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Morning Coffee ? 25 September 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
24 Sep 2017 at 9:34pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art (Atlas Obscura) AN AUSPICIOUS DAY TO USE YOUR WORDS?AND LEARN MORE (NSR) Michael Hyatt Has Something To Sell You (David Gaughran) Penelope Lively: ?One of the pleasures of old age is the thought that I shall never see Heathrow again? (The Guardian) From print to e-books, sadly but inevitably (Dayton Daily News) Kindle promotion with Alibaba shows Amazon?s shrinking China ambition (Recode)


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You Can Install Google Play on the Latest Fire Tablets in Less Than 5 Minutes
by Nate Hoffelder
24 Sep 2017 at 12:14pm

the Fire HD 10 It used to be that installing Google Play and other Google apps on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet required rooting the tablet, fiddling around with a file manager, and tweaking a few system settings. But when it comes to installing Google's services on the latest Fire tablets, it's a lot easier. The arrival of the new Fire OS 5.4.0.1 update yesterday inspired me to go find instruction on how to also add Google Play to my 3-yer-old tablet, and the instructions I found on XDA Forumswere a whole lot easier than I was expecting. All you have to do to install Google Play on your Fire tablet isdownload and install the following APK files, in order, and then reboot your tablet. You can even do it while reading this post in the silk browser on the tablet itself. Google Account Manager Google Services Framework Google Play Services Google Play Store Once you've rebooted your Fire tablet, you will of course have to open the Play Store app and log in to your Google account for the first time. But once you've done that, you can then install just about any Google app. I have Gmail working [...]


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The HTTPocalypse is coming ? Is Your Website Ready?
by Nate Hoffelder
24 Sep 2017 at 7:25am

For the past several years Google has tried to encourage everyone to make their websites more secure. Any site that switched from http to https got a small boost in their search engine ranking. That hasn't had much impact (I know of dozens of site owners who did not think this was an important issue),so now Google is swapping the carrot for the stick. In just a few short weeks Chrome is going to start throwing up red flags whenever a user encounters forms on any webpage startingwith http instead of https. This change is coming with the release of Chrome 62, and it's going to affect every website that has a contact form or a comment section, as well as websites that simply collect emails for a newsletter. But the thing is, Google isn't going to be telling website owners that their sites may have a problem; instead, Google is going to be telling users. Anyone who visits those sites will see a?Not Secure? warning in their address bar when they are on a page with that contact form, comment section, etc. So if you have a website that has yet to switch to https, in a few short [...]


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Fire OS 5.4.0.1 Now Downloading to (3-year-Old) Fire Tablets
by Nate Hoffelder
23 Sep 2017 at 11:38am

Amazon just gave me another reason to pass on replacing my fire tablet. When I booted my Fire (2014) tablet this morning I was greeted by a new home screen. According to the notice in my notifications, my tablet was now runningFire OS 5.4.0.1 Cinder. This version was first mentioned on XDA Forums in late August. the changelog says that the only changes included "performance enhancements and general improvements". I can't see any real improvements to the tablet's main functions (for example, the tablet still won't show all of my books in the same place) but I did notice one change. The very first page of the homescreen is now called "for you" and looks different. Before, Amazon listed my last activity and used the rest of the screen to pitch me similar content (this was effing annoying). The new "for you" screen shows icons for the last dozen or so activities, making it a lot easier to switch between shows I am watching and games I'm playing. There's also an alternate version of the "for you" screen that shows local weather. The weather report cannot be disabled, but all in all the update is a nice change.


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Paul Biba?s eBook, eLibrary, eMuseum and ePublishing news compilation for wee...
by Paul Biba
23 Sep 2017 at 8:53am

Editor's Note: The following is a compilation of tweets from @PaulKBiba, the former editor of Teleread and an editor of Project Gutenberg?s Facebook page. Smashwords Implements New Classifications for Erotic Fiction (Smashwords) Beware the Pod, er, Book People (The Digital Reader) Kindle Unlimited Funding Pool, Per-Page Rate Up in August 2017 (The Digital Reader) Brazil Adopts Open Licensing in National Textbook Program, Requirement Will Begin in 2019 (Infodocket) Remarkable E-ink Writing Slate Reviews ? Great Tablet, But Not Ready for Prime Time (The Digital Reader) What the ?Book People? Won?t Tell You: Print is Dead (The Digital Reader) AI transforms discoverability of 17th and 18th century manuscripts using handwritten text recognition (No Shelf Required) A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures (Open Culture) World Wide Web Consortium abandons consensus, standardizes DRM with 58.4% support, EFF resigns (BoingBoing) Google Search Now Includes Direct Links From Results Pages to Borrow Ebooks From (Some) Libraries (Infodocket) New Zealand: Students Develop Interactive App the Recommends Library Books Based on Emotions (Infodocket) Apple launches iOS 11 with redesigned App Store, deals a final blow to digital edition apps (Talking New Media) 6.5 Million Students Still Lack the [...]


