Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 02/24/2013

BARNES & NOBLE NOOK, E-BOOK SALES SLUMP IN HOLIDAY QTR
Barnes & Noble Inc reported a net loss for the holiday quarter, hurt by a sharp decline in sales in its Nook device and e-books business, at the same time that Chairman Leonard Riggio is trying to buy the company’s profitable bookstore unit… [read more]
Source: Reuters

GAME DEVELOPERS MOVE TOWARD MOBILE SELF-PUBLISHING EN MASSE
Game developers are working on independent projects more than ever and primarily creating games for tablets and mobile, according to data released by the company behind the annual Game Developers Conference. The survey polled 2,500 North… [read more]
Source: Mashable

DIGITAL PUBLISHING MAY DOOM YET ANOTHER ANALOGUE STANDARD
Set up by retailers to ease their distribution and sales, it increasingly hampers new, small and individual publishers. Yet digital publishing is weakening its monopoly. Publishers who were in at the beginning got great blocks of ISBNs. Many have… [read more]
Source: The Economist

AMAZON WARNS iOS USERS TO NOT UPDATE KINDLE APP DUE TO GLITCH
The online retail giant has warned iOS users not to download the latest update to its Kindle app because of a glitch that wipes an existing customer’s entire library from the device. However, Amazon told CNET that it has already created a fix and is… [read more]
Source: CNET

10 PROOFREADING TIPS FOR SELF-PUBLISHERS
If you are self-publishing, then proofreading your manuscript is a really challenging task — and you’ll kick yourself if you find a mistake after you’ve told everyone about the book. No matter how many times you’ve read through your work, it’s amazing… [read more]
Source: PBS MediaShift

FIVE TRENDS SHAPING DIGITAL PUBLISHING IN 2013
In the coming year, you should expect to see more independent publishers launching digital-only publications specifically for tablet and mobile devices. Similar to the way that websites started at the top of the food chain… [read more]
Source: EContent (press release)

THE HYBRID PUBLISHER
So much industry attention has been given to a concept that first became widespread at this year’s Digital Book World conference in January: the hybrid author. While the term refers to an author who has worked in both the traditional and self… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

NEW DIGITAL PUBLISHING START-UP ERUDITION WILL PUBLISH ENHANCED E-BOOKS
Erudition, a new digital publishing start-up, has successfully beta-launched its first series of enhanced publications, Practising The Piano. The author, Graham Fitch, is one of the UK’s leading piano teachers and the series features the culmination of… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

BARNES & NOBLE FOUNDER MAY BUY STORES
In January, Barnes & Noble said the Nook unit’s revenue fell 12.6% to $311 million during the nine-week holiday period. Amazon sells about 60% of e-books, while Barnes & Noble has about 20% of the market, says Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at… [read more]
Source: USA TODAY

THE REAL COST OF SELF-PUBLISHING
Stephen King rocked the publishing world when he began distributing books online in 2000. J.K. Rowling roiled the industry again in 2011 when she decided to self-publish her Harry Potter series through her own platform, Pottermore. Such big names… [read more]
Source: Bloomberg

FEATURE: ARE E-BOOK APPS, HTML5 OR EPUB3 THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL PUBLISHING? — PART 1
Digital Publishing is one of the fastest growing segments and most major publishers are now seeing 21% of their total revenues stem from it. Publishers cannot decide on what the future of publishing will entail. There are three main aspects that the…
READ PART 1
READ PART 2
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

B&N REPORTEDLY TO ‘MOVE AWAY’ FROM MAKING NOOK HARDWARE
Are dramatic changes at hand for Barnes & Noble’s Nook strategy? (Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET). The Nook hasn’t worked out as Barnes & Noble had hoped, reportedly leading executives at the bookseller to rethink its hardware strategy. The bookseller, which… [read more]
Source: CNET

SELF-PUBLISHING: A REVOLUTION FOR WRITERS, NOT READERS
When people talk about self-publishing, it’s common to hear words such as “revolution” and “democratising”. Normally, I’d be wary about throwing around such momentous terms, but here I think they’re almost warranted. Book industry insiders forget that… [read more]
Source: The Guardian

AMAZON SQUASHING AFFILIATES WHO PROMOTE FREE KINDLE BOOKS
Amazon is revising their affiliate system on March 1st 2013 and this new change will have reverberating effects on people who promote free Kindle eBooks. It will start to prevent blog and website owners from raking in thousands of dollars a month in… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

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