Self-published rape and incest porn available through ebook retailers is fueling media outrage in the UK. As a result, some retailers have taken drastic action. But the retailers aren’t the only ones to blame: Some self-published authors are also employing techniques to ensure that their books stay ahead of filters. Read more »
As BuzzFeed expands internationally, it’s not relying solely on local-language editors or traditional translation. Instead, it’s outsourcing translation work to language learning startup Duolingo. Read more »
Book publishers worldwide are grappling with the digital transition, figuring out ebook pricing and competing against a massive number of other forms of entertainment. Here’s how these themes played out at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week. Read more »
After the new episode of Homeland airs this Sunday, the Amazon-owned digital audiobook service Audible.com will release a free, 30-minute “soliloquy by congressman-turned-fugitive Nicholas Brody,” the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall). Narrated by Damian Lewis, the actor who plays Brody, this is “Audible’s first stab at creating new content for a TV drama,” and Audible hired a writer to work on it in collaboration with Homeland writers and Fox.
In addition to giving away print books with Happy Meals, McDonald’s will start a year-long campaign to give away a free kids’ ebook every month through its website and apps. Read more »
Vivian Schiller will be Twitter’s new head of news, according to a report at AllThingsD. Read more »
A New York Times survey of over 4,000 online video viewers found that 34 percent of millennials (ages 18 to 34) say they watch “mostly online video/no broadcast TV,” compared to 20 percent of Gen X’ers (35- to 49-year-olds) and 10 percent of boomers (50+). Poynter has a bunch of slides from the survey, which Brian Brett, the NYT’s director of customer research, will be presenting at a conference in Las Vegas Thursday. Headline updated when Poynter updated its headline.
“Do I need to go down and get the certificate that says I’m CEO of the company to get you to stop challenging me on this?” An upcoming book reveals what it’s like to work for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, privately referred to by some competitors as “sensei.” Read more »
The first time that Louis C.K. sold a special for $5 through his website, he pulled in over $1 million in 12 days. Now he’s trying the model again. Read more »
The Financial Times now has 100,000 more digital subscribers than print subscribers, and starting next year it will make changes in the way it publishes its print edition. Read more »
Amazon on Tuesday introduced “Login and Pay” technology that lets users log into other retailers’ sites, pay and checkout via their Amazon accounts. The idea is that shoppers don’t like creating new user accounts, and that when third-party sites let users log in with Amazon accounts they’ll be able to learn more about those customers than they would have otherwise. Merchants already using Login and Pay include in-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo, Build.com and Autoplicity, among others.
Brands are seeing success with Flipboard’s custom magazines: The company says that between 10 and 20 percent of users who click on a brand’s magazine actually end up subscribing to it. Read more »
It’s essential for publishers to track and analyze ebook sales data, but the process is time-consuming. A new ebook analytics tool from app ranking company App Annie aims to make the process easier. Read more »
Ezra Klein and the team behind the popular politics blog Wonkblog just launched a viral site called Know More. It’s “an effort to break the slow web into parts that work for the social web,” Klein says. Read more »
A new survey suggests that adults who own an e-reader or tablet read more books than those who don’t own a device. The survey also found that younger people tend to read more books than older people. Read more »
Facebook announced last week that it’s going to provide U.S. TV networks with weekly data reports on user activity — including “likes,” comments and shares — around their TV shows. And now it looks as if international networks will benefit as well: The Wall Street Journal‘s Digits blog reports that the social networking site will send data to “10 networks in eight countries, including France, the U.K., Germany, Brazil and India.” Facebook plans to announce the initiative Monday. Eighty-three percent of the social network’s users live outside the U.S. and Canada.
CBS is expanding the full episodes that are available for viewing through its smartphone and tablet apps: The network will make all new episodes of fall primetime shows available on the app eight days after they air on TV. Read more »
Apple is appealing a verdict that it conspired to fix ebook prices. The company isn’t required to file the full appeal until early 2014, but here are some of the arguments to expect. Simon & Schuster, one of the settling publishers in the case, is appealing the injunction as well. Read more »
Instagram will start rolling out advertisements in U.S. users’ feeds in the next couple of months. The company says it will focus on “beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands” at first. Read more »
Goodreads faced backlash when it said that it would delete reviews that focus on an author’s behavior, rather than on a book’s contents, without warning. Now the company says it will send users the text of their reviews before deleting them. Read more »
The Netflix iOS app rolled out two key updates Thursday: The app now supports Air Play, so you can stream from your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV. And the app will stream in HD if you have a fast enough internet connection. If you’re not seeing these features yet despite upgrading your app, Netflix says to be patient: they’ll roll out “to all members who have the latest Netflix app (version 5.0) by mid-October.”