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It?s Official ? B&N Has Thrown in the Towel on the Nook
by Nate Hoffelder
22 Sep 2017 at 9:56am

Len Riggio has just dashed the hopes of everyone who had been praying for a Nook turnaround. According to Publishers Weekly, Riggio told the attendees at the B&N annual meting that the retailer fully recognizes its failures as a tech company. Riggio also assured shareholders that B&N is no longer in the tech business. While the Nook e-reader and e-books will remain a part of the company's offerings to customers, bricks and mortar stores will be its focus. Riggio explained that when e-book sales began exploding several years ago, B&N felt it had no choice but to enter the digital market. In retrospect, Riggio said, B&N didn't have the culture or financing to compete with the likes of Amazon and Google. Instead, according to Riggio, B&N will focus on its physical stores and will partner with technology companies to keep a presence in the digital space. "There is no business model in technology" for B&N, Riggio acknowledged. While I am sure everyone saw this coming, we were all still hoping for a miracle turnaround where someone at B&N got a clue and figured out how to rescue the Nook. Digital was the one bright light at B&N - it's why [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 22 September 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
21 Sep 2017 at 9:22pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. BiblioTech continues to grow digital reach in fourth year of operation (San Antonio Express-News) The Great British Plea to Booksellers and Publishers (MobyLives) Netflix, Microsoft, and Google just quietly changed how the web works (The Outline) How To Get Your Copyrights Back From Your Label or Publisher (DMN) Business Musings: I Spent Decades Developing My IP (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (KKR)


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Wizards of the Coast to Launch Dungeons & Dragons eBook App
by Nate Hoffelder
21 Sep 2017 at 12:57pm

Hasbro?s Wizards of the Coast is finally relenting after years of selling their D&D player manuals as print-only. Polygon reports that they're releasing an ebook app called D&D Reader. No, it?s not the officially licensed PDFs that fans have wanted for decades. But, if it?s implemented correctly, it could be about as good as die-hard fans are likely to get. The D&D Reader is being built by Dialect, the same content marketing and digital design company that drives the digital D&D magazine calledDragon+. Reader will be available for iOS and Android devices, and feature all the core books you need to run your own campaign, including the 5th editionPlayer?s Handbookand theDungeon Master?s Guide. The app allows you to buy them in part or in whole. As an added benefit, there are even free modules for a subset of races and classes. Yes, there?s a search function. But in the beta version that we were shown, it wasn?t tremendously effective. A search for ?magic missile,? for instance, simply returns all of the available modules that include the term. It?s up to users to hunt down the information they need within each module. There are hyperlinks throughout that key off of spell [...]


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Lies, Damn Lies, and Book People Statistics
by Nate Hoffelder
21 Sep 2017 at 11:30am

When Mark Twain popularized the phrase "lies, damn lies, and statistics", he was referring to the way that one can selectively report statistics and tell just about any narrative desired. We see this everyday in the mainstream media when they report on AAP revenue stats (to name just one example), and even in the trade press. Remember when Jim Milliot claimed that Amazon would soon be the fifth-largest bookseller in the US? Jim selectively reported publicly available stats in order to tell the story he wanted (one that wasn't even close to being true). Statistics are used all the time to mislead, but some stats don't need any help. There are statistics that mislead you, confuse the issue, or distract attention all on their own. For example, every month Publishers Weekly reports the US Census Bureau's estimated bookstore revenues. You might think those stats reflect book sales, except that the estimates include more than just book sales (and they are about a third as large as they were a decade ago). Statistics can mislead all on their own, if you're not careful, and that includes stats frequently thrown around in debates about the book publishing industry. For example, just the [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 21 September 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
20 Sep 2017 at 9:27pm

here are a few stories to read this morning. 7 questions we should ask about children?s literature (OUPblog) Self publishing on Amazon (AMZN): How an author can hack a book's success, sales and royalties (Quartz) How to Prevent Every Writer?s Worst Nightmare: Losing Your Work (The Write Life) Ev Williams Has Big Plans For Medium 3.0 (FastCo)


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Onyx Boox Chonos Runs Android 4.2, Costs $346
by Nate Hoffelder
20 Sep 2017 at 1:21pm

Onyx just launched the next "why even bother ereader in Russia.The Boox Chronos has a 9.7" Carta E-ink screen, and costs 19,990 rubles (about $346). The Chronos is the first ereader to use a 9.7" Carta E-ink screen, but unfortunately Onyx hobbled the device with a weak CPU as well as a low screen rsolution. It runs Android 4.2, yes, but it only has a 1GHz CPU and 512MB RAM. While it also has Wifi, Bluetooth, 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, and runs Onyx's excellent software, that weak CPU means this device is really only about a third as useful as it could be. To make matters worse, the Chronos has a screen resolution of 1200 x 825 - the same resolution as on the Kindle DX, which came out in 2009. This is definitely a "why even bother" ebook reader. Specs CPU: 1GHz RAM: 512MB Storage: 8GB, microSD card slot Display: 9.7" Carta E-ink, frontlight Screen resolution: 1200 x 825 Touchscreen: capacitive OS Android 4.2.2 Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth Battery: 3Ah Weight: 450 grams Dimensions:258 x 177 x 9.5 mm the-eBook.org


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