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Digital Marketers Must Review The Reviewers

by Allen Weiner  |  September 1, 2012  |  1 Comment

I am reminded of a conversation with a Yellow Pages provider who bravely began to allow reviews of products and services that were offered by its client base. I also recall being the one who encouraged them to take this daring plunge. Six months later, they reported the tactic was a success and those clients [...]

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B&N Launches NOOKColor

by Allen Weiner  |  November 16, 2010  |  1 Comment

Just when you thought e-reading was all black and white, Barnes & Noble tosses some color into the mix with the release of the NOOKColor, a reading device that expands beyond best sellers to include media that thrives in a color setting, namely children’s books and magazines and newspapers. Just in time for the holiday [...]

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Barnes & Noble Unveils NOOKcolor

by Allen Weiner  |  October 26, 2010  |  2 Comments

Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest physical book retailer, is following up its November 2009 release of the Nook, an e-ink e-reader, with the NOOKcolor, a device that uses a 7-inch LCD/LED screen to display books, newspapers, magazines and a few additional services such as Pandora. The device is scheduled to be available on November [...]

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News Corporation Buys Skiff

by Allen Weiner  |  June 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

After lighting up the pundits with some impressive demos and strategic vision as CES 2010, Skiff has been reduced to becoming yet another element in Rupert Murdoch’s puzzling alchemy that masquerades as a digital media strategy. The purchase, along with an investment in news paywall provider Journalism Online, underscores the company’s posture that content should [...]

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The iPad and Other Adventures in E-Reading

by Allen Weiner  |  June 7, 2010  |  4 Comments

At the Apple World Wide Developers Conference, CEO Steve Jobs announced that in 65 days, five million e-books have been downloaded for the iPad. Using some sort of voodoo algorithm, he claims that amounts to 22% of all e-book sales. I am not sure how he calculated that given many of the e-book retailers are [...]

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Will Google Editions Disrupt or Distract?

by Allen Weiner  |  May 11, 2010  |  Comments Off

Google has dropped a few hints about the upcoming release of Google Editions, its megasized e-book marketplace that aims to take on other e-book platform providers. What makes that scenario a bit complicated is that some e-book distribution platforms are operated by device companies (i.e. Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Sony, with whom Google wants [...]

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Few iPads in the College Classroom This Year

by Allen Weiner  |  April 22, 2010  |  Comments Off

Much was made about the concerns raised by a small handful of U.S. universities who are banning iPads from accessing their campus networks because of the strain it may put on their bandwidth not to mention some issues to device may have connecting to the school’s WiFi network. Being a skeptic, it struck me as [...]

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