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The Morning Lowdown 2-15-29

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  Who Decides What Gets Sold In The Bookstore? (paidContent) »  Facebook Expands Media Sharing on Timeline - Too Much Content, Not Enough Social? (ReadWriteWeb) »  More feds ditch BlackBerrys (Politico) »  New, faster Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iPad expected...
The Morning Lowdown 2-15-29

How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media for Real Results

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The Real Results series is supported by Gist, an online service that helps you build stronger relationships. By connecting your inbox to the web, you get business-critical information about key people and companies. See how it works here.Social media can be a scary prospect for small businesses; unlike traditional...
How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media for Real Results

Sony Reader PRS-T2 review: same old e-reader, new and (mostly) improved design

www.engadget.com
Here in the states, at least, the e-reader market is ruled by two bookstore giants: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And while it's not likely to come barreling into the top two any time soon, Sony has made a fairly strong case for number three, particularly with last year's...
Sony Reader PRS-T2 review: same old e-reader, new and (mostly) improved design

Nook deal lets Microsoft integrate e-bookstore with its software, services

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Barnes & Noble will distribute its free Nook Metro app through Microsoft's Windows Store, putting to rest talk of Microsoft embedding the program in Windows 8....
Nook deal lets Microsoft integrate e-bookstore with its software, services

Finally, E-Books for Potter

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The bookstore feature of J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website went live Tuesday, enabling English-language readers to buy the digital and audiobook editions of all seven Harry Potter novels....
Finally, E-Books for Potter

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In the mist of downtown Riverside,CA N an old mill factory .Sum1 opened a bookstore@.@ http://twitpic.com/14tkhr http://twitpic.com/14tkid

RT @abookapart: Our bookstore is open - preorder your copy of HTML5 FOR WEB DESIGNERS now. http://books.alistapart.com

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RT @abookapart: Our bookstore is open - preorder your copy of HTML5 FOR WEB DESIGNERS now. http://books.alistapart.com

Amazon, the mother of all clouds

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Ah, Amazon -- did Jeff Bezos choose that name to symbolize the largest bookstore in the world or did he realize that he would one day create an enterprise cloud service that was as large and complex as the river basin? After spending some time with his enterprise infrastructure service,...
Amazon, the mother of all clouds

Apple accused of kowtowing to China as it follows recent apology by banning app for 'illegal' content

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After a high-profile apology in the face of widespread media criticism, Apple is being accused of kowtowing to the Chinese government after it barred local access to an app that includes content that authorities deemed to be ‘illegal’ in the country. The Financial Times reports [paywalled] that bookstore app ‘jingdian shucheng’...
Apple accused of kowtowing to China as it follows recent apology by banning app for 'illegal' content
Five Minutes on The Verge: Emily Gould

Editorial: Bring on the digital overthrow of publishing

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Last week's release of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offered an opportunity to look back on the rapid growth of e-reading, and look forward to what the digitization of publishing will mean to four major market forces: publishers, bookstores, authors and readers. As during any technological disruption, winners and losers...
Editorial: Bring on the digital overthrow of publishing
Amazon expands to India with Kindle bookstore and e-readers

Barnes & Noble Moves Away From Bookstores For UK Nook Launch: John Lewis Dept Store Named First Partner

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More developments on Barnes & Noble’s plans to launch its Nook devices in the UK, the first market outside of the U.S. to see the e-readers and tablets: today the company has announced that it will sell the devices via John Lewis, a retail heaven for the UK’s middle class,...
Barnes & Noble Moves Away From Bookstores For UK Nook Launch: John Lewis Dept Store Named First Partner

Nook for Web Lets You Sample and Read Books From Your Browser

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Whenever I go into a bookstore, I always check out the new-releases section, and if a title catches my eye, I like to skim the first couple of pages to see if I want to buy it. Now, Barnes & Noble is giving you the ability to do just that...
Nook for Web Lets You Sample and Read Books From Your Browser

Robin Sloan's "Fish:" A Tap Essay About Liking & Loving

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Robin Sloan made up a new kind of story called a tap essay. It's a story in an iPhone app that you push along by tapping it. You read at your own pace. His first tap essay, "Fish," is available for free today. It's about the good flood of things...
Robin Sloan's "Fish:" A Tap Essay About Liking & Loving
How to use your iPhone, iPad or Mac to borrow ebooks from the library

Pearson to Invest $89.5 Million in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media

