Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 10/07/2012

E-READER FIRM KOBO BUYS DIGITAL PUBLISHER AQUAFADAS
E-book maker Kobo has bought the French company Aquafadas, which specializes in software that enables digital publishing across smartphones, tablets and other devices. Terms of the deal, which was announced Wednesday at… [read more]
Source: Wall Street Journal (blog)

BLURB WANTS TO BRING ILLUSTRATED E-BOOKS UP TO SPEED FOR PUBLISHERS AND CONSUMERS
Illustrated books are not finding the same success in the digital publishing world as plain-text books; San Francisco- and London-based self-publishing service Blurb aims to change that. Earlier this month, Blurb, launched in 2006 and known for helping… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

OP-ED: BOOK PUBLISHING, LIKE JOURNALISM, UPENDED BY DIGITAL INK
Opportunities are shrinking with the publishing houses who have long underwritten the livelihoods of writers. Meanwhile, Amazon.com and other e-reader and tablet platforms beckon with promises of potentially lucrative self-publishing that bypasses… [read more]
Source: The Seattle Times

APPLE’S MINI IPAD: THREE THINGS IT NEEDS
It’s coming late to a market where Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet and Google’s Nexus 7 are already fighting it out. But Apple will likely be able to compete with those tablets just by being Apple… [read more]
Source: Washington Post

GOOGLE NUDGES DEVELOPERS TO BUILD ANDROID-OPTIMIZED APPS
Google is nudging developers to build more tablet-optimized apps for tablets like these: the Nexus 7, the Amazon Kindle Fire, and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET ). One of the most familiar knocks against Android tablets… [read more]
Source: CNET

AMAZON’S KINDLE PAPERWHITE GETS TORN-DOWN, PROMPTLY PUT BACK TOGETHER (VIDEO)
Now that you’ve been fully acquainted with Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite, perhaps it’s time to get to know it on a deeper level — and what better than a tear-down to do just that? The folks over at Powerbook Medic took their own unit apart piece by… [read more]
Source: Engadget

GOOGLE BOOKS DEAL BOLSTERS DREAM OF UNIVERSAL BOOKSTORE
The publishers have embraced the digital transition in books; Google is now a player and partner in that ecosystem, rather than a dangerous disruptive presence. The five major publishers included in the settlement are McGraw-Hill… [read more]
Source: TIME

PUBLISHING IS DEAD — LONG LIVE PUBLISHING
Overall, in the era of do-it-yourself digital publishing, a great many e-press owners seem to be, well, doing everything themselves, whether they’re qualified or not. This casts a pall not just over those specific houses, but over the rapidly growing… [read more]
Source: USA TODAY

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