Ebooks on Crack Get your ebook fix.


Libraries still working out e-book kinks|Lastest Kindle News]

Libraries still working out e-book kinks
NEW YORK — Libraries have been lending e-books for longer than there's been a Kindle, but until recently only a few devices worked with them.
Read more on Everett Herald


“Wayback Machine” Creators to Open Digital Archive Nonprofit in Richmond


From an Article in the Contra Costa Times:

Internet Archive has bought a 45,000-square-foot building [in Richmond, CA) and the large yard next door at 2512 and 2514 Florida Ave., where Palecek Imports used to have offices for its furniture business.

The San Francisco-based nonprofit plans to store some 3 million books, videos and audio recordings here in a temperature- and humidity-controlled setting. That, in itself, won’t create more than a few jobs. But if they can find the funding, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said the group wants to hire as many as 500 to 1,000 locals to scan documents into the digital archive.

City officials hope to work with the nonprofit to brainstorm ways to train and employ locals, said Thomas Mills, Richmond’s economic development administrator. Richmond’s unemployment rate is 17.5 percent as of December, exceeding the state rate of 12.3 percent, according to state data.

“We’d like to get our people involved in learning more about archiving and the digital form,” Mills said. “We’re trying to look for different ways to create training opportunities.”

Read the Complete Article

Via Resource Shelf


Apple iPad 2 to have a sweet Dual Core 1.2 GHZ Processor



By Michael

The iPad 2rumors continue to abound as we closer to April when a the new iPad 2 will be officially announced. In an recent interview with AppleInsider, the new Apple iPad is going to be using a ARM Cortex A9 1.2 GHZ Dual Core Processor, along with a with Imagination’s SGX543 dual-core graphics.

Not only do we know the graphics and CPU processor the iPad will use, there is more information on the amount of internal RAM as well. According to Ming-Chi-Kuo of Concord Securities has said “iPad 2 has 512MB RAM, same as iPhone 4 and twice as much as iPad 1, but running at higher clock 1,066 MHz for getting bigger memory bandwidth (iPhone 4 memory clock is 800 MHz).” However there won’t be a super-high-resolution Retina Display, with the second-gen iPad sticking to 1024 x 768.”

So it looks like the iPad will have slimmer display and will focus on Anti-Reflection and not a tremendous increase in resolution. Since the new display looks to be 33% thinner it looks like the iPad can try and bite more into the Amazon Kindle dominated business of e-reading.

apple ipad 2 makers

Related posts:

  1. Apple iPad vs HP Slate
  2. Apple iPad 2 to have 3 different models in 2011
  3. The Apple iPad available at Target Oct 2
  4. Flash now on the Apple iPad – somewhat
  5. A Review of the New iPad From Apple – Is it a Must Or a Bust
  6. How to copy eBooks to the Apple iPad via iTunes and iBooks

Categories : Tablet-Slates, Technology


Amazon Singles could be so much more


Amazon launched their new Kindle Singles line with the usual series of email blasts and banners on amazon.com recently.  There appear to be 20 or so Singles products so far but I’m sure many more are in the works.  Amazon says Singles are “compelling ideas expressed at their natural length.”  My interpretation of that is, “most traditional books are bloated works, puffed up to either achieve a specific spine width or price point a publisher has in mind.”

A Singles product isn’t tied to spine width because Singles only exist in the e-world, a place where spines have no meaning. I love the concept and blogged about it last year (see the Just Long Enough section of this eContent wish list post).  But I also believe Amazon has one critical aspect of Singles all wrong: pricing.

The first Singles product I bought was The Business of Media, by Larry Dignan. Before I go any further I want to encourage you to by Dignan’s Single right now.  It’s one of the most thought-provoking works on media/publishing that I’ve read in a long time.  It’s only .99…and that’s the problem.

Amazon apparently believes shorter equals cheaper. Wrong!  When I read The Business of Media the other night I realized three dollars got me a condensed version of what I’d normally pay at least .99 for (as a Kindle book) and more like + (as a print book).  The author could very easily have bulked this up to 5 or 6 times the length of the Single.  All he had to do was add more stories, background, etc., and he would have had a 300-page book.  I’m so glad he didn’t.

