Barbara E. Hernandez

Barbara E. Hernandez is a native Californian who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has more than a decade of experience as a professional journalist and college writing instructor. She also writes for Press:Here, NBC Bay Area's technology blog.

by Barbara E. Hernandez

As 2014 kicks off, here are top apps in the news industry to watch this year. Some of these free apps will be obvious choices for news apps, such as AP Mobile, but others such as Nextdoor may seem like unique ones. Other apps, such as Vyclone, give video editing to citizen journalists, and then […] more »

by Barbara E. Hernandez

Raj Lal, a senior engineer for a mobile phone company, checked his iPhone at the dinner table before getting a searing look and some strong words from his wife in the middle of a romantic restaurant. It was their 10th anniversary. Lal, 34, said he felt embarrassed about the scene, but more so that he […] more »

by Barbara E. Hernandez

E-book author Victoria Hudson doesn’t like Amazon or the power it seems to wield with independent writers. She didn’t want to sell her book and short stories on its Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, something she calls “too restrictive to authors.” Instead she chose an alternative book distributor based in the San Francisco Bay Area […] more »

by Barbara E. Hernandez

For many self-published authors, a traditional publisher is an elusive dream. It means a team of professionals taking over marketing, advertising, publicity and the mechanics of publishing one’s own book on paper and electronically. It means already forged relationships with booksellers, critics and other writers — and it means more time to write, rather than […] more »

by Barbara E. Hernandez

Apple’s iBookstore wields enough power to change how electronic books are sold and priced, according to plaintiffs in class-action suits against the Cupertino, Calif., company and several traditional publishers. The complaint alleges that Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to keep e-book prices high. Hagens Berman, a consumer rights class-action law firm, filed […] more »