Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 11/04/2012

THE 21 BEST KINDLE FIRE APPS
Since Amazon’s Kindle Fire first debuted more than a year ago, the quality and quantity of official apps for the small-form tablet have radically improved. Early days brought slim pickings, but the wide selection of apps now available for the Kindle… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

AMAZON NOW OFFERS AN $8 MONTHLY PRIME PLAN
Amazon’s Prime deal—which offers free two-day shipping, instant media streaming and monthly Kindle book rentals—just got a new monthly price tag. Now, you can be a Prime customer for $8 a month… [read more]
Source: Gizmodo

DIGITAL SELF-PUBLISHING PLATFORM BLURB EXPANDS TO OFFER MAGAZINES AND BROCHURES
As publishing transitions into the digital space, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to abandon print entirely. In fact, Blurb has built a successful business by offering “accidental authors” an easy way to write and self-publish custom print books on demand… [read more]
Source: Wired

WHICH PUBLISHERS DO BEST AT E-BOOK SALES?
And we all know that self-publishing is growing by leaps and bounds, but just how well do you think those scrappy upstart authors are doing against the big publishers in sales? To answer these questions, we at Digital Book World created ebook Publisher… [read more]
Source: Forbes

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 10/29/2012

SMASHWORDS/NANOWRIMO PROMOTION
Smashwords is opening up the Smashwords platform to allow all NaNoWriMo participants to publish, share, track and promote their works-in-progress… [read more]
Source: Smashwords

APPLE AND AMAZON CONTINUE THE LEGAL FIGHT OVER ‘APP STORE’ TERM
If Amazon said you could download apps from an app store on the Kindle Fire would you assume they meant Apple’s iOS app store and then buy a Kindle Fire under the belief that you could have access to 700,00 apps? That is what Apple thinks people… [read more]
Source: PadGadget

AMAZON PULLS IPAD MINI SPEC COMPARISON AFTER SPEAKER GAFFE
Apple Insider today reported that Amazon has pulled a homepage advertisement that slammed the iPad mini after discovering that its diss was factually incorrect. Earlier this week, Amazon posted a spec comparison between the iPad mini and Kindle Fire HD… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

AMAZON TAKES A DIG AT IPAD MINI
Amazon also lists the Kindle Fire HD to feature 216 pixels per inch (ppi) and the iPad mini with 163ppi. Amazon claims that users can “watch HD movies and TV” on Kindle Fire HD, and the iPad mini has “No HD movies or TV.” Amazon reports that… [read more]
Source: Mobile & Apps

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 07/01/2012

THE CASE FOR (AND AGAINST) A SMALLER ‘IPAD MINI’
There have been rumors of a smaller 7-inch iPad since…well, since the original iPad hit the street. With the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire, though, followed by the announcement of the Google Nexus 7, speculation has once again reached a fever pitch… [read more]
Source: PCWorld

ACTION LINE: E-READER RUNS INTO PROBLEM READING HIS NOOK LIBRARY ON HIS IPHONE
Recently, in a chat session with a Barnes and Noble service rep, I uninstalled my Nook app as a step the rep suggested to address a minor synching problem… [read more]
Source: San Jose Mercury News

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 06/24/2012

AMAZON REPORTEDLY READYING LAUNCH OF 10-INCH, QUAD-CORE KINDLE FIRE
Amazon isn’t just working on a new Kindle Fire 2, the retail giant is also readying the launch of a 10-inch, quad-core slate… [read more]
Source: Wired News

CALIFORNIA LIBRARIES CLOSE TO E-BOOKS DEAL WITH SELF-PUB SITE SMASHWORDS
Califa, California’s largest library network, is about to strike an ebook deal with self-publishing site Smashwords… [read more]
Source: paidContent.org

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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

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