Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 08/19/2012

A PRETTY GOOD SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF E-BOOK LENDING (OR AT LEAST I THINK SO)
That quirk of human psychology helps explain why today, five years after the launch of the Amazon Kindle and three years after the introduction of Apple’s iPad, there’s still no satisfactory way to lend and borrow e-books. Nobody much likes the current… [read more]
Source: Forbes

NEW BESTSELLER LIST GIVES MORE ACCURATE DATA
Success stories of indie authors and self-published authors making the major bestseller lists are becoming more and more commonplace, especially in this climate of digital reading and an appreciation for the DIY authors… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

BIG PUBLISHERS, HIGH PRICES DOMINATE E-BOOK BEST-SELLERS
Think consumers have a problem with higher priced e-books? Think again. According to our new e-book best-seller list, most of the e-books that are bought each week are priced near or above $10 and the vast majority of them are published by “big six” publishers… [read more]
Source: Forbes

AS E-BOOK MARKET HEATS UP, ANOTHER NON-BOOK PUBLISHER MAKES MARK
As e-books become bigger business, companies that aren’t traditionally book publishers are getting into it. The latest company to dive into the e-book business is Weber, the Palatine, Ill.-based manufacturer of grills and grilling products. The company… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY OFFERS WRITERS NEW WAYS TO PUBLISH BOOKS
Not long ago, an aspiring book writer rejected by traditional publishing houses had only one alternative: vanity publishing. For $5000 or $10000, or sometimes much more, he could have his manuscript edited and published, provided that he agreed to buy… [read more]
Source: San Jose Mercury News

HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY OUTSELLS HARRY POTTER
Suzanne Collins is best known for three particular books and they are doing extremely well. According to recent statistics from the American arm of Amazon, this trilogy has outsold the entire Harry Potter franchise… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

US STATE DEPARTMENT PULLS PLUG ON BIG KINDLE CONTRACT
“In order to conduct additional market research and further explore technological options for our public diplomacy programs, the Department of State opted on August 15 to end the Request for Proposals for the Amazon Kindle in favor of proceeding with… [read more]
Source: GeekWire

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