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Monday Links & Deals: BN Subsidizes Nook; OLPC Tablet Coming to Market

Monday Links & Deals: BN Subsidizes Nook; OLPC Tablet Coming to...

News

BN and People are offering a subsidized Nook in exchange for a subscription to People magazine.

The Nook edition of People is $9.99 a month; with a one-year subscription, customers will receive a Nook Tablet, a color device with a 7-inch display, for $199, a discount from its regular price of $249. Customers who buy a one-year subscription for the Nook edition of The New York Times for $19.99 a month, which includes access to NYTimes.com, will receive a black-and-white Nook Simple Touch free or a Nook Color for $99.

BN announced last week that they had over promised on the Nook Simple Touch expectations.

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USA Today noted that there is a big change in reading habits as reflected by their bestseller list:

 The latest [USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books] list, based on sales data from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, shows a remarkable burst of digital book sales after e-readers were unwrapped as gifts — for 42 of the top 50 titles, the e-book editions were the most popular format. The previous high, in July, was 25 of the top 50.

It will be interesting to see whether that is a temporary blip or one that continues to be maintained throughout the year.

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Solar Focus is bringing a solar powered case to the Kindle making the Kindle the camper’s choice.

Solarfocus says the SolarKindle can provide as much as three days of reading time after just one hour of solar charge. The peripheral only works for the low-end, non-touch Kindle models and also is not compatible with the Kindle Fire.

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The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program has been about developing a very low cost computer to help bridge the digital divide.  With its new tablet that runs on minimal power (and comes with a hand crank! and option solar panel), OLPC might be ready to deliver on its promise.  I really want one of these.  In previous incarnations, if you bought one, you could gift one to a child in need.   This might be a new favorite charity for my family and I.

The great thing about the OLPC laptop? It looks like a high end device.

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Nintendo is getting into the book market.  Actually, I can totally see a cross over between some magazines and comics and video gaming console owners:

 It was hearing that Nintendo is planning to launch a digital e-reader type service where you can download books, magazines, newspapers, comics, and other publications to your Wii U console. These publications would stream to your Wii U controller’s touchscreen, and you could go lay in your bed or couch and read them. The touch screen would be used to flip through pages of an e-book or magazine, and there would even be a searchable index.

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Jack McKeown says that there is an increasing resistance to digital reading:

As McKeown observes, “While e-reader ownership rates have increased in a dramatic fashion since our first survey in December, 2009, so too has the level of resistance. The dynamic movement highlighted in this data suggests that over time, consumers have moved out of the ‘not sure’ category in one of two directions:  a.) toward actual ownership, or a high probability of near-term ownership of a dedicated e-reader; or b.) into the ranks of resistors for whom the devices do not yet offer a compelling ‘relative advantage’ to overcome their conservatism re: printed books.”

This resistance must be on what executives like Hachette executive, Maja Thomas, pins their 50% market limit for ebooks.

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Cuddlebuggery recounts the first five days of 2012 on Goodreads.  She forgets the total flame out of Julie Halpern here and here. (Halpern’s flame out begins with these immortal words “I awoke this morning with my usual google search of myself”) These author contretemps are primarily YA and self published authors.   I’m going to write a bit more on this tomorrow.

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Deals

I’m throwing some of these coupons out here because I put a few up last week and it appears that people are using them. If you don’t like seeing them, let me know and I won’t include them. I’m only providing links to the ones with coupon codes.  I could also put the coupon codes in the sidebar instead on in a post?

