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Goodreads: a second opinion (Part 2)

A day after I drooled with admiration over the mission of social book reading site Goodreads and their not-as-sketchy-as-Amazon’s book reviews, Amazon swept in and bought them. Cue the speculation, lamentation, … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Back to Basics: The Lean, Mean Publishing Machine?

Everything comes in cycles, they say, and lately, it looks like a lot of publishing companies are focusing on simplifying their business strategies, eliminating the “extra” business lines, and focusing … Continue reading

March 19, 2013

Will the indies succeed in making DRM illegal?

Last week, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Fiction Addiction, and Posman Books—three independent bookstores who claim to represent “all independent brick-and-mortar bookstores who sell ebooks”—sued Amazon and the Big Six, … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 32 Comments

The Amazon patent, part one: What is it?

Digital publishing has been abuzz (and in many cases, aghast) at the recent news that Amazon may be entering the digital resale market. Publisher’s Weekly announced earlier this month that … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

To curb “showrooming,” Target to match Amazon’s prices

Last week, my sig oth gleefully showed me an article on the WSJ‘s MarketWatch: Target has promised to match Amazon’s prices. To combat practice of “showrooming,” in which a customer uses a store … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

Santa wasn’t so good to B&N this year

It was a tough break for Barnes & Noble this holiday season. The Nook side of the business was down 12.6 percent compared to last year’s figures—a disappointing number, particularly … Continue reading

January 10, 2013

The Am-bilical cord: Dependence on Amazon is a tough tie to cut

This year, I thought I could cleanly cut my ties with Amazon. I thought that my use of Amazon was limited merely to purchasing books and printer ink on the … Continue reading

December 18, 2012

The harder they fall? Amazon faces a succession of scrutiny as people draw snap judgments

If you’ve been following any of the publishing news stories lately, most likely you’ve seen quite a few stories that report missteps, mistakes, and mysteries concerning the giant e-tailer that … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Stuck in the middle: Tablets for low-income consumers

Apple’s launch of the iPad mini revealed what some might call a nod to the competition with its lower price point—though, granted, not that much of a nod to the competition. Though … Continue reading

November 7, 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

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

Digital gets real

A recent Digital Book World article caught my eye this week, mostly because of the big names involved: Amazon and Wal-Mart, the titans that I like to think of as the equal and … Continue reading

September 26, 2012

Two new tablets are thrust into the tablet wars

On Thursday, September 6, both Kobo and Amazon made press announcements to unveil new lines of ereaders and tablet devices. Bad timing on both of their parts since whichever way you look at it, a bit … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Judge approves DoJ settlement. Who scores?

Well, we have part of our answer in the ebook price fixing lawsuit. Despite public opposition to the settlement, the ABA/B&N amicus brief, and a filing in the form of … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

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