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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 09/23/2012

KINDLE PAPERWHITE SO POPULAR, NEW ORDER WILL BE PAPER-LATE
If you waited until now to buy Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite, you’ll have to wait a bit longer to actually get it in hand. Amazon said any new orders placed today won’t be shipped until October 22… [read more]
Source: CNET

OVERDRIVE NOW AVAILABLE ON THE NOOK TABLET
Hitting the app store today for all Barnes and Noble tablets is the brand new Overdrive App! This free download will allow customers to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the public library. Over a year ago Barnes and Noble limited the ability to load… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

HOW THE NOOK CAN FIND ITS NICHE
My unsolicited advice on what Barnes & Noble has to do with its Nook tablet lineup to succeed: make it a self-publishing tool. Barnes & Noble, which today introduced the Nook HD and Nook HD+, has done an impressive job of turning out ereaders and… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

HANDS ON: BARNES & NOBLE NOOK HD+
Two weeks ago, Amazon debuted it Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch, and now Barnes & Noble has announced the Nook HD+. Although neither can match the iPad in terms of the depth and breadth of its app ecosystem, they are being very aggressive when it comes… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 09/09/2012

HEDGE FUND MAKES QUICK EXIT, PROFIT FROM BARNES & NOBLE
Less than two weeks after Jana disclosed its stake—some 7 million shares—Barnes & Noble stock jumped 52% in one day, driven by news that Microsoft would invest in the company’s e-book division and Nook tablet. The stock ended… [read more]
Source: Forbes

DECODING THE SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR
While there is no real statistic on author rejections by agents and publishers, the real figure based on the amount of self-published books being shoe-horned into the current offerings on e-readers indicates that those numbers must have been staggering… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

OVERNIGHT SUCCESS 28 YEARS IN THE MAKING FOR AUTHOR
“I’ve gone from self publishing my first book, to signing with a traditional publisher and agent, to going back to self publishing and now signing with another agent, but this time there is a big difference. Now I’m actually making money with my books… [read more]
Source: Voxy

AMAZON’S KINDLE FIRE HD REAPS BAD REVIEWS FROM AROUND WEB
Amazon.com’s latest $199 tablet computer got tepid reviews from some closely watched gadget reviewers, a potential hiccup for the world’s largest Internet retailer as it tries to grab a bigger share of one of the hottest technology… [read more]
Source: San Jose Mercury News

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 09/02/2012

AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HD 8.9″ VS. APPLE IPAD: SPECS COMPARED
Amazon made a huge splash with the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, a high-definition tablet computer priced aggressively against the iPad. In doing so, Amazon has just made it very clear it’s playing to win, and not just be a cheaper alternative to Apple… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

HERE’S THE BIG EDGE AMAZON HAS OVER GOOGLE IN TABLETS
Amazon’s app store works on both its Kindle Fire tablets, which run a customized version of Android, and non-Amazon Android devices. In fact, it customizes itself to users’ smartphones or tablets so they only see apps that work well on those devices… [read more]
Source: Business Insider

THE CRUEL PARADOX OF SELF-PUBLISHING
A thorough assessment of self-publishing by Alan Finder in the New York Times recently observed these benefits: “Digital publishing and print on demand have significantly reduced the cost of producing a book. Writers who self-publish are more… [read more]
Source: The Atlantic

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Podcast: Up to Speed in Digital Media News with Quinn & TJ for 08/24/2012

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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