Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 06/10/2012

AMAZON, GOOGLE LEAD RUSH FOR NEW WEB REAL ESTATE
An unprecedented land grab for new Web addresses began in earnest on Wednesday with fierce competition for new internet real estate including… [read more]
Source: Mobile & Apps

KINDLE APPS ADD SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS, COMICS
Amazon’s Kindle for iOS, Kindle Cloud Reader, and Kindle for Android all now support … Amazon’s Kindle applications now support more titles, the company… [read more]
Source: CNET (blog)

IPAD SEES SMALL DROP, NOOK TOPS KINDLE FIRE IN NEW TABLET TRAFFIC
Meanwhile, the Barnes & Noble Nook overtook the Kindle Fire in tablet traffic share, now accounting for 0.85% of tablet traffic versus the Kinde Fire’s 0.71%… [read more]
Source: TechCrunch

BARNES & NOBLE TURNS THE PAGE ON AN UGLY SHAREHOLDER LAWSUIT
Barnes & Noble is willing to take a near-term hit on its Nook e-reader to make sure that it remains relevant in a world in which media consumption is quickly… [read more]
Source: DailyFinance

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFERS AMAZON UP TO $16.5M TO HAND OUT KINDLES
The US State Department disses the iPad and Nook in favor of the Kindle Touch — offering the e-reader-maker a multi-million dollar no-bid contract to ship the device overseas. by Dara Kerr The US State Department looks to partner with Amazon to ship… [read more]
Source: CNET

AMAZON KINDLES FIRE SALE WITH DISCOUNT
Is Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet losing more momentum? One indicator Saturday raises concerns. AmazonLocal, Amazon’s Internet coupon service, emailed $30 coupons for the $199 device, effectively offering a 15% discount. Even at full price, Amazon just… [read more]
Source: Wall Street Journal (blog)

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES EMBRACE DIGITAL PUBLISHING WITH ‘ESPRESSO’ BOOK MACHINE
Aspiring authors are getting less dependent on book publishers to help them realize their dream. Self-publishing has been made easier since the Espresso Book Machine by On Demand Books, based in New York, came on the scene in 2006… [read more]
Source: The Seattle Times

GOOD DEAL: AMAZON KINDLE FIRE FOR $169
The Kindle Fire is pretty affordable at its normal retail price of $199, but Amazon Local’s deal today knocks $30 off of that price, bringing the total down to $169. That price point matches… [read more]
Source: The Verge

BARNES & NOBLE UNHAPPY WITH US GOV’S E-BOOKS SETTLEMENT
However, the book retailer recently announced a partnership with Microsoft for “Newco” e-book subsidiary, which enhance e-book offerings via Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet. Barnes & Noble will own about 82.4 percent of… [read more]
Source: DailyTech

IT’S TIME TO QUESTION THE MEANING OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Is it possible that in an age in which any person can have an idea and publish it in text, images, audio and video for the world to see – instantly and for free – that the true value of critical thinking is all but lost? Has all of the user-generated… [read more]
Source: Vancouver Sun

PUBLISHING EXPERT JERRY SIMMONS DISCUSSES INDUSTRY INNOVATIONS
It is much harder for a writer to land a publishing contract. Self-publishing has proliferated, digital publishing is rapidly growing, and people are reading fewer books as total sales of all published titles continue to decline… [read more]
Source: Examiner.com

UPBEAT MOOD AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA
Publishers in recent years have been cutting the number of adult books they print as e-sales increase, reducing the leftover copies a store might return to the publisher. New fiction releases are especially popular in digital format, with half or more… [read more]
Source: CBS News

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