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Thoughts from Seth Godin

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Today’s Thoughts From interview is a real treat for me as I was honored to have one of my favorite bloggers and authors participate in this ongoing interview series.  Seth Godin almost needs no introduction, but here it is anyway. Seth Godin is: a celebrated author (Linchpin is his...
Thoughts from Seth Godin

Amazon Publishing bookshop boycott grows

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Independent booksellers join Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Canadian chain Indigo in refusing to stock retail giant's own booksThe cold war between north American booksellers and Amazon has hotted up this week, with the booksellers joining together to announce that they will not be selling any of the titles published...
Amazon Publishing bookshop boycott grows

Why would a best-selling author fake Amazon reviews?

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Award-winning British crime writer RJ Ellory admits not only to making up reviews of his own books but also to writing negative reviews of others' works. [Read more]...
Why would a best-selling author fake Amazon reviews?

Amazon & Google Getting Impatient With Book Publishers

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All is not well in the e-book market. Amazon and Google have each scaled back some e-book programs in the past week because business was weaker than expected. Both e-book sellers are having trouble doing business with publishers. Amazon has pulled more than 4,000 books from its e-shelves after publishers...
Amazon & Google Getting Impatient With Book Publishers

Motorola uses a definition from a Microsoft Press book against a Microsoft patent

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The evidence that litigants adduce in patent infringement lawsuits can be exhilarating, such as one of Samsung's tablet design prior art references. Motorola is now turning one of Microsoft's own books against it in a Seattle lawsuit that is mostly about Motorola's alleged breach of FRAND licensing obligations but also...
Motorola uses a definition from a Microsoft Press book against a Microsoft patent
More from the annals of micropublishing: Picture books from Storybird

Why Amazon's Kindle Battle With IPG Matters

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Amazon’s decision to yank almost 5,000 Kindle titles from distributor Independent Publishing Group after IPG refused to give the retailer better terms may be a harbinger of things to come. A few thoughts: Will Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) try to grab distributors’ digital business for itself? Key sentence in IPG...
Why Amazon's Kindle Battle With IPG Matters

Every author should post a least one secret online review of their own book | Muriel Gray

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Rather than castigate the likes of RJ Ellroy, let's encourage authors to stand up to 'A Customer' on AmazonIn a display of outrage, 49 eminent authors recently signed their names to an open letter condemning three fellow writers, including British thriller novelist RJ Ellory, for having anonymously posted positive online...
Every author should post a least one secret online review of their own book | Muriel Gray

Apple updates iBooks author program with 2,500 U.S. classrooms using iBooks textbooks

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Apple has announced an update to its iBooks author program that allows anyone to create their own textbooks. It’s available for download today through the App store. The iPad has been a huge success in participating schools today. Dr. James Ponce, Superintendent of the McAllen ISD in Texas, says that:...
Apple updates iBooks author program with 2,500 U.S. classrooms using iBooks textbooks

Memo to publishers: Remind us why you exist again?

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As more authors choose to do an end-run around the traditional book business by going the self-publishing route, traditional publishers are finding it harder and harder to justify their existence. While some have risen to the industry’s defence — arguing that a good publisher helps refine a book, or...
Memo to publishers: Remind us why you exist again?

FreeCreditReport.com Just Got Even Less Free

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Between their irritating ads and misleading name, FreeCreditReport.com has been a target of Consumerist's derision for years. And now the "service," which was never free to begin with, will actually cost you a dollar to use. Now, when you go the site's homepage you're told, "Check your Report for...
FreeCreditReport.com Just Got Even Less Free

Yotpo raises $1.5M to let you know which user reviews to trust

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Reviews are often one of the only ways to get a feel for a product’s quality while shopping online. Though Amazon, Etsy, and other ecommerce sites sell a wide variety of products with varying degrees of quality, it’s hard to judge a weed-whacker or a mug made out of...
Yotpo raises $1.5M to let you know which user reviews to trust
Why smart authors are cutting Amazon out
Apple exec in ebooks antitrust case testifies fairness is why he 'loves' the company

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Writers

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So this is awkward. Ownshelf is a new service that lets people store and share ebooks online. Pretty nifty, huh? They reached out to me in part because I’ve released several of my own books for free under a Creative Commons license. (For those of you new to this column,...
Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Writers

Kids More Likely to Own a Cellphone Than a Book, Study Finds

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As technology becomes more a part of our day-to-day lives, some are worried that it is stunting the education of children by taking away time from activities like reading. A startling discovery from the London-based National Literacy Trust finds that children are more likely these days to own a cell...
Kids More Likely to Own a Cellphone Than a Book, Study Finds

With Its 'Foodie Top 100 Restaurants' Guide, Glam Media Is Releasing Its First Print Book

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Glam Media has built a company around digital advertising and publishing, but today it announced that it’s getting into the print business, with the release of a book version of its Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide guide. Other online companies have released their own books and booklets, but they’re usually...
With Its 'Foodie Top 100 Restaurants' Guide, Glam Media Is Releasing Its First Print Book

Do you want others to read your novel? The answer may be online

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If you think you've written a bestseller, self-publishing on eBook platforms is a straightforward and cost-effective ventureYou have 30 days to complete the first draft of your long-awaited literary debut. The plot, the characters, the unexpected twists and turns: it's time to finally get the book out of your head...
Do you want others to read your novel? The answer may be online

Melanie Phillips: Melanie Phillips: she's putting the world to rights | profile

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The controversial columnist, who has moved inexorably over the years from left to right, has now launched her own publishing empire 'to make a better world'. Will readers, including her fans in the US, buy into her vision?Once upon a time, she described herself as "the liberal who has been...
Melanie Phillips: Melanie Phillips: she's putting the world to rights | profile

Homemade Hardcovers: Yet Again, Anti-Circumvention Interferes With Fair Use

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Font blogger Thomas Phinney writes in to tell us about his concerns with the DMCA anti-circumvention clause in relation to creating home-printed versions of digital books. Phinney prints, stitches and binds his own books at home, producing fancy hardcovers for purely personal use from legally-purchased PDF ebooks. This, alone, is...
Homemade Hardcovers: Yet Again, Anti-Circumvention Interferes With Fair Use
When liking is not enough: Facebook tests a Want button for products

Report: Amazon to challenge Zynga with social games studio

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Amazon.com is making a new push into Zynga’s territory, in more ways than one. The online retailer is aiming to set up its own social games studio in San Francisco, according to a report today by Business Insider. The studio would expand on Amazon’s existing presence in the online game...
Report: Amazon to challenge Zynga with social games studio

With This Machine, You Can Print Your Own Books at the Local Bookstore

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The Espresso Book Machine means that booksellers can publish and sell an enormous number of titles. But can they make the finances work?...
With This Machine, You Can Print Your Own Books at the Local Bookstore
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