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6May/110

Bookish, New Digital Destination for Readers, to Launch Summer 2011

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From the press release:


Bookish (www.bookish.com), a new digital platform for readers, is set to launch this summer it was announced today. Backed by Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA), and Simon & Schuster, Bookish has been designed to provide readers — from the most casual to the most dedicated — with a personalized experience connecting them with their favorite authors and books through original editorial features, unique tools and more. The AOL Huffington Post Media Group is partnering with the site to engage users with Bookish content across the network’s wide range of destination sites; AOL will provide advertising sales support for the new venture.

Editorially independent, Bookish will be a place for readers to find great content about books and authors from a variety of publishers. Bookish will highlight a wide range of genres and allow readers to find their next book as well as recommend books to each other.

New media veteran Paulo Lemgruber is leading the effort as Bookish’s CEO.  Previously, Lemgruber developed and ran digital businesses for Comcast and Reed Elsevier. Also part of the Bookish team is Charlie Rogers, who will serve as Editor-in-Chief.  Prior to becoming part of Bookish, Rogers was Editor-in-Chief, Digital Media at NBC Universal and worked at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and The Paris Review. Technology efforts will be directed by Bookish Chief Technology Officer Andy Parsons, who previously served as CTO for Outside.in and Digital Railroad, Inc., as well as Director of Software Development at Juice Software.  Bookish’s Director of Product in charge of the user experience is Brad Dickason who previously sold a company, Giant Realm, to Burst Media and then served as their Director, Creative Products and Services.  He is also a former competitive video gamer.

“Bookish enjoys the support of significant, established players in the publishing and online space. Nobody is more intimately familiar with the multitude of elements that make a book appealing than its publisher,” explained Lemgruber. “In addition to working with Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA) and Simon & Schuster, we look forward to working with the entire publishing and book-selling community to make Bookish an exciting destination that will delight readers. We are also thrilled to work closely with AOL Huffington Post Media Group to tap into its groundbreaking ability to start real-time conversations around content and partnering with AOL on our advertising sales effort.”

Said Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, “As a lifelong book lover — and reading evangelist — I’m always on the lookout for innovative ways to get people excited about books, to remind them why they are so important, and to spark a thousand conversations around big issues, fun ideas and great writing. That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Bookish — and to use our multimedia, social, and community engagement tools to help connect our readers with authors and their books. And we’ll highlight this content through our entire network and hyperlocal sites.”

Designed to answer the question “What should I read next?” as well as to deepen the reading experience around books, authors and genres, Bookish will feature exclusive content covering a wide selection of titles and formats.  It will also offer readers the convenience of purchasing print and digital books directly or through other retailers.  Bookish is dedicated to working closely with book retailers, and in the coming weeks will reach out to explore ways to complement the retailers’ efforts and enhance all reader experiences.

“We’ve assembled an incredibly entrepreneurial and dynamic team at Bookish that embraces the most cutting-edge trends in publishing and technology,” says Lemgruber.  “With our team’s startup expertise and credentials, as well as our ability to leverage the knowledge of publishers, retailers and authors, Bookish is innately positioned to fuel people’s passion for books.”

6May/110

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3May/110

E-Ink Holdings Admits No New Screen Technology in 2011

The sparkling Pearl display will continue to be the latest and the best that E-Ink has to offer us, as the company has stated they have no new display developed for 2011 that is better than the Pearl.

“We’re generally on a two-year cycle with our e-ink technology,” said Sri Peruvemba, the Vice President of global sales and marketing at E-Ink, before also adding, “It takes some time to develop and test the next generation.”

So while E-Ink takes its time to come up with something that could replace the already formidable Pearl display, the best we can have this year is better devices that would utilize the Pearl to its full potential. There may be devices with better processing capabilities, which in turn will lead to faster refresh rates for the Pearl display. That scenario would be ideal, seeing as the Pearl display is already astounding, and anything that makes for a better reading experience with improved response times will be welcomed by us.

Another area where the Pearl screen might be seen getting into is in the realm of full motion video playback. However, here too there is the need of have in place the right technologies to make this a reality and its one more thing that might take some time to iron out the kinks.


