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  • February 11, 2013
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Notice I recently finished reading a series of books by an indie author and I wanted to buy more of the author’s books. Apparently, there aren’t any more of the author’s books available, but the next volume in the series is due … sometime. My questions are: How will I know when the next book…

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  • February 9, 2013
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In a move that surprised few, the CEO of Macmillan has just announced that Macmillan is accepting the anti-trust settlement which the DOJ has offered to Apple and their 5 c0-conspirers. Jon Sargent continues to pretend that the original indictment filed by the DOJ in April 2012 doesn’t present a compelling argument that Macmillan and…

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  • February 9, 2013
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Baldur Bjarnason has turned up a cautionary tale in how not to mistreat readers. It’s a trick that is fascinating on a technical level but in practice it is hostile to the reader. You can see the trick at right. It’s the top 2 lines of text. Friars Lane Digital Services has figured out a…

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  • February 6, 2013
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With the release of both Amazon’s and Barnes & Nobles quarterly figures, which include the 2012 holiday season, the blogosphere has been rife with posts foretelling the demise of Barnes & Noble. I find it interesting that Amazon’s results weren’t much better than B&N’s (according to Businessweek, Amazon earned one-half cent for each dollar of revenue), yet…

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  • February 6, 2013
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I was reading an Australian ebook blog this morning when I read something that threw me for a loop. On reflection I decided it needed to be debunked. Bite the Book is usually a good read, and this post ostensibly covered the current Australian ebook market, major players, and why they’re winning. Amazon is believed…

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  • February 6, 2013
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I was reading an Australian ebook blog this morning when I read something that threw me for a loop. On reflection I decided it needed to be debunked. Bite the Book is usually a good read, and this post ostensibly covered the current Australian ebook market, major players, and why they’re winning. Amazon is believed…

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  • January 31, 2013
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Amazon released their year-end status report list of boasts yesterday and there’s one detail that keeps bugging me: 70% Jeff Bezos boasted that Kindle ebook sales were “up approximately 70% last year”. Amazon’s book sales didn’t see nearly that much growth (only 5%), suggesting that Amazon has gained as much market share as they’re going…

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  • January 30, 2013
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Late yesterday B&N released a response to the WSJ article which reported that B&N is in the process of shrinking down to only 500 retail stores. I’m awfully busy this week with a conference but I wanted to chronicle another misstep on the part of B&N. Here’s what Business Insider quoted as B&N’s response: “Barnes…

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  • January 26, 2013
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There’s a case before the Supreme Court right now that many in and around the publishing industry are watching (and I should have covered sooner). Some in the publishing industry are watching in the hopes that the USSC gives them what they have lusted after for decades, and a lot of us are watching out…

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  • January 25, 2013
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If you’ve been following gaming news recently then you’ve probably read the latest rumors about the Microsoft Xbox. Pocket-Lint was the first to break the news, and they reported: The Xbox 720 will not be called that when it is finally announced. Instead, Microsoft will be reverting to the name of its first games console…