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

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 03/17/2013

EFF BLASTS PLANS TO BUILD DRM INTO HTML5
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has weighed in on the growing controversy over the proposal to build DRM into HTML5, the next version of the standard language for building Web pages and applications… [read more]
Source: Boing Boing

ATAVIST CO-FOUNDER EVAN RATLIFF ON DIGITAL CONTENT MODELS
The Atavist, founded by Evan Ratliff, Jefferson Rabb and Nicholas Thompson, was launched in early 2011 to tap the burgeoning long-form digital content… [read more]
Source: Folio Magazine

HTML5’S OVERSEER SAYS DRM’S TRUE PURPOSE IS TO PREVENT LEGAL FORMS OF INNOVATION
Ian Hickson, the googler who is overseeing the HTML5 standard at the W3C, has written a surprisingly frank piece on the role of DRM. As he spells out in detail, the point of DRM isn’t to stop illegal copying, it’s to stop legal forms of innovation from… [read more]
Source: Boing Boing

AMAZON’S ‘SEND TO KINDLE’ BUTTON TAKES AIM AT READ-IT-LATER SERVICES
Now Amazon is entering the read-that-really-long-story-later market with a Send to Kindle button that will push content directly to Kindles and devices with the Kindle app. The button has already launched on Boing Boing, Time and The Washington Post… [read more]
Source: Wired

AMAZON WHISPERCAST FOR KINDLE NOW LETS ORGANIZATIONS MANAGE MASS APP
When Amazon introduced its Kindle Whispercast service back in October, it did so with the promise that ‘”bulk app distribution” would be coming soon for Fire tablets. Fast forward to today and that feature is now live, giving organizations the ability… [read more]
Source: Engadget

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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

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

SURVEY: MOST DEVELOPERS NOW PREFER HTML5 FOR CROSS-PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT
According to a new survey commissioned by Telerik’s Kendo UI, the majority of developers now prefer to work with HTML5 instead of native apps for their cross-platform development. Half of the 5,000 developers surveyed in the… [read more]
Source: TechCrunch

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…
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Source: Good E-Reader (blog)

MAKING THE MOVE TO HTML5
Like any platform, HTML5 receives its share of criticism, some valid and some based on rumor or outdated information. However, HTML5 is keenly supported by some of the most successful business leaders in the space…
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Source: Gamasutra

THE BUSINESS SIDE OF HTML5 AND GOING CROSS-PLATFORM
In most articles, blogs and social media you always hear about the technical side of things. What is the graphical performance of the platform like and what are the issues with it? How high is the ceiling of the platform’s potential technically? What genres of games will work well on the platform and what features can said games have? I’m going to take a different look at things. I’m going to look critically at HTML5 from a business angle, rather than a technical one… [read more]
Source: Develop (blog)

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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

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 02/17/2013

YOUR NEXT KINDLE COULD BE EMBEDDED IN YOUR CAR
Hands on with the latest Kindle thumbnail Books have always been Amazon’s bread and butter, and much of Amazon’s ebook strategy has focused on finding more ways and identifying new devices for people to enjoy the pastime of reading. The car is the… [read more]
Source: GigaOM

THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL PUBLISHING WILL BE VIA HTML5, NOT APPS, MIT’s JASON PONTIN
Pontin says that a Web-based HTML5 platform will be the “future” of digital publishing. He points to Technology Review, the Financial Times and Quartz as having implemented a non-App strategy for publishing solution. We spoke to him earlier this month… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

WHY PUBLISHERS DON’T LIKE APPS
The future of media on mobile devices isn’t with applications but with the Web… [read more]
Source: Technology Review

MOST DIGITAL PUBLISHING START-UPS WILL FAIL: THIS ONE WON’T
But I left off one kind of digital book publishing start-up that I see a tremendous opportunity in. I left if off partly because it’s very specific (and the article at DBW was about kinds of start-ups), it’s not really a trade-publishing start-up… [read more]
Source: Forbes

HOW TO GET ANYONE’S ATTENTION
With all the noise today it’s difficult to get someone to give you the attention you deserve. Here are three tips sure to get you noticed for the right reasons… [read more]
Source: Inc.com