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Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Our hero?: Penguin Random House confirmed

This week I joined most of the publishing industry in the water cooler buzz about the recently-announced marriage of Random House and Penguin. (Also, of course, the blogosphere/social media/Internet buzz.) … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

With tablets, is bigger always better?

It’s uncertain how Apple’s iPad mini announcement last week will impact ebook publishers, with Digital Book World calling it a “mixed blessing.” Over the past year or so, ebook buyers … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

It’s (a)live: Advance access to Riffle for Appazoogle readers!

Frankenstorm is here! Halloween is coming! And Riffle—the book recommendation and discovery site we told you about last week—is live! It’s aliiiiiiiiive!!! And it’s still invitation-only. But, as a special … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Re: Newsweek

Guest writer Andy Dost studied journalism as part of his undergraduate coursework and has work experience in the publishing industry. Appazoogle invited him to share some of his thoughts about … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Amazon, Apple, and Google: Outside the publishing arena

The Wall Street Journal reported some unhappy news for Google stockholders last week, showing quarterly profits down 20 percent from this time last year. And while this doesn’t directly affect … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

A preview of the 2012 Boston Book Festival

This Saturday, October 27, the fourth annual Boston Book Festival takes place in Copley Square, Boston. If you’ve never been, the festival is a place where authors, illustrators, journalists, filmmakers, and more … Continue reading

October 23, 2012

Riffle offers a fresh approach to book sharing and recommendations

The dictionary says that riffle means to flip hastily through pages or to take a cursory look at a book. The new book discovery website, Riffle, does offer users a quick look … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

Mini me, you complete me: Small is big in new ereaders

Rumors are swirling around the not-so-subtle Apple announcement for Tuesday’s event that teases, “We’ve got a little more to show you.” Little, you say? As in…mini? Something…nan-tastic?

October 18, 2012 · 3 Comments

Science fiction ebooks: a league of their own?

Humble Bundle came across my desk in a forwarded email with the subject line: “You Like Books? Humble Bundle for Books now up!” Despite being annoyed by all the extra … Continue reading

October 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Google Chrome’s ad: “An Awesome World” about a self-published “awesome dad”

Have you seen Google Chrome’s video about children’s book author Dallas Clayton? I happened to catch it during X Factor commercials last week. (Don’t judge. I was curious.) The ad describes Clayton’s goal … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

New age piracy: ask the right questions

Recently, one of the authors I work with was in touch with me because someone was torrenting his book. To paraphrase the email: “They’ve got my book on a site … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

One big misunderstanding?: The problem with misconceptions and epublishing

One of the biggest misunderstandings that plagues the publishing industry today is that ebooks are inherently cheaper, faster, and easier to produce than their print counterparts and, as a result, … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 14 Comments

Top News of the Week

 AAP and Google reach settlement.  After seven years of litigation over Google’s library book scanning, publishers have seen that “Google has kept on scanning and indexing—and the sky did not fall.” Microsoft and … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

Five down, one to go: Macmillan takes a step toward ebook lending

Last week saw several newsworthy announcements with regard to ebook lending. First, ALA President Maureen Sullivan published an open letter to American publishers calling for the end of discriminatory practices. … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · 3 Comments

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