Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 09/02/2012

AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HD 8.9″ VS. APPLE IPAD: SPECS COMPARED
Amazon made a huge splash with the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, a high-definition tablet computer priced aggressively against the iPad. In doing so, Amazon has just made it very clear it’s playing to win, and not just be a cheaper alternative to Apple… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

HERE’S THE BIG EDGE AMAZON HAS OVER GOOGLE IN TABLETS
Amazon’s app store works on both its Kindle Fire tablets, which run a customized version of Android, and non-Amazon Android devices. In fact, it customizes itself to users’ smartphones or tablets so they only see apps that work well on those devices… [read more]
Source: Business Insider

THE CRUEL PARADOX OF SELF-PUBLISHING
A thorough assessment of self-publishing by Alan Finder in the New York Times recently observed these benefits: “Digital publishing and print on demand have significantly reduced the cost of producing a book. Writers who self-publish are more… [read more]
Source: The Atlantic

IS THE TERM ‘LEGACY PUBLISHER’ OUTDATED?
As publishing companies adapt to the e-book era, the term “legacy publisher” may be as outmoded as the print-focused businesses it seems to describe, suggests Mike Shatzkin, publishing consultant (and Digital Book World partner), in his latest blog… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

KINDLE FIRE SOLD OUT: IS NEW ONE ON THE WAY?
Reprints & Permissions. Amazon on Thursday issued a cryptic notice that the Kindle Fire is sold out, a week ahead of a press event at which the online retailer is expected to unveil its jazzed-up replacement. Amazon has a major press conference… [read more]
Source: USA TODAY

E-BOOK PUBLISHERS REACH $69 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH STATES
Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers and Simon & Schuster have agreed to an antitrust settlement with the attorneys general of 54 U.S. state, districts and territories, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced Wednesday. The three… [read more]
Source: PC Advisor

WHAT’S THE POINT OF PUBLISHERS IN A DIGITAL AGE: RESPONSE
This blog post is a response to Rob Eagar’s post here at Digital Book World: What’s The Point of Publishers in a Digital Age. I was going to just make it a comment, but then it grew too big. I recommend you read his post first, and then mine, and the… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

HACHETTE DIGITAL REVENUES UP TO 27% OVERALL
While digital growth was strong at the book publisher, it represents a significant slowdown compared to the early years of digital at Hachette. In 2008, digital publishing accounted for about 1% of Hachette’s overall revenues. That number was 4% in… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

FLAWS IN ONLINE BOOK REVIEWS
And that’s where some new businesses have sprung up to take advantage of the boom in digital publishing. Often for a flat fee, these companies will produce a predetermined number of reviews for a book and post them to sites like Amazon, Barnes and… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

AMAZON SAYS KINDLE FIRE IS SOLD OUT
Amazon.com Inc. quenched the Kindle Fire on Thursday, saying its first tablet computer is now sold out. The Internet retailer has a major press conference scheduled for next… [read more]
Source: The Associated Press

SONY READER GETS SMARTER, BUT NOT HEAD OF THE CLASS
Available now for $129, the Reader features a touchscreen and offers a number of improvements that bring it more in step with the competition, namely the Amazon Kindle Touch ($99 or $139) and Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch ($99)… [read more]
Source: All Things Digital

HOW AMAZON QUIETLY SUBVERTS BESTSELLER LISTS WITH KINDLE’S KDP SELECT
The most powerful of these tools resides in a program called KDP (for Kindle Direct Publishing) Select, and it requires the author to provide Amazon eBook exclusivity for ninety days. When that is granted, the author can promote the book for free for… [read more]
Source: Forbes

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