The Morning Coffee – 25 October 2012

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • Amazon Has Discontinued Using Neonode's Technology, Will Others Follow? (Seeking Alpha)
  • Costa Rican Students Fight For The Right To Photocopy Textbooks (Techdirt)
  • Education, Technology "Journalism," and the Apple PR Machine (Hack Education)

  • The eTextbook Bust (Akademos)
  • Here's Why My Family Might Begrudgingly Shell Out $329 For The Overpriced iPad Mini (Business Insider)
  • News.me says goodbye, places blame on Twitter (GigaOm)
  • Productivity Tips for NaNoWriMo (Kevin J. Anderson’s Blog)
  • Three questions for…Kevin Franco of Enthrill (Tools of Change for Publishing)
  • Turns Out When Random House Said Libraries 'Own' Their Ebooks, It Meant, 'No, They Don't Own Them' (Techdirt)
  • Wattpad launches serialized zombie novel co-authored by Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman (Quill & Quire)
  • Who owns your ebooks, again? (Caveat Lector)
  • About Nate Hoffelder (11372 Articles)
    Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

    3 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 25 October 2012

    1. The Neonode article is interesting for what it says about eink reader units *built* in 2011 and 2012. Especially Nooks.
      For example, in 2011 B&N appears to have built 2 Nook STRs for every 3 Kindle Touches.
      In 2012, after the STR “undersold” expectations, Nook’s Neonode royalties dropped to under 10% of Neonode revenues so they were at best building one Nook for every five Kindle touches. Doesn’t mean they their market share had dropped–just that their build rate had dropped off the chart. Since this is the time period they were literally giving Nooks away it seems to confirm they really had warehouses full of unsold old STRs.
      It would be interesting to see what the Q3 and Q4 Neonode numbers reveal about Nook, Kobo, and Sony build rates with Amazon off the table for Q4 (and probably Q3).

      • The other interesting detail was Sony’s build numbers. I didn’t think they had made that many units.

        • Well, we’re looking at percentages so it’s hard to tell what it means in absolute terms but it does look like Sony is holding steady at 11% global market share (assuming they sell all they build) or about Kobo Touch level.
          But that is for IR Touchscreen readers.
          Factor in the non-IR readers (40%? 50% of the total?) and Sony drops to the 5-6% range global marketshare that sounds more reasonable, no?

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