Here are 8 stories for you to read this morning, including a post on how to cope with piracy, a number of posts on Kindle Unlimited (they’re all worth reading), a new ebook creation platform, why Amazon scares publishers, and more. Continue reading
Amazon is regularly cast as the bully in coverage of its contract dispute with Hachette, but a new survey shows that all the negative press is not having much effect. Continue reading
A large screen gadget which can be folded up and stuck in a pocket is one of the holy grails of mobile gadgetry, and in the past few days a couple news stories came across my desk which reminded me that it’s not as far out of reach as I had thought. Continue reading
Researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium have discovered that several companies including AddThis, makers of the popular sharing buttons toolbar found on many websites, have been secretly testing a new type of cookie.
It’s called canvas fingerprinting, and it gathers more information than existing cookies in an attempt to create a unique identifier to be used to track you around the web. Continue reading
According to the changelog posted by Amazon, the new update includes three listed features (there could be more, but we’ll have to wait for users to find them). Update you Kindle Paperwhite and it will automatically sync your most recently read
latest page across all devices and apps on your Kindle account (whether you want it to or not). Continue reading
The Dutch ereader retailer Icarus is back again today with their second device launch in as many weeks.
Icarus is launching a 9.7″ ereader called the Excel 2. It improves on the model launched last year with a faster CPU and more RAM, but it is still unfortunately using the same screen and touchscreen panel. Continue reading
Apple has long been rumored to be releasing iPhones later this year with a 4.7″ and 5.5″ screens, but there haven’t been enough hardware leaks to convince me that the 5.5″ model was going to make an appearance this year. Thanks to the WSJ we might now know why.
This august publication is reporting that: Continue reading
The reading list this Tuesday morning includes a debate over the plans of the ridiculous Authors United group, an unhinged response to Kindle Unlimited, a chart of all the publishing industry acquisitions since the beginning of the year, a fisking of The Guardian’s report about Author Earnings, libraries fighting bed bugs in books, and more. Continue reading
According to the Digital Sales Monitor April 2014, digital sales (including both ebooks and audiobooks) reached £132.5 million in the January-April period, up 10.5% from £119.9 million in the same period in 2013. The PA reports that digital sales represented 16% of total book sales, or about four times what they were 5 years ago. Continue reading
Many people hate the fact that Windows 8 lacks a start menu and it looks like Microsoft finally listened. A couple newly leaked screenshots appear to have confirmed that Microsoft is adding a start menu and other regressive design features to Windows 8.x. Continue reading