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Amazon Encore

"Even great books can be overlooked. And authors with great potential often struggle to connect with the larger audience they deserve to reach. We’re fortunate at Amazon.com to have customers who know a good book when they read one, so we've introduced AmazonEncore to help connect authors and their books with more readers.



AmazonEncore is a new program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on Amazon.com to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors…
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Added by John Dishon on May 15, 2009 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

All of Fiction Costs $125 Million

http://fictioncircus.com/news.php?id=308&mode=one



My favorite parts of the article:



"As we all know, Google recently bought all out-of-print fiction from the "Author's Guild" for $125 million dollars. This laughable, ludicrously small price is the kind of price that somebody would only offer for something that they didn't actually own.



You know, like Napoleon selling Louisiana to America in… Continue

Added by John Dishon on April 29, 2009 at 3:14am — 5 Comments

Rumor: Larger, Touchscreen Kindle 3 may be released later this year

http://i.gizmodo.com/5161405/a-larger-touchscreen-kindle-3-coming-this-year



Full text of the article:



"While we first saw the Kindle 2 months ago in a leak, there's been another nagging rumor, one of a Kindle with a full 8.5"x11" display. And according to DigiTimes, that Kindle still exists.



Sneakily tacked on a post about Amazon's e-ink display manufacturer Prime View… Continue

Added by John Dishon on February 28, 2009 at 1:14am — 1 Comment

Cell phone stories writing new chapter in print publishing

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/25/japan.mobilenovels/





From the article:



"A struggling Japanese publishing industry was quick to take notice of the growing popularity of keitai shosetsu, especially early works like Yoshi's "Deep Love." Many of the popular cell phone novels have since been turned into paperbacks, and bookstores across Japan now have entire sections devoted to the digital-age literary… Continue

Added by John Dishon on February 28, 2009 at 12:08am — 4 Comments

Authors´ Guild vs. reality: Kindles and read-aloud

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/02/25/authors-guild-vs-rea.html





From the article:



"I think there's plenty not to like about the Kindle -- the DRM, the proprietary file format, both imposed on authors and publishers even if they don't want it -- and about Amazon's real audiobook section, Audible (the DRM -- again, imposed on authors and publishers even if they'd prefer not to use it). But if… Continue

Added by John Dishon on February 27, 2009 at 3:44am — 13 Comments

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