Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 07/27/2012

BARNES & NOBLE AND FASTPENCIL ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT
FastPencil and Barnes & Noble have announced a deal that will see FastPencil’s titles carried in Barnes & Noble bookstores as well as in Nook bookshelf merchandising. As part of the deal… [read more]
Source: Publishers Weekly

AMAZON AND THE PROBLEM WITH PLAGIARISM
Publishing houses may worry about DRM, but there’s a far more problematic issue plaguing the writers of ebooks… [read more]
Source: CNET Australia

SMASHWORDS FOUNDER CRITICIZES AUTHOR SOLUTIONS ACQUISITION
Mark Coker, founder of self-publishing platform Smashwords, criticized Pearson’s acquisition of self-publishing company Author Solutions in a recent post… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

NEWSWEEK REVIEWING ITS FUTURE AS PRINT WEEKLY
During a conference call with analysts Wednesday, IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller said that while Newsweek’s “brand is good” around the world, producing a weekly news magazine in print form isn’t easy… [read more]
Source: MercuryNews.com

REPORT: AMAZON LIMITS KINDLE 3G WEB USE
Amazon Kindle 3G users may have received a surprise this week while surfing the net. The retailer has reportedly capped its formerly unlimited mobile broadband access at 50MB per month… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

IPAD NABS 68 PERCENT OF TABLET MARKET
In September, however, Apple’s iPad had 80 percent of the market, so gadgets like the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet have had some impact. But “the Android community has yet to make a serious dent in Apple’s dominance of the tablet… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

WHY I TRADED MY KINDLE FIRE FOR A NEXUS 7
I’ve been a Kindle user since Amazon’s $199 tablet hit the market – and even found myself liking it more than Apple’s iPad over the past 6 months. The Kindle is simply more portable, and since I mostly use it to read, portability is obviously quite important… [read more]
Source: TG Daily

SELF-PUBLISHING IS THE NEW INTERNET GOLD RUSH
If you’ve thought about self-publishing your writing as an eBook, then the good news is that mainstream print publishers are paying more attention to that medium, even going so far as to purchase companies to make it easier for you… [read more]
Source: Digitaltrends.com

TO BE CLEAR, AMAZON IS NOT GOING TO RELEASE SIX NEW TABLETS
That’s how stores and manufacturers can keep track of inventory. For example, there’s a different SKU for the 16 GB iPad, 32 GB iPad, iPad 2, iPad with 3G/4G, and so forth… [read more]
Source: Business Insider

STAPLES PRESIDENT REPORTEDLY EXPECTS AS MANY AS SIX NEW KINDLES
The obvious possibilities are a smartphone, new Kindle Fire and 10-inch Kindle, but that leaves the other two items Parneros expects unclear. He could be counting newer versions of Amazon’s Kindle Touch or Kindle, or he could just be wrong… [read more]
Source: Los Angeles Times

TED’S NEW E-BOOK APP ILLUSTRATES APPLE IBOOKSTORE’S SHORTCOMINGS
That’s a particular concern when it comes to Apple’s iBookstore because purchases can only be read on an iOS device. There are a range of factors to consider when making that choice. Is the book you want available from all bookstores… [read more]
Source: Cult of Mac

DOJ STICKS TO ITS GUNS IN PRICE-FIXING SUIT AGAINST APPLE
Instead, they say, it was Barnes & Noble that took market share away from Amazon long before Apple’s iBookstore launched. Those who favor this “conspiracy that cost e-book purchasers millions of dollars,” says the government, mostly do so because it… [read more]
Source: TechCrunch

TOR E-BOOKS ARE NOW DRM FREE
This provides customers with the ability to freely transfer them to any of their devices, without having to use Adobe Digital Editions or other methods. They are the first major publishing company to completely absolve this kind of anti-piracy measures… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

HOW TO USE TO USE A KINDLE DX AS A PC DISPLAY
Compared with other Kindle models, Amazon’s Kindle DX is gargantuan. Its 9.7-inch E Ink screen provides ample space for reading books and viewing graphs and images… [read more]
Source: PCWorld

KINDLE SINGLES SUBMISSIONS OPEN TO NEW AND ESTABLISHED AUTHORS
The Kindle Singles submission guidelines are available on Amazon’s dedicated page, clearly indicating that the program is available to both new and well-known authors… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

LIBRARY OF AMERICA STEPS UP ITS DIGITAL EFFORT
Launched at the end of 2011, the e-book program of the Library of America has released eight titles so far with plans to publish about two e-books a month for the next year… [read more]
Source: Publishers Weekly

PENGUIN BOOKS BUY US SELF-PUBLISHING COMPANY
Connect your Digital Journal account with Facebook to use this feature. … By Tim Sandle. Pearson, the company which owns the company Penguin books, has purchased the self-publishing company Author Solutions Inc… [read more]
Source: DigitalJournal.com

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