Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 06/17/2012

MICROSOFT SURFACE COULD KILL THE BARNES & NOBLE NOOK
New tablets, including one from Microsoft, could make the Nook E-reader redundant… [read more]
Source: U.S. News & World Report (blog)

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH LIBRARY E-BOOK LENDING?
I’m editor of Digital Book World, a website focused exclusively on covering the business of e-books and digital publishing — the only one out there, to my… [read more]
Source: Forbes

WHAT IS MICROSOFT SURFACE?
In fact, the Surface has two digitizers, one for touch and another for digital ink. Coming to the …. Good E-Reader – ebook Reader and Digital Publishing News… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

HARRY POTTER BOOKS LAND IN AMAZON’S KINDLE OWNERS’ LENDING LIBRARY
All seven Harry Potter books are now available in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, marking the series’ first availability outside the Pottermore store… [read more]
Source: Los Angeles Times

HOW DOES MICROSOFT SURFACE COMPARE TO THE IPAD AND KINDLE FIRE?
Let’s look at it side-by-side-by-side with the new iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire: … Store’s total inventory, and it’s likely that Amazon will have more to offer, too… [read more]
Source: Geek

AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK COKER, CEO OF SMASHWORDS
I was very fortunate to be able to sit down and talk with Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords. Smashwords is a site where you can convert ebooks and distribute… [read more]
Source: Musings and Marvels (blog)

APPPLE’S IBOOK SCHEME DROPPED AMAZON’S MONOPOLY TO 60, BUT…
When Apple launched the iBookstore back in 2009, it had a huge impact on Amazon; it dramatically reduced the retail giant’s market share of the ebook… [read more]
Source: Cult of Mac

MICROSOFT’S MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: A BARNES & NOBLE TABLET?
On April 30th, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Barnes & Noble to spin off its digital Nook business with an investment of $300 million… [read more]
Source: The Verge

INDIE AUTHOR VS. INDIE PUBLISHER
While there have been indie authors for countless years, the advent of digital publishing and e-reading has meant that the self-publishing movement… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

AMAZON’S KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING: DO THE COSTS OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS
With a line of extremely successful e-readers and a gigantic user base, Amazon and its Kindle Direct Publishing service seem like a no-brainer for independent… [read more]
Source: The Verge

KINDLE FIRE FOR $149? SEEMS REASONABLE
It’s doubtful Amazon would keep selling the same Kindle Fire in the face of new competition, not to mention whatever Barnes & Noble comes up with for its Nook… [read more]
Source: PCWorld

NEW E-BOOK COVER IMAGE REQUIREMENTS COMING TO SATISFY HIGHER RESOLUTION E-READING DEVICES
Since Smashwords requires vertical rectangle (height greater than width) images, a new recommended ebook cover might be around 1600 pixels wide by 2400 pixels tall. Why 2400? 2400 is 1.5 times 1600. Pull out a ruler and measure just… [read more]
Source: Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords

GOOGLE PLAY WITH OVER 500,000 APPS ROLLS OUT ON THE KOBO VOX
I never saw the value of the Kobo Vox when compared to the Kobo Touch eReader. That has now changed that Kobo offers full support for Google Play… [read more]
Source: ZDNet (blog)

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