Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Random House and Sesame Workshop launch sesame Street Digital Publishing Program

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 08:16 PM PST

Random House Children's Books (www.randomhouse.com/kids) and Sesame Workshop, the producer behind Sesame Street®, announced today the launch of a new digital publishing initiative, which will focus on early learning and reading readiness.  Select titles from the Random House Children's Books Sesame Street® library will be available as ebooks for the first time, beginning January 25with [...]

Android Reaches 39% Tablet OS Market Share (Standing On Amazon's Shoulders)

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 08:16 PM PST

Apple's iPad reigns supreme from whatever angle you choose to look at the tablet market (profits, apps, quality, market share, mindshare, you name it), but research firm Strategy Analytics this morning said Android did manage to capture a record 39 percent tablet OS market share in the fourth quarter of 2011. (Read more)

Delphia Simmons, Publisher, Thrive Detroit

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 08:09 PM PST

How do you start a print publication is today's environment when major newspapers and magazines that have been around for decades are closing their doors and silencing their presses? You find a concept that works, apply for a small business startup loan, and go for it. What's that you say, experience, who needs experience when [...]

The Bookstore's Last Stand

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 07:56 PM PST

IN March 2009, an eternity ago in Silicon Valley, a small team of engineers here was in a big hurry to rethink the future of books. Not the paper-and-ink books that have been around since the days of Gutenberg, the ones that the doomsayers proclaim — with glee or dread — will go the way [...]

The Economics of Self-Published e-Books

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 07:45 PM PST

A quick Google search on "economics of e-books" will result in a mix of articles either espousing gloom and doom for the book publishing industry, or discussing the unfairness of e-book pricing. Most of the discussion focuses on comparing e-books to printed books. This is not a valid comparison because the economics are completely different. [...]

Amazon Boosting Game Teams in Seattle, CA with Social & Mobile Focus

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 04:07 PM PST

Amazon.com's cloud-computing services already power some of the biggest names in online gaming. Its new Kindle Fire tablet and app store are giving game publishers a critical new sales channel. And now, the e-commerce pioneer appears to be getting more serious about publishing its own games. (Read more)

How Apple is sabotaging an open standard for digital books

Posted: 12 Feb 2012 04:00 PM PST

For nearly two years, Apple has wooed digital book publishers and authors with its unconditional support of the open EPUB standard. With last week's introduction of iBooks 2.0, Apple has deliberately locked out that standard. Here's why you should care. (Read more)
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