Great Kindle Tutorial Website

CJ's Easy as Pie is a great blog for answering detailed questions about formatting books for the Kindle. check it out at http://www.cjs-easy-as-pie.com/

Economics Rewrite Book Business - WSJ.com

Economics Rewrite Book Business - WSJ.com: "The economics of the book business are changing so rapidly the industry barely looks like it did just six months ago.

The era of the book superstores, with their big windows and welcoming tables stacked high with books, has gone into decline. Many of the country's most enthusiastic readers have already switched to less-costly digital books. Amazon customers now buy more Kindle titles than hardcovers and paperbacks."

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Using G+ at ebook conference session


Len Edgerly, podcaster of "Kindle Chronicles" invited me to join him in his conference presentation in Utah on ebooks. I used google Plus "hangouts" to speak and answer questions. It was a fun experience. Check out a recording on of his sessions at the conference: http://www.thekindlechronicles​.com/2011/08/13/2247/

Knocking Down Apple's Walled Garden: HTML5 vs. iOS Apps

Today Amazon launched an HTML5 browser version of its market leading eReader application, Kindle. Called Kindle Cloud Reader, it's a direct response to the 30% cut of sales that Apple now takes from in-app purchases and subscriptions via iOS apps. The 30% Apple toll hits businesses like Amazon hard, because the margins on book sales are slim enough as it is.

The HTML5 Kindle site appears to be optimized for the iPad. It's accessed from the Safari browser in the iPad, so it routes around Apple's App Store. That means Amazon doesn't need to give Apple 30% of an eBook sale. Because the HTML5 site is very close to the functionality of the iPad Kindle app, this is going to have huge ramifications for Apple. Yes, Apple's walled garden has just been structurally weakened. I'd go as far as to say that it's a matter of months, not years, before Amazon pulls its iOS Kindle app from the App Store.

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Amazon Now Renting Textbooks for Kindle

Today, Amazon.com announced the launch of Kindle Textbook Rental--now students can save up to 80% off textbook list prices by renting from the Kindle Store. Tens of thousands of textbooks are available for the 2011 school year from leading textbook publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. Students can find details about the program at www.amazon.com/kindletextbooks.

Free O'Reilly Webinar: Digital Rights and Publishers

The Changing World of Digital Rights and Publishing Agreements

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Free Books For New Nook Owners



The Digital Reader Blog reported that today Barnes & Noble announced a new program that's good for new Nook owners. If you bring in your old ebook reader when you go to buy a Nook, you can get 30 free ebooks.

The offer is available starting tomorrow, and it covers both the Nook Touch and the Nook Color. Along with the $315 in ebooks, B&N will give you a 2GB microSD card. They'http://www.the-digital-reader.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/nook-trio.jpgv released the complete list of titles ( here)


Interview about Publishing Articles on the Kindle

I was so happy to be asked to do an interview with Len Edgerly, from the Kindle Chronicles. This is my favorite podcast on everything Kindle. He has a variety on interviews and Kindle information every Friday.

E-reader ownership doubles in six months

The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010. This is the first time since the Pew Internet Project began measuring e-reader use in April 2009 that ownership of this device has reached double digits among U.S. adults.

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