Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 12/02/2012

AMAZON FINALLY RECLAIMS ITS NAMESAKE, LAUNCHES IN BRAZIL WITH KINDLE STORE
Amazon has always been super cagey about just how well its Kindle operation does — it never reveals sales figures for the e-book devices, or for how many actual e-books it sells. What it does note are relative momentum figures such as these from last… [read more]
Source: TechCrunch

AMAZON APPSTORE DOWNLOADS GROW 500% AS KINDLE FIRE BECOMES MORE PROMINENT
Amazon announced today that app downloads from its Appstore grew more than 500 percent in the last year. The phenomenal number is not surprising given the reach of the Amazon Appstore. It’s natively a part of Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem, but it’s also… [read more]
Source: Ars Technica

AMAZON HOOKS ‘EM YOUNG WITH UNLIMITED ACCESS TO KIDS’ CONTENT
The tablet has replaced the desktop computer as the family computing device in many homes. Amazon acknowledged the trend when it added the kid-friendly Kindle Free Time account system to the new Kindle Fire HD line. Now the online retailer is stepping… [read more]
Source: Wired (blog)

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEWS SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK
If there’s one thing every self-published author yearns for, it’s to be reviewed alongside traditionally published books, but for most that’s a dream that is unlikely to come true. Book reviewers, whether for traditional book review columns or book… [read more]
Source: Forbes

AMAZON MAKES KID PLAY WITH NEW KINDLE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
In a bold experiment to differentiate its tablets from the competition, Amazon has launched a new service called Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, which is geared towards 3-8 year-olds and allows kids to access a wide assortment of books, games, apps, and… [read more]
Source: CNET

WHICH TABLET IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
For the first time, Apple’s iPad has some competition: Google’s Nexus, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and the Microsoft Surface. These tablets represent the marquee efforts of the biggest technology companies. They also represent the four major content universes… [read more]
Source: NPR (blog)

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ‘COMPETITION’ BETWEEN APPLE AND AMAZON
On the flip side, Bezos realizes that Amazon cannot compete meaningfully in areas where Apple dominates. For goodness’ sake, compare the Kindle Fire to an iPad and “Silk” (that’s Amazon’s mobile browser) to Safari. Do you actually believe, with a… [read more]
Source: TheStreet.com

WHEN SELF-PUBLISHED E-BOOKS BECOME BEST SELLERS
This week, another self-published author with a long history publishing with full-service publishers rocketed up the list. Stephanie Bond’s Stop the Wedding is currently the No. 6 best-selling ebook in the U.S. Bond has been published by HarperCollins… [read more]
Source: Forbes

RANDOM HOUSE LAUNCHES DIGITAL IMPRINTS ALIBI, HYDRA, AND FLIRT
Random House today announced three new digital only imprints that should help the company penetrate the eBook market to a larger degree. The first one is Alibi, which is mainly geared towards mystery and thriller. Next is Hydra, which is going to be… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

BARNES & NOBLE’S NOOK LOSS DEEPENS, BOOK SALES SLOW
Barnes & Noble said the quarterly loss in its Nook division increased as the bookseller increased spending on its e-readers and tablets to keep pace with larger rivals Amazon.com and Apple (AAPL). Shares slid 8.4 percent. The top U.S. bookstore chain… [read more]
Source: San Jose Mercury News

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