B&N Launches Nook Snaps, Forgets to Also Register NookSnaps.com – Nate reported that B&N was relaunching Nook Snaps (which pays the author 100% commission the first 60 days and then drops to 40% for every sale thereafter per Laura Hazard Owen). He returned with a follow up article on Saturday that showed how poorly staffed (or run) Nook Media is. B&N failed to register NookSnaps as a internet site or on any of the social media platforms. Nate kindly registered all of these and is awaiting Nook Media to contact him about it. Oh B&N. The Digital Reader
The sad thing is that B&N has the Nook Tablets on sale for Father’s Day. The Nook + HD is only $149, which is around a 40% discount. I’ve been debating buying one to give away at Dear Author but if the Nook Tablets are going the way of the dodo bird, I’d hate to saddle a reader with a soon to be obsolete device, no matter the great bargain.
Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story – You may or may not know of the charges that NSA is engaged in spying on US citizens in breathtakingly broad manner from intercepting internet communications to tracking the cellphone connections. I felt like this article at GigaOM did a good job of explaining the growing scandal as well as the denials of the various companies involved. At this point, I’m not really sure what is the truth and what is not the truth, but if you want to know more, this is a good starting point. Tech News and Analysis
3 Retail Tips for Authors – Bowker provides three tips for self published authors. The last two don’t really matter to readers, but the first one is important because we’ve been hollering for a long time about the importance of the international market. One of the best things that self published authors can do is to make their books available internationally. I would think that piece of advice applies to any authors – self published or traditonally published:
1. International is here in a big way! The launch of many new international markets on the part of Amazon and the iBookstore is big news for authors. Your ebooks can now easily reach readers in Asia and around the world; and sales are growing steadily in these new channels. It’s crucial for every author to understand how international distribution works; ie, that each retailer has digital outlets in different countries through which it sells your titles. It’s often incumbent on the rights holder or distributor to authorize the ebook for the retail channel to sell it in their international outlets. The good news? International sales are growing quickly. We’ve seen ebooks sell 50% more after they have access to full international distribution via the retailers who provide it.” Self Published Author