Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 10/29/2012

SMASHWORDS/NANOWRIMO PROMOTION
Smashwords is opening up the Smashwords platform to allow all NaNoWriMo participants to publish, share, track and promote their works-in-progress… [read more]
Source: Smashwords

APPLE AND AMAZON CONTINUE THE LEGAL FIGHT OVER ‘APP STORE’ TERM
If Amazon said you could download apps from an app store on the Kindle Fire would you assume they meant Apple’s iOS app store and then buy a Kindle Fire under the belief that you could have access to 700,00 apps? That is what Apple thinks people… [read more]
Source: PadGadget

AMAZON PULLS IPAD MINI SPEC COMPARISON AFTER SPEAKER GAFFE
Apple Insider today reported that Amazon has pulled a homepage advertisement that slammed the iPad mini after discovering that its diss was factually incorrect. Earlier this week, Amazon posted a spec comparison between the iPad mini and Kindle Fire HD… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

AMAZON TAKES A DIG AT IPAD MINI
Amazon also lists the Kindle Fire HD to feature 216 pixels per inch (ppi) and the iPad mini with 163ppi. Amazon claims that users can “watch HD movies and TV” on Kindle Fire HD, and the iPad mini has “No HD movies or TV.” Amazon reports that… [read more]
Source: Mobile & Apps

REVIEW: IPAD MINI, THE FIRST SMALL TABLET THAT’S AN IPAD
And lately, some folks have been buying small, cheap Android tablets, such as Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble’s brand-new Nook HD. Precisely how many folks, we don’t know: none of those companies have shared sales… [read more]
Source: TIME

BARNES & NOBLE HD: A READING TABLET FOR NON-TECHIES
The good: The Barnes & Noble Nook HD has a light, comfortable design with a sharp screen and a well-implemented user profiles feature. Books, videos, and magazines look great and the microSD slot takes some of the sting out of the lack of internal… [read more]
Source: CNET

DIGITAL PUBLISHING DEMONSTRATES ITS WORTH DURING HURRICANE SANDY
While digital media outlets have been dutifully covering the storm for days, several prominent New York-based online publishers were hit with some unexpected outages during the brunt of the storm last night. Around 7 p.m., reports came in through… [read more]
Source: Adweek

DO YOU WANT OTHERS TO READ YOUR NOVEL? THE ANSWER MAY BE ONLINE
You have 30 days to complete the first draft of your long-awaited literary debut. The plot, the characters, the unexpected twists and turns: it’s time to finally get the book out of your head and on to your laptop. National Write a Novel in a Month… [read more]
Source: The Guardian

AMAZON SOLD THE MOST KINDLE FIRE HDS THE DAY AFTER THE IPAD MINI WAS ANNOUNCED
If you’re wondering if the iPad Mini had an effect on its competitors, it did. Just not the one you were thinking. The Kindle Fire HD actually had its biggest day of… [read more]
Source: Gizmodo

MISSING FROM THE SURFACE TABLET: BARNES & NOBLE’S NOOK APP
When Microsoft agreed to invest $300 million in Barnes & Noble ‘s new subsidiary Nook Media LLC earlier this year, Barnes & Noble committed to creating a Nook e-reading app for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet… [read more]
Source: Wall Street Journal (blog)

WHY THE BOOM IN SELF-PUBLISHING IS A MIXED BLESSING
While the numbers are flexible ā€” the fact that a book that has been self-published in both print and ebook formats can be counted twice lends the figures a little ambiguity ā€” it doesn’t take a diploma in mathematics to see that when it comes to… [read more]
Source: New York Daily News (blog)

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