With the rise in popularity of ebooks comes the need for electronic autographs. Kindlegraph’s been around for a bit, but only now do I see enough people using it. For a primer on Kindlegraph, click here.
Like previous news from Penguin about its subsidy press ‘Book Country’ wasn’t bad enough (see my previous posts), now comes news that Penguin is refusing to participate in ebook lending citing priracy concerns. For more details, refer to this story in mashable.com.
Not a good week for Penguin publicity-wise.
Publishing companies are toying with populating ebooks with ads. The idea is to have these ads pay for themselves in increased sales for the product, the incentive for the reader being free or reduced priced books.
Personally I think it is a terrible idea. I’d hate to have the flow of reading broken up by randomly popping ads. As a writer, I don’t think it is such a hot idea, either. (Never say never, I know.)
Check this article on goodreader.com for details.
Amazon’s Kindle is preparing to launch out as a tablet, an Android based touchscreen, hitting stores (US) late November for $250.The cool thing is that buyers will receive a free subscription to Amazon Prime (unlimited two day shipping, and free access to instant video).
Sony’s new touchscreen will not tie you down to a particular store (unlike kindle). Some features – it’ll let you highlight with your finger, let you touch a word to bring up its meaning. Click here for details on the Sony.
The iPad is Offering the Kindle Stiff Competition. Click here for the story.
A lot of people are making a lot of money from self-publishing. But it is important that you plan things out. Click here for an account by a self-published author (this is pre-Amazon), who still made a lot of money.
It was too good an opportunity for scammers to ignore. Taking advantage of Kindle’s upload by anyone policy, scammers have been ripping off lesser known authors. All it takes a name change and a cover change. Price it at $.99 and you’re set to go.
Then there are the spammers. They upload junk content. To a casual buyer, it is only $.99 right? They’ve made their money.
Kindle pays authors monthly, so it is quick turn around for the scammers as well as spammers.
Check out the article ‘Spammers, Content Farming, and Kindle: One Reason Why Your Book Can’t Be Found In The Abyss’ for another angle on this. Click here for this post.