Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 11/04/2012

THE 21 BEST KINDLE FIRE APPS
Since Amazon’s Kindle Fire first debuted more than a year ago, the quality and quantity of official apps for the small-form tablet have radically improved. Early days brought slim pickings, but the wide selection of apps now available for the Kindle… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

AMAZON NOW OFFERS AN $8 MONTHLY PRIME PLAN
Amazon’s Prime deal—which offers free two-day shipping, instant media streaming and monthly Kindle book rentals—just got a new monthly price tag. Now, you can be a Prime customer for $8 a month… [read more]
Source: Gizmodo

DIGITAL SELF-PUBLISHING PLATFORM BLURB EXPANDS TO OFFER MAGAZINES AND BROCHURES
As publishing transitions into the digital space, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to abandon print entirely. In fact, Blurb has built a successful business by offering “accidental authors” an easy way to write and self-publish custom print books on demand… [read more]
Source: Wired

WHICH PUBLISHERS DO BEST AT E-BOOK SALES?
And we all know that self-publishing is growing by leaps and bounds, but just how well do you think those scrappy upstart authors are doing against the big publishers in sales? To answer these questions, we at Digital Book World created ebook Publisher… [read more]
Source: Forbes

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Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 10/29/2012

SMASHWORDS/NANOWRIMO PROMOTION
Smashwords is opening up the Smashwords platform to allow all NaNoWriMo participants to publish, share, track and promote their works-in-progress… [read more]
Source: Smashwords

APPLE AND AMAZON CONTINUE THE LEGAL FIGHT OVER ‘APP STORE’ TERM
If Amazon said you could download apps from an app store on the Kindle Fire would you assume they meant Apple’s iOS app store and then buy a Kindle Fire under the belief that you could have access to 700,00 apps? That is what Apple thinks people… [read more]
Source: PadGadget

AMAZON PULLS IPAD MINI SPEC COMPARISON AFTER SPEAKER GAFFE
Apple Insider today reported that Amazon has pulled a homepage advertisement that slammed the iPad mini after discovering that its diss was factually incorrect. Earlier this week, Amazon posted a spec comparison between the iPad mini and Kindle Fire HD… [read more]
Source: PC Magazine

AMAZON TAKES A DIG AT IPAD MINI
Amazon also lists the Kindle Fire HD to feature 216 pixels per inch (ppi) and the iPad mini with 163ppi. Amazon claims that users can “watch HD movies and TV” on Kindle Fire HD, and the iPad mini has “No HD movies or TV.” Amazon reports that… [read more]
Source: Mobile & Apps

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