TechCrunch is reporting on a new Twitter service called called Super Chirp that lets Twitter users get paid for their content. According to the blog, Super Chirp uses Twitter’s private message system allowing publishers to leverage their existing Twitter accounts to promote their paid streams. Users can subscribe via the Super Chirp site, pay with Paypal, and then get messages via DM. They can also just visit Super Chirp to see all those paid messages, and sort them by publisher. (more…)
At the annual BookExpo convention in New York City over the weekend, Google said it plans to introduce a program that would enable writers and publishers to sell digital versions of their books directly to consumers through Google. The move would pit Google against Amazon.com, which is seeking to control the e-book market with the versions it sells for its Kindle reading device.
The announcement is sure to be applauded by publishers who have long had problems with Amazon’s low-priced strategy for e-books. Kindle editions of most new best sellers go for $9.99, a lot less than the $25 to $35 at which publishers sell new hardcovers in bookstores. Google has said it will allow publishers to set their own prices. (more…)