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Update Mobility: The Year in Mobile

By James Turner
December 16, 2013

As the end of December approaches, it’s time to take a look at the year that was. In a lot of ways, 2013 was a status quo year for mobile, with nothing earthshaking to report, just a steady progression of …

Four short links: 31 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 31, 2013

Courier Prime — tweaked Courier “for screenplays” (!). (via BoingBoing) The Dead Grandmother/Exam Syndrome and the Potential Downfall Of American Society (PDF) — education is dangerous to female extended family members. As can be seen in Table 1, when no …

Four short links: 15 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 15, 2013

Electronic Gadgets in the NZ Consumer Price Index — your CPI is just as bizarre, trust me. (via Julie Starr) Captive Audience: Telecom Industry and Monopoly in the New Gilded Age (Amazon) — Foo camper and former Washington insider, now …

Commerce Weekly: Predicting 2013

By Jenn Webb
December 20, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Predicting the 2013 commerce space As 2012 wraps up, industry executives are looking ahead to what 2013 might bring. In a report at eCommerceBytes, executives …

Four short links: 1 May 2012

By Nat Torkington
May 1, 2012

Sugata Mitra: Beyond The Hole in the Wall (YouTube) -- great talk by the education researcher Sugata Mitra whose big kick is self-directed learning. Great stories about the deployments and effects he's had with technology and supervision rather than teaching, but the end is a real kicker: the core skills we have are literacy, search, and belief. Of the...

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: February 1, 2012

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: February 1, 2012
By Joe Wikert
February 2, 2012

Highlights from the 2/1/12 edition of the TOC newsletter include: TOC chairs Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert on what to watch for at the upcoming Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: February 1, 2012

By Joe Wikert
February 2, 2012

Highlights from the 2/1/12 edition of the TOC newsletter include: TOC chairs Kat Meyer and Joe Wikert on what to watch for at the upcoming Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again

By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

One survey said ereader and tablet ownership doubled during the holidays; a second showed that Amazon may not be losing money on its Kindle Fire sales. Also, Amazon got a new print edition distributor and the library discussion elevated beyond ebooks.

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again

Publishing News: Ereader ownership doubles, again
By Jenn Webb
January 27, 2012

One survey said ereader and tablet ownership doubled during the holidays; a second showed that Amazon may not be losing money on its Kindle Fire sales. Also, Amazon got a new print edition distributor and the library discussion elevated beyond ebooks.

Tools of Change for Publishing Newsletter: November 23, 2011

By Mac Slocum
November 24, 2011

Highlights from the 11/23/11 edition of the TOC newsletter include: A new wave of lower-priced tablets arrives, check out an excerpt from Todd Sattersten's "Every Book Is a Startup," and our editors guide the way to top pub news and analysis.

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility
By Jenn Webb
October 28, 2011

Any hopes of EPUB3 becoming an across-the-board publishing format standard were dashed by Amazon's new KF8 format. Also, The Guardian launched two new features and a Pew study looked at tablet user behavior.

Publishing News: Amazon's Kindle Format 8 dashes hopes for EPUB3 compatibility

By Jenn Webb
October 28, 2011

Any hopes of EPUB3 becoming an across-the-board publishing format standard were dashed by Amazon's new KF8 format. Also, The Guardian launched two new features and a Pew study looked at tablet user behavior.

Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011

Top Stories: October 17-21, 2011
By Mac Slocum
October 21, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk explained why data, maps and animation work so well together, we discovered the connection between a game-playing robot and the future of mobile app testing, and we learned how The Guardian develops its data journalism.

Publishing News: The news is free but the API will cost you

By Jenn Webb
October 21, 2011

News organizations look to commercial endeavors for unorthodox revenue. Also, Amazon continues to extend its reach into publishing and Kobo jumps on the tablet bandwagon.

Publishing News: The news is free but the API will cost you

Publishing News: The news is free but the API will cost you
By Jenn Webb
October 21, 2011

News organizations look to commercial endeavors for unorthodox revenue. Also, Amazon continues to extend its reach into publishing and Kobo jumps on the tablet bandwagon.

