Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 11/25/2012

AMAZON’S JEFF BEZOS PRACTICALLY CONFIRMS THE KINDLE SMARTPHONE
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos all but confirmed the development of a Kindle smartphone. “Here’s one where… You know, we’re very reluctant to discuss our future roadmap,” Bezos replied when questioned… [read more]
Source: Forbes

SMASHWORDS: AMAZON THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS
I blogged my opposition to the program here at the Smashwords blog, and in the months since also spoke out against it here, here, here and here. The controversial program has its share of opponents and supporters. Some authors have done… [read more]
Source: Mark Coker of Smashwords

HOW MUCH SHOULD SELF-PUBLISHING COST?
Publishing my own stuff wasn’t hard. Seems much harder to land an agent, if anything (which I’m currently doing). The only drawback to self publishing that you’d have to sink money into is marketing. Heaven knows I don’t have the coin for that… [read more]
Source: mediabistro.com

RUMOR: MICROSOFT, AMAZON TO RELEASE SMARTPHONES IN 2013
News surrounding self-branded smartphones from Microsoft and Amazon isn’t anything new. In fact, a Kindle-branded smartphone was rumored to make an appearance back in September when Amazon announced its updated line of Kindle e-readers and… [read more]
Source: Tom’s Hardware Guide

KOBO GLO REVIEW: GLOWS NICELY BUT AMAZON KINDLE PAPERWHITE BEATS IT
It doesn’t have the fame of either Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and doesn’t have the brand image of the Sony Reader, but it’s still going strong in the face of such adversity. The Kobo Glo is one of Kobo’s recent new product range, and has… [read more]
Source: Best Movies Ever Entertainment News

STRONG OPINIONS ON SELF-PUBLISHING
A year after Penguin jumped into the self-publishing game in earnest with the launch of Book Country’s self-publishing program, Simon & Schuster has launched its own self-publishing imprint, Archway, which is powered by Author Solutions… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

SIMON & SCHUSTER HELPS LAUNCH SELF-PUBLISHER
A leading mainstream publisher and a top self-publishing company are teaming up. Simon & Schuster and Author Solutions Inc. on Tuesday announced the creation of Archway Publishing, which will focus on self-published fiction… [read more]
Source: The Associated Press

AMAZON: KINDLE’S CYBER MONDAY SALES BEAT LAST YEAR
Amazon says it more than doubled the number of Kindle devices sold this past weekend than over the same period in 2011. Unfortunately, the company still won’t release any actual numbers… [read more]
Source: CNET (blog)

RETHINKING PUBLISHING FOR THE AGE OF DIGITAL CONSUMPTION
Digital publishing has received lots of attention with the proliferation of tablets, but designer Craig Mod, formerly of Flipboard, has yet again offered up his intriguing and incredibly sensible observations on the medium in a new essay titled… [read more]
Source: The Verge

IPAD MINI REVIEW: APPLE HITS A SOLID DOUBLE, BUT IS IT FOR EVERYONE?
This is not to say that Google’s Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD are not better priced, more fully featured and a better value for your tablet dollar — they are. It’s just to say that if you are going to spend time comparing a cheaper 7″ tablet to… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post (blog)

SHOULD YOU BUY THE $129 AMAZON KINDLE FIRE?
Amazon just slashed the price of its $159 Kindle Fire to $129 for Cyber Monday, making it one of the cheapest quality tablets you can buy. But while that is definitely a deal, a tablet isn’t just for Christmas. I recommend the $129 Kindle Fire tablet… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

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