Kobo is no longer using the Goodreads API to provide book ratings and reviews on its websites and apps. Maybe that’s not surprising, since Goodreads was acquired by Amazon in March. Read more »
Looking for something to do over Labor Day weekend? You could take this $47 Udemy course on producing ebooks. Offered by DigitalPubbing.com’s Sabrina Ricci, who’s also a self-published author, it breaks down ebook production — including coding, file formatting and specific retailer instructions — into 25 parts. Note: I haven’t taken the course. And some reviewers complain that the volume on the first 8 lectures is too low, though they give the content high marks. It can be tough to find all this information in one place online, so it seems as if the course could be a good resource.
Digital now accounts for 11.3 percent of Hachette’s sales worldwide, and about 20 percent of Random House’s Read more »
Amazon launched Kindle, the Kindle Store and the Kindle self-publishing platform in Mexico on Thursday. Read more »
Netflix will be first to air Aziz Ansari’s new comedy special, “Buried Alive.” It airs November 1. After that, Ansari will also sell it as a $5 download. Read more »
Press+ launched a new tool to let publishers monetize video: After viewers watch a couple minutes, they’re prompted to pay up. Read more »
E-reading company Kobo plans to launch a $399 tablet. Has it learned nothing from Barnes & Noble’s experience? Read more »
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi is out of stock, suggesting that the company may release a new e-reader soon. Read more »
A federal judge said Tuesday that the DOJ can’t regulate the way Apple does business in the App Store. Read more »
Kobo rolled out a new e-reader and three new tablets at an event in New York Tuesday evening. The company is also launching a digital newsstand and children’s ebookstore, and it partnered with read-it-later service Pocket. Read more »
The New York Times website experienced another outage on Tuesday afternoon. The paper said it suspects a “malicious external attack,” and the Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for it. Read more »
Apple TV added several new apps Tuesday: The Disney Channel and Disney XD, the Vevo music video app, and apps from The Weather Channel and Smithsonian. Back in June, Apple added ESPN and HBO Go apps to its set-top box, and Time Warner Cable apps are reportedly on the way.
A new offering from Amazon lets developers earn referral fees by selling physical and digital products from Amazon’s catalog within their apps. Read more »
Barnes & Noble retail CEO Mitchell Klipper sold off about two-thirds of his shares in the company between August 22 and August 26. Read more »
Apple responded to various aspects of the DOJ’s proposed injunction against it in the ebook pricing case. It doesn’t want to change the way it does business in the App Store, but agreed to stagger negotiations with book publishers. Read more »
RSS reader Feedly made its premium product, Feedly Pro, available to everyone on Monday. It costs $5 a month or $45 a year and offers a few perks like search and Evernote integration. Read more »
Game Informer, a monthly magazine owned by videogame retailer GameStop, is by far the bestselling digital magazine in the U.S.: It has nearly three million digital subscribers, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, blowing away the other publications on the list. (Reader’s Digest, at #2, has under 300,000 digital subscribers.) But Game Informer isn’t necessarily a model for the rest of the industry: AdAge notes that subscriptions to it are bundled with GameStop’s premium customer rewards cards. Those loyalty card memberships account for over 99 percent of Game Informer subscriptions.
The federal government outlined a revised punishment for Apple in the ebook pricing case Friday. It argued that Apple changed its in-app purchase rules to retaliate against Amazon. And it wants to make big changes in the way Apple does business in the iTunes Store. Read more »
As CBS remains blacked out on Time Warner Cable in several major markets, TWC announced Friday that it’s giving away basic antennas and Best Buy credit to affected customers. Read more »
A study of about 8,300 people suggests that viewers recall ads better when they watch them on tablets than when they watch them on smartphones, TVs or computers. Read more »
In a story making the rounds on the internet, a Georgetown professor lost a bunch of books he’d downloaded from Google when he traveled to Singapore. But this isn’t an example of DRM run amok. Read more »
A successful Kickstarter campaign was supposed to keep “The Best American Music Writing 2012″ alive. High-profile music critics from outlets like the New Yorker and NPR joined the editorial board. But almost a year has come and gone with no sight of the book or its editor, Daphne Carr. Read more »
Neighborhood social networking site Nextdoor launched on Android Wednesday, following the launch of its iPhone app in May. Nextdoor, which started up in 2011, has raised about $40 million in funding and is expanding rapidly, with a focus on neighborhood safety.
Netflix is rolling out “My List,” a watch-it-later list that replaces the Instant Queue and lets streaming members watch content they’ve saved right from the home screen. Read more »
Condé Nast and Amazon have a new partnership that lets readers subscribe to magazines through Amazon and activate digital access at the same time. It’s easy to use, but you need to watch the pricing fine print. Here’s our guide to the subscription process. Read more »
Following Barnes & Noble’s disappointing earnings report, an investor call Tuesday morning resulted in more questions than answers about the company’s future plans. Read more »
Sync your Mailbox iOS app with your Dropbox account (to do this, go to “Settings” in the Mailbox app and tap “Dropbox”) and you’ll immediately get 1 free GB of extra storage space in your Dropbox account, The Next Web found. I tried it, and it works. Dropbox acquired Mailbox in March (Mailbox Co-Founder Gentry Underwood will be speaking at our RoadMap conference).
Barnes & Noble delivered another bad earnings report on Tuesday. Nook revenues plunged 20.2 percent, and revenue across the business was down 8.5 percent overall. Chairman Leonard Riggio is also abandoning his plan to buy up Barnes & Noble’s retail stores and take them private. Read more »
Internet retailer Overstock.com says it will permanently match Amazon’s prices on print books. Read more »
Barnes & Noble released Nook Video apps for iOS, Android, Roku and its own tablets — even though it plans to stop manufacturing those tablets in-house. Read more »
Digital publisher Open Road announced an $11 million funding round, bringing the total amount of funding it’s raised to $24 million. Read more »
Twitter has hired Jennifer Prince, who was head of media and entertainment ad sales at Google, as its new director of entertainment industry sales. She’ll expand the ways that TV and movie brands can work with Twitter. Variety notes that “Prince’s hiring marks the first time Twitter is targeting a vertical industry segment. Until now, company’s ad sales in the U.S. have been regionally focused.”
Barnes & Noble dropped the price of the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight to $99 on Sunday, making it the only front-lit reader on the market under $100. Read more »
Need something to read? Here are a few book recommendation sites that you may not have heard of. Read more »
Serious Eats, one of my favorite food websites, has launched a monthly food magazine with iOS publisher 29th Street Publishing (more about 29th Street here). Each issue of “Serious Eats Magazine” will focus on an individual theme “by combining the most popular recipes and features in our […] Read more »
Layoffs have reportedly begun at AOL’s hyperlocal news community Patch, and could affect up to half of Patch’s 1,000-person workforce. Read more »
E Ink Holdings, the leading provider of e-ink screens to companies like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, just had its worst quarter in four years. But the company says it sees growth in the e-reader market outside the United States. Read more »
Amazon has compiled a list of the funniest fake customer reviews for products like Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon and BIC Cristal for Her Ball Pen. Customers can also nominate the product reviews that they think are funniest. And Amazon links to Maria Popova’s “Modern Masterpieces of Comedic Genius: The Art of the Humorous Amazon Review.” (via Me and My Kindle)
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has sold off its $38 million stake in newspaper publisher Gannett Company and purchased $23 million worth of shares in the Dish Network, according to SEC filings. CNN Money notes that Berkshire Hathaway remains the largest outside shareholder in the Washington Post, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently acquired for $250 million.
It was a bad week for bookstores, at least in the world of punditry. Read more »