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Monthly Archives: August, 2012

New DBW list rattles common ebook buying habit assumptions

Last Monday, Digital Book World (DBW) unveiled its new ebook bestseller list in conjunction with Iobyte Solutions. Unlike other ebook bestseller lists, including those from the New York Times, USA Today, and … Continue reading

August 30, 2012

The calm before the storm: Will September’s press events shake up the ebook world?

Well, if one thing’s for certain, September is shaping up to be a pretty active month in the technoglobe. While I think everyone knows to expect an announcement from Apple … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Social media: The good, the bad, and the sneaky

As with almost every other feature of the digital landscape, social media have presented both a blessing and a curse to authors eager to stake their claims to this new … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Google acquires Frommer’s guides

So if you’re a travel buff or a Google buff or a Frommer’s guide aficionado or read the news, you’ve probably seen that Google recently purchased a travel publishing line … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Amazon speaks to the consumer with returns on ebooks

GalleyCat’s Dianna Dilworth may have surprised a few readers with her recent post on how to return a Kindle ebook. Although Amazon’s return policy is not new, it’s an easily overlooked feature, particularly … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Discoverability alone does not a bestseller make

Using the term discoverability is all the rage among publishing aficionados. A lack of it is commonly cited as the cause of the industry’s various woes and ailments in the … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Beauty and the book

The other day, for the first time in months, I bought a real paper book. Since getting my iPad, I’ve been so caught up in the instant gratification of purchasing … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Bundles of bundles: Snug Nugget, StoryBundle, and ebooks, oh my!

A while back, I wondered whether the pay-what-you-want pricing model could work for the publishing industry. When I wrote my original post, StoryBundle had just announced its plans to launch a new website … Continue reading

August 16, 2012

Kobo’s first shaky steps in Japan

Earlier in July, the Kobo Touch ereader was the hottest selling item in Rakuten’s online shopping mall, the third-largest e-commerce website in the world. The preorders were apparently outselling water … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Authors Guild asks judge to say, “Oh, hell no!” to Google Books

Last week I wrote a lengthy summary of Google’s recent motion for summary judgment in the case of The Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc. The motion explained—in great … Continue reading

August 14, 2012

Scholastic opens online HP book club

We are children of our time here at Appazoogle, so you won’t be surprised that the latest Harry Potter news has got us interested. According to a recent press release, … Continue reading

August 13, 2012

The NOOK gets street smart

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of detective cartoons. I particularly enjoyed following the adventures of Inspector Gadget and his younger and more astute sidekick, Penny. … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

The odd couple: ABA and B&N join forces to protest agency model settlement

It’s often said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Apparently this is also true when the government involves itself in the book industry: Last week, the American Booksellers Association and Barnes & Noble … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Google claims Google Books is within fair use guidelines

Update (August 7, 2012): PaidContent has published the full, 22-page Authors Guild motion for summary judgment. An earlier version of this post linked to the 3-page version initially released to the public. … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · 3 Comments
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