Lawmakers Propose Consumer Review Freedom Legislation

Earlier this month, a class action lawsuit against Yelp was thrown out when the plaintiffs failed to prove that Yelp’s manipulation of reviews amounted to extortion. That issue remains at large, but lawmakers are working to make sure users are able to leave negative reviews without fear of retaliation from businesses. The bill, titled the...

ComiXology Brings on More Publishers for DRM-Free Initiative

When Comixology was purchased by Amazon, many digital comic fans thought that the service would drastically change. The acquisition has been a bit of a mixed blessing, as Apple users lost the ability to purchase content directly within the app, leading to a decrease in impulse purchases. One of the big upsides was the decision...

Morning Roundup: New Zealand rules bloggers are jounrnalists. More DRM-free comics!

More Publishers Join Comixology’s DRM-Free Program (PW) Digital comics marketplace Comixology, which launched a DRM-free program in July, announced that a second wave of 14 publishers will now allow their customers to download and store DRM-free copies of comics they have purchased. *** Barnes & Noble Suspends Ability to Download Nook eBooks (GoodeReader) The Barnes...

Instapaper for iOS Goes Freemium, Gets Updates

With the arrival of iOS 8, apps are starting to release updates to take advantage of the new features. Instapaper is no exception, adding several new features this week but also moving to a freemium business model. What this means for users is that the universal iOS app can now be downloaded for free –with...

U2 Makes Musical History: New Album Launches Free to .5B iTunes Customers

Okay, it’s official –Apple not only knows how to generate hype for one of their signature product release events, they also know how to close out a keynote address: with a performance by a legendary rock band and the release of a major studio album… for free. As long as you are an iTunes subscriber...

Amazon’s 3D Fire Phone now 99 cents with a 2 year data plan. A free year of (normally $99) Prime is included also. UPDATE1 for 64GB model price. UPDATE2 for AT&T Next 18 option

Amazon indicated today that the 3D Fire Phone is a key device for them and they've decided to be ultra competitive (the iPhone 6 is due to be announced tomorrow but it won't be a low-cost item nor have most of the features described below), and Apple is finally catching up to Android phones by...

Scholastic Partners With Usher on Literacy Initiative, Including Free Ebook

[Press Release] Usher Joins Scholastic to Launch “Open a World of Possible” Initiative and Celebrate the Power & Joy of Reading Register now for the live “BIGGERTHAN WORDS” webcast with Usher to be held on November 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, today announced that...

Free and low-cost Kindle books: Search-link options for September for contemporary, non-classics + less-known bargain pages + Kindle discount-alerts by customers + Kindle Unlimited Audible w/ Whispersync

September 4, 2014 - This includes a quick reminder that the free Kindle book search options in the reference section (right-column of blog) are updated for September.Regular readers of the blog are aware of the following links, but I repost them (and often add new ones) each month, for those who are new to the...

12 Free Tools For Text To Speech Voice Conversion

At times, you need to convert text into speech voice whether in order to save your time or you like to listen the article rather than reading it. This is the time when online tools and services for text to speech voice conversion come into play. Many webmasters incorporate text to speech voice conversion tool...

Free Webcast: Leading the Digital Revolution–Skills and Tools for Innovation

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, September 23 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcast offering practical steps publishers can take within their organizational and management structures to remain at the forefront of digital innovation. With the onslaught of new models for digital content creation, enhancement and delivery, publishers...

Harvard Classics Available as Free eBooks

First published in 1909, The Harvard Classics is an anthology consisting of 51 volumes of classic works from world literature. Compiled and edited by Harvard University President, Charles W. Eliot, the goal of the publications was simple: provide a liberal education based on the number of books able to fit across a five-foot shelf (that...

Valiant and Action Lab Go DRM-Free for Digital Comics

Image Comics was the first mainstream comic book publisher to embrace going DRM-Free and this has prompted Valiant and Action Lab to follow suit. Comixology is the top digital distributor of comics and their app is available on every major operating system. In July 2014 the Amazon owned company announced that it would allow publishers the...

Barnes and Noble Hypes Free Content on Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Barnes and Noble has just launched a brand new tablet in conjunction with Samsung. It costs $179 with a $20 mail in rebate, but the bookseller is hyping the fact you get an extra $200 worth of free content. What free stuff are they actually giving out? When you pick up a new Samsung Galaxy...

Free Webcast: Royalties and Rights in the New Author-Publisher Dynamic–Solutions to the Latest Challenges

Join Digital Book World on Tuesday, September 9 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT / 5:00pm GMT for a free webcast offering exploring how new approaches to royalties and rights management can mutually improve the business partnerships between authors and publishers in the digital ecosystem. Royalties have long played a central part in authors’ decision-making during the...

Thunderstorm App Frees You From Twitter’s 140-Character Limits

Twitter’s 140-character limit has a special place in the hearts of Twitter users everywhere, except for the likes of Marc Andreessen. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur has a style of tweeting in long strings of texts typically reserved for long-form journalism, which has garnered him plenty of negative attention. A tweetstorm is a series of 5-15...

Google Launches Free Online Teaching Tool: Classroom

With the pilot phase completed, Google Classroom is now live for all Google Apps for Education users. Designed to be a free learning management system, Classroom laces together the functionality found within Google Drive, Docs, and Gmail in an effort to help teachers “save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students.” Behaving as...