Broadband Internet

“Should broadband Internet service be treated as a basic utility in the United States, like electricity, water, and traditional telephone service? That’s the question at the heart of an important and provocative new book by Susan Crawford, a tech policy expert and professor at Cardozo Law School. In Captive Audience: …

The best APIs are simple web standards

  “For example, consider a reader’s annotations or comments on a New York Times article; any comments penned in single page mode should appear on the paginated version, where an article spans by default two, three, or four separate web pages, even though the web URLs are different for each …

The Business Rusch: The Changing Playing Field

  “In the past five years, e-book sales in the United States have gone from zero to (conservatively) 706 million, with no sign of slowing down. […] About 30% of those e-book sales come from independent (self-published) authors. That’s about 210 million ebook sales that did not come out of traditional publishing.  The …

Netflix Model for E-Books

  “Federal prosecutors say Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up e-book prices. But the court case, which began this week, may soon be a moot point, experts say, as other companies aim to make traditional prices irrelevant by offering e-book rental services akin to Spotify and Netflix.”

Nook Snaps

  “Barnes & Noble will start commissioning original works for Nook Snaps, its e-singles section. For the first 60 days, authors keep 100 percent of the royalties; after that, the royalty rate drops to 40 percent.”

BEA 2013: IDPF 2013: Authors, Readers, Data, the Future

  “While there was much anticipation over Goodreads founder Otis Chandler’s post-Amazon-acquisition update at this year’s IDPF 2013 Digital Book Conference at BEA, it was Writer’s Digestpublisher Phil Sexton who might have stolen the day, with the results of a survey of author reactions to self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. The Writer’s Digest survey …

eBook Bundles

“eBookBundles.com is the parent site of a new network of e-book retail storefronts focused on genres—including retail sites for sci-fi, romance and fantasy–that offers bundles of titles by a variety of authors at an economical price. Bundles start at $4.99 and typically include three to six titles from well-known authors …

Pew Report on Teen Sharing Online

The latest Pew study found that teens “focusing on controlling access to meaning. A comment might look like it means one thing, when in fact it means something quite different. By cloaking their accessible content, teens reclaim power over those who they know who are surveilling them.”

Storybundle

“StoryBundle is a way for people who love to read to discover quality indie books written by indie authors. You know how it’s always hard to find something good to read? StoryBundle hopes to solve that. We take a handful of books—usually about five or so—and group them together to …

Profit from Short-run Digital Book Production

“A look at how short-run digital book production can benefit authors and independent publishers, setting you on your way to publishing success also saving you money in various ways: e.g. not having to tie up so much in stock and overheads.” Profit from Short-run Digital Book Production from Documents and …

First 3D Printed Dress

“Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese modeled the very first fully articulated 3D-printed dress at an unveiling party earlier this week at Ace Hotel New York. The spectacular garment is made of 17 individually printed pieces with 3,000 articulated joints.”