Episode 61 – Year In Review with Matt Mullin

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Episode 61 – Year In Review with Matt Mullin

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Year In Review


  • Brian OLeary talks with OReilly about DRM, suggests data is not good enough to determine the impact of DRM, and that it doesnt help in the fight against piracy anyway.
  • Vook gets $5.25 million in funding.
  • Scribd gets $13 million in funding.
  • Kindle Singles released.
  • Amazon now selling more Kindle books than paperbacks


  • Apple rejects Sonys eBook app for iPad/iPhone because of policy that does not allow apps to download files purchased outside the Applk store. This has implications for every other eBook app on iOS, inlcuding Kindle.
  • Official response from Apple: The Amazon app and other eBook apps will have to comply.
  • Harper Collins puts a cap of 26 downloads on library eBooks. More stupid moves by companies trying to shore up dying business models.
  • Random House announces that they are switching to the agency pricing model.


  • Apple announces the iPad2
  • Amazon launches the Amazon Appstore with Android apps.
  • Federal judge rejects the Google Books settlement, says the agreement would grant Google significant rights to exploit entire books, without permission of the copyright owners.
  • Amanda Hocking, who many thought would be the darling of self-publishing, signed a 7-figure deal with St. Martins Press for four books.
  • MPS Limited announces ePub 3 services before ePub 3 is released


  • Apple files a patent for a hybrid eInk/LCD screen. Interesting idea.
  • InDesign CS5.5 released. Better support for ePub exporting.
  • Amazon to offer library checkouts.


  • iFlow Reader shuts down because of Apples new policies on in-app purchases.
  • Amazon officially sells more Kindle eBooks than print books.
  • Kobo introduces new touchscreen eReader.
  • B&N releases its new NOOK, a touchscreen model, no 3G.


  • Apple changes an important point in its terms of service, allowing apps to download content that has not been purchased through the in-app purchasing. Apps that actually sell content must still use in-app purchasing, and links to outside stores are still not allowed.
  • J.K. Rowling will sell Harry Potter eBooks from her new website pottermore.com.
  • Amazon has dropped California Affiliates program because of tax issues.


  • Borders liquidates.
  • Kindle iPad app updated; store links removed, newspapers and magazines added. Other apps updated to remove stores, too.
  • Android Market update includes eBooks.


  • Apple and the Agency 5 have been hit with a class action lawsuit for price fixing and collusion. About time
  • Digital Book World announces the newly updated Publishing Innovation Awards, and the QED (Quality, Excellence, Design) seal for eBooks. This is a much-needed program for the future of eBooks.
  • LibreDigital acquired by RR Donnelley.
  • Another major class action lawsuit against Apple and publishers, this one including Random House.
  • Steve Jobs steps down from Apple CEO, stays on as Chairman.
  • Amazon quietly releases a fixed layout format. No information on how these books are made, if they are PDFs or HTML-based, or about how to get titles up for sale with Amazon in this format.
  • Sony PRS-T1 spotted on a Dutch retail site. Interesting design. Possible Android backend?


  • 3M invests in Pixel Qi, makers of the dual-mode LCD displays.
  • Kobo Vox reader leaked via the FCC.
  • Amazon releases three new devices. Lowest-priced device changes the game dramatically ($80?!?!). Kindle Fire has some great specs and a price point that is below the expected range.
  • B&N stock plunges.
  • Apple vs. Amazon? No, its Apple and Amazon vs. Everyone Else


  • ePub 3 becomes final specification.
  • Kobo releases the Kobo Vox. More of a competitor of the Nook Color than the Kindle Fire. Has access to the native Android OS, which makes it a decent $200 Android tablet.
  • Amazon announces the Kindle Format 8, with support for HTML 5 and CSS 3, fixed layout, comic books, and many other features.


  • Kindle Lending Library launches. Amazon Prime membership and a Kindle device (not app) required. Small number of books available at launch, but more to come.
  • Sony dropped the price on the PRS-T1 (finally).
  • B&N releases the Nook Tablet. Not much different, really, and they are touting it as a HD-video device but they dont sell the video
  • Japanese company Rakuten buys Kobo.
  • Kobo Touch with Offers to sell for $100.
  • Amazon reportedly planning to ship 6 million Kindle Fires this quarter.
  • Penguin has suspended availabilty of their new eBooks from the Overdrive library.


  • EU opens up an investigation of Apple and five publishers for price fixing.


  • 2011: We did pretty well
  • Matt: International growth, improvements in digitization and QA
  • Chris: Improvements at Kobo
  • Toby: Major color reflective e-ink style device
  • Joshua: Yes, international
    Kindle Fire 2 – large screen
    Kindle Fire 3 — better processor — end of the year
    iPad mini
    Sony gets less important
    Childrens books will become better, much more robust on B&N and Kindle
    ePub 3 will not be implemented across Apple, B&N, Sony, and Kobo until September


  • Linda Lefler

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