It took me about an hour to read The Business of Media and I’m a slow reader.  I could have done it in less time but I found myself highlighting and making so many notes in it.  The Single consists of 12 chapters, many of which only take up about 2 or 3 screens in my Kindle iPad app (although your mileage may vary depending on your app settings).  One hour.  I would have  gladly paid .99 for this one. Not only was the content excellent but the service saved me several hours of reading time since it was in the short format, not the long, old-fashioned one.

I realize Amazon wants to cast a wide net by pricing Singles from $.99 to .99 but they’re doing their partners (authors and publishers) a huge disservice.  I’m a well-known, card-carrying cheapskate and even I’ve gotten more relaxed about spending more than .99 on ebooks, so let the natural forces drive prices to the correct levels.  And by all means, don’t assume shorter equals cheaper.  In this case, brevity is a key product attribute, so don’t be afraid to let it drive a price up rather than down.

If the results on this one are what I can come to expect from Singles I’ll definitely be spending a lot of money on them.  But I also want to encourage Amazon and their authors to think more “digital-first” (or “digital-exclusive”) on these.

My only gripe about The Business of Media is that it felt like something that was written for print, not digital.  For example, something as simple as embedded hyperlinks were few and far between.  There were some, but the content lends itself to many, many more.

And here’s another plea for Amazon to add pop-up window functionality to its reader app.  When I click on a link don’t close the reader and open the browser; just open a frame on the screen with a browser so I can keep everything in context.

When I reached the end of The Business of Media I wanted to know what’s next.  I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s work so where can I go for more?  Where can I buy a follow-on product?  A bunch of one-off’s like this is a missed opportunity.  Show me a family of related products that keep me coming back.  Also, this Single covers a very dynamic, ever-changing subject.  The content is up-to-date in early 2011 but how should it change in 3 months?  6 months?  Longer?  Here’s an opportunity for Amazon to either make updates part of the original product (and charge more) or sell quick revisions.

Singles is a good idea but I hope Amazon takes the time to develop it into something more than just shorter pieces of content.

P.S. — I know Amazon is trying to play off the album single, but why does “Kindle Singles” always make me think of “Kraft Singles”?


New Study shows that 65% have increased reading due to ebooks

ipad reading

The rising popularity with ebooks in its many forms is kind of astounding! Amazon has just reported a few weeks ago that eBooks are outselling tangible books and retail giant Barnes and Noble is not meeting the same fate of rival Borders, due to the success of their ebook library and Nook e-Readers. A new study has been been conducted by iModerate Research Technologies and Brock Associates have determined that users that have multifunction devices; such as Blackberry, iPad, Android tablets and e-readers such as the Nook Color and Pandigital Novel have increased reading by 65% and 46% are actually buying real books.

The study found and presented at the Digital World Book Conference 2011 in New York has determined the top three reasons why Tablet and Smart Phone users prefer reading on their device. They mention the overall convenience factor of reading a book digitally to be at 80%. They also presented that over 61% of customers feel purchasing ebooks is easier then buying the real thing. One of the most intriguing factors was how people do their reading and in what environment. Traveling (72%), waiting for an appointment (72%) and for leisure and relaxation (70%) topped up the most popular methods.

“I think we can expect to see growth in ebook consumption in the coming year because consumers suggest that reading books on a multi-function device is such a convenience to them,” says Laurie Brock, President of Brock Associates. “As long as they have their device with them 24/7, they are going to read on it – especially if the price for an ebook remains reasonable.”

Not only did the recent poll determine statistical ananysis on how often people are reading and in what circumstances, they also had users offer their own experiences.

Some of the circumstances that contributed people to increase their reading habits were mainly evident to the fact that people often roll around carrying these devices in their pocket, in their car or in a bag/purse. They tended to read more during random “dead” pockets of time, such as waiting for a doctors appointment or chaperoning their kids on the playground.

One particular female whom was polled at this to say “When we’re going somewhere in the car and my husband is driving, I’ll read some. If my kid is playing on the playground or something, I’ll sit and read while she’s playing. It’s just convenient to pull out if I have a few minutes that I’m not doing anything.”

