Tag: amazon

by Julie Keck

1. Subscription services for e-books: Like Netflix, like Spotify, or not at all? (Bill Rosenblatt / Forbes) 2. Which authors do subscription services benefit? (Dana Beth Weinberg / Digital Book World) 3. Ghomeshi bio to be first original title published by Kobo (Laura Godfrey / Publishers Weekly) 4. Four of the big five have new […] more »

by Sonia Paul

This week MediaShift is doing a special in-depth report on cutting the cord to cable TV — who’s doing it, why, and how. One of our most popular posts over the past 5 years has been our special guides to cutting the cord, which we first published in January 2010 and again in 2012.  Stay tuned […] more »

by Kathy E. Gill

Media distribution evolves. Today only about half of us watch traditional (“linear”) TV. Tech giants Amazon and Google are both purveyors of scaled-down devices that stream video, devices that contribute to the evolution. If you don’t already own an AppleTV or Roku and don’t want to spend a lot of money for a streaming media player, which should you buy? Based […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. How do Amazon-publisher disputes affect authors and readers? (Mercy Pilkington / Good e-Reader) 2. Self-published star lands seven-figure deal with traditional imprint (Alison Flood / Guardian) 3. Google Play Books wants you to be the next E. E. Cummings (Nate Hoffelder / Ink, Bits & Pixels) 4. 12 ways to update print production habits […] more »

by Dena Levitz

The final season of “Mad Men” is rolling out. “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has become a bonafide hit alongside its Netflix siblings “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”  Fox’s “Empire” just became the first TV show in ages to gain a bigger audience from week to week during its premiere season. And, […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. FCC finally releases net neutrality rules (Amy Schatz / Re/code) 2. In media companies, editorial staff shouldn’t be kept in the dark about finances (Celeste LeCompte / Nieman Lab) 3. Amazon’s ‘Write On’ crowd-publishing platform opens to all (Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch) 4. Guardian backpedals on Whisper app privacy violations (Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall […] more »

by Rich Bellis

Paula Hawkins’s “The Girl on the Train” chugs into its sixth week as the No. 1 best-selling e-book, an accomplishment that’s rather noteworthy for bucking the trend of top titles driven by hot movie releases. One trend the novel’s success fits right into, though, is the clear dominance its publisher Penguin Random House has enjoyed on the E-book Best-Seller List […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Amazon Prime is one of the most bizarre good business ideas ever (Marcus Wohlsen / Wired) 2. A boost for enhanced e-books (Clare Swanson / Publishers Weekly) 3. The success of the “American Sniper” enhanced edition e-book is a one-off (Nate Hoffelder  / Ink, Bits & Pixels) 4. DIY: Book awards for self-published authors […] more »

by Janet Asteroff

After almost a century in business, electronics stalwart RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. Their well situated real estate presents an opportunity for one of the companies that put them out of business: Amazon. Sprint and the hedge fund Standard General agreed to buy 1,500 to 2,400 of RadioShack’s 4,000 company-owned stores in the United States. The […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. David Carr, Times critic and champion of media, dies at 58 (Bruce Weber & Ashley Southall / New York Times) 2. Obama to sign executive order on sharing cybersecurity threat information (Katie Zezima / Washington Post) 3. Mic fires news director after plagiarism investigation (Jeremy Barr & Peter Sterne / Capital New York) 4. […] more »