Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 10/14/2012

AMAZON’S WHISPERCAST SIMPLIFIES KINDLE USE IN OFFICE, SCHOOL
Called Whispercast, the service creates a single point to purchase and distribute Kindle e-books to students and office workers with wireless Internet connection. Amazon announced the launch Wednesday. A teacher or administrator can register students… [read more]
Source: Los Angeles Times

AFTER 79 YEARS IN PRINT, NEWSWEEK GOES DIGITAL ONLY
Newsweek, one of the most internationally recognized magazine brands in the world, will cease publishing a print edition after nearly 80 years. The decision to go all-digital, disclosed in a blog post on its companion website The Daily… [read more]
Source: Chicago Tribune

WHY JOHNNY DEPP LAUNCHED HIS OWN BOOK IMPRINT
Despite fanfare over digital and electronic books, Johnny Depp plans to invest time and care in the physical look of the books in his new publishing imprint with Harper. Depp is launching the imprint with Harper and calling it… [read more]
Source: Wall Street Journal (blog)

WRITER WEDNESDAY: TIPS ON DISCUSSING YOUR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS
While completing and self-publishing a book manuscript is an accomplishment, mentioning a book that has not received any of the above accolades can be more harmful than not. If your self-published projects fall into any of the categories below, you may… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

BUYERS OF KINDLE AND NOOK E-BOOKS IN LINE FOR CREDITS AFTER SETTLEMENT
You could be eligible for credits of up to $1.32 per book under a legal settlement proposed between state attorneys general and a number of major publishers who were accused of conspiring to fix the prices of e-books. Amazon notified its Kindle… [read more]
Source: ConsumerReports.org

AMAZON ADMITS THAT THE KINDLE PAPERWHITE HAS SOME PROBLEMS
The Kindle Paperwhite is an awesome, awesome e-reader. But it’s not without problems! Users have been complaining about uneven lighting in the Paperwhite and other issues and it’s gotten… [read more]
Source: Gizmodo

AMAZON GETS FINAL OKAY ON 4G KINDLE, REPORT SAYS
Pre-orders are open on the 4G version of Amazon’s Kindle Fire after the Federal Communications Commission gave its approval for the device to operate on U.S. networks, Reuters reported Thursday. Amazon had to put disclaimers on pages selling the… [read more]
Source: Washington Post

AMAZON CONFIRMS IT MAKES NO PROFIT ON KINDLES
In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, Jeff Bezos admitted that Amazon sells the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD at cost, making the company literally no profit on the devices. “We sell the hardware at our cost, so it is break-even on the… [read more]
Source: Forbes

PENGUIN PAYS SIX FIGURES FOR SELF-PUBLISHED NOVEL
Penguin has scooped the previously self-published title Natural Causes by James Oswald, with Michael Joseph publishing director Alex Clarke winning a four-round auction with three publishers left in at the final stage, paying a “good” six-figure sum… [read more]
Source: The Bookseller

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