The reading list is short this morning.
Spain’s long debated online tax on Google News and other aggregation sites passed the Congress of Deputies, Spain’s lower chamber of Parliament, last week and it is as bad as Google (and anyone who depends on Google) could have feared.
Not only does the new law require Google News as well as aggregators like Flipboard (and even Facebook for that matter) to pay for the use of an excerpt, it also explicitly prevents publishers from granting permission for the excerpts to be used for free. Continue reading
Whether or not we are willing to admit it in public, many people read while sitting on the toilet. But what exactly are they reading?
As you can see in the following infographic, the majority (63%) of respondents in one survey admitted to reading on the loo, and an even larger number (75%) have used their smartphone there. Some have even installed a tv in their bathroom. Continue reading
Job listings on the Amazon website have revealed that the retail giant is hiring translators who can localize the Kindle hardware and apps for the Dutch and Russian ebook markets.
The job listings call for a self-directed individual who is fluent in one or the other language and has at least “5+ years of demonstrated” experience in translating software from English to either Russian or Dutch. Continue reading
Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals for today included all three titles from Stephen leather’s Nightingale series and a novel by Sherman Alexie, all selling for $1.99. My list includes a third title which i thought looked interesting.
There are 8 links on the reading list this morning, including a post on how to save books, a review of the 3 ebook subscription services in the US, socialism as a rescuer of the publishing industry, and more. Continue reading
Think you own those DRMed ebooks you buy? Not according to Scholastic.
This US publisher announced in April that they will be changing their Storia ebook platform from a retail service to a subscription service, and as part of that transition Scholastic recently announced that they are shutting down the retail side of the operation. They have quietly posted a notice on the Scholastic website: Continue reading
Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals for today included 4 supernatural thriller novels from Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series and a couple mystery novels from Amazon’s own Blake Crouch, all selling for $1.99.
Here are 3 free ebooks to compliment the paid deals, including a novel featuring an Amish vampire slayer.
News of Apple’s acquisition of Booklamp is still percolating through the blogosphere but the pundits are already starting to weigh in. Make Cane has taken the position that Apple needs to expand beyond their hardware, but I’m not sure I would agree: Continue reading
News is breaking Friday night that Apple has acquired Booklamp, aka the “Pandora for books”. Techcrunch broke the story, which was subsequently confirmed by Apple.
Apple’s brief statement said: Continue reading