Todays links of interest:
- Amazon bans account – customer loses all Kindle books
Dear publishers: this is what we fear when we talk about DRM.
- Kindle Readers Ignite Protest Over E-Book Prices
Again, you don’t want to be the publisher or author who gets tagged in this game!
- Google’s Love For Newspapers How Little They Appreciate It
Danny Sullivan rants. Eloquently. We must up our game to match this one!
- Lulu.com Author Appears on Oprah
Notable for the fact that a self-published author was featured on Oprah (where the bookers are notoriously independent when it comes to seeking and finding interesting guests).
- ‘Is Adobe hindering e-books?’: ePub rendering is flawed
Come for the question, stay for the answers. Or, read the comments for broader perspective. Or, every journey begins with a first step.
- Group protests Kindle e-reader’s read-aloud limits
In other Kindle-related black eyes, various vision impaired groups are banding together in support of the device’s text-to-speech functionality. Since it’s up to publishers to enable or disable, will be curious to see how this plays out.
- Photos and Video From the National Federation of The Blind’s Kindle 2 Protest
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
- On Spoons, Forks, and Knives
At the Oxford University Press blog, a delightful journey through important (but not all necessary) utensils.
- Romance novels are BIG in the e-book world, says New York Times
Which means what we have known to be true for a very long time has just been given official status.
- Why the Lack of a Jeff Bezos Dooms Mainstream Publishing
Jane, who is on a roll today, examines the impact of vision on publishing, picking up on the idea that Amazon is angling to become a publisher.
- DigiArcs for Booksellers
A reasoned, considered piece on digital arcs and readers for booksellers. Applause!
- Views: Print or Byte?
Scott McLemee explores the potential for digital publishing, suggesting it’s moving far faster than we’d expect.
- The recession heats up romance novels
Megan Daum, writing for the Los Angeles Times, starts with a good idea, but gets facts and details wrong. Oh, and extra-credit wrongness for use of bodice ripper in the headline.
- Recession Fuels ’ Demand for Romance Novels
The New York Times does a far better job with its article on romance novels and the recession!
- E-books rise
Karen Coyle on increasing ebook sales and yesterday’s protest at the Authors Guild (again, AG, you’re not looking good in this battle).
- Tech Rumor of the Day: Barnes Noble
Oh, Barnes and Noble, why do you make it so hard on yourselves? How about, oh, partnering with existing reader, making it better, and stopping with the reinventing of the wheel? kthxbai
- Guest Blogger Brett Sandusky on The Paradox of Becoming an Author
Very good article by Brett Sandusky on writing and author and the business of publishing. Shout-out to Colleen Linsday for hosting this one!
- Sourcebooks Nabs Out-of-Print ‘Witch Mountain’
Smart, especially with reprint coinciding with DVD release.
- More on returns, thanks to Michael Cader
Mike Shatzkin and Michael Cader engage in an intelligent debate on the issues surrounding returns and remainders and other problems facing books in retail outlets.
- Disability Access Activists Gather to Protest Kindle DRM
Coverage of the protest, with the added benefit of a solution from the Authors Guild that just makes a bad thing worse.