B&N (Officially) Launches Nook Audiobook App for Android

2940147235485_p0_v11_s260x420[1]Barnes & Noble’s two-week-old audiobook app got its official launch today, but it’s still only available for Android.

The new Nook Audiobook App offers access to a catalog of 50,000 titles, including Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Heist (Fox and O’Hare Series #1) by Janet Evanovich, and Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand, and you can find the app in Google Play and the Nook App Store. Continue reading

The Morning Coffee – 19 November 2014

The Wednesday morning reading list includes a bunch of stories worth reading, like note-taking on the iPad, booksellers responding to HC’s direct retail efforts, and more.

  • Booksellers Edgy About Harper Direct-Sale Program (PW)
  • Finding More Readers Through Wattpad by Anne Pfeffer (Jane Friedman)
  • How to take dependable notes with the iPhone and iPad (GigaOm)
  • The Self-Publishing Delusion (Writer’s Diary)
  • Vellum ebook publishing app gets update and images (TUAW)

In Relaunching Pelican Books, Penguin Breaks With the Past in Pursuit of a Digital Future

pelican booksWhen it was launched in the 1930s, Pelican Books was the nonfiction imprint for the then-new paperback publisher Penguin. It brought self-improvement and  self-education to a customer base which was unable to afford the more common hardback books (then as now a luxury item).

But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one small modernization the new Pelican Books bears little resemblance to the old. Continue reading

The Morning Coffee – 18 November 2014

Here are 6 stories for you to read this morning.

  • Amazon Won’t Be Earth’s Biggest Bookstore. Facebook Will. (The Passive Voice)
  • Digital rights management: it’s not as if wanting to read is a crime (The Guardian)
  • Malcolm Gladwell: Amazon Has Turned on Us Writers: Video(Bloomberg)
  • Robert Gray: Just Say No to Robot Booksellers (Shelf Awareness)
  • Vice Launching Sci-Fi Site (PW)
  • Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet” (The New Yorker)

If You Don’t Own The Platform, You Don’t Control It Either

9771579591_bc18b61795_oTumblr has just given us a graphic example of why independence, even if it comes at a cost, is still better than relying the generosity of a free service provider.

Sarah Moon reported on her blog earlier today that Tumblr had recently taken away a URL which she had been using for several years in order to give it to an advertiser (or at least a potential one): Continue reading