Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 03/10/2013

AMAZON HACKS KINDLE FIRE HD 8.9 TABLET PRICETAG
Amazon has lowered the price of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet, further distancing it from Apple’s pricier iPad Mini. Amazon said on Wednesday that it’s slashing the price of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablets. The Wi-Fi version now has a starting price of… [read more]
Source: Tom’s Hardware Guide

AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE MOLLIE GLICK ON TRENDS, SELF-PUBLISHING & TRUTH VERSUS FICTION
A couple of years ago we did a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books) in Kansas City. Our winner, Genn Albin, gave an outrageously amazing pitch for her dystopian YA trilogy. This led to an enormous buzz around her book… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

SELF-PUBLISHING TAKES CENTER STAGE AT THE SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE
The San Francisco Writers Conference has always been strong on self-publishing, and this year the conference fully embraced the topic by inviting Guy Kawasaki to keynote. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist and former chief evangelist of Apple… [read more]
Source: PBS MediaShift

5 FUN THINGS TO DO ONLINE WITH HTML5
fun things to do with html5 HTML5 continues to go from strength to strength, with more websites switching to the new standard that brings multimedia content to the Web without the need for plugins such as Adobe Flash. Is that blasted thing… [read more]
Source: MakeUseOf

NET MINDS OFFERING ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL AND SELF-PUBLISHING
In an increasingly challenging publishing world where authors see their prospects fading, Tim Sanders saw opportunity. So he and a team of fellow entrepreneurs recently founded Net Minds, an ambitious new Pasadena, Calif.-based startup that seeks to… [read more]
Source: EContent

WHEN A SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR HAS A NO. 1 BEST-SELLING BOOK
The author to be congratulated is Jennifer L. Armentrout, writing under the pen name J.Lynn. The title is What you Want and was available last week for $0.99 but is now selling for $2.99. Armentrout is what we’re now calling a “hybrid author,” or… [read more]
Source: Forbes

5 LESSONS IN SELF PUBLISHING AND MARKETING FROM GUY KAWASAKI’S “APE”
An overview of “APE,” the new bible of self publishing, from Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch. Last year, Guy Kawasaki was preparing to speak at an annual conference. He had just published his ninth book, and contacted Penguin Publishing to fulfill 500… [read more]
Source: Fast Company

AMERICANS PREFER NATIVE MOBILE APPS OVER HTML5: SURVEY
Yet only one in five consumers (19 per cent) said they do not care if an app they are using is native or HTML5, and almost seven out of 10 (69 percent) Americans with a smartphone use only two to 10 apps on a regular basis—once a week or more… [read more]
Source: eWeek

WHY TIM BERNERS-LEE IS WRONG ABOUT DRM IN HTML5
Additionally, all DRM licence agreements come with a set of “robustness” rules that require manufacturers to design their equipment so that owners can’t see what they’re doing or modify them. That’s to prevent… [read more]
Source: Boing Boing

WHAT I WISH TIM BERNERS-LEE UNDERSTOOD ABOUT DRM
Adding DRM to the HTML standard will have far-reaching effects, incompatible with the W3C’s most important policies… [read more]
Source: The Guardian

TIM BERNERS-LEE: THE WEB NEEDS TO STAY OPEN, BUT DRM IS FINE BY ME
The knight who invented the World Wide Web came to SXSW to point out a few ways in which we’re still doing it wrong… [read more]
Source: Boing Boing

GUY KAWASAKI TALKS ABOUT APE AND SELF-PUBLISHING
In this interview with Dan Keldsen, Guy Kawasaki talks about his latest book, APE, and the self-publishing process… [read more]
Source: YouTube

AMAZON PREPARING BID FOR BARNES AND NOBLE?
First, let’s look at what Barnes and Noble has to offer. Basically, three things: its massive national retail footprint, its brand in the book business, and the Nook ereader. Barnes and Noble currently has 689 retail stores, as well as 674 college… [read more]
Source: Forbes

AUTHOR TURNS TO SELF-PUBLISHING, WITH HELP FROM ‘PODMATES’
Brenda Peterson is one of the growing number of authors who are working on self-published projects in addition to writing books released by traditional houses. Peterson has written 17 books that were published the traditional way. Her latest… [read more]
Source: Publishers Weekly

THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL PUBLISHING – THE SYNERGY BETWEEN HTML5 AND EPUB 3
The Future of Digital Publishing question has been one of the most popular discussions at major conferences in the last few years. Publishers and ebook stores cannot come to a definitive conclusion on a singular delivery method that would appeal to… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

BARNES & NOBLE’S FREE FRIDAYS NOW INCLUDE APPS
There’s no denying that Barnes & Noble’s Nook business has faced challenges lately. The bookseller may, however, have an extra trick up its sleeve to keep e-reader buyers coming back. Taking a page from the likes of Apple and Amazon, it’s expanding… [read more]
Source: Engadget

FIREFOX OS IS REPEATING THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS AND HOPING FOR A DIFFERENT OUTCOME
I feel bad for Mozilla, I really do. Competitors and the march of time are closing in quicker than it can raise its defenses. Her crown jewel, Firefox, is feeling the squeeze as Chrome encroaches on its hard-won territory… [read more]
Source: Engadget

APPLE’S DIGITAL CONTENT RESALE AND LOAN SYSTEM COULD ALLOW DRM TRANSFERS BETWEEN END USERS
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published details of an exhaustive Apple invention covering the resale and loan of owned digital content like e-books, music and movies, possibly portending an upcoming addition to iTunes… [read more]
Source: Apple Insider

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