Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 06/03/2012

GET OVER IT HATERS, APPS REALLY ARE THE FUTURE SAYS WIRED PUBLISHER
There has been a growing revolt in the publishing community against the idea that iPhone and iPad apps are the best route to digital dollars. The Financial Times shuttered its apps this month… [read more]
Source: paidContent.org

AMAZON SLAPS GOOGLE
Amazon’s move is still a competitive threat to Apple’s store, but Amazon only supports Android apps at this time, so Apple appears to be mostly unaffected. Amazon’s Kindle Fire, selling for $199, produces an unimpressive $10 loss per tablet sold… [read more]
Source: Seeking Alpha

AMAZON AND INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER RESOLVE DISPUTE, 5000 TITLES RETURN TO KINDLE
In February Amazon pulled nearly 5000 titles from the Kindle Store over a troubled contract negotiation with Independent Publishers Group. Industry publication Publishers Lunch reports that both… [read more]
Source: The Verge

FREE WAYS TO PROMOTE YOUR eBOOK
Books on The Knob: “Bargain reads, free ebooks and book reviews for the Amazon Kindle, nook, Kobo, Sony and other ereaders, Kindle Fire, Nook Color… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

APPLE PAINTS ITSELF INTO CORNER IN ANSWER TO eBOOK CLASS ACTION
Apple and its partner publishers are currently facing two major lawsuits related to the introduction and pricing of eBooks on the iBookstore: one filed in April by the US Department of Justice and a class action commenced… [read more]
Source: The Mac Observer

PENGUIN, MACMILLAN RESPOND TO DOJ IN eBOOK PRICE FIXING SUIT
Penguin “began to consider the agency model seriously when, and only when, Apple proposed it to Penguin as a method of doing business for Apple’s proposed iBookstore,” the complaint says, noting that it “proposed a wholesale/retail distribution… [read more]
Source: paidContent.org

KINDLE VS. NOOK: WHICH E-READER IS BETTER IN BED? [Video]
Barnes and Noble claims its Nook Simple Touch e-reader with “GlowLight” is “better in bed” than Amazon’s Kindle. We took that claim to the mattress and took both the $99 Kindle Touch and the $139 Nook with a built-in light to bed… [read more]
Source: Los Angeles Times

STEPHEN KING TAKES DIGITAL U-TURN WITH NEW NOVEL
A pioneer of digital publishing, in 2000 King released Riding the Bullet, one of the first mass-market e-books, saying that “I’m curious to see what sort of response there is and whether or not this is the future.” In the following two days after… [read more]
Source: Telegraph.co.uk

DO E-READER OWNERS READ MORE BOOKS?
As for which tech devices are most popular, the infographic shows that Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the bestselling e-reader-capable device, followed by Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Sony’s eBook reader. However, the Kindle Fire trails significantly behind the… [read more]
Source: Mashable

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