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Amazon’s First Response to the Apple Tablet

by Allen Weiner  |  January 20, 2010  |  2 Comments

Amazon has plans to change its royalty schedule for publishers beginning this summer, doing a 180 on its 70-30 split. There are rules a’plenty, but it’s a clear pre-emptive move in the face of Apple’s possible launch of a tablet-based device. Apple is said to be willing to offer publishers a split that more resembles […]

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E-Books on the Apple Tablet

by Allen Weiner  |  January 19, 2010  |  1 Comment

Let’s get this on the table: even with talk of a deal between Harper Collins and Apple, the Apple Tablet will not be about e-books. Well, at least not the sorts of e-books we’ve seen on the Kindle, Nook and Sony Readers. I am now testing Sony’s Daily Edition and its reading experience is excellent, […]

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CES: Get Ready for the E-Reading Rumble

by Allen Weiner  |  January 4, 2010  |  3 Comments

Based on the number of pre-event press calls and steady stream of press releases, the E in CES 2010 stands for e-reading. Two days before I land in Las Vegas, I envision devices in every form factor each proclaiming to be the best thing to hit publishing since the AP Stylebook. I have now lost […]

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HotJobs’ Sale Could End Yahoo’s Newspaper Consortium

by Allen Weiner  |  December 9, 2009  |  Comments Off

According to this report from Reuters, Yahoo is open to selling HotJobs fir the right price. If this report is true, then I suspect Yahoo’s newspaper consortium will lose much of its momentum if not outright come to an end; there are more than 600 newspapers in the consortium and HotJobs is one of the […]

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Google Hopes to Add Life to Newspaper Content

by Allen Weiner  |  December 8, 2009  |  Comments Off

While Google and the publishing world at large debates their long-term relationship, the search giant has launched another tool to aid publishers—Living Stories. Living Stories is an interactive platform that allows news organizations to format a variety of branded content elements into an interesting, up-to-the-minute web page that showcases an individual news brand. Fresh out […]

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The Nook: Better Than Kindle, But Not Perfect

by Allen Weiner  |  December 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

After a brief delay, about half of those who pre-ordered the Barnes & Noble Nook will soon be receiving their e-readers. With that in mind, the combatants are now out of their corners and are ready to do battle in the e-reader ring. In this corner is Amazon’s Kindle: a neat device that has a […]

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Google Offers News Publishers Tool to Go Dark…For Now

by Allen Weiner  |  December 2, 2009  |  1 Comment

Google has announced a new web crawler especially for Google News which easily allows news publishers to block their content from Google’s News index, general index or both. Know as Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP), Google is going a step further than the typical block or no block by allowing publishers to block or allow individual […]

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2009 Holiday E-Reader Bonanza Set to Fizzle

by Allen Weiner  |  November 30, 2009  |  1 Comment

As suggested in our research report, “E-Readers Will Take off With Holiday Shoppers in 2010,” Gartner stated that the pieces were not in place for e-readers to be the must-have holiday gift for 2009 and that 2010 was a more likely time for product take-off. Early indications confirm our research with Sony and Barnes and […]

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Taking a Page from the Apple iPod Marketing Playbook

by Allen Weiner  |  November 24, 2009  |  2 Comments

Kudos to Sony and Random House (U.K.) for some innovative marketing for its ereader. In the U.K., Sony is launching a pink ereader for fans of John Patterson (alas, one of my guilty pleasures). The reader will contain some exclusive content from John Patterson as well as a pre-release version of the latest Alex Cross […]

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Ereading in South Africa?

by Allen Weiner  |  November 16, 2009  |  2 Comments

Every time I read a blog post, like this one, reviewing the Kindle’s arrive in South Africa, I retreat to the notion that the future of ereading is on smartphones. Even with a slightly less optimal reading experience, the ubiquity of smartphones (not to mention carrier subsidized cost) is too glaring an advantage to ignore.

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