Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 08/05/2012

ENGADGET’S BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE 2012: E-READERS
Barnes & Noble didn’t change much with the latest version of its Nook e-reader — and really, with the previous version of the device having nabbed the top spot on this list last year, there’s not really a heck of a lot that needed changing… [read more]
Source: Engadget

THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS – SOLAR POWERED E-READERS
e-Readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook are famous for lasting months on a single battery charge. One of the draws of e-ink displays is that the power requirements are amazing because the screen does not automatically refresh… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

SMASHWORDS ADDS PRICING & LIBRARY FEATURES
Self-publishing platform Smashwords has a new update which includes a new pricing and library feature. The “Pricing Manager” feature lets authors and publishers set the retail price of their books within the dashboard of Smashwords… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

THE LATEST PUBLISHING CRAZE: PRINT BOOKS?
The study suggests that the widespread fervor over e-books, which had been growing steadily since Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) first released its Kindle e-reader in 2007, might be leveling off… [read more]
Source: International Business Times

E-BOOKS NOW OUTSELLING PHYSICAL BOOKS ON AMAZON UK
If you cast your mind back to May of 2011, you might remember Amazon announcing that it was officially selling more ebooks than paperback and hardback books in the United States… [read more]
Source: Tom’s Hardware Guide

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS AGILE PUBLISHING?
The Digital Book World conference was incredibly exciting, with lots of new ideas. And the warm response to the announcement of the Agile Publishing Model (APM)… [read more]
Source: Sourcebooks

Q&A OVER THE MERGER OF DIGITAL PUBLISHING & SOCIAL MEDIA
Paradise Publishers, the creator of Free-eBooks.net, is launching Foboko.com, a free, revolutionary digital publishing platform that offers the first social writing experience… [read more]
Source: Business 2 Community

DIGITAL SALES UP 44% AT SIMON & SCHUSTER, NOW 21% OF TOTAL PUBLISHING REVENUES
Digital sales were up 44% at Simon & Schuster in its second quarter and digital now represents 21% of all publishing revenues at the company… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE LAUNCHES E-BOOKS ONLY SECTION
These are perilous times for the publishing industry, but they also hold great promise. E-reader technology is much more sophisticated than it was just a few years ago, and digital publishing companies like… [read more]
Source: Publishers Weekly

MARK COKER: INDIE AUTHORS ARE UNDERPRICING THEIR BOOKS
In this, the third part of my interview with Smashwords founder Mark Coker, we talk about how ebook price and word count affect sales… [read more]
Source: Forbes

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