iOS reading platform Readmill launched on Android Thursday. The company says it’s found that users read more and are more engaged on smartphones than on tablets. Read more »
A new report on global ebook sales suggests that as the ebook market matures in the U.S. and U.K., other countries are starting to pick up the slack. Read more »
FiftyThree, the company behind the award-winning iPad journaling and drawing app Paper, has partnered with Moleskine to let users order print versions of their journals straight from the app. Read more »
On Tuesday, Scribd officially launched its new ebook subscription service, which offers all-you-can-read access for $8.99 a month. The service includes a broad partnership with ‘Big 5′ publisher HarperCollins. Read more »
Barnes & Noble has hired two new executives to help oversee its struggling digital division, Nook Media. Read more »
New York City has officially launched “WiredNYC,” a service that rates office buildings throughout the city based on their broadband access. And it is rolling out free public Wi-Fi in ten new areas this December. Read more »
Independent digital bookstore and publisher Emily Books already offers subscriptions to its monthly ebook selections through its website. Now it has launched an iOS app, “Emily Books Reader,” that lets users subscribe and read the ebooks on their iPhones or iPads. Read more »
Facebook is going to start sending TV networks weekly reports on activity around their shows. The move is partly an attempt to compete with Twitter, which is making TV a big part of its IPO strategy. Read more »
Sony is not going to sell its new e-reader in the U.S., citing “the region’s market changes.” The company’s U.S. market share for e-readers has dwindled in the face of competition from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Read more »
Evernote is launching Evernote Market, an online store that sells products like a Fujitsu ScanSnap Evernote Edition scanner and Evernote-branded Moleskines and Post-it Notes. Read more »
Book signings don’t have to go extinct in a digital era: Apple has applied for a patent that would allow users to get digital autographs on digital media like ebooks, movies and albums. As Apple Insider explains, the technology connects the author’s device with the fan’s device. Autographs can be authenticated and encrypted, and the technology also allows for virtual signings over the internet.
Evernote is partnering with 3M on a smartphone app that will let users “photograph, store and organize pictures of their Post-its,” the WSJ’s Digits blog reports. The app is set to be released Thursday. 3M will also sell packs of Post-it notes with Evernote’s logo and an offer for a 30-day Evernote Premium trial. Evernote CEO Phil Libin said the Post-it note’s simplicity makes it “a hero product for us,” and noted that “Paperless as a concept is stupid. The goal is to get rid of stupid uses of paper.”
Amazon is making some Prime Instant Video content available for download, so viewers can watch it without an internet connection. It’s not available for every video in the Prime catalog, but it’s still an intriguing option that Netflix and Hulu don’t offer. Read more »
Goodreads has started deleting some content from its site. Some of the site’s most passionate users are angry, but as Goodreads grows up it is going to face more challenges like this one. Read more »
Pinterest is making it easier for users to save text-based articles to the site. The move is likely to attract more media companies to Pinterest, and may also prevent some users from switching over to services like Pocket and Instapaper. Read more »
Goodreads has begun deleting book reviews that focus on a book’s author rather than on its content. Some users are crying censorship, but Goodreads will face more challenges like this as its membership grows. Read more »
Evidence from Kobo’s self-publishing platform, Writing Life, suggests that $1.99 is a bad price for ebooks. That’s corroborated by recent data from self-publishing site Smashwords. Read more »
The Daily Beast is seeking to quash rumors that it will shut down following Tina Brown’s departure. The company’s interim CEO, Rhona Murphy, said Friday that the site “is not for sale and is not closing.” Parent company IAC has “approved in concept” the site’s operating budget for 2014, and it’s getting a redesign. Also, the Daily Beast “averages more than 15 million unique visitors a month, according to Omniture, and traffic is up 22 percent this year alone.” IAC CEO Barry Diller praised Brown’s tenure at the site, “even throughout the two unfortunate Newsweek years.”
Here are three ways to wirelessly add PDF and EPUB files to nearly any iOS reading app, from Piotr Kowalczyk at Ebook Friendly. Reminder: If you’re using the Kindle app, you can add MOBI and PDF files but it doesn’t support EPUB.