Something very fishy is going on at Apple. It looks like they’re taking in-app purchasing very seriously, and are enforcing what has been rumored for months: eBookstores can no longer link to their respective stores in Safari in any way, even for account sign-ups. Kobo was forced to change over, as did NOOKkids; Google Books has gone entirely MIARead more
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Nate over at The Digital Reader caught some new changes this morning for ebooks on iOS. Google Books is gone from the App Store, and NOOKkids is now the same as Kobo — you can sync and sign in, but you can’t shop or create an account. So far there’s no word from Amazon, and
And we’re off! It’s mid-summer, and Amazon is gearing up to take the spotlight. First we have rumors of a tablet and two new Kindles this fall. New Kindles aren’t too shocking, as fall tends to be Amazon’s go-to release timeframe, and the tablet rumor has been flying around for some time. A tablet from Amazon has the potential toRead more
Looks like Google Books is taking some tentative steps towards being more than just a hobby. The folks at Google have fired a shot across the bow of Amazon, B&N and Kobo by partnering with iRiver to offer an ebook reader with integrated Google Books access.
According to the Google Blog:
We built the Google eBooks platform to be
(while not actually our bedroom, a pretty close approximation)
This is the conversation that used to go on in my house a few years ago:
Me: Hey Sarah, would you like me to buy you a Kindle?
Sarah: No, I don’t need one, look, I have all these books piled up on my nightstand.
This is the conversation that went
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By now you’ve probably heard that JK Rowling has revealed the “Pottermore” website, with the kicker that the Harry Potter series will be available in eBook form. Sold directly through the Pottermore site. DRM free. Yea, this definitely qualifies as a bit of a shocker. But is it a game-changer or an anomaly? Read on for
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Around this time last year the Gear Diary team tussled with the folks at MyPadMedia. They were less than thrilled with us blowing open their scam of $50 for “unlimited” eBooks that turned out to be free eBooks from Feedbooks and other sites. Unfortunately, either MyPadMedia or their cohorts have managed to spawn again, this
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The most common complaints surrounding ebooks are probably digital rights management related. Either books aren’t cross-platform compatible, or there’s arguments of fragmentation, and the biggest boogeyman of all, fears that someone could flip a switch and deauthorize an entire library. That’s precisely what happened to one unlucky Teleread contributor.
Douglas Cootey explains:
I spent a good bit of time this week thinking about Apple’s announcements this past Monday. Much of what will be coming in version 5.0 of iOS is impressive. There are a number of areas where Apple clearly took plays from Android’s playbook (Notifications anyone?) as well as from numerous independent developers. I’m not surprised and, as an end-user, I’mRead more
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If you’re one of the five people who purchased eBooks through Borders, I strongly recommend you log into your account and follow their instructions to port your library to Kobo. Teleread is reporting that Borders is no longer operating their own eBookstore, and any attempts at logging in or purchasing will lead you to instructions on
So, last week was a busy one for ebooks! Kobo and B&N released new competing touchscreen readers, and Amazon and B&N became embroiled in quite the PR war over battery life. So what happened, and what’s coming next?
Let’s start with a quick cheat sheet on what’s new, and what everyone’s offering:
The fine folks at Kobo released their
It took far longer than we hoped or expected but, as of this morning, Zinio’s app is live in the Android Market. That’s right, if you have a device running Android 2.2 or above Android Honeycomb you can now get hundreds (thousands actually) of magazines right on your Android device. Zinio is one of my favorite apps on my iPad,
Apparently Amazon was NOT going to let the day go without some sort of ebook reader announcement. Not surprising, since both Kobo and B&N unleashed big hardware updates that made the Kindle 3 look, well, kind of boring. Since even Amazon can’t release a hardware refresh on a 6 hour turnaround, they’ve done the next best thing: sliced the priceRead more
Poor Sony. Yet again they’re ahead of the ebook reader curve, and left with nothing…they were putting touch based eInk screens on their devices over a year ago, but now that the Sony Reader line is outpriced and outmatched, everyone else is jumping on the touch bandwagon! The latest entrant is Kobo, with their “eReader Touch Edition”, and it looksRead more
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It’s officially happened … eBooks are outselling paper books at Amazon.com, and it’s fair to say that this isn’t just a one-off fluke. This is a big change in publishing and reading! Even though it’s been brewing for a while, it seems like these milestones are falling faster and
One of the greatest things about eBook readers is how accessibility is in their nature. When I worked at Borders, people were always seeking large-print titles, but relatively speaking we carried far fewer large prints than regular titles. With an eBook reader like the Kindle, any book is a large print thanks to adjustable font sizes!
However, a Kindle can
Now that the ad-supported Kindle with Special Offers (aka the Kindeal) is out, sales are apparently through the roof again. With that in mind, it seems a good time to bring up the question on many (some?) people’s minds – how do I get free stuff on the Kindle?
There are a truly remarkable number of free digital books
I love, love, love the new Kindle ad! Like many prior ones, Amazon is hammering home how great the Kindle screen looks in sunlight, how easy it is to use, etc…but instead of taking on the iPad, they are aiming this ad at the people who claim they prefer “real books.”
Words don’t do this one justice, so check out
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Amazon announced today that they’ve partnered with the Overdrive Library System to provide Kindle-formatted books for library lending. It’s a fantastic announcement all by itself, since the competition (NOOK, mainly) can read library books and there’s been quite a bit of complaining that the Kindle wasn’t in on the fun. Amazon being Amazon, they couldn’t just
Amazon has just fired the biggest salvo yet in the ebook price wars-a Kindle with “special offers”, ie ads, for $114, or $25 less than the non-ad based WiFi Kindle. It will offer ads on the screensavers and along the bottom of the homescreen, plus Amazon is promising you can “customize” the ads you receive on the “Manage your Kindle”Read more
When Amazon bought Audible.com in 2008, I wasn’t sure what the impact would be for Audible as a company, and for me as a loyal customer since 2001. I hoped that Amazon would just bring more scale to Audible’s existing service, and help them to increase the number of audiobooks available on Audible.com. Luckily, this is exactly what Amazon
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In the beginning, there was Peanut Press . . .
Seriously, though; as you’ve probably noticed from Carly’s great postings, the eBook industry is . . . well, the polite way to put it is, “In flux.” The less-polite way to put it is, “A big friggin’ mess.” The same book cannot be read
There was much rejoicing when Amazon rolled out their latest Kindle update which included page numbers! It made life much easier for book clubs, students, and everyone who just wanted a comfortingly familiar way to figure out where they were in a novel. What’s really cool, though, is that Amazon did some serious behind the scenes work to make theRead more
IDC has done some number crunching, and their ebook sales numbers are…interesting, to say the least. They say Amazon is #1, but surprisingly Pandigital has a very strong showing against B&N, coming in third for the year but second for the fourth quarter. That’s a huge shocker, though Pandigital did flood the market with several models over the course ofRead more
Apparently Andy Rooney is not a fan of Kindles and NOOKs. His 60 Minutes rant this past week was all about ebooks. I really hate to say this about Andy Rooney, but he really missed the mark big time. He expressed surprise that paperbacks are being outsold by ebooks, and seemed wholly perplexed by the concept that an eBook readerRead more