People are accustomed to Amazon’s prices going down. Changes made this week and over the summer, however, are a reminder that in some cases, Amazon’s prices go up. Read more »
Amazon and MGM announced a deal Tuesday to make more MGM movies, as well as the History Channel hit Vikings, available for streaming on Prime Instant Video. Previously, Vikings had been available exclusively through Amazon’s European streaming service Lovefilm. It’s not available for streaming on Netflix. Movies included in the deal: Fargo, Platoon and Hoosiers (can also all be streamed on Netflix); Annie Hall and Hotel Rwanda (not available for streaming on Netflix).
The San Francisco-based iOS publishing platform Inkling has acquired Open Air Publishing, a New York-based publisher of iOS how-to books. Read more »
The New York Times’ tech columnist David Pogue is leaving the paper for Yahoo, where he’ll help launch a consumer tech site. Read more »
Barnes & Noble and One Laptop Per Child have partnered to preload a new Nook kids’ app on OLPC’s $150 XO tablets, which are designed for children in the U.S. Read more »
Pew released updated data Friday finding that 24 percent of American adults owns an e-reader, up from 19 percent in a November 2012 survey. For this report, Pew did phone surveys with 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older. Women are still more likely to own e-readers than men. In the same group, 35 percent of those surveyed owned a tablet, up from 25 percent in November 2012.
The BBC is ending a trial to expand its streaming app iPlayer globally, saying that there’s just too much competition from services like Netflix and Amazon. Instead, the BBC wants international users to watch video at BBC.com. Read more »
Aereo will launch in Detroit at the end of October. The company had said it would expand to 22 cities by the end of 2013, but so far it’s only set launch dates in eight cities. Read more »
Fox executive Mike Hopkins, who had been considered the frontrunner for the Hulu CEO position, was officially named to it Thursday. Hulu says its revenues will be close to $1 billion in 2013, but co-owners Disney and News Corp have argued over the future of the service. Read more »
How much would it cost to make your iPhone 5s able to track your emotions? Less than $1, Freescale Semiconductor’s Kaivan Karimi said at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference Thursday. Read more »
Big-5 publisher Macmillan, which had previously only made 1,200 ebooks available to libraries for lending, is now opening up its entire backlist of about 11,000 titles. Read more »
What we know — and what we don’t know — about Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture, which already has Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill on board. Read more »
Life as a connected consumer doesn’t mean you’ll never have to go to a physical store or bank again. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Read more »
San Francisco-based media startup accelerator Matter announced its second class Wednesday, which consists of seven startups. They include the Creative Action Network, a marketplace for crowdsourced creative content, and Connu, a short story startup that originally raised funding on Kickstarter. Read more »
“Netflix for ebooks” Oyster launched on iPad and opened up to everybody Wednesday; previously it had only been available on iPhone. Rival service Scribd also released some stats showing that most of its use is coming from iPad. Read more »
Glenn Greenwald is leaving the Guardian for a new media venture he euphorically described as a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity.” That venture is backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Read more »
Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who worked with Edward Snowden to publish a series of revelations on government spying in the U.S. and U.K., is leaving the newspaper for an unspecified new opportunity. Read more »
Vox Media, which owns tech site The Verge, sports community site SB Nation and gaming site Polygon, has raised another $34 million, according to an SEC filing noted by AllThingsD. The round, led by Accel, brings Vox Media’s total funding to over $70 million. The three sites get a combined 60 million visitors a month, according to Quantcast, and CEO Jim Bankoff tells AllThingsD that the company is on track to be profitable this year.
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 »