Right now, the Pearl e-reader can be seen in action at the new gen Kindle and Sony e-readers.

via cnet

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28Apr/110

IDPF Digital Book 2011 announces speakers

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Just got an email announcing the speakers for the upcoming annual IDPF conference, which will take place May 23-24.  Looks like an interesting group.  Paid admission to the IDPF event includes free admission to the BookExpo America exhibit hall and trade show.  You can register here and the complete program is here.  According to the site less than 170 seats are left.

Here’s the speakers list:

“The Year of the eBook” – Abe Murray, Google; Yoshinobu Noma, Kodansha

“Publishers Roundtable” – Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks; Richard Nash, Cursor/Red Lemonade (formerly of Soft Skull Press)

“Special Keynote: The Mongoliad, Year One – a ground-breaking investigation into the future of publishing” – Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear, Subutai Corporation

“Creating Highly Accessible Interactive Content” – Liza Daly, Threepress Consulting

“International Market Opportunities” – Cristina Mussinelli, Italian Publishers Association; 
Ronald Schild, MVB Marketing/German Book Publishers Association

“EPUB 3 First Look” – Bill McCoy, International Digital Publishing Forum

“Update on eReading Devices & Apps” – Mary Tripsas, Harvard Business School; Allen Weiner, Gartner; Mitch Weisberg, Sawyer Business School

“Transforming the Business of Publishing”- Lisa McCloy-Kelley, Random House; Ken Brooks, Cengage Learning; Bob Young, Lulu.com

“Breakthrough Business Models” – Theresa Horner, Barnes and Noble; Justo Hidalgo, 24symbols; TJ Waters, Autography

“Metadata Boot Camp” – Bill Kasdorf, Apex; Mark Bide, Editeur; Beat Barian, Bowker

“Lending of Digital Books” – Peter Brantley, Internet Archive, Erica Lazzaro, OverDrive

“Wrangling the Backlist” – Jonathan Hevenstone and Herve Essa, Jouve Group; Sririam Panchanathan, Aptara

“The Future of Digital Reading and the Business of Digital Publishing” – Masaaki Hagino, Voyager Japan, Inc.; Brad Inman, Vook; Peter Balis, John Wiley

“eBook Production Jumpstart” – Josh Tallent, eBook Architects

“Distribution Update” – Andrew Weinstein, Ingram; Bob Nelson, Baker & Taylor

“The Future of EPUB” – George Conboy, Google; Markus Gylling, DAISY Consortium

“Book Industry Study Group Consumer Research Findings” – Steve Paxhia, Beacon Hill Strategic Services

“Social/Direct Marketing: Case Studies from Publishers and Authors” – Malle Vallik, Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd; Sol Rosenberg, Copia

25Apr/110

Free Kindle book – Student Travel Guide to Europe, 2011


Let’s Go Europe 2011 - Normally .95, FREE currently

Let’s Go Europe 2011: The Student Travel Guide (Kindle Ed.), is authored by Inc., Harvard Student Agencies whose Kindle books with more specific European locations cost between .66 – .99.  They’re providing this Kindle book for .00right now, on what is likely a temporary ‘price.’

Released in January 2011, it has 9 customer reviews with 4 stars out of 5. It’s quite large (at 1,232 pages), as most Kindle books that are mainly text average less than 1 meg, and this one is about 3 megs and will take longer to load, which indicates it has more than the usual number of images. Product description:

‘ From Portugal to the Ukraine, from Norway down to Greece, Europe is a lot to take on.  Luckily, the student adventurers behind Let’s Go Europe 2011 know that any traveler can handle it — with a little help.  Whether whipping through London, Barcelona, and Prague in five days or spending a leisurely year abroad, travelers get all the info they need from Let’s Go.  Their wit and irreverence can brighten even the drabbest Renaissance museum — if travelers didn’t take their advice to skip it.  From German beer halls to Roman ruins, Let’s Go Europe 2011 is the ticket to adventure. ‘

CAVEAT The two Kindle book reviews I see (the rest are paperback reviews) say it’s well worth downloading as a free book, but is written by Harvard students for other students and one reviewer thinks it’s mainly for students with money to spare — I used to go on the /day books :-) And the paperback version had less information on hostel locations than a couple of people wanted.