Building books for platforms, from the ground up

By Jenn Webb
October 19, 2011

In this interview, Open Air Publishing's Jon Feldman says publishers aren't truly embracing digital and are simply pushing out flat electronic versions of print books. He talks about the development of "Speakeasy Cocktails" and how it embraces the rich ebook experience.

Building books for platforms, from the ground up

Building books for platforms, from the ground up
By Jenn Webb
October 19, 2011

In this interview, Open Air Publishing's Jon Feldman says publishers aren't truly embracing digital and are simply pushing out flat electronic versions of print books. He talks about the development of "Speakeasy Cocktails" and how it embraces the rich ebook experience.

Inside the German ebook market

By Jenn Webb
October 17, 2011

In this podcast, Max Franke of epubli sat down with Joe Wikert to discuss the ebook market in Germany. He says though the German digital publishing market is still small compared to the US, he expects it to grow as more tablets and ereaders enter the market.

Inside the German ebook market

Inside the German ebook market
By Jenn Webb
October 17, 2011

In this podcast, Max Franke of epubli sat down with Joe Wikert to discuss the ebook market in Germany. He says though the German digital publishing market is still small compared to the US, he expects it to grow as more tablets and ereaders enter the market.

Publishing News: Amazon and the sub-$300 tablet

By Jenn Webb
September 2, 2011

Can Amazon crack the $300 tablet barrier? Also, Stephen King's latest was available early to those with Klout, and the man who copyrighted "email" 29 years ago says email death notices are premature.

Developer Week in Review: HP fires up the TouchPad production line one more time

Developer Week in Review: HP fires up the TouchPad production line one more time
By James Turner
September 1, 2011

The TouchPad's $99 price point proves enticing for consumers and — oddly — HP itself, James Gosling leaves Google, and a possible iPhone 5 leak bears a distinct resemblance to the iPhone 4 leak.

Publishing News: Survey finds ereader ownership doubled in six months

By Jenn Webb
July 1, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: U.S. readers are buying ereaders at a good clip, the 2012 election will be covered in realtime by a book publisher, and publishers can learn a couple things from JK Rowling.

Publishing News: Survey finds ereader ownership doubled in six months

Publishing News: Survey finds ereader ownership doubled in six months
By Jenn Webb
July 1, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: U.S. readers are buying ereaders at a good clip, the 2012 election will be covered in realtime by a book publisher, and publishers can learn a couple things from JK Rowling.

Publishing News: Direct "Potter" ebook sales fire up the book world

By Jenn Webb
June 24, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Pottermore will exclusively sell Harry Potter ebooks, Amazon tablets could arrive in August, and Joe Wikert talks about creating mobile experiences that surpass expectations.

Publishing News: Direct "Potter" ebook sales fire up the book world

Publishing News: Direct
By Jenn Webb
June 24, 2011

In the latest Publishing News: Pottermore will exclusively sell Harry Potter ebooks, Amazon tablets could arrive in August, and Joe Wikert talks about creating mobile experiences that surpass expectations.

Four short links: 26 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2011

Barnes and Noble Nook Color Gets Android Upgrade (Wired) -- was an e-reader, but now Barnes and Noble are offering an upgrade to turn it into a fully-fledged Android tablet. The only thing you won't be able to do is download apps from the Google marketplace. The Nook retails for $250. (via Glyn Moody) Anime Site Treats Piracy as...

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container

By Jenn Webb
April 25, 2011

Treating iPad magazines as if they were print leaves consumer interaction opportunities on the table. Matthew Carlson, principal of experience strategy and design at Hot Studio Inc., says it's time to set the content free.

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container

View the iPad as a magazine opportunity, not a container
By Jenn Webb
April 25, 2011

Treating iPad magazines as if they were print leaves consumer interaction opportunities on the table. Matthew Carlson, principal of experience strategy and design at Hot Studio Inc., says it's time to set the content free.

The More You Tighten Your Grip...

By Zigurd Mednieks
April 7, 2011

Google's unwillingness to release Honeycomb source code has dismayed many. But, looking beyond what is probably a temporary disenchantment with the way Android is opened up through AOSP, we wonder: Is it still to Google's advantage to be so conservative about revealing Android source code and how tightly relationships with manufacturers are controlled?

