Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 07/08/2012

DIGITAL-ONLY PUBLISHING START-UP SECURES $800,000 IN FUNDING
Digital-only publishing start-up Open Air Publishing has closed an $800000 round of funding with contributions from investors SV Angel, Charles River Ventures… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

FOUR REASONS AMAZON’S KINDLE PHONE IS A BAD IDEA
The Kindle Fire made a splashy entrance and even managed to eat into the iPad’s wide lead. Could Amazon do the same with a smartphone… [read more]
Source: The Week Magazine

WSJ: AMAZON MIGHT BE WORKING ON A ‘PHABLET’
Amazon is currently testing a smartphone with a display between 4 and 5 inches, a new report claims. Rumors swirled last week suggesting that Amazon is… [read more]
Source: BGR

THE VATICAN PUBLISHES E-BOOK
The Catholic Church is getting into digital publishing by releasing a new series of eBooks in Apple’s App Store… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

PROJECT GUTENBERG LAUNCHES SELF-PUB PORTAL
An author who wants to give away their work currently has a lot of venues to do so, including Feedbooks, Smashwords, the Kindle Store, and they can even set… [read more]
Source: Booktrade.info

ONE WEEK LATER AMAZON ANNOUNCED 4 NEW KINDLE FIRE MODELS
Amazon enjoyed very good success with the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet back in October and it appears that the company is looking to hit the market big time this holiday shopping season with 4 more options… [read more]
Source: Technology Bloom News

“I TOOK BACK MY POWER” – DIGITAL PUBLISHING AND TROUBLED TEENS
The wealth of digital self-publishing platforms available to authors today has opened doors for writers who may have otherwise buckled… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

REFLECTIONS OF A NEWSOSAUR: A DIGITAL PUBLISHING MODEL THAT WORKS
The publisher’s name is LinkedIn and the quarter was not unusual. The sales of the digital networking and recruiting site grew by 114.8% in 2011… [read more]
Source: Newsosaur

REPORT TIPS THINNER KINDLE FIRE 2 WITH IMPROVED DISPLAY
The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is expected to be thinner and lighter than its older sibling, and will have a built-in camera… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

KOBO WRITING LIFE TO BE LAUNCHED SOON
Kobo Writing Life is the company’s new self-publishing platform that allows authors to employ a myriad of tools… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

AMAZON PLANNING SMARTPHONE TO RIVAL APPLE IPHONE: REPORT
Online retailer Amazon’s low-cost Kindle Fire shook up the tablet market upon its release in November 2011, and now it looks to be going after Apple’s best-selling iPhone smartphone with a handset of its own… [read more]
Source: eWeek

THE AGENT AS (SORT OF) PUBLISHER
That book, said Edina Imrik, digital publishing manager at Bedford Square (and audio rights manager at Ed Victor Ltd.), was turned down by 15 houses, despite being an in-house favorite… [read more]
Source: Publishers Weekly

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