On the other hand, another reviewer says:

‘ However, to be honest, the listings for stuff like accommodations and nightlife are just UNBEATABLE, so I’m willing to deal with the flaws in order to get those recommendations.

I was trying to keep to a budget, so maybe I’m biased, but when I opened the Lonely Planet and Frommer’s guides in the bookstore, their idea of “cheap” was like…65 euro a night. Even the “shoestring” book was borderline. That’s just not the sort of budget I’m operating on.
Let’s Go, on the other hand, listed hostels and cheap mom-and-pop places that got me through most of Western Europe on 20 euro or less a night. No complaints about those prices. ‘

Some think the writing is fun while others find it geared toward those who look for drinking places.  The maps and even some icons are said to be very hard to read on the Kindle (I recommend viewing these in Landscape mode, which may handle better some bad layout problems mentioned.)

For .00, it’s worth a look.

Via Andrys Basten’s A Kindle World Blog

25Apr/110

Good e-Reader Radio – Week in Review – April 18th to April 25th 2011

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By Michael Koz

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In this edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show we give you the quintessential week in review! If you had a busy week due to Easter Weekend family meetings or if you went on vacation you might have missed a ton of news! We sum up the most essential stories of the week so you can stay on top of the world of e-Readers, eBooks, Digital Publishing and Tablet PC’s.

In e-reader news this week we talk about the new Amazon Store in Germany and how local German authors can make money online selling their works to their fellow countryman. We also get into the new iRiver Story HD that arrived at the FCC and what you can expect out of the device. The Barnes and Noble Nook Color, which proved to be one of the most exciting devices last year is in store for a firmware update, hopefully today. This will give you a chance to access a custom built App Market! When you tap into this new store you can get free and paid applications and greatly enhance your e-reader. Want to knock over some pigs with some very Angry Birds? Want to have Adobe Flash? You will get this an more with the update coming soon!

In Tablet news we talk about how Best Buy is supposed to get an increased allotment of iPad 2′s to meet ravenous demand. We also go into detail about the HTC Flyer, the AT&T version of the Motorola Xoom and the Blackberry Playbook.

Finally we wrap the show up with a preview of next months eBooks coming out and give you some details on our next upcoming show! This will be a very special edition of the Good e-Reader Radio show, where we give independent authors advice on how to promote your digital eBooks.

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25Apr/110

FREE Kindle book – Student Travel Guide to Europe, 2011


Let's Go Europe 2011 - Normally .95, FREE currently

Let's Go Europe 2011: The Student Travel Guide (Kindle Ed.), is authored by Inc., Harvard Student Agencies whose Kindle books with more specific European locations cost between .66 - .99.  They're providing this Kindle book for .00 right now, on what is likely a temporary 'price.'

  Released in January 2011, it has 9 customer reviews with 4 stars out of 5. It's quite large (at 1,232 pages), as most Kindle books that are mainly text average less than 1 meg, and this one is about 3 megs and will take longer to load, which indicates it has more than the usual number of images. Product description:

' From Portugal to the Ukraine, from Norway down to Greece, Europe is a lot to take on.  Luckily, the student adventurers behind Let’s Go Europe 2011 know that any traveler can handle it — with a little help.  Whether whipping through London, Barcelona, and Prague in five days or spending a leisurely year abroad, travelers get all the info they need from Let's Go.  Their wit and irreverence can brighten even the drabbest Renaissance museum — if travelers didn’t take their advice to skip it.  From German beer halls to Roman ruins, Let's Go Europe 2011 is the ticket to adventure. '

  CAVEAT The two Kindle book reviews I see (the rest are paperback reviews) say it's well worth downloading as a free book, but is written by Harvard students for other students and one reviewer thinks it's mainly for students with money to spare -- I used to go on the /day books :-) And the paperback version had less information on hostel locations than a couple of people wanted.

