While we’re eagerly preparing for our large Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC) conference coming up in New York City this February, we’re also focused on smaller things. To wit: Our mini TOCs. Mini TOCs are one-day conferences that examine modern-day publishing from a variety of aspects. In the U.S., we’ve firmed up dates for miniTOC conferences in Austin, Texas (March 9), and Chicago, Illinois (April 9). And the not-so-mini TOC Bologna is slated for Italy on March 18 in conjunction with the Children’s Book Fair, which theme will inform that day’s discussion. We’ll be certain to keep you updated as we are.
As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback. We also promise to write less about Amazon in future issues. Way less. Promise. We’ll return in the New Year with new content and new fun. Please email us with kudos or dissent at firstname.lastname@example.org (no reason to give that address to Jeff Bezos, OK?).
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We’ll be live streaming the 2011 Books in Browsers conference from San Francisco Thursday, Oct. 27 from 8:30-5:00 PDT to Friday, Oct. 28 from 8:30-5:30 PDT.
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TOC New York 2012
Seeking Startups for Startup Showcase
Want to get your early-stage company in front of some of the most savvy and connected publishing professionals in the industry? We’re looking for publishing (and publishing-related) startups to participate in the Startup Showcase, happening Tuesday, Feb. 14, during TOC New York. Read more about the showcase and see if your company is qualified to participate.
Ball of Confusion
From the Windy Halls of Amazonia
The occasional rant from our benevolent dictator
Kindle device license limits are stupid. There, I said it. I’m betting most consumers and quite a few publishers don’t realize that Amazon has limits in place to prevent you from loading one Kindle ebook on more than six devices within the same account. You’re probably wondering why I have so many devices connected to the same account. The answer is simple: I like to test new devices and the old ones become hand-me-down’s to family members. They all remain on the same account though.
Amazon has a default maximum of six devices for any given Kindle ebook. Once you try to get it onto the seventh device you’re greeted with an error message saying, “License Limit Reached,” and they nudge you to buy another copy of the product. No way. I already bought it once and I’m not buying it again.
This Month’s Free TOC Webcasts
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The Challenging Business of Kids’ Apps
HTML5 for Publishers
Tantalizers from new and upcoming books
This week, we offer wisdom from the introduction to Peter Meyers’ forthcoming work, Breaking the Page:
Writers and publishers of all stripes need help crafting great digital reading experiences. Not just guidance on making print books look better onscreen—what the Ebook Age requires is a fresh look at how screen-based publications work, the kinds of content that’s reader-friendly, and how to assemble all this new stuff in a package that’s as entertaining and compelling as print.
The Latest from our TOC Podcast Series
APIs and Content
Worst. Book. Ever.
Publishers Weekly’s Gabe Habash’s loving poke at Microwave for One has gone deliciously viral, which is perhaps the only delicious thing about Microwave for One. Bon appétit!
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