Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 11/04/2012

THE 21 BEST KINDLE FIRE APPS
Since Amazon’s Kindle Fire first debuted more than a year ago, the quality and quantity of official apps for the small-form tablet have radically improved. Early days brought slim pickings, but the wide selection of apps now available for the Kindle… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

AMAZON NOW OFFERS AN $8 MONTHLY PRIME PLAN
Amazon’s Prime deal—which offers free two-day shipping, instant media streaming and monthly Kindle book rentals—just got a new monthly price tag. Now, you can be a Prime customer for $8 a month… [read more]
Source: Gizmodo

DIGITAL SELF-PUBLISHING PLATFORM BLURB EXPANDS TO OFFER MAGAZINES AND BROCHURES
As publishing transitions into the digital space, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to abandon print entirely. In fact, Blurb has built a successful business by offering “accidental authors” an easy way to write and self-publish custom print books on demand… [read more]
Source: Wired

WHICH PUBLISHERS DO BEST AT E-BOOK SALES?
And we all know that self-publishing is growing by leaps and bounds, but just how well do you think those scrappy upstart authors are doing against the big publishers in sales? To answer these questions, we at Digital Book World created ebook Publisher… [read more]
Source: Forbes

IS RIFFLE A NEW KIND OF PINTEREST AND WILL IT SAVE BOOKS?
Perhaps more to the point though, is there any other way for publishing to go? Self-publishing is on the rampage and its effect is to force publishers to think in terms of direct sales to customers. And customers, by and large, are a word-of-mouth channel… [read more]
Source: Forbes

AMID DIGITAL UPHEAVAL, BOOK WORLD NARROW TO A FEW KEY PLAYERS
The announcement last week that Random House and Penguin would merge narrows the business to a handful of big publishers, and could set off a long-expected round of consolidation as the industry adapts to the digital marketplace… [read more]
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

THE BESTSELLING SELF-PUBLISHED KINDLE BOOKS OF 2012
Seventeen e-books with self-publishing origins are in Amazon’s Kindle top 100 overall for 2012 through November 1. And while these titles come from a wider variety of authors versus 2011’s top 100 overall, the total number actually had a slight… [read more]
Source: Publishers Weekly

HOW HTML5 BASED BOOKS WILL DISRUPT THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING SECTOR
Many digital publishing companies are increasingly looking to iOS and Google Android to make standalone apps for their ebooks or digital properties. They also deal with the traditional ebook format that is available via online retailers like Amazon… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

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