With the signs and portents in self-publishing pointing to the eventual closure of CreateSpace, there's a lot of concern and discussion about what alternatives authors have for their print-on-demand titles. The early warning signs, namely the beta launch of a paperback option in KDP as well as the closure of the CreateSpace e-store which sent all sales over to Amazon, have left … [Read more...] about Ingram Spark vs CreateSpace vs KDP Paperback
Archives for January 2018
The American Library Association Midwinter conference is occuring at the Colorado convention centre from February 9-12. Unlike previous years where audiobooks, ebooks and politics dominate the discussion groups, this year is entirely different. AR, VR and voice assistants are going to dominate the Future of Libraries track which will examine near-term trends already inspiring … [Read more...] about AR, VR and Alexa will dominate ALA Midwinter
Overdrive announced a new Cost Per Circ system last year and it allows libraries to have a huge influx of digital content that can loaned out to as many users as they want simultaneously and libraries only pay when the audiobook or ebook is actually borrowed. This is a great way to populate an extensive digital catalog, without having to pay for each title individually, or … [Read more...] about Overdrive Launches Cost Per Circ
Michael Bolton has been poking fun at himself for a number of years, doing off the wall advertisements for Starburst, Honda and even some Netflix stuff. The singer has parodied his 1993 classic "Said I loved you, but I lied," for a new Audible commercial to hype up audiobooks in Australia.Bolton is joined by several familiar Aussie faces in cheeky cameo roles such as … [Read more...] about Michael Bolton Stars in a New Advert for Audible Audiobooks
Barnes and Noble is looking for beta testers for a new e-reading and ebook discovery app for Android and iOS. The company posted a message on Facebook looking for people who read a ton of books to get involved and offer their feedback.The application for the new app is a Google said and it states "We're thrilled you're interested in participating and can't wait to share a … [Read more...] about Barnes and Noble is developing a new e-reading app
There are very few websites that review new audiobooks and keeping track of new releases can be difficult. Audible and a number of other online retailers do have a dedicated page that puts the spotlight on all of the new audio title that come out every week, but they are difficult to find and not well promoted. Here is the essential list of all of the new audiobooks that come … [Read more...] about These are all of the websites for new audiobook releases
Barnes and Noble is starting to abandon comics in their retail stores. In 2013 they suspended their relationship with Marvel and started to phase out single issues, but continue to sell graphic novels. Last week the bookseller has discontinued carrying DC single issue comics, but will continue to sell graphic novels.The only comic publishers that Barnes and Noble deals … [Read more...] about Barnes and Noble is no longer selling DC Comics
There are numerous ways to load ebooks on the brand new Amazon Kindle Oasis. You can borrow ebooks from the public library and have them automatically sent to your ereader, well as long as they use Overdrive. Each Kindle is is assigned a unique email address and you can email docs, pdfs and MOBI books directly to your library. This is useful for people who are at home, work or … [Read more...] about How to load ebooks on the New Kindle Oasis 2
Facebook announced on January the 9th that they are augmenting their News Feed and it will begin to prioritize posts from friends and family over sponsored posts and content from online news publishers. This is primarily being done to curb all of the fake news that is rife on the platform since the US election and Russia.Facebook’s News Feed change pushes hard to create a … [Read more...] about How will the New Facebook News Feed Affect Publishers and Bloggers?
Last May WACOM, Samsung, Wacom, Fujitsu and Montblanc started a new organization called the Digital Stationery Consortium and it will create a universal digital ink framework for sharing handwritten notes, drawings and sketches between users, regardless of platform. E-Ink has just confirmed with Good e-Reader they have just joined the consortium and talked about what the future … [Read more...] about E-Ink Joins Digital Stationery Workgroup
E-Readers went mainstream with the advent of the original Amazon Kindle in 2007. There were a number of other companies that capitalized on the growing trend of bundling hardware with a digital bookstore, including Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Sony. Where will e-readers go in the next decade? Will we have 600 PPI screens like the new Japan Displays E-Paper or will color e-ink … [Read more...] about What is the Future of E-Readers and E-Ink?
Apple Siri will now play short recaps of mainstream news stories on the iPad and iPhone. The average length of a news item is between one and ten minutes in length and features most content on Apple News such as NPR, Fox News, CNN, Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg, and ESPN. It will also read everything from Google News as well.Apple update 11.2.5 officially unveils the … [Read more...] about Siri will now read you the news on iOS
Carrefour is one of the largest supermarket chains in France and they have been involved in the e-reader space since 2013. The company has announced that it is closing their digital bookstore and suspending their relationship with Bookeen, who provided devices to them under the Nolim brand. This is going to result in over 2,400 people losing their jobs.The Bookeen Nolim is … [Read more...] about Carrefour is closing their ebook store and abandons e-readers