Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 03/31/2013

IS IT A BOOK OR AN APP? DIGITAL PUBLISHING COMBINES THE TWO IN A NEW MEDIUM
Last year we invested in a start-up digital publisher called Open Air Publishing. The company focuses on creating how-to books for tablets. Two weeks ago they released their latest title, a high end digital parenting book that caters to mothers and… [read more]
Source: Forbes

HTML5 APPS ABOUT TO ENJOY “ENLIGHTENED COEXISTENCE” WITH NATIVE
What do you mean it’s April already and people only do this kind of thing in January, it’s still snowing in most of Northern Europe isn’t it? IDC’s Hilwa suggests that there will be a new “enlightened coexistence” between web and native device… [read more]
Source: ComputerWeekly.com (blog)

AMAZON TO LAUNCH COVER CREATING TOOL FOR SELF-PUBLISHED E-BOOKS, KDP COVER CREATOR
Amazon is developing a cover creation tool for its Kindle Direct Publishing self-publishing platform, dubbed KDP Cover Creator. The tool is currently being tested by a limited number of KDP authors but the company expects to roll it out to all its KDP… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

WHAT’S UP AT PUBIT!?
Barnes & Noble has created a stir in the self-publishing community with the e-mail it sent yesterday to publishers and others who have used PubIt!, alerting them to “stay tuned for an upcoming announcement on our next chapter in self-publishing… [read more]
Source: Publishers Weekly

I’M A SELF-PUBLISHING FAILURE
Self-publishing is the literary world’s version of masturbation, except the results are quite often less thrilling, and you usually end up with a mess. However, despite its reputation for producing amateur dreck or your crazy uncle’s genealogical… [read more]
Source: Salon

10 APPS TO MAKE YOU A GENIUS
While many of us mourn the slow passing of books, apps like Atavist will … If the book dies, at least something as refreshing and unique as Atavist will… [read more]
Source: Techi

MOVE OVER EL JAMES: HOW YOU COULD FOLLOW WOOL AUTHOR HUGH HOWEY’S SUCCESS IN THE E-BOOK MARKET
The number of authors self-publishing in the UK has increased by 400 per cent. And after decades of publishers paying authors royalties of around ten per cent on each book sold, technology companies are now competing to offer far more generous terms… [read more]
Source: Daily Mail

RANDOM HOUSE OPENS ITS DOORS TO SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS, PERHAPS
With a few famous exceptions, self-publishing, aka “vanity” publishing, has been the kiss of death for writers. For aspiring writers hoping to take a seat in the hallowed halls of authordom, launching a novel with a self-published imprimatur was almost… [read more]
Source: Blogcritics.org (blog)

KINDLE FIRE TO NOW ACCOMMODATE VIDEO-ENHANCED E-BOOKS
A release from ebook developer Vook today announced that Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet will now accommodate embedded videos in ebooks, which is long-awaited news for authors who have until now not been able to promote and sell their titles on one of… [read more]
Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

AMAZON ACQUIRES GOODREADS, AIMS TO MAKE BETTER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR KINDLE USERS
So, Amazon has a reading platform called Kindle. Goodreads has a platform that makes fairly excellent suggestions when it comes to reading materials. You probably see where this is going. This evening, Amazon announced that it was acquiring one of the… [read more]
Source: Engadget

IS AN AMAZON KINDLE PHABLET INCOMING?
There’s been no shortage of speculation on an Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) Kindle Phone of some sort over the years. After all, in the age of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets go hand-in-hand and the e-tailer has made quite a dent in the tablet… [read more]
Source: Motley Fool

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