Today’s links of interest:
- Only Branding Can Save the ebook Industry
It’s not what you think it is. This post at The New Sleekness takes a look at brand as it relates to ebook sales, changing up the conversation a bit.
- Borders Said Close to Financing to Repay Loan Due April 1
Good news for all involved.
- Agency Model Means No Discounts,Higher Prices, Possible Disruptions
File under: understating the obvious.
- NYRblog – Atwood in the Twittersphere
Love this article from Margaret Atwood.
- [INSERT PUBLISHER HERE]: Why Branding to Readers Should Matter to Publishers
More on publisher branding, a counterpoint to Sarah Russo’s piece from Erin Cox.
- First Agency Model Casualty: Amazon Not Selling New Penguin e-Books
This just rocks, you know? Everyone loses.
- Amazon Officially Responds to Hachette Buy Button Problem
And we have two. Seriously, was there no way to handle this in a better manner?
- iTunes and malformed ePub
Interesting post from Liza Daly about EPUB files and the iTunes store. Her final comment is the key.
- Do I need the middle?
Brian O’Leary wonders about the tipping point for authors going the DIY route in ebooks (in particular). At one point do money and value tip the other way?
- Amazon Has Chance to Dominate e-Book Sales for iPad
Um really? This is just now becoming obvious?
- As Expected Harper Studio Will Fold
While we’d hoped HarperCollins would actually see its experiment through, well, it appears that is not to be.
- Apple’s iPad Release Is Giving Amazon and E-Book Publishers a Headache
Nicely balanced look at the state of the agency model switchover from Sarah Weinman.
- Amazon’s Next Move
Joe Wikert offers some suggestions about the Kindle app for the iPad. Make it more feature rich. Pronto.
- iPad app pricing: A last act of insanity by delusional content companies
A look at some news apps for the iPad (Time, you are doing it wrong!). Love this quote from Paul Kerosky: Paying $17.29/mo for WSJ iPad app should disqualify you for something important, like being allowed to use money. Right now, it seems like the NPR app is winning the love from users.
- Former ‘PW’ Publisher George Slowik Buys Magazine
Congratulations to the fine folks at Publishers Weekly!
- The Hugo Awards : 2010 Hugo Award Nominees – Details
A lovely list featuring favorite books and authors.
- The iPad: A Hella Long Journal and Review
A long look at reading on the iPad. And other stuff.
- Practical and ethical challenges posed by digital content delivery
Mike Shatzkin looks at two seemingly unrelated articles in the NYT and notes the underlying issues have common roots: rights in the digital world.
- A Story Before Bed
We love A Story Before Bed, and are thrilled they have an iPad app ready to go. Publishing win!
- Kindle Font Size Feature Makes Reading Easier for Visually Impaired Readers | Amazon Kindle, Kindle 2 And Kindle DX Blog
There are so many advantages to digital reading. This one.
- Artists Ebooks’ and (what is wrong with) ePubs
From James Bridle, an alternate view of the limitation of EPUB. Like.
- LibreDigital, Apple Team Up toDeliver e-Books to the iPad
Excellent news for everyone.
- Apple’s Strategic iParadox
Read. Consider. Discuss.
- Book Sales Drop in 2009, but E-Books Explode
Sarah Weinman crunches numbers so we don’t have to.
- Agency Retail Model Raises Spectre of E-Book Sales Tax
More on the unintended consequences of the Agency Model. Again, it’s cool to switch to a smarter business model, but do it in a smart way. So much easier on everyone involved.
- Rich Leaving ‘NYT’ Publishing Beat
Motoko Rich leaving the publishing beat for the business beat. She will be missed.
- Kindle on iPad: The Incumbent
Excellent review of the Kindle app. Well done, Pablo, well done.
- Announcement: Publishr becomes a publisher
A new project from the very clever mind of Brett Sandusky. This is gonna be good.
- Serious disruption just over the near horizon
Mike Shatzkin sees the acceleration of ebook and other online sales and lays out a vision. Many ideas you’ve read here, plus several we haven’t explored yet.
- Board of Director Election: Summary Total votes March 2010
Congratulations to new board member Liza Daly.
- Theory meets practice
This is really good: a look at Peter Olson’s apparent change of heart (readers, they matter!) and the recent shuttering of HarperStudio. Great minds are doing great thinking today!
- Feb E-Book Sales Punch Thru 4X Ceiling
Official statement from BS: We can firmly state that many ebook sales are replacing former print books sales. That is all.
- Financing Plan Threatens Reading Is Fundamental
Please, leaders of the United States of America, cut the stupid abstinence programs instead. Focus on RIF and other programs that actually work.
- Publishers Squeezing Booksellers on Credit
While this is not surprising, it does make things that much tougher for booksellers. Read the comments for more insight.
- Morgan James Signs with CoreSource, Ups Royalty Split
50/50 split between authors and publishers.