Amazon’s new Kindle First gives Prime members the chance to read an ebook from Amazon Publishing in advance of its publication each month for free. Read more »
Student website Chegg hopes to raise up to $172.5 million in its IPO, according to an updated SEC filing Thursday. The company does not expect to be profitable “in the near term.” Read more »
Amazon Studios is testing two hour-long dramas — one by X-Files screenwriter Chris Carter, one based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling Harry Bosch series. Read more »
In an age of Amazon reviews, Consumer Reports is struggling to succeed: Its average reader is over 60 years old. “It was a very slow process for [Consumer Reports] to wake up to the notion that the website was more important than the print product,” one former employee told Romenesko. “There was the attitude, ‘Users don’t know anything; we’re the experts.'”
Politico is launching a free, bi-monthly print magazine, as well as a new “Politico Magazine” section of its website that will be updated daily. The editor, Susan Glasser, was formerly editor in chief at Foreign Policy. Read more »
HarperCollins has begun selling some ebooks directly, starting with titles by C.S. Lewis. These are DRM-protected EPUB files, so if you want a Kindle version you’ll have to buy through Amazon. Read more »
Amazon on Wednesday launched “a literary journal for the digital age,” Day One (not to be confused with the journaling app of the same name), which will publish the work of one writer and one poet each week. An annual subscription will normally be $19.99 but is $9.99 for “a limited time.” Issues will be delivered automatically to your Kindle or Kindle app and “each issue of Day One includes a letter from the editor, as well as occasional bonus content such as playlists, illustrations, or brief interviews with the authors.”
This looks to be a way to introduce debut authors: The first authors and poets listed are those who’ve never published books before.
Barnes & Noble released its new e-reader, the $119 Nook GlowLight, Wednesday. It’s in stores and for sale on BN.com now. The biggest difference between it and the Kindle Paperwhite is that the GlowLight has 4 GB of built-in storage instead of 2 GB. Read more »
Random House has acquired teen reading and writing community Figment. Figment had previously acquired Inkpop, a similar site from HarperCollins. Read more »
Cook’s Illustrated fans, rejoice: America’s Test Kitchen is now bundling access to all three of its websites — and unifying search across them — for $69.95 per year. Read more »
Amazon officially rolled out Kindle MatchBook on Tuesday. The program lets publishers and authors bundle print book purchases with discounted ebook editions. Read more »
Showtime hit Dexter, which recently wrapped its eighth and final season, is coming to Netflix Watch Instantly. The first four seasons of the show will be available October 1; seasons five through eight will start streaming January 1, 2014. Read more »
After an uproar broke out in the U.K. over self-published rape and incest porn for sale on ebook sites, Kobo removed self-published titles from its U.K. site for two weeks while it reviewed them. Now the company has explained its policy going forward. Read more »
Medium, the blogging platform founded by Twitter cofounder Evan Williams, opened to everyone Friday afternoon, after months in closed beta where writers had to be invited to participate. You’ll need to login with your Twitter account and then verify your email address; after that, you can only post from the Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers. Mobile devices aren’t supported yet.
Smashwords authors who make their ebooks available through ebook subscription service Oyster will get 60 percent of their book’s list price if an Oyster user reads at least 10 percent of it. Read more »
Amazon Publishing’s head honcho in New York, Larry Kirshbaum, plans to leave the company next year. The company is also reportedly scaling back its publishing presence here, something it denies. But it’s undeniable that Amazon’s original plan to publish traditional fiction and nonfiction like a major East Coast publisher has not gone as planned. Read more »
Streaming video service Wuaki.tv, which launched in the U.K. this summer, has partnered with Panasonic to make its app available on Viera smart TVs. The company says it expects smart TVs to be the largest viewing platform for its content. Read more »
Amazon Prime is growing very fast, thanks in part to streaming video, Amazon said in its Q3 earnings Thursday. Read more »
YouTube is reportedly planning to launch its own subscription music streaming service, which would include video, this year. It will enter a very crowded marketplace. Read more »
Buy a copy of the New York Times from a newsstand or Starbucks on Sunday, November 3, and you’ll get a free four-week membership to the newspaper’s website and smartphone app. Read more »
More creators can now take advantage of YouTube’s paid subscriptions. As of Tuesday, free channels that have over 10,000 subscribers and meet some other criteria can create paid channels and charge monthly fees for them. Read more »
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 »