Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 02/03/2013

PENGUIN INDIA LAUNCHES SELF-PUBLISHING PLATFORM
Penguin India today launched its self-publishing platform, Partridge, in the country in partnership with US-based firm Author Solutions Inc. Penguin’s parent company Pearson had acquired Author Solutions, a self-publishing major, for… [read more]
Source: Economic Times

WHY DO AUTHORS CHOOSE TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING OR SELF-PUBLISHING?
Join DBW for a FREE webcast on the topic of What Authors Want: Understanding Author Priorities in the Self-Publishing Era. In a recent segment on NPR’s All Things Considered, future Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch speculates that authors choose to go with… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

APPLE ADDS BREAKOUT BOOKS TO THE IBOOKSTORE TO SPOTLIGHT THE SELF-PUBLISHED
As glad as we are that digital bookstores let authors skip the usual gatekeepers, that doesn’t help much if they can’t get noticed. Apple is giving those self-publishing writers more of a chance to shine with the launch of a permanent Breakout Books… [read more]
Source: Engadget

AMAZON TO MINT VIRTUAL COINS FOR KINDLE FIRE USERS
Developers with existing Kindle Fire apps don’t need to do anything to take advantage of Amazon Coins, according to the company. But those looking to submit their apps will need to act fast. Only apps submitted and approved by April 25 will be ready… [read more]
Source: CNET

MARK COKER, FOUNDER OF SMASHWORDS, ON HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO READ YOUR BOOK
I was trying to upload a book onto his company’s website, Smashwords. I have a problem formatting files. I’m very bad at it. It’s a weakness… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

AMAZON.COM DISCOUNTS 8.9-INCH KINDLE FIRE HD FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Meanwhile, the 4G 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with 16 GB costs $449 with the discount and the model with 32 GB comes down to $549. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013. This isn’t the first time Amazon has discounted the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD… [read more]
Source: Los Angeles Times

PLEASE, BARNES & NOBLE: FEWER NOOKS, MORE BOOKS
It is time for an intervention. You say you are closing a third of your bookstores over the next decade while admitting they are not unprofitable. Please, listen to yourself. I say this on behalf of your friends: the publishing industry, book lovers… [read more]
Source: Charlotte Observer

SELF-PUBLISHING NOW THE FIRST CHOICE FOR SOME WRITERS
Audie Cornish talks with Mark Coker, the founder of one of the largest self-publishing companies. Smashwords’ business has taken off in just a few years, and Coker’s outlook for the future of self-publishing is rosy. In fact, he says when anyone can… [read more]
Source: NPR

GOOGLE SETTLES WITH FRENCH PUBLISHERS WITH 60 MILLION EURO DIGITAL PUBLISHING FUND
Google is settling a copyright dispute with French news publishers by dumping 60 million euros ($81.98 million) into a digital publishing fund and agreeing to help publishers make money off online ads. The search giant’s executive chairman, Eric… [read more]
Source: CNET (blog)

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