Author: Warren Whitlock

Book Store Death Watch: Barnes & Noble to Discontinue Nook Tablet

Barnes & Noble will no longer produce new tablet devices as it transitions to a “partnership model” on color tablets, the company announced today in its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report. The company also announced greater than expected losses for the quarter of $122 million or $2.11 per share on $1.3 billion in revenue. Investors expected sales to fall to $1.33 billion and a loss of $0.99 cents per share for the quarter. For the full year, the company’s results weren’t much better, following a disastrous holiday quarter in which it became apparent that Nook tablet sales were struggling....

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5 Ways Tablets are Changing Schools

Tablet shipments to K-12 schools grew 103% in the last year. Here are 5 ways tablets are changing schools: Personalized learning, creative interactivity, online learning, formative assessments, and tablets will introduce even even more change. Tablet shipments to schools grew 103% in the last year according to research from International Data Corporation (IDC). The report states  ”that momentum will continue as the 2013 back-to-school season approaches.” This growth in tablets will affect learning and classroom management—but how? Here are five ways tablets will begin to change K-12 education. Change 1: Personalized learning Tablets allow a class of 30 students to work on...

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Author Sylvia Day: Traditional Publishers Disadvantages

Sylvia Day was interviewed by Digital Book World about authors opportunities and publishers disadvantages When it came to getting a book published and distributed to a wide audience, it used to be that publishing houses with editorial, production, marketing and distribution operations were in the driver’s seat. All but a select few authors could dictate where the relationship went, how fast and under what terms. With the emergence of self-publishing as a viable option for wide distribution of books, things have changed. The number of authors who can plan their own route has increased and many authors who may...

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How the Google Books Settlement Changes the Future of Reading

  From io9 on the Future of Reading due to Google Books If you care about the future of books, you need to understand the Google Book Settlement. It’s a complicated legal document, but we’ve talked to some of its architects, detractors, and defenders – and break it all down for you. The Google Book Settlement could easily be the twenty-first century’s most important shift in how we deal with copyright in the world of publishing. To understand it, you need a little back story on the previous giant shift in copyright law, which happened about twelve years ago....

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A Twist on Fan Fiction: Amazon Gives Readers a Say

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon is once again shaking up traditional publishing models. This time, it’s giving fans a chance to add their own personal touches to their favorite fiction – and get paid in the process. Things will kick off with Amazon licensing three teen TV series – “Gossip Girl”, “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Vampire Diaries” – from Warner Bros Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment, Amazon said on its website. More content deals will be announced in coming weeks. Amazon has in the past decade emerged as the most disruptive force in publishing. It popularized digital books with...

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