Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon
The details are not clear yet, but the source says, “in broad strokes, the goal that [founder Aaron] Stanton and three of the folks he was working with from the original BookLamp crew is to beat Amazon at their own game.”
“I can tell you that in the next year to 18 months you will see some fairly major initiatives focused on books and reading coming out of Apple.”
Huh. And just earlier today I discussed the problem of Apple and eBooks with Baldur Bjarnason.
If Apple wants to boost sales, they have to treat books like books.
A Kindle book can be read on any damned platform — Kindle device, iOS, Android, Mac, PC.
Books bought from the Apple iBookstore are locked to Apple’s iOS and OS X hardware, period. Who wants book lock-in? No one.
Apple can think better recommendations will help, but if they want to be serious in selling books against Amazon — and with over one billion devices out there, they should — they need to liberate books from their Apple-only grasp.
And on the writer’s side of things, don’t require OS X hardware to submit to the iBookstore.
Xiaomi’s MiPad Weibo published a communique today that contains some staggering information about a book that went viral through social media:
They removed this ability quite some time ago. I don’t know why because it’s often useful.
Anyway, it actually still exists despite the link no longer appearing.
Click here for Advanced Book Search.
Zola Books Acquires Bookish.com
The site that was supposed to save the asses of the Big 6 (now 5) of publishing against that meanie Jeff Bezos and his ferocious beast Amazon, was dumped in what looks like a fire sale price to a non-publisher.
I never got around to checking out this site in depth. That is, beyond its WTF TOS.
Now I am pleased that I will never have to look at it ever again.
Amazon wins again.
The internet is wiping out gardening books so I’m giving up, says author, 85
To write a bestseller now you need to choose something that you can’t look up on Google.
Google defeats authors in U.S. book-scanning lawsuit
I was against Google. But I’m not going to bother to link to all my posts.
This is bullshit:
He [Judge Chin] also said Google’s digitization was “transformative,” meaning it gave the books a new purpose or character, and could be expected to boost rather than reduce book sales.
If scanning a book is “transformative,” then my posting a short clip from a TV program or movie on YouTube for fair use in a post should be as well. Yet I’ve had two such clips DMCAed away and Google has threatened me with account deletion if I do it again (or am caught doing it again, harumph).
I have been a user of Google Books for longer than I can remember. Proportionally, they place more of a book online than any of my short clips do of any TV program or movie.
Yet they get a fucking free pass — for grabbing all the books.
While I’m under threat by Google for just two alleged violations.
I look forward to Google doing Video Search and grabbing all the TV and all the movies. Because that’s what they do. They need to build shit to slap ads on. It’s how they make their money.
Those CopyNazis of the MPAA don’t realize what just hit them.
Scribd launches first global, multi-platform digital book subscription service
Go here to get a look at all of the available books.
There are over thirty publishers involved.
For many people, this will probably be a good deal, even if they read just two books a month. But that’s not the average American, who reads far fewer than that.
I’m not sure if this is for me yet. I’d really feel the pressure to read, to squeeze every penny out of that monthly fee. Not that that’s a bad thing, but there are some times when I get burned out on reading — yet I’d still have to keep up that fee every month. And then feel even more pressure to squeeze out those lost pennies.
KakaoTalk Challenges Apple and Google with New Digital Publishing Platform
The Korean-made messaging app KakaoTalk has over 70 million users and a social gaming platform running in a couple of countries. But the app doesn’t stop there. KakaoTalk has launched Kakao Page as a media and content publishing platform for companies to distribute content.
This is interesting, putting publishing inside of “social media.”
Those seventy million users — if you get a direct mail response rate of one percent, that’s seven hundred thousand!
It will be interesting to see what sell-through numbers turn out to be.
And you can expect this to show up next as The Next Big Thing at the endless book conferences…
That is, unless Amazon does a phone and gets the bright idea to include its own messaging app that incorporates this.
Who’s After the dotBOOK Top Level Domain
Maybe we can stop this idiocy after all.
ICANN is asking for public comments: “Closed Generic” gTLD Applications
dotBOOK should not belong to any commercial entity.
From a 1903 issue of Appleton’s Magazine (reformatted for easier reading):
A Problem of the Future
Carnegie is the great bestower of libraries, and the fact that his money can create many libraries that contain all the books ever written that are worth while, leads one to wonder whether private fortunes of the future will be commensurate to the bestowal of any complete library anywhere, for the mind is appalled by what we may come to in a thousand years in the way of books.