Today’s links of interest:
- With Kindle, Publishers Give Away E-Books to Spur Sales
Another look at the most misunderstood controversy in publishing. Yes, Penguin, you do give books away (as do all your peers). Yes, free books help sell other books. That’s how it’s worked in the print world for decades.
- Before E-book Experimentation, How About A Little Back to Basics?
I focus on the importance of getting basics right before leaping into the magical world of enhanced ebooks.
- Apple’s tablet and the future of literature
Another article about books and technology that pretends the Apple Tablet will offer features not already available on the web. The device will not do anything magical.
- Top authors await ebook bonanza
Publishers will have to address the problem of top tier talent taking their backlists elsewhere — it truly is all about the money.
- The Nook and Barnes Noble’s Super-Polite, Absolutely Awful Customer Service
Oh Barnes Noble, you really need to get this stuff right.
- Dear NYT: Reading Has Actually Long Been Social, Rarely Private
Heck, *storytelling* in public was our original form of entertainment, information, and education.
- Free As A Tool
Lauren Dane responds to the New York Times piece on free and it’s implications. She was one of the authors featured in the article (congrats!).
- Learn from my misery: Don’t buy a nook.
Barnes Noble has the opportunity to be a serious player in the ereader and ebook space if they don’t screw things up. This story does not give me hope.
- The Unicorns are Here, They’re Just Not Evenly Distributed Yet
Andrew Savikas of O’Reilly Media speaks truth to the masses. Come for the great post (some of his points will sound very familiar!) and stay for the comments.
- NBCC Names Finalists
Congratulations to all finalists. We know who we’re voting for!
- Harvard Business Review Press Selling Chapters Via Kindle
Ah, finally. Have been waiting for this.
- Harper Debuts Writing Site for Teens
Here’s hoping this is a success.
- How to use a semicolon
Love, love, love.
- No Lie: Nintendo Publishing Digital Romance Novels
- 8 1/2 Unanswered Questions about the Future of Publishing in the Digital Era
An excellent list of open questions for our digital age.
- The Millions: Confessions of a Book Pirate
Really eye-opening interview/discussion with an admitted file uploader. Gets into the why question. This is a must-read!
- ‘Oral sex’ definition prompts school district to pull dictionaries
Really, stop the madness.