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Books

A 25 post collection


Google's grab of Oyster suggests ebooks, like news, are becoming "content" read on big platforms

 •  Filed under Books, Google, Publishing, Oyster Books, Reading, Ebooks

Google’s grab of Oyster suggests ebooks, like news, are becoming “content” read on big platforms

I missed this back when it first appeared. Interesting ideas in here, most of which I agree with. I do think this one nugget is true, and also means so much more than the simple statement initially implies:

Way more people are reading ebooks on phones, while dedicated e-reader usage is falling.

Books I read in 2014, as captured on Goodreads. Seeing only 8 books makes me both sad and happy. It's miles better than 2013, but it's not...

 •  Filed under Books, Reading

Books I read in 2014, as captured on Goodreads.

Seeing only 8 books makes me both sad and happy. It’s miles better than 2013, but it’s not yet where I want to be. It’s a start, though.

I am proud that for 2014 I managed to pull myself away from being solely focused on my professional career and spent more time doing the things that make life meaningful for me. I hope to continue this trend even more so in 2015.

FWIW, I know I had a couple more books than this in 2014. I averaged about a book a month this year, but I missed some in Goodreads, and I can’t now recall what they were.

Comixology cuts Apple, Google out of digital-comics kickback - CNET

 •  Filed under Books, Comics, Reading, Amazon, Comixology

​Comixology cuts Apple, Google out of digital-comics kickback - CNET

I’m sad for Comixology and comics on this news. People adapt and move on, as I’m sure most loyal customers will in this case. I worry about new customers, though, and what this means for the growth of comics.

One of the worst features about the Kindle app on iOS is that you can’t purchase books within the app. Kindle has the luxury of already having the brand names built for “Kindle” and “Amazon,” and acquisition already happens from web to app for Amazon. The same pattern doesn’t exist for Comixology, which has always been app first. Also, I have no idea how a new user downloading the Comics app on iOS would work out where to buy books from. There is literally no indication where to go.