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The PW Morning Report: Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- February 25th, 2011

Today’s links!

Google Expands E-Book Reach: Google has started selling e-books in its online Android Marketplace. From PC Magazine.

Borders Realty: A Q&A with the realty firm retained to handle the closing of 200 Borders stores. From Chain Store Age.

Gender Bender: The Millions contemplates writing across gender.

Regan/ Kerik: The front page NYT story about whether  Roger Ailes encouraged Judith Regan to lie to Kerik investigators when he was being vetted for the homeland security secretary job.

iPad Next Week: More rumors about what we’ll see at Apple’s March 2 event. From MacRumors.

Fake Pitches: To publishers from Boston Politicians.

New British Fiction: The Guardian looks at new British fiction.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- February 18th, 2011

Today’s links!

Borders, Bookstore of the Week: Jacket Copy names Borders in Pasadena (one of the stores slated to close) as its bookstore of the week.

10 Lessons: Smart Company in Australia offers 10 lessons from the collapse of Borders Australia and Australia’s Angus & Robertson.

BBC Buys Out Lonely Planet: BBC Worldwide has acquired the remaining 25% stake in Lonely Planet from the company’s founders. From the Guardian.

The Maid Sues ‘The Help’: Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, is being sued by a woman who has worked as a maid for Stocket’s in laws and says she was appropriated for the book’s main character.

Indies In the Digital Age: OregonLive looks at how indie bookseller like Powell’s are looking for their niche in the digital age.

Apple vs. Google: Seeking Alpha outlines the intensifying battle for the future of tablet computers that heated up this week with the introduction of the two companies’ subscription sales models.

Tina Brown on What to Read: The Daily Beast/ Newsweek editor offers some reading recommendations to NPR.

I Hate My iPad: So says a Slate writer, and he explains why.

Larry Page Takes the Reins at Google

Andrew Richard Albanese -- January 21st, 2011
No one expected Eric Schmidt to hang around forever, but today’s announcement that Google co-founder Larry Page would officially replace Schmidt as CEO as of April 4 was a surprise nonetheless. In a statement on the Google blog, Schmidt said the move was long-discussed, and part of an effort to streamline the leadership and “speed up decision-making.” As if Google has been slacking over the last decade with projects like that scan-all-the-world’s-books thing? For publishers and one federal judge still trying to wrap their heads around the fast pace of the books project, the prospect of Google actually speeding up must be daunting.

Under the new regime, Page will now lead “product development and technology strategy” and will  handle “day-to-day operations” as Google’s new CEO. Page’s co-founder Sergey Brin, meanwhile, will devote his time and energy “to strategic projects, in particular working on new products.”  This may be the real news of the day. More than Page replacing Schmidt, what does Page’s ascension over Brin mean for the future of Google?  History shows us that these decisions almost always matter, just look at Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. And, look out for more Ken Auletta.

The PW Morning Report: Monday, Jan. 3, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- January 3rd, 2011

Happy New Year!

A Kindle Book Lending Club: Now that Kindle users can lend their e-books, a club has formed on Facebook connecting strangers who want to borrow each others’ books.

A Look At the Future: The Millions runs down the big books of 2011.

And Another Look at 2011′s Big Books: This one’s from the Guardian.

Google Newsstand: The WSJ reports on Google’s efforts to drum up support for its own digital newsstand to compete with Apple.

Year of the Tablet, Take 2: This will be the year of the tablet, really, reports the NYT.

Check Out Indonesia’s First E-Bookstore: From the Jakarta Globe.

2010 Was Not ‘The Year of the Tablet’

Craig Morgan Teicher -- December 23rd, 2010

Nick Bilton of the New York Times points out in a post on the Bits blog today that 2010 was not the year of the tablet, as he’d predicted at the end of last year, but the year of the iPad.  While there were many tablets slated for 2010 release, only Apple brought theirs to market in a big way, making 2010 the year of one product, not a product category.

Here’s more from the post:

So what happened to the year of the tablet? The answer is simple: The iPad. Apple offered a slate-like computer that incorporated its perfected iTunes app experience, at the right price point, and with an intuitive interface that helped the company quickly sell millions of its newfangled device.

As we move into 2011, the murmurs coming out of the next Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas all have to do with tablets again. There will be Microsoft tabletsHewlett-Packard slates and a number of devices running the Google Android platform. All hope to take on Apple. And so we’re looking at another Year of the Tablet.

Bilton is betting on Google–or on other companies’ devices running Google’s Android OS–as the most likely threat to Apple. But, he says, “[c]ompanies that hope to compete with Apple will most likely fail — as many have done before — if they try to entice consumers by offering devices with extra peripherals, larger screens and other technical upgrades.”

We’ll see.  There are likely to be a lot of iPads under Christmas trees this Saturday, leaving less room in people’s homes for as-yet-unreleased competitors.

The PW Morning Report: Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- December 9th, 2010

Today’s links!

Book Apps from New Zealand: Publishing Perspectives takes a look at an app developer from down under.

E-Romance: The NYT looks at the hot romance e-book market.

Google E-Books’ Openness?: Slate questions the idea that Google has created a more open e-bookstore.

Google’s Free-Books?: And Mediabeat wonders whether Google is making e-books free.

Literacy Charity Opens in UK: The US e-commerce store and literacy charity Better World Books has opened up in the UK. From the Bookseller.

Phillip Lopate’s Year in Reading: The Millions is doing a series of posts called “A Year in Reading.” Here’s Phillip Lopate’s contribution.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, Dec. 3, 2010

Craig Morgan Teicher -- December 3rd, 2010

Today on the Web!

