Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 12/16/2012

HOW A TECH ENTREPRENEUR BECAME A BEST-SELLING AMAZON KINDLE AUTHOR
Matthew Mather started his career at the McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines. He founded one of the first tactile feedback companies — Haptic Technologies Inc, which he eventually sold for $10 million – and won a $2 million “best new video game… [read more]
Source: VentureBeat

ANOTHER FIRST FOR SELF-PUBLISHING
We learned earlier in the year at Digital Book World that in 2012, self-publishing took a $100 million bite out of U.S. trade publishing revenues in 2011. Sounds like a lot but isn’t much compared to the nearly $14 billion in revenues the book business… [read more]
Source: Forbes

THE COMING AMAZON KINDLE PHONE IS NOT GOING TO BE A SURPRISE
Let’s be clear, there’s going to be an Android powered device that’s roughly the size and shape of a smartphone from Amazon at some point in the near future. It’s as much an odds-on event as rain in Scotland… [read more]
Source: Forbes

RETAILERS PUT AMAZON’S KINDLE IN THE CROSSHAIRS
Fresh from announcing it would stop carrying the Kindle tablets sold by Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) , Wal-Mart just rolled out another nationwide promotion of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL ) competing device. According to Reuters, Wal-Mart stores will be… [read more]
Source: Motley Fool

SELF-PUBLISHERS CAN’T AFFORD HUMILITY
After I clicked “publish” on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program, I sat back and waited for my life to change. It was as if I thought self-publishing my teen vampire novel, What Kills Me, would be transformative: kind of like when… [read more]
Source: National Post

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