We’re gearing up for summer reads by listening to audio books, but you can’t share those as easily, so here’s what’s been on our screens this week.

Amazon’s royalties changes

There’s a lot of alarm about Amazon’s move to pay authors based on how much of an ebook a customer reads, but the headlines are a bit misleading. It only refers to books in the Kindle Direct Publishing Select programme, which is a lending service. When a book is borrowed it receives a share of the fund for the month i.e. a fixed amount. So, previously, self-published authors of short stories would make the same per borrow as the author of a full length novel, which meant there was more money to be made from releasing a series of shorts as opposed to an anthology or longer work. The borrower might not even read the book. The new system makes it less easy for authors to make money from short or bad writing but only via the borrowing service, not from normal ebook or print sales. Authors are not obliged to enrol in the Select programme.

From video game add-on to game-changer

Slack has changed the way we work at ELTjam and massively reduced our inboxes so it was interesting to see the CEO talking about how it started.

UX predictions

How many of these predictions for UX in 2015 have come to pass? There are also these beautifully illustrated digital trends from Fjord. And how many could make it into ELT products one day? If you’re interested in UX, here’s a psychologist’s take on what works and why.

Mobiles in class

Another week, another report on whether they’re good or bad for students. Want to guess which side is represented this week?

Why, why, why, why, why?

whys are what you need to ask your business whenever something goes wrong if you want to move forward.

The new Agile

Critics of Agile have a new spokesperson, Erik Meijer, who thinks it needs to die. He advocates a ‘move fast and break things’ approach in its place, where products are launched quickly and problems fixed as they come up. This way coders can get on with coding instead of having to have daily meetings about what they’re working on. Would that work any better for ELT digital products?

 

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