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

HEDGE FUND MAKES QUICK EXIT, PROFIT FROM BARNES & NOBLE
Less than two weeks after Jana disclosed its stake—some 7 million shares—Barnes & Noble stock jumped 52% in one day, driven by news that Microsoft would invest in the company’s e-book division and Nook tablet. The stock ended… [read more]
Source: Forbes

DECODING THE SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR
While there is no real statistic on author rejections by agents and publishers, the real figure based on the amount of self-published books being shoe-horned into the current offerings on e-readers indicates that those numbers must have been staggering… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

OVERNIGHT SUCCESS 28 YEARS IN THE MAKING FOR AUTHOR
“I’ve gone from self publishing my first book, to signing with a traditional publisher and agent, to going back to self publishing and now signing with another agent, but this time there is a big difference. Now I’m actually making money with my books… [read more]
Source: Voxy

AMAZON’S KINDLE FIRE HD REAPS BAD REVIEWS FROM AROUND WEB
Amazon.com’s latest $199 tablet computer got tepid reviews from some closely watched gadget reviewers, a potential hiccup for the world’s largest Internet retailer as it tries to grab a bigger share of one of the hottest technology… [read more]
Source: San Jose Mercury News

E-BOOKS ARE ALREADY GETTING CHEAPER, THANKS TO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Apple came under scrutiny back in March 2012 for using the agency model in its pricing, wherein publishers set the price they sell e-books for in Apple’s iBookstore, taking into account Apple’s 30 percent cut, and adjust their prices accordingly… [read more]
Source: Ars Technica

DIGITAL ARTISTS PUBLISH BOOK OF SMASHED KINDLES
Digital artists Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso have created a new print-on-demand paperback that features photos of broken eReaders called 56 Broken Kindle Screens. Here is more about the book… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

KINDLE SERIALS: WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WRITE ONE
So when my editor at Amazon approached me about a new Kindle-based serialized fiction program, I didn’t even have to think about whether or not I’d say yes. Here was what she laid out: A book published in installments of 10 to 15 thousand words, over… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

A KINDLE FIRE AMAZON-LOVERS CAN LOVE
I wasn’t a big fan of the original Kindle Fire, the bargain-priced seven-inch color tablet Amazon.com (AMZN) introduced late last year. It was sluggish and cumbersome, redeemed mostly by its easy access to the world of Amazon content. The new Kindle… [read more]
Source: Businessweek

SONY’S LATEST E-READER: TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
But Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight introduced digital bookworms to late-night, accessory-free reading earlier this year. And later this month, the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon’s new e-ink reader with a sharper screen and a built-in LED… [read more]
Source: Wired

AMAZON TO ALLOW ADS TO OPT-OUT ON KINDLE FIRE HD FOR $15 UPCHARGE
Amazon vs. AppleAmazon doesn’t want to drive even more customers Apple’s way, so it has done an about-face on its decision to include ads on the lock screen and main home screen of its new Kindle Fire tablets and is letting buyers opt out — for a $15… [read more]
Source: PCWorld

E-BOOK PRICE-FIXING DEAL UNVEILS REALITES
Let me assure you that digital distribution has affected the magazine business a lot too. You must understand the fact that the book publishing business was still operating in 1980 much like it operated in 1880. Its concept of modernizing was using a… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

BARNES & NOBLE’S NEXT NOOK TABLET TO BE BASED ON WINDOWS 8?
Following rumors that Barnes & Noble plans to release a sequel to the Nook Tablet later this year, Digital Trends has learned that the book retailer will announce the gadget during a press conference – scheduled for late September… [read more]
Source: Tom’s Hardware Guide

AMAZON SETS ITS SIGHTS ON IPAD WITH FULLY LOADED KINDLE FIRE HD AT $499
Amazon has clearly set its sights on the market leading iPad with the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 fully loaded at $499, a price set to compete against Apple’s entry level model. The previous generation Kindle Fire was priced at half the… [read more]
Source: Examiner.com

AMAZON’S BEST NEWS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DEVICES
He sits on the advisory board of numerous technology startups focusing on the publishing industry, and has held consulting positions at leading media companies venturing into digital publishing. He teaches digital publishing at the… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

SELF-PUBLISHED E-BOOK AUTHOR: ‘MOST OF MY MONTHS ARE SIX-FIGURE MONTHS’
The fact that so many self-published books have been successful in Amazon’s ecosystem highlights what other writers say is a trend toward success in digital self-publishing, which is offered also by companies like Apple and Barnes & Noble, in addition… [read more]
Source: CNN

OVER APPLE’S OBJECTIONS, JUDGE OK’S SETTLEMENT IN E-BOOK CASE
Apple’s new iBooks 2 app is demonstrated for the media on an iPad at an event in the Guggenheim Museum January 19, 2012 in New York City. It was reported on April 11, 2012 that the U.S. Justice Department announced an anti-trust lawsuit filed against… [read more]
Source: Inside Bay Area

KOBO ANNOUNCES THEIR NEW E-READERS
The audio is one of the major improvements. The Kobo Arc will have dual front facing speakers and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with SRS TruMedia™ sound. The Kobo Vox has a single built-in speaker, found in the top-right corner… [read more]
Source: Wired

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