Coupons

  • Get 10% OFF Your Entire eBook Order @ Carina Press with coupon code CARINAEXTRATEN. Expires 03/31/2012.
  • 10% off Harlequin print books with SAVE10AFFO.  Expires 3/31/2012.
  • Spend $30 and get $10 off print book order at Harlequin: SAVE10DOLLARS . Expires 03/31/12.
  • Extra 10% off all Harlequin eBooks  SAVE10AFFO.  Expires 3/31/2012.
  • Buy 2 PRINT books from Harlequin and get a 3rd book FREE BUY2AFFO.
  • 50% off Teen books at BN:  Use F3Y9V4J.
Discounts
  • Undeniable Rogue by Annette Blair * 0 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Ghost Hunter by Lori Brighton * 0 * A | BN | K | S
  • In the Garden of Temptation by Cynthia Wicklund * 0 * A | BN | K | S
  • Pleasure’s Foehn by Charlotte Boyett-Compo * 0 * A | BN | K | S
  • Aztec Sun by Judith Arnold * 0 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Lake Effect by Leigh Michaels * 0 * A | BN | K | S
  • Child of the Mist by Kathleen Morgan * 0 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Reiver by Jackie Barbosa * 0 * A | BN | K | S
  • Spontaneous by Brenda Jackson * 0.86 * A | BN | K | S
  • Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky * 0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Nightwalker by Jocelyn Drake * 0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson * 0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Montana, Mistletoe, Marriage by Patricia Thayer Donna Alward * 1.26 * A | BN | K | S
  • Hawk’s Mountain by Elizabeth Sinclair * 1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • High Heels Mysteries Boxed Set by Gemma Halliday * 1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell * 2.99 * A | BN | K | S
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Monday Midday Links Roundup: ABA Wants DOJ to Investigate Discount Pricing

Mobile adoption is occurring at a faster rate than any other adoption of internet in the past. Further, at the leading edge of mobile adoption is the growth of the iPhone/iTouch market. Morgan Stanley is essentially telling investors that those that can anticipate and deliver products to the mobile space are those who will be winning the future.

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Dovetailing this report are the findings that Greystripe, a mobile ad network, is releasing about iPhone moms, mothers of young children who own iPhones.   TechCrunch reports on the usage of the iPhone by moms. Moms are using iPhones to make their shopping easier (by locating stores nearest to them and keep track of shopping lists) to entertaining their kids (59% allow their children to use the iPhone) and for personal entertainment purposes.

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Brewster Kahle announced last week that over 1.6 million books have been scanned and digitized.   All 1.6 million Internet Archive books to be available on the OLPC. Approximately 750,000 to 1 million people have OLPC. All books that have been scanned and digitized are in the public domain.

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The American Booksellers Association wants the government to save independent bookseller’s bacon. The organization has asked the government to investigate what it believes to be predatory pricing by Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target for its $9.00 hardcovers and the $9.99 ebook pricing.

Now I don’t know of any caselaw that would support this and essentially it seems like the ABA is asking the government to step in and save the hardcover business model. A government investigation in pricing would necessarily involve an investigation into the entire business model of publishing. Maybe we should welcome this. Publishers would be called to testify why they essentially gamble on books and hope to make up the gambling in large margins on hardcover bestsellers.

Publisher Michael Hyatt argues that this pricing isn’t good for anyone, arguing that the loss of hardcovers will result in lower advances, driving authors out of the publishing space. Commenter Mark McElroy points out that the digital market space can actually result in more authors being successful because of the elimination of the middle man.

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The FTC is changing its mind, again.   It’s fairly difficult to keep up with these folks.   According to reports from kidlitcon, Mary Engle, Associate Director for Advertising Practices at FTC, says that independent blogging reviewers do not need to disclose the provenance of their books but that affiliate links will need to be disclosed.   The FTC will be providing updated guidelines or FAQs or clarifications soon (hopefully before December).   We’ll be watching and will be sure to comply with whatever rules the FTC is going to implement.

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In summing up the take away from the Frankfurt Book Fair, Richard Nash blogs that publishers need to engage in reality based business decisions.   This is a world where piracy can and does happen and will not go away. Conversely, the mobile market is expanding and this means growing business opportunities.   Change is here and those that are most adaptable will succeed.

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According to the AAP, August sales were fairly flat, only increasing 0.9% over same sales last August:

  • Adult Hardcover = up by 12.3 percent   ( $110.6 million); YTD down by 12.2 percent.
  • Adult Paperback = up by 3.2 percent   ($152.7 million); YTD down by   9.0 percent.
  • Adult Mass Market= up   1.3 percent ( $70.4 million); YTD down by 4.5 percent.
  • Children’s/YA Hardcover = down 12.9 percent ($84.5 million); YTD up by 14.0 percent.
  • Children’s/YA Paperback = down by 0.2 percent ($69.4 million); YTD up by 1.7 percent.
  • Audio Book = down by 12.5 percent ( $12.9 million);   YTD down by 25.1 percent.
  • E-books= up by 189.1 percent ($14.4 million); TYPD up by 177.3 percent.