Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 08/12/2012

GETTING LEFT BEHIND IN THE E-BOOK REVOLUTION
That’s what publishers of illustrated books may be feeling right now as they watch traditional immersive reading publishers (you know: fiction, non-fiction, mostly text) fill their coffers with e-book and digital publishing revenues… [read more]
Source: Forbes

AMAZON ‘SEND TO KINDLE’ OPTION HITS GOOGLE CHROME
“Send to Kindle for Google Chrome” adds a Send to Kindle button to users’ Google Chrome browsers, explains Amazon community manager Kevin Goddard in a Kindle forum post. The button sends text published on the Web to the user’s Kindle device and… [read more]
Source: InformationWeek

MOVE OVER KINDLE, BEBOOK PURE – THE WORLD’S THINNEST E-READER IS HERE
Its closest competitor (in terms of thickness) is Amazon’s 8.5mm thick Kindle Keyboard, which weighs 247g. Pure is encased in a rubber shell and runs on a 600MHz processor and packs in 4GB of memory… [read more]
Source: Mobile & Apps

TWITTER FOUNDERS WANT TO REINVENT DIGITAL PUBLISHING – AGAIN
Twitter founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone want to shake up the digital publishing world with their latest venture, Medium. The pair, who also worked together on Blogger, announced the new platform today… [read more]
Source: Mashable

DRM, COMPATIBILITY, AND MYTH
In marginally related news, digital publishing solutions mainstay Aptara will be hosting a webinar today on “eBook and App Device Compatibility: Separating Fact From Fiction.” The event will feature… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

HOW A MEETING WITH AMAZON’S CEO INSPIRED MY SECOND ACT
It was right about that time when I started reading about Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. That’s when I realized that after years of sending out manuscripts to agents and getting nowhere, that Jeff Bezos, this guy who I remembered as really liking… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post (blog)

MAJOR AUTHORS DIP A TOE INTO DIGITAL WATERS
But in a quiet twist, some established authors are now turning away from New York and experimenting with alternative forms of publishing — self-publishing, and digital-only books — as a way to make more money, maintain control, or just stay viable… [read more]
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

8 THINGS WE THINK APPLE’S IPAD MINI WILL NEED TO BE TRULY AMAZING
As it stands, Apple’s own iBooks app is pretty decent, but we still prefer to use Amazon’s Kindle App. The iPad Mini would be an excellent opportunity for Apple to focus on reading and introduce a revamped iBooks experience. We’d also like to see… [read more]
Source: Business Insider

DIGITAL READING: TALKING ABOUT TABLETS
Now it’s up to publishers and developers to deliver a new kind of e-book that takes full advantage of its tablet environment, especially for all the digital-first titles that are just over the horizon… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

BARNES & NOBLE CUTS PRICE ON NOOK TABLETS
Barnes & Noble Inc cut prices on three models of its Nook e-reader and tablet devices on Sunday, ahead of the peak of the back to school season and amid speculation that rival Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch a new version… [read more]
Source: Reuters

BARNES AND NOBLE CUTS NOOK TABLET PRICES WITH NEW KINDLE RUMORS
Well, Barnes and Noble seems to be in a giving mood today. The company revealed earlier this morning that eager customers can nab themselves a 16GB Nook Tablet for $199 — $50 off its original price… [read more]
Source: TechCrunch

E-BOOKS EASY TO BUY, BUT NOT SO EASY TO RETURN
I ordered a book for my sister from Amazon in April and I had to send Amazon my sister’s e-mail address so they could e-mail the book to her so she could download it onto her Kindle. Unfortunately, I sent the wrong e-mail address… [read more]
Source: Boston Globe

HERE’S PERSPECTIVE FOR YOU: 5.7 MILLION IPADS VS. 37K GALAXY TABLETS
Samsung reportedly sold 2.4 million tablets during the Q2 2012. But court documents presented in today by Samsung shows that the real number of tablets sold was only 37,000… [read more]
Source: Tablet Crunch (blog)

KINDLE FIRE 2: AMAZON’S NEW TABLET ALSO A SMARTPHONE?
One analyst who admits he has no knowledge of what Amazon is building, speculates that the Kindle Fire 2, or the next version of Amazon’s tablet computer, is a small tablet that can initiate and receive voice calls through apps and data networks… [read more]
Source: PopHerald.com

KINDLE DUMP COULD BE A SIGN OF NEW THINGS TO COME
Why should digital reading fans care so much if Amazon slashes the price of the 10” Kindle DX, a two-years-out-of-date e-reader that never really took off… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

BIBLIOCRUNCH’S MEETUP FOR SELF-PUBLISHING
The focus for the live events and any virtual events is on maintaining the personal connections that are still vital in the publishing industry, regardless of the format the authors choose to take… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

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