To me, the lack of quality control is a big deterrent to paying more than a dollar or two for an indie ebook from an author whose books I have not previously read. In the beginning, Smashwords was a great place to find indie books and give them a try, but that is rapidly changing as the number of indie ebooks rapidly increases. As Smashwords has grown, as indie publishing has grown with the rise of ebooks, and as the needle in the haystack has become increasingly difficult to find, we need to implement a method that imposes some sort of quality control. Continue reading
A few days ago Amazon released an updated version of their Kindle app for Android. They added a number of really neat annotation and collaboration features, but there was one in particular that they left out. It’s not that subtle, so I’m surprised that so few noticed.
They didn’t add the audio and video support that the iOS app has.
It might not seem like a big deal, but this is actually a major split in abilities. By limiting the media support to just iOS, Amazon are saying that it’s not a major feature and they’re not planning to support it. Media support will only be a gimmick.
If this is true, then it will give ebook media apps a shot in the arm. (Heck, they were mostly on iOS anyway.) That would be unfortunate; I liked the idea of having cross platform enhanced ebooks.
I’m going to wait and see if this support is included in the next version of K4PC. If it’s not, then I’m right.
I just came across this “Choose your own Adventure” style ebook on Boing Boing. It’s a satirical look at Canadian copyright law. It will take you about 5 minutes to read, and I think it’s rather funny.