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Publishing and education company Pearson PLC agreed to invest $89.5 million for a 5 percent stake in Barnes & Noble Inc.’s digital-business unit, Nook Media LLC. Bookstore operator Barnes & Noble will now own 78.2 percent of Nook Media, and Microsoft Corp., which made a $300 million investment earlier this...
Pearson to Invest $89.5 Million in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media

Want to see online success turn to real-world humiliation? Come to my book reading in Austin this weekend

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Having sworn never to go back to SXSW, guess where you'll find me on Saturday? Come and see my humiliation. Or, dammit, I'll have to suffer it alone.This Saturday in Texas, things are going to get real. A little too real. "The Upgrade", my memoir about how I spent almost...
Want to see online success turn to real-world humiliation? Come to my book reading in Austin this weekend

Barnes & Noble launching Nook Video this fall with a little help from HBO, Sony, Disney, Viacom, more

www.engadget.com
We caught wind of an upcoming video offering from Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks back, as part of a tip on new tablet offerings from the company. And while we've yet to hear anything official on the latter, this morning the bookstore pulled back the curtain on...
Barnes & Noble launching Nook Video this fall with a little help from HBO, Sony, Disney, Viacom, more

Waiting for the iPad's Twist

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So Apple's iPad arrives this weekend, and the reviews have started to pour in. I've ordered mine and will pick it up the next time I swing through the United States. I suspect the Anthony family will use the iPad to browse magazines, watch videos, and waste time with applications,...
Waiting for the iPad's Twist

Little, Brown Gets Print And Digital Rights For J.K. Rowling's New Novel

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J. K. Rowling is writing a new book, for adults, but she’s not keeping the digital rights for herself as she did with the Harry Potter books. Hachette’s Little, Brown in both the U.S. and UK and Hachette companies worldwide will publish Rowling’s yet-to-be-named-or-further-described book as both a print...
Little, Brown Gets Print And Digital Rights For J.K. Rowling's New Novel

Library Or Bookstore: New Netherlands Branch Blurs The Line

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New Netherlands library benchmarks successful retail customer experiences to reinvent public book lending....
Library Or Bookstore: New Netherlands Branch Blurs The Line

Borders to Launch E-Bookstore Next Month - http://bit.ly/aFg81V

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Borders to Launch E-Bookstore Next Month - http://bit.ly/aFg81V

Prairie Lights bookstore, the indie in Iowa gets a visit from Obama ... way cool ... (NYT) - http://j.mp/dqwbY6

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Prairie Lights bookstore, the indie in Iowa gets a visit from Obama ... way cool ... (NYT) - http://j.mp/dqwbY6

Facebook To Roll Out Email- and Phone Number-Based Ad Targeting Next Week

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Facebook will be launching new features next week that allow advertisers to target their ads to customers based on contact information that the advertiser has already collected. It’s a way for businesses to connect their Facebook ads with the customer lists they may have built up elsewhere. Inside Facebook first...
Facebook To Roll Out Email- and Phone Number-Based Ad Targeting Next Week

Apple Adds Thousands of Japanese Titles to iBooks

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Apple on Tuesday rolled out an incremental update to its iBooks application, one that transforms the Japanese version of the iBookstore into a true bookstore, not just a repository of public domain content. The new version, iBooks 3.1, includes hundreds of thousands of Japanese language titles, thanks to some new...
Apple Adds Thousands of Japanese Titles to iBooks

The Last Remnant Of The Borders Brand Is Finally Going To Be Killed Off For Good

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The fall of Borders bookstores occurred last year when the chain closed its stores and liquidated its assets.  Yet, the Borders brand strives on -- sort of. The Borders e-book franchise survived, having been bought by Pearson Group Australia, which ran the site still branded as Borders online at...
The Last Remnant Of The Borders Brand Is Finally Going To Be Killed Off For Good

Amazon reportedly looking to enter the smartphone game

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Amazon made a splash in the tablet market last year with the Kindle Fire, and now it's reportedly building a smartphone, according to a Bloomberg report published on Friday morning. According to "two people with knowledge of the matter," Amazon is working with Chinese hardware maker Foxconn to build the phone, and has...
Amazon reportedly looking to enter the smartphone game

How to send a Square gift card

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This holiday season, send a Square gift card for the local bookstore or coffee shop to a friend or family member. Here's how! [Read more]...
How to send a Square gift card

10 Tricks For Getting Inspired to Write

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There comes a time in every blogger’s life when the thought of writing another blog post makes you want to . . . well . . . gag. You know you should write, you know your readers are expecting to hear from you. But sitting down to crank out...
10 Tricks For Getting Inspired to Write
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