Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 05/20/2012

CAN PUBLISHING COMPANIES ADOPT THE POTTERMORE MODEL?
By Michael Kozlowski The Pottermore website has done something in the digital publishing industry that no one has managed to do. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony and other major websites direct customers from their websites directly to Pottermore… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

eBOOKS MAY TAKE A PAGE OUT OF DIGITAL MUSIC’S BOOK
Don’t get excited yet—the outline was only an invitation to a conversation that the association, called the International Digital Publishing Forum, wants to have. Still, it suggests the traditionally conservative publishing industry is learning how to… [read more]
Source: Ars Technica

THE ATAVIST TO RELEASE FREE DIGITAL PUBLISHING TOOL
The digital publishing start-up The Atavist has landed a $1.5 million investment from a prominent slate of Silicon Valley investors. According to The New York Times, the digital publisher will soon release a free version of its publishing app… [read more]
Source: GalleyCat

A THREAT TO THE iPAD COMES FROM AN UNLIKELY SOURCE: NVIDIA
There are cheap tablets already out there, but outside of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and the Lenovo Ideapad A1, pretty much every other tablet in the sub-$200 price bracket is junk. The Kindle Fire and Nook are both powered by… [read more]
Source: ZDNet (blog)

WHY APPLE NEEDS TO SETTLE ITS eBOOK SUITS
Phone calls made between CEOs of the top publishing companies as Apple prepared to launch the iBookstore. Apple and the publishers are accused of conspiring to fix e-book prices. commentary Amazon.com has outmaneuvered Apple in the e-books sector… [read more]
Source: CNET

DIGITAL STORY-TELLING AND THE RISE OF THE NEW PUBLISHERS
The same thing has to happen in digital news publishing. That’s the conclusion of Jim Bankoff, CEO and Chairman of Vox Media, whose sites The Verge and SB Nation have shaken up the world of tech and sports journalism. “Story telling digitally is a… [read more]
Source: paidContent.org

LIST MONETIZATION PLAYS KEY ROLE IN 21ST CENTURY PUBLISHING INDUSTRY
In addition to prioritizing digital advertising, publishers are finding that list monetization can yield revenue in the low six-figure range. List monetization also fills a need for advertisers and marketers using the lists to reach new targets… [read more]
Source: MarketWatch (press release)

AMAZON PARTNERS WITH PARAMOUNT, BRINGS HUNDREDS MORE MOVIES TO PRIME INSTANT VIDEO SERVICE
With the new deal in place, Amazon Instant Video now offers over 17000 movies and TV episodes for unlimited streaming by Amazon Prime customers who can watch online or on their Amazon Kindle Fire. For what it’s worth, “17000+” is the same number… [read more]
Source: TechCrunch

E-BOOKS: APPLE RAILS AGAINST DOJ AND ‘MONOPOLIST’ AMAZON
Apple individually negotiated bilateral agreements with book publishers that allowed it to enter and compete in a new market segment – eBooks. The iBookstore offered its customers a new outstanding, innovative eBook reading experience, an expansion of… [read more]
Source: GeekWire

GOOGLE TABLET: IT REALLY IS COMING SOON REPORT SUGGESTS
A new report backs up other recent information suggesting Google will soon be launching its own tablet device to take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet. The wait for Google’s much-anticipated tablet… [read more]
Source: Digitaltrends.com

AMAZON BANS KINDLE STORE SPAM (FINALLY)
Spam e-books have started making their way into the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. E-book retailer Smashwords already bans this type of content… [read more]
Source: paidContent.org

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