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B&N’s Past Tablet Failures Don’t Bode Well For Their Future Plans

February 27th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Barnes & Noble, Nook, opinion → 27 Comments

Yesterdaynookshd[1] Barnes & Noble reported their 5th straight quarter of shrinking digital revenue, with the latest quarter costing them another $61 million EBITDA. This represents not just a single quarter, but the latest quarter in 4 years of B&N losing money on the Nook.

So far as we can tell from publicly available info, after nearly 5 years Barnes & Noble has not made a profit on their digital investment. In retrospect that was  a bad investment, but I’m not sure that the same can be said at the time.
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The Fallacy, and the Truth, of “Big Publishing”

February 26th, 2014 by Matt Blind · Amazon, opinion → 4 Comments

Editor’s note: this post is effectively part 2 of Matt Blind’s guest post on publishing and Amazon. You can find the first part over here.

In the last 20 years, two multi-billion-dollar bookstore chains rose — and one fell. A hell of a lot has changed in 20 years.
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Amazon, please unmute the Kindle Paperwhite: No need for the workaround shown in this video, when TTS chips cost next to nothing!

February 24th, 2014 by David Rothman · opinion, TTS / Spoken Word → 11 Comments

At first glance, the MIT-designed FingerReader shown in this video looks intriguing for people with print-related challenges. But major catches exist, beyond the robotic voice. Using the little text to speech reader is slow going, as you’ll notice if you play the video below.
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Should public libraries give away ebook-friendly tablets to poor people? $38 tablet hints of possibilities

January 10th, 2014 by David Rothman · digital library, opinion, Tablet → 14 Comments

nextbook[1]Young people love suitable paper books, ideally new, that they can own.

Could the same idea work for econo-tablets that public libraries gave away to low-income families—with a big, fat, e-book-related icon smack in the middle of the home screens? Yes!

Don’t just hand out gizmos, though.
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Here’s Why You Should Ignore Most Technology Rumors

January 7th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple, DeBunking, hardware news, opinion, Rumors → 3 Comments

Rumors have an established place in blogging’s 24 hour tabloid news cycle, but from here on out rumors are going to be few and far between on this blog. Here’s why.

Chris Rawson, writing over at TUAW, recently posted the results of an exhaustive analysis of one of his competitors. He looked at all of the rumors and speculation posted by 9to5Mac in 2013. He checked to see just how many rumors turned out to be true and how many were elaborate fictions. His results are surprising on several levels:
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Five Digital Publishing Predictions for 2014

December 31st, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · opinion → 15 Comments

As the calendar year comes to a close, many pundits have turned to prognostication and published lists of predictions for 2014. Here’s my list:
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Territorial Wrongs

December 19th, 2013 by Brian O'Leary · opinion → 11 Comments

A few weeks ago Kevin Drum, political blogger for the U.S.-based magazine Mother Jones, took a break from his usual beat to write “A Brief Whine About E-Books, Digital Publishing, and International Nonsense“. In it, he laments an inability to buy an update to a series of books written by Charlie Stross. They have been released in the United Kingdom (starting in April), but the U.S. publisher (Tor) has yet to publish the books.
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Are Deep Discount Sales Blasts Like Bookbub’s Still Effective Sales Tools?

December 12th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · opinion → 22 Comments

What with302820217_f3c78fa10c[1] the growing concern that indie authors are facing more price competition from traditional publishers, many authors are looking to get the most bang for their promotional dollar. That’s why when a post came across my desk last night which questioned the effectiveness of Bookbub, a book-focused promotional mailing list, I immediately started looking into the matter.
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Mike Shatzkin Says That There’s no Market for Anything Other Than Narrative eBooks – I’m Not Sure I Agree

December 4th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · opinion → 13 Comments

Mike Shatzkin Shatzkin-MIke-4-300x268[1]has a post up today that I wanted to bring to your attention.

In this post he argues that there is no market for any type of ebook other than well, novels:
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The Amazon Drone: Thunderbird 2 2.0

December 3rd, 2013 by Mike Cane · opinion → 13 Comments

In the 1960s TV series, Thunderbirds, there was a vehicle called Thunderbird 2. It was a heavy transport carrier and used a variety of pods to deliver the appropriate equipment to a rescue site.
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