Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 07/29/2012

FOUR SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS ON NEW YORK TIMES E-BOOK BESTSELLER LIST
Four self-published authors will have a total of seven novels on the New York Times ebook bestseller list this weekend, and the founder of self-publishing powerhouse Smashwords is predicting the number is only going to grow… [read more]
Source: The Guardian

DIGITAL STARTUPS NEED LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM THE CORNER RECORD STORE
With the rise of digital distribution, the means of production and publishing are available to all — and everyone, everywhere, wants to be an artist. 81% of Americans believe that they have a book in them… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

WHY APPLE, GOOGLE CAN LEARN FROM AMAZON’S DIGITAL STRATEGY
Amazon.com is trying to get its digital music and video on as many gadgets as possible as the world’s largest Internet retailer replicates a strategy that paid off for its Kindle e-book business… [read more]
Source: Firstpost

IPAD LOSING TABLET MARKET SHARE, SURVEY SHOWS
The slack was taken up by Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which has jumped from zero to a 22% share of the market since it launced in fall 2011… [read more]
Source: Los Angeles Times

CHRISTIAN FICTION UNDERGOING A RESURGENCE VIA E-READERS
Though erotica sales have dominated the digital and tangible industries this year, Christian books seem be generating more and more consistent sales… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

PENGUIN SEES LACKLUSTER REVENUE AND STRONG E-BOOK GROWTH IN 2012
Penguin has given us a sense of how the company has been performing for the first six months of 2012. Profits for the company are down almost 50% from a year ago, mostly due to the… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

OVERDRIVE LAUNCHES ITS NEW DEVELOPER PORTAL
Overdrive is the largest company of its kind that facilitates digital ebook lending to public libraries and K12 schools. It announced a few months ago that it was creating a series of developer tools that would allow people to create their own apps… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

APPLE SAYS NO TO E-BOOK THAT MENTIONS AMAZON
E-Book author Holly Lisle is no longer a fan of Apple after the company denied approval of her latest book into its digital stores… [read more]
Source: Know Your Cell

BARNES & NOBLE TABLETS GET MAPS BEFORE KINDLE FIRE
Barnes & Noble is skipping out on Google Maps for tablets and is partnering instead with Berlin-based mobile map company skobbler. skobbler’s ForeverMap 2 app is available… [read more]
Source: paidContent.org

WHY A TRADITIONAL PUBLISHER CAN HURT YOUR CAREER
Mark Coker, CEO and founder of the hugely successful ebook distribution platform Smashwords, wrote a blog poston how the sales figures for an indie author versus those of a traditionally published author can demonstrate something that not many in the industry know: a traditional publishing deal might actually do more harm than good for an author… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader

EROTICA AND PUBLISHING AFTER FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
But what has the impact of such a title had on both the erotica genre and digital publishing? Initially, E.L. James self-published Fifty Shades, but the success of its initial sales led to a traditional publishing deal from Viking, an imprint of Random House… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

IS BARNES & NOBLE REALLY THIS DESPERATE?
Everyone knows that Barnes & Noble is in a desperate fight for its life. Outflanked by Amazon.com early in the e-book war, with the latter currently rumored to have multiple new devices slated for release, the bricks-and-mortar bookseller has been scrambling to catch up ever since… [read more]
Source: DailyFinance

“HOW TO USE PINTEREST” AMAZON KINDLE E-BOOK BLASTS TO NUMBER 28 ON KINDLE’S FREE BESTSELLER LIST
It currently ranks Number 1 in Amazon’s Computers and Internet section, and Number 1 in the Marketing section… [read more]
Source: Virtual-Strategy Magazine

AMAZON IS THE BIZARRO FACEBOOK
Amazon is probably a bit overvalued. It’s a fantastically run retailer but it’s still a retailer. Margins are never going to be that high. But people are still extremely excited about Kindle sales and the company’s growing cloud business… [read more]
Source: CNNMoney

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