Another reason why people are reading more on their electronic devices was due to the convenience factor. The poll showed that its easier to buy, store and organizing their online book collections. Other issues cited the ability to buy more and carry more and being able to buy books on demand from various other stores.

The last huge factor that has been stimulating more people to read was the editing factor found in the iPad and many e-readers that do more then just reading. It allows people to highlight, adjust text size, bookmark pages without ruining the book.

via Press Release

Related posts:

  1. Recent study shows six million e-readers owned in the USA
  2. Kobo Introduces Reading Life for the Apple iPad
  3. Copia demonstrates Social Media Reading at CES 2011
  4. Barnes and Noble shows off Nook Color e-Reader
  5. Blio e-reading application launched for Windows Devices
  6. Amazon eBooks outselling Tangible books 2:1


Throw This Stock Away|Lastest Kindle News]

Throw This Stock Away
Put your money someplace better.
Read more on The Motley Fool


Zinio app updated

Screen shot 2011-01-31 at 8.51.39 AM.pngJust got an email from Zinio saying that their app has been updated to version 1.9.4. Here are the changes:

★ Can’t find your magazines from 2010? Tap on the new blue button “2011” to view your older issues from 2010 or earlier.
★ Additional language support for Greek, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Catalan
★ Critical bug fixes


News Corp. to unveil iPad-only newspaper next week|Lastest Ipad News]

News Corp. to unveil iPad-only newspaper next week
News Corp. is now set to unveil the world's first iPad-only newspaper, The Daily, in New York next Wednesday. CEO Rupert Murdoch will take the wraps off the tablet publication at the Guggenheim Museum. He will appear with Apple Inc.'
Read more on Pocono Record


Sony Reader Touch

sony ebook:Sony Reader Touch
Lucy takes a peek at Sony's brand new e-Reader. Will finger-swiping your way through the pages of a digital novel replace the good, old-fashioned paper-back? Watch and find out book-worms.

Tagged as: , , 25 Comments

Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan speaks out about the Adam Tablet

notion ink adam

Recently CEO of Notion Ink Rohan Shravan conducted an interview with Notion Ink Addicts on some important details regarding what Adam owners can expect from the official services that NI will be providing, as well as some future tidbits.

It looks like for content starved people looking for applications, books, movies and music will be launched around the middle of February. Otherwise he implores the users to download content from other websites. Although this may be a tall order for average users who do not know where to download applications other then the official Google Android Market. The Adam of course does not have access to the market yet, but if you ROOT your device, you can download to your hearts content.

The Adam does come with a rather lackluster music player, that also should be coming down the pipe with an update soon, the CEO reports. One of the benefits of the current Adam music player is that it automatically downloads cover art.

Rohan also mentioned on the official WordPress blog recently that the final orders for the first round of pre-orders will be shipped out in the next few days and emails are being sent to the people who have ordered them. The Reason of the delay was due to “one of our shipments for the touch screens got damaged while transportation which is going to effect a fraction of our customers. To make things worse, its New Year in China and every manufacturing plant is closed. But our touch-screen partners, Sinotek (also known as Sintek), will stay open for the Chinese New Year and re-manufacture all the remaining touch screens to deliver. I am making this special note, because we are really overwhelm at their response and want to thank all the employees at their firm who are going to miss their New Year celebrations and home visits.”

One burning question that has not been addresses and has met with some ire from a ton of customers, is the return policy. There is a current 7 day return policy with an Adam purchase, but many users are finding reaching the company is next to impossible and lots of emails are going unanswered. Hopefully this will be sorted out, if returning is not an option check out selling on eBay.

Be sure to check out our review on the Notion Ink Adam.

Related posts:

  1. Interview with Rohan Shravan CEO of Notion Ink
  2. Notion Ink Adam Ships today!
  3. The Notion Ink Adam Unboxing Video
  4. Notion Ink Adam vs the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle
  5. The Notion Ink Adam bundled Apps Video Review
  6. Notion Ink gets Production Samples of their Adam Tablet

Page 1 of 11712345102030...Last »