On the other hand, another reviewer says:

' However, to be honest, the listings for stuff like accommodations and nightlife are just UNBEATABLE, so I'm willing to deal with the flaws in order to get those recommendations.

  I was trying to keep to a budget, so maybe I'm biased, but when I opened the Lonely Planet and Frommer's guides in the bookstore, their idea of "cheap" was like...65 euro a night. Even the "shoestring" book was borderline. That's just not the sort of budget I'm operating on.
  Let's Go, on the other hand, listed hostels and cheap mom-and-pop places that got me through most of Western Europe on 20 euro or less a night. No complaints about those prices. '

  Some think the writing is fun while others find it geared toward those who look for drinking places.  The maps and even some icons are said to be very hard to read on the Kindle (I recommend viewing these in Landscape mode, which may handle better some bad layout problems mentioned.)

  For .00, it's worth a look.

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's),   K3 Special, 4   DX Graphite


Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
UK-Only: recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

19Apr/110

2011 NFL Power Rankings: The Top 32 Teams Going into the Draft|Lastest Kindle News]

2011 NFL Power Rankings: The Top 32 Teams Going into the Draft
The NFL labor dispute is stealing offseason headlines, but I'm optimistic that a lockout won't last into the regular season. While the NFL and player representatives work on the business side of things, fans are eagerly waiting the 2011 NFL Draft. Although the draft's results certainly have the potential to shake things up, this year's draft will be very different than most . With that in mind ...
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18Apr/110

New eBook Releases for May 2011

May is the month where Spring really takes on it’s fine form and you might find yourself more outdoors then normal. What is the great outdoors, and nature without a great new book? May kicks off a month where many new reads are being released and we have the inside scoop at Good e-Reader where you can find the latest essential reads.

10th Anniversary by James Patterson – Release Date: May 2, 2011

Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals–but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life–a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson’s white-hot speed and unquenchable action, 10th Anniversary is the most deliciously chilling Women’s Murder Club book ever.

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan – Release Date: May 3, 2011

In this exciting second installment of the three-book series, Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them.

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris – Release Date: May 5, 2011

With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows…

Buried Prey by John Sandford – Release Date: May 10, 2011

“One of the best,” said Kirkus Reviews of Storm Prey. “Razor-sharp dialogue, a tautly controlled pace and enough homicides for a miniseries. What more could fans want?”

A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they’ve been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.

In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls’ disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn’t just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me – Release Date: May 10, 2011

“My tendency to make up stories and lie compulsively for the sake of my own amusement takes up a good portion of my day and provides me with a peace of mind not easily attainable in this economic climate.”–Chelsea Handler, from Chapter 10 of Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

It’s no lie: Chelsea Handler loves to smoke out “dumbassness,” the condition people suffer from that allows them to fall prey to her brand of complete and utter nonsense. Friends, family, co-workers–they’ve all been tricked by Chelsea into believing stories of total foolishness and into behaving like total fools. Luckily, they’ve lived to tell the tales and, for the very first time, write about them.

Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews – Release Date: May 31, 2011

Kate Daniels has quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but starting her own business isn’t easy when the Order starts disparaging her good name. And being the mate of the Beast Lord doesn’t bring in the customers, either. So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead asks for help with a vampire, Kate jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, this is one case where Kate should have looked before she leapt.

That about wraps it up for the May eBook Preview! Of course many NEW books are out soon. If you love MYSTERY books, click HERE for a full listing of books due out next month. We will also update this post as new books are known and available. Let me know if i missed anything essential.

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16Apr/110

NFL Draft 2011: Not Buying Baltimore Ravens Drafting Offense in First Round|Lastest Kindle News]

NFL Draft 2011: Not Buying Baltimore Ravens Drafting Offense in First Round
Baltimore May Need an Extra Wide Receiver, but it Won't Be in First Round of 2011 NFL Draft One of the big questions the Ravens have in the first round is simply whether or not they want to select an offensive player in the first round. They need a wide receiver, and there is a good chance all of them excluding Green and Jones will be available for them. The Sporting News debated this point a ...
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