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  • March 14, 2013
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The news that Google Reader is going to be shut down in 4 months is still circulating the blogosphere this evening, with many bloggers expressing dismay for how it will make their jobs more difficult. But as bad as Google has hurt us, I’m pretty sure they’re not done inflicting pain. Some time in the…

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  • February 28, 2013
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The endless speculation surrounding Apple’s products is often entertaining but rarely rises to the level of news. But I am making an exception today. Peter Zigich, the mind behind the iPad3D design firm, and he’s put together a few renders that show what he thinks the new iPhones (plural) could look like: The image above…

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  • February 21, 2013
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There’s a new digital publishing startup called eBookPlus and it has been getting a lot of attention lately (here, here, here, here, here). This company is reviving an old business idea that had been tried with paper books (and discarded when it didn’t work): Advertising eBookPlus wants to sell adverts inside ebooks and then give…

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  • February 16, 2013
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In a move that follows only days after Opera’s announcement that they were moving their web browser to the industry standard WebKit, Opera has just confirmed that they are buying one of their smaller competitors. Skyfire, a niche software development company specializing in mobile web browser and mobile video, is going to be bought by its…

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  • February 13, 2013
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Question: How can you tell that the next tech bubble has arrived?Answer: This is a good sign: Bowker, a US company best known for managing ISBN for books published in the US and for publishing bogus market research reports, now offers an ebook conversion service. Bowker is expanding upon their existing partnership with scam POD…

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  • February 8, 2013
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When Pearson bough the self-pub scam experts Author Solutions last July, I hoped that it would be a sign that Author Solutions would clean up their act and rise to a higher ethical level. Sadly, it is now clear that Pearson had planned all along to get down in the muck. Penguin India has just…

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  • February 7, 2013
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Amazon has just updated the help pages for KDP with a new policy. They’re offering new payment options for authors and publishers in Europe. For the first time ever Amazon is willing to pay these authors via EBT rather than an expensive to process paper check. We are pleased to announce Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)…

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  • February 6, 2013
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Good Idea: Apple launches a new section of iTunes called Breakout Books which highlights ebooks from popular self-published authors. This will increase exposure for independent authors and sell more books. Bad Idea: Apple won’t let you see the new section on your web browser. You have to use the iTunes app, making it impossible for…

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  • February 4, 2013
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It’s Valentine’s Day. If you’re thinking about buying a gadget for that special someone, Amazon is having a sale. The best deals can be found on Amazon’s European websites, where the basic black Kindle is selling for €20 or £10 off the regular retail, bringing the price down to £59 and €59, If you are…

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  • January 23, 2013
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The American Library Association is holding their Midwinter Conference later this week in Seattle, and that means I have been getting press releases. Library tech and ebook vendors are talking up their new products, new features, and so on, but there’s one story missing this year which was a hot topic last year. That would…