Google Editions–Savior of Indies?: BNet is skeptical about Google’s promises to indie booksellers.

Google Editions Hailed: But Michael Tucker of the ABA feels the opposite, reports the SF Gate.

Bookstore Killer: A Columnist for the Santa Barbara Independent figured out who killed the local bookselling scene–he did, and his Kindle.

Old Bookstore, New Owner: Bozeman, Montan’s Country Bookshelf has a new owner who’s crazy about books. From the Bozeman Daily Chromicle.

Frey’s Fiction Factory: A Columbia MFA student exposes the underbelly of James Frey’s new business venture. From the Columbia Spectator.

The MFA Admissions Process: A Former MFA professor explains how he helped choose new MFA students. From Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour.

Nothing’s Going On–Take a Moment to Read Your Book

Craig Morgan Teicher -- September 20th, 2010

This blogger was trolling the Web for something to write a post about and found out that, at this moment, there’s nothing going on.  Sure, Google announced mobile editing capabilities for Google Docs on Android and iPad, and, fine, Stephen King is going to guest star on the TV series ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ but other than that, as far as this blog is concerned, there’s nothing happening.

Something could happen a moment from now, but right now, things are very calm.  So here’s a suggestion: take a moment and read a couple of pages in your book–there’s nothing better than that feeling of briefly escaping into a book, of sipping it.  Then, of course, you’ll have to get back to work, but then it’ll be quittin’ time and you can read all the way home on the train.  Or play Angry Birds.

Google Editions to Launch “This Fall”

Craig Morgan Teicher -- August 18th, 2010

Google has been saying its high-anticipated e-bookstore would launch sometime soon for a long time, with a likely date sometime this summer.  Now it looks like it won’t launch until the fall.

According to a Reuters article about indie bookstores, Google and the ABA have reached an agreement, and Google Editions is set to launch.  Here’s more from the story:

The ABA has reached a deal with Google Editions — Google’s digital bookstore, due to launch this fall — that would allow its 14,000 members to sell Google’s eBooks through their websites.

“Google Editions will serve as an e-bookstore, an e-book wholesaler, an e-book discovery platform and an e-book storage system in the cloud,” said Jeannie Hornung, spokeswoman for Google Books and News.

You’ll be hearing more from PW about the issues surrounding Google Editions soon, and, perhaps, you’ll be seeing Google Editions itself in the near future.

[via eBookNewser]

This Is Why It’s Hard to Trust Google

Andrew Richard Albanese -- August 11th, 2010

In covering the Google Books settlement I’ve always been struck by how many people seem to deeply distrust Google. This week, the company gave those critics new ammunition. In a joint blog post from Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam, Google backtracked on its longstanding commitment to the principle of net neutrality. If you’re not familiar with the principle, the New York Times today published an excellent round-up of thoughts on why net neutrality matters, and what the Google/Verizon alliance means.

“Think about your cable service,” explains Public Knowledge’s Gigi Sohn. “Do you get to choose what comes on the basic programming tier or on the other tiers that costs extra? No, you don’t. You have choice on the Internet because the companies that control access to it (largely cable and telephone companies) were prevented from picking winners and losers.” Under the new recommendations from Google and Verizon, she explains, that could all change. “The Google and Verizon policy framework would allow Internet service providers to give priority or ‘managed’ access services to content and applications providers so their Web sites load faster or have better quality of service,” Sohn writes.

Google and Verizon deny they have any “deal” in place. But their “policy proposal,” if adopted by the U.S. government, would effectively allow broadband and network providers, like Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon, to create “premium” services for web content. That’s troubling on many levels, experts say. “Google, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare are just a few of the thousands of companies that flourished on the Internet, precisely because there were no gatekeepers and no toll takers,” observes venture capitalist Brad Burnham in his Times contribution. In a world of “public” and “premium” Internet service tiers, however, “young startup companies will have difficulty finding financing and building businesses of scale,” Burnham adds.

What does that mean for innovation? Imagine having to negotiate with Verizon to carry your new digital book business on par with your would-be competitors. “Had there been a two-tier Internet in 1995, likely, Barnes and Noble would have destroyed Amazon, Microsoft Search would have beaten out Google, Skype would have never gotten started,” writes Tim Wu, author of the forthcoming book the Master Switch. “We’d all be the losers.”

What’s also troubling, however, is that Google, long an advocate for an unqualified open Internet, is now laying the groundwork in Washington for what critics say is a competing Internet couched as “additional services,” a development that John Bergmayer at Public Knowledge says could “freeze” the Internet in 2010, “with companies like [Google] on top.” With e-books and e-book platforms just getting warmed up, net neutrality holds serious implications for the book world, publishers and authors, as well as booksellers, libraries, and service providers and institutions of higher education.

It’s hard to be upset at corporations for acting like corporations, and what ultimately happens with net neutrality is still in the hands of government. But at the same time, wasn’t Google supposed to be different? Hasn’t Google has pretty much traded on the public’s faith? The Google Book Settlement, for example, was sold almost like a public works project. Yet throughout the settlement debate, critics and opponents of the deal have questioned just how deep Google’s commitment to the public runs. This kind of about-face from Google on net neutrality, and make no mistake, despite Schmidt’s support for what he calls a “public” Internet, this is a major shift, will only add fuel to the fire.

I can already hear the questions: Will the Google books database always be carried on the “public Internet?” Will an upgraded version of the GBS database be offered to premium customers, giving libraries in the well-funded suburbs yet another advantage over libraries in inner cities? If you thought the questions were complex enough for one Internet, Google is now talking about creating another.