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Archives for October, 2009


Author Ebook Royalties in Play

by Allen Weiner  |  October 28, 2009  |  1 Comment

Macmillian, perhaps believing it will face some tight margins as ebooks sales become as competitive as print products have become of late, has rewritten its author contracts, with boilerplate language stating that authors will receive 20% royalty fees on net ebook sales. Many major publishers, including Random House and Simon and Schuster offer authors 25% [...]

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Note to Newspapers: Never on Sunday

by Allen Weiner  |  October 26, 2009  |  3 Comments

Back in the day, the Sunday newspaper was the proverbial hearth around which families spent their morning pulling the paper apart, section by section and enjoying the Sunday newspaper magazine, comics or oversized travel and entertainment sections. As the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations report shows, newspaper circulation is down with Sunday—once a cash cow [...]

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Sensing Sounds Along the Social Superhighway

by Allen Weiner  |  October 22, 2009  |  Comments Off

Both Google and Microsoft (Bing) have announced plans to add Twitter results (and, in case of Microsoft, Facebook updates) to search results. This is an interesting achievement for sure, but one that leaves me in major so-what mode. There has been a lot of buzz around searching the real-time web, and both search giants have [...]

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Barnes & Noble Introduces The Nook, A Game-Changing Ereader

by Allen Weiner  |  October 20, 2009  |  19 Comments

Barnes and Noble ended weeks of speculation by announcing The Nook, its new ereader that should not only throw a scare into Amazon but also put somewhat of a damper on the ereading capabilities of planned tablets/devices from Apple and Microsoft. Barnes and Noble has addressed many shortcomings of existing devices with The Nook by [...]

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Google Enters the Ebook Wars…I Think

by Allen Weiner  |  October 15, 2009  |  3 Comments

According to reports from the Frankfurt Book Fair, Google has announced it intentions to enter the ebook business in 2010 with something called Google Editions, creating the sort buzz only Google can generate. The search giant will offer an ebook store to compete with Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and others, yet somehow support purchases from those etailers [...]

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Patrick Barry Leaves Yahoo!’s Connected TV–What’s Next?

by Allen Weiner  |  October 12, 2009  |  Comments Off

Patrick Barry, Vice President of Yahoo’s Connected TV Group, has left the company looking for new opportunities. I would hope that the company would replace Barry in short order to ensure the company maintains momentum in the TV 2.0 space. With the holiday season approaching, and consumer electronics manufacturers making decisions on their IP-based TV [...]

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Barnes and Noble’s Ereader: Take Two

by Allen Weiner  |  October 9, 2009  |  Comments Off

After some thought, I realized that B&N already has an in-store relationship with AT&T with the carrier providing free WiFi in B&N’s retail outlets. It would thus make sense for AT&T to be the book retailer’s wireless provider partner for its rumored new device.

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A Barnes and Noble EReader Seems Likely

by Allen Weiner  |  October 9, 2009  |  1 Comment

Putting aside my instincts to avoid writing about rumor (oops. I have said that before), an overwhelming number of published reports indicate that book retailer Barnes and Noble is about to launch an ereader, joining the parade of devices that includes the Kindle, Sony’s family of products and devices soon to launch (Irex), hyped to [...]

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Amazon Launches Preemptive Global Strike with Kindle

by Allen Weiner  |  October 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

Amazon as taken two steps to ensure it has some breathing room between itself and the burgeoning list of competitors in the eBook-ereader marketplace. The company has announced that it is lowering the price of the bestseller Kindle to $259, down from $299 as well launching the Kindle with U.S. & International Wireless.  Kindle with [...]

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Time, Inc., To Spearhead A New Digital Distribution Scheme for Magazines

by Allen Weiner  |  October 5, 2009  |  1 Comment

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal (among other places), in 2010, Time, Inc., hopes to create an independent electronic aggregation home for magazines that would follow the basic principles of Hulu. As such, a new joint venture would be formed and operated independently of its members who would include Time, Inc., and [...]

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