Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 11/18/2012

AUTHOR WHO KNOCKED “FIFTY SHADES” FROM ITS NO. 1 SPOT EXPLAINS WHY PUBLISHERS MAY BE DOOMED
Sylvia Day’s “Crossfire” series has some noticeable similarities to the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise: it’s a self-published erotic novel based around a wealthy and somewhat violent male protagonist named Gideon Cross. The plot centers on… [read more]
Source: BuzzFeed

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KINDLE
Today marks the fifth birthday of the Amazon Kindle — the biggest change in the way we read since Penguin started selling paperbacks for the cost of a pack of smokes. I was a slow convert to e-books, but that’s mainly an outgrowth of being able to… [read more]
Source: Baltimore Sun

AMAZON’S JEFF BEZOS NAMED FORTUNE’S ‘BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR’
Then there are the Kindles. Bezos essentially jump-started the e-reader market a few years back with the introduction of the Kindle , thought by many industry watchers to be a foolish move at the time. Last year, Amazon rolled out its first tablet… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

JEFF BEZOS: THE ULTIMATE DISRUPTER
Amazon recently released a new e-book product called Kindle Serials. For $1.99, customers get a book delivered to their Kindle e-reader device serially — say, once a week — with no additional charge for each new episode. It’s an homage to the bygone… [read more]
Source: Fortune

AMAZON DROPS MONTHLY PRIME PRICING?
We launched Amazon Prime seven years ago with unlimited free two-day shipping on over a million different products. Today, Prime includes instant streaming of over 30,000 movies and TV episodes, nearly 200,000 books in the Kindle Owners’ Lending… [read more]
Source: TheStreet.com

MANY CORE FEATURES LACKING IN THE BARNES & NOBLE WINDOWS 8 APP
The Barnes and Noble Windows 8 app launched on November 14th and many people were very excited about the official debut. One of the strong elements it has going for it, is the ability to purchase content right on the app. The Amazon Kindle Reader… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

BARNES & NOBLE SHUTS eREADER.COM
Barnes & Noble plans to shut down the company that runs several e-book websites including Fictionwise.com, eReader.com and eBookwise.com, TechCrunch reports. Some folks might … Later that year, B&N launched its Nook e-book reader. Fictionwise gets… [read more]
Source: Bizjournals.com (blog)

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