biggest change in the way we read since Penguin started selling paperbacks for the cost of a pack of smokes. I was a slow convert to e-books, but that’s mainly an outgrowth of being able to… [read more]
Source: Baltimore Sun

AMAZON’S JEFF BEZOS NAMED FORTUNE’S ‘BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR’
Then there are the Kindles. Bezos essentially jump-started the e-reader market a few years back with the introduction of the Kindle , thought by many industry watchers to be a foolish move at the time. Last year, Amazon rolled out its first tablet… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

JEFF BEZOS: THE ULTIMATE DISRUPTER
Amazon recently released a new e-book product called Kindle Serials. For $1.99, customers get a book delivered to their Kindle e-reader device serially — say, once a week — with no additional charge for each new episode. It’s an homage to the bygone… [read more]
Source: Fortune

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Podcast: Up to Speed in Digital Media News with Quinn & TJ for 11/16/2012