Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 09/30/2012

BARNES & NOBLE, MICROSOFT CLOSE DEAL, UNVEIL NOOK MEDIA
Nook Media includes Barnes & Noble’s digital and college businesses and a $300 million investment from Microsoft. “As demand for digital content continues to increase, we are focused on bringing ground-breaking reading and learning content and… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

MICROSOFT, NOOK: PARTNERS NOW, E-READER RIVALS LATER?
The deal additionally calls for Barnes & Noble to develop a Nook-branded e-reader app for use on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, including Microsoft’s own Surface, which will debut on Oct. 26 along with Windows 8 systems from OEMs… [read more]
Source: InformationWeek

GOOGLE REACHES DIGITAL BOOK DEAL WITH PUBLISHERS GROUP
Google Inc. (GOOG), operator of the world’s biggest Internet search engine, announced a settlement of a lawsuit with five publishers over the digital scanning of books. The deal doesn’t resolve litigation by authors. The agreement ends the publishers… [read more]
Source: Businessweek

PUBLISHERS ADAPT TO THE DIGITAL MARKET
Hachette Book Group announced an entire restructuring of its sales staff yesterday in order to designate an entire division of the organization to digital books, while aligning the print sales division to work closely with the digital division in order… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

AMAZON’S KINDLE PAPERWHITE RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS
“Amazon’s New Kindle is The Best E-Reader You Can Buy,” trumpets Business Insider, which calls it “the only e-reader you should consider buying.” “The Screen Makes it the Best E-Reader Yet,” says Time, adding in the article, “it’s a joy.” PC Tablet… [read more]
Source: Christian Science Monitor (blog)

AUDIOBOOK SELF-PUBLISHING: A BRIEF PRIMER
If you love audiobooks and have ever thought about self-publishing one yourself, then you need to check out “If You Build it, Will They Listen… [read more]
Source: Publishers Weekly (blog)

SELF PUBLISHING: SECOND CLASS NO MORE?
If publishing houses rejected a book, its author had two choices: self-publish and bear the stigma, or put the manuscript in a drawer, forfeiting years of hard work, all the while hoping the next book would be “the one.” A plethora of legitimate… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

BEST E-READER APPS FOR THE IPAD
iBooks is Apple’s very own ebook reading application and it has quickly risen to the top, on account of the stupendous success the iPad has achieved. This is hardly surprising, considering the app is best integrated for the iPad, which means there is… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

HERE COMES APPLE’S SMALLER IPAD
Apple is facing pressure from other tablet makers that are drastically undercutting the cost of the iPad. Amazon’s newest smaller Kindle Fire HD devices cost around $200, as does Google’s 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet. The entry-level Kindle Fire is even… [read more]
Source: Wall Street Journal (blog)

A LITTLE NIGHT READING WITH LIGHT-UP DEVICES
Now, both Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer touchscreen e-readers with lit screens. Amazon’s $119 Kindle Paperwhite started shipping on Monday for $119, and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight launched in April for $139, but this week it… [read more]
Source: All Things Digital

BARNES & NOBLE VS. AMAZON: BOOK WARS GET MORE INTERESTING
Barnes & Noble policy dictates it won’t sell Amazon titles, insists it still doesn’t sell Amazon titles, but does this snafu indicate a change in policy and a more even retail playing field on the horizon… [read more]
Source: Forbes

A CHANGING TABLET MARKET?
A year ago, the iPad accounted for 81% of tablets in circulation. That has fallen to 52%, with Android-based tablets grabbing a 48% share of the market. Amazon’s Kindle Fire accounts for far and away the largest slice of those: half of the Android… [read more]
Source: Business Insider

HOW TO SELF-PUBLISHING YOUR NOVEL ON THE AMAZON KINDLE
Publishers—once the middlemen in the process—aren’t as important as they once were. The major ebook sellers have their own platforms, making it a breeze for any author to self-publish. (Amazon has Kindle Direct; Barnes & Noble has PubIt.) There are… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

WHEN A WOMAN’S WORD IS GOLD: HOW WOMEN ARE REDEFINING THE PUBLISHING WORLD
If you’re a woman, this is your time: to get your book published, if you’re an aspiring author, or to find a good one to read, if you’re a bookworm. Or even to set trends, if you’re a publisher and you want to tell people about the great books you… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post (blog)

AMAZON’S KINDLE PAPERWHITE EXPLAINED IN NEW VIDEO
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite technology is in high demand, and the online retailer wants consumers to know how it works. The company has released a new video explainer. Kindle Paperwhite, which Amazon introduced earlier this month, has generated… [read more]
Source: PCWorld (blog)

BARNES & NOBLE DROPS PRICE OF NOOK GLOWLIGHT E-READER TO $119
As Amazon gets set to ship out the Kindle Paperwhite, its new e-ink e-reader that features an integrated light, Barnes & Noble has chopped $20 off the price of its Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight. The new $119 price tag on the Nook GlowLight matches… [read more]
Source: CNET

AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HD VS BARNES & NOBLE NOOK HD
Who will win out, the online retailing giant Amazon with the Kindle Fire, or national bookstore Barnes & Noble with the Nook HD? Let’s find out… [read more]
Source: Gadget Review

BEST SMASHWORDS E-BOOK AFFILIATE PLUGIN FOR WORDPRESS
My Smash is the best eBook Affiliate plugin for WordPress that helps you to search and add thousands of eBooks from Smashwords, one of the most popular… [read more]
Source: WPSquare.com

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