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

APPLE IS SAID TO PLAN SMALLER IPAD TO COMPETE WITH GOOGLE NEXUS
Amazon, by contrast, loses money on every Kindle Fire it sells, with the aim of profiting from sales of books and other digital media. A failure to gain traction with the Nexus 7 and Surface… [read more]
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

AMAZON REPORTEDLY BUYS UPNEXT: FIRE OR PHONE MAP APP IN THE WORKS?
The online retailer will place UpNext and its team of four in Seattle at the head of Amazon’s mapping efforts, according to a report… [read more]
Source: Los Angeles Times

AMAZON KINDLE E-READERS REPLACE BIBLES AT NEWCASTLE HOTEL
Newcastle based Indigo has become the world’s first hotel to replace the bedside Gideon Bible with Amazon’s dominant Kindle eReader… [read more]
Source: T3

CONVERT MS WORD DOCS TO E-BOOKS FOR FREE
The Smashwords e-book-publishing service transforms Word’s DOC files into the EPUB, MOBI, and other e-book formats, but only if you shun text boxes, tables… [read more]
Source: CNET

EA SAYS GOING ALL-DIGITAL IS ‘INEVITABLE’
Going all-digital is what most publishers dream of, as it allows them to cut out the middleman of retail chains entirely. No more Gamestop or Best Buy to take a cut… [read more]
Source: Forbes

3 METHODS FOR ADDING AN E-BOOK TO THE APPLE IBOOKSTORE
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of vendors that distribute eBooks to the Apple iBookstore… [read more]
Source: Sell Box

HOW GOOGLE’S NEW DEVICE COMPARES WITH RIVALS
Google is the latest challenger to Apple, maker of the popular iPad. The new tablet will also compete with Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Inc.’s Nook Tablet. Here’s a look at the key differences between those devices… [read more]
Source: ABC News

GOOGLE NEXUS 7: A MISSILE AIMED DIRECTLY AT AMAZON’S KINDLE FIRE
Google is very likely selling the $200 Nexus 7 at less than cost, but will do so happily if that’s what it takes to win the love of would-be Kindle Fire buyers… [read more]
Source: PCWorld

BIG E-READER IS WATCHING YOU
For now, Nook Snaps, Barnes & Noble’s e-singles section, remains B&N’s unimpressive competitor to Kindle Singles. Apparently, though, it’s an area… [read more]
Source: paidContent.org

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