Let the tablet wars begin

By Jenn Webb
February 10, 2011

HP is squaring up against Apple with its new TouchPad tablet and new subscription terms with Time Inc.

Let the tablet wars begin

Let the tablet wars begin
By Jenn Webb
February 10, 2011

HP is squaring up against Apple with its new TouchPad tablet and new subscription terms with Time Inc.

What investors are looking for in publishing companies

By Jenn Webb
February 10, 2011

Ryan McNally, co-founder of Catalyst Investors, discusses the opportunities for publishing startups and investors (here's a tip: you're in good shape if tablets and multimedia are priorities).

What investors are looking for in publishing companies

By Jenn Webb
February 10, 2011

Ryan McNally, co-founder of Catalyst Investors, discusses the opportunities for publishing startups and investors (here's a tip: you're in good shape if tablets and multimedia are priorities).

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
January 12, 2011

This week, Unix was for sale, then it wasn't, then it was again. AT&T announced the most poorly kept secret in the history of secrets. And the tablet was all the rage at CES.

Ereading Update: Record device sales and a look at CES tablets

By Kevin Shockey
January 7, 2011

In the latest Ereading Update: Tablets and the holidays proved to be fast friends; At CES, a host of tablets were announced by the likes of ASUS, Lenovo, and Motorola

Ereading Update: Record device sales and a look at CES tablets

By Kevin Shockey
January 7, 2011

In the latest Ereading Update: Tablets and the holidays proved to be fast friends; At CES, a host of tablets were announced by the likes of ASUS, Lenovo, and Motorola

Four short links: 1 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 1, 2010

2 Kinects 1 Box (YouTube) -- merging data from two Kinects in real time, to get astonishing 3D information. (via Chelfyn Baxter) Crowdsource is not Open Source (Simon Phipps) -- there are some businesses that don't understand this, and exploit community for their sole benefit in the name of open source. Ignorance of the four freedoms is dangerous. We...

Device update: Analyzing the publishing value chain

By Kevin Shockey
October 1, 2010

As the changes in the publishing value chain become clearer, electronic manufacturing giants Sharp and Research in Motion make new tablet announcements.

Device update: Analyzing the publishing value chain

Device update: Analyzing the publishing value chain
By Kevin Shockey
October 1, 2010

As the changes in the publishing value chain become clearer, electronic manufacturing giants Sharp and Research in Motion make new tablet announcements.

Device update: The latest multifunction innovations

By Kevin Shockey
September 23, 2010

Illustrating how quickly manufacturers are innovating, we look at new multifunction devices from HTC, Entourage, and Dell.

Device update: The latest multifunction innovations

By Kevin Shockey
September 23, 2010

Illustrating how quickly manufacturers are innovating, we look at new multifunction devices from HTC, Entourage, and Dell.

Device update: Analysts bullish on ereaders

By Kevin Shockey
September 16, 2010

In this week's device update: Research reports conclude ereader demand is on the upswing. Plus: info on Samsung's Galaxy Tab, tablets from Elonex, and more.

Device update: Analysts bullish on ereaders

By Kevin Shockey
September 16, 2010

In this week's device update: Research reports conclude ereader demand is on the upswing. Plus: info on Samsung's Galaxy Tab, tablets from Elonex, and more.

Device update: Tablet edition

By Kevin Shockey
September 9, 2010

The IFA 2010 may become known as the moment when electronics manufacturers announced their responses to Apple's iPad. Here's a look at notable tablet announcements from the event and other recent news from the world of ereaders and related devices.

Device update: Tablet edition

By Kevin Shockey
September 9, 2010

The IFA 2010 may become known as the moment when electronics manufacturers announced their responses to Apple's iPad. Here's a look at notable tablet announcements from the event and other recent news from the world of ereaders and related devices.

TOC's Wednesday Devices, and Gadgets and EReaders Update #2

By Kevin Shockey
September 1, 2010

The IFA traditionally offers an early indication of what gadgets will sell well through Christmas. It's no wonder so much attention is focused on the show with order volume stemming from last year's show reaching nearly $3.8 billion.


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