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15Apr/110

Dell Streak 7 goes on sale in the UK for £299

Apr

15

By Sovy

The Streak 7 tablet is now available in the UK for an affordable £299. The amount translates to about 8 US though the US price is expected to be even cheaper. However, those in the UK will only be getting the Wi-Fi only version of the tablet and perhaps it is this that explains the relatively decent price tag.

Price apart, the Streak 7 includes some nice specifications such as a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor along with 16 GB of storage while on top if these is the 7 inch 800 x 480 pixel display which could have benefited with some more pixels. The tablet will also have on board a 1.3 megapixel fixed focus camera at the front and a 5 megapixel camera at the rear with auto focus and flash. Also for those who have been ruing the fact that the Streak 7 is still hooked on to Android 2.2 can find solace from the recent Dell announcement that has promised the upgrade to Android Honeycomb soon. Another not so likeable feature of the tablet is its pretty ordinary battery life of around 4 hours or so from its 2780 mAh battery.

In any case, the Streak 7 can still make for a strong case for itself at the price it is currently on offer.

via engadget

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31Mar/110

Archos Arnova 10 Android tablet goes on sale in the US


The Archos Arnova 10 tablet is among the very few in the world that you can buy for a price as low as just 9. For that amount of money, what you get is a proper tablet running Android with a 10 inch display though the version on board is a rather disappointing Android 2.1. Of course it would be silly to expect a whole lot of goodies packed in a tablet with a sub 0 price tag though the good thing is, the Arnova from the French manufacturer isn’t that hopeless either.

Built around an ARM-based processor, the Arnova 10 sports a 10.1 inch resistive touchscreen display having resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The rest of the feature the Arnova 10 boasts of include an integrated webcam for live video chat, USB 2.0 port as well as a USB host connector along with WiFi 802.11 b/g to connect to the internet. The tablet comes with 4 GB of internal memory though there is also a SDHC card slot to help matters if you need more.

The Arnova 10 also comes with good multimedia abilities, capable as it is of playing back 720p HD video as well as MP4, H.264, and RealVideo. Integrated mic and speaker further adds to the excellent entertainment feature of the Arnova 10. Claimed battery life for the Arnova 10 is 6 hours when playing video files though it can be as far stretched as 40 hours when playing back music files with the screen turned off.

Mertado is offering the Arnova 10 for 9.99 though one will have to hurry to make the most of the reduced price as its valid for less than the next 24 hours.

via liliputing

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31Mar/110

IPad 2 Goes on Sale Abroad — Will There Be Enough?|Lastest Ipad News]

IPad 2 Goes on Sale Abroad — Will There Be Enough?
Apple fans in 25 more countries got their turn to line up for the iPad 2 on Friday, two weeks after it went on sale in the U.S.
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29Mar/110

WingedChariot goes with webOS

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From the press release:

WingedChariot, a pioneer in digital picture books, today announces plans to make its award winning multi-lingual apps for the webOS and the new HP TouchPad.

Neal Hoskins, publisher at WingedChariot says:

I have long admired the polish and beauty of webOS. With HP rolling out a whole ecosystem of devices running the webOS we’d love our rich and colourful children’s stories to be available to HP customers.

We look forward to bringing a new look and feel to our story apps on HP’s webOS and to exploring the links between digital and print that this platform offers.

17Mar/110

New iPad version goes on sale – but don’t tell Apple|Lastest Ipad News]

New iPad version goes on sale - but don't tell Apple
The iPad 2 has arrived in Hong Kong, at least unofficially.
Read more on The Standard

16Mar/110

‘Red Riding Hood’ Goes From Fairy Tale To Movie To…YA Novel?|Lastest Kindle News]

'Red Riding Hood' Goes From Fairy Tale To Movie To...YA Novel?
"Little Red Riding Hood" was never a fairy tale of the Prince Charming variety, so it must have taken a bit of imagination to picture it as the basis of a heart-stopping romantic adventure story with a compelling love triangle. But the folks behind "Red Riding Hood" had a few tricks up their sleeves to [...]
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4Mar/110

HuffPo Writer Goes On Strike

A 2008 WGA striker also demanding to be paid for his internet content

Bill Lasarow, publisher and co-editor of Visual Arts Source and former Huffington Post contributor, has gone on strike to protest the site’s practice of not paying for much of the blog’s original content (via Galleycat). Lasarow asks that “all others now contributing free content, particularly original content to the Huffington Post to also join us in this strike,” “form a negotiating partnership with Huffington/AOL,” and “professonialize this relationship.” He calls the payment practices “hypocritical” and urges Ariana Huffington to “do the right thing.” He continues:

It is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing. It is unethical to cannibalize the investment of other organizations who bear the cost of compensation and other overhead without payment for the usage of their content.

We’ve written previously about the new era of “Digital Feudalism” in which “platform barons” take advantage of idealistic content laborers to create companies worth, in HuffPo’s case, 5,000,000. The proliferation of freely generated content on the web has resulted in a race-to-the-bottom economy for people who want to make a living as writers, journalists, photographers, etc. As Lasarow writes, those who provide free content hope to find “fame and fortune thanks to the great exposure” even as their actions help eliminate the very sources of income they aspire to.

2Mar/110

3G Kindle at AT&T stores – Random House US goes ‘Agency’- Indie author’s $$$Sales

KINDLE NEWS March 1, 2011

AT&T WILL SELL THE 3G/WiFi KINDLE-3 AT STORES STARTING MARCH 6
This means you can "test drive" a Kindle 3 at any AT&T store soon, and there are about 2,200 AT&T stores.  Here is info from AT&T on this.

Also, they will carry ONLY the 3G model, not the WiFi one, since they provide the 3G cellular wireless, which is free for Kindle customers (and best used with text-oriented sites with slower E-Ink) and it's speculated by JPMorgan & Chase Co. analyst Philip Cusick that AT&T will get a few dollars per Kindle sale.  These will sell at the same price as from Amazon: 9.

RANDOM HOUSE ADOPTS APPLE'S "AGENCY" PLAN TODAY, FOR HIGHER E-BOOK PRICES
L. A. Times's Carolyn Kellogg reports that the last of the "Big 6" publishing houses is moving to the Agency model for e-books, which is noted most of all, by consumers, for its higher e-book pricing over the last year that it's been put in place.  Apple's iPad2 announcement tomorrow will probably include that Random House has been accepted into Apple's iBook store, rather than kept out because they would not accept the Agency model terms earlier.

  I mentioned other day that the Agency model and the pricing wars have less to do with the amount of immediate profit-taking than 'control' over the e-book market, which is threatening the paper-based book market and its profits - the main and admitted concern of the Big 6 publishers.
  As Random House put it:

' "Going forward, Random House will set consumer prices for the e‐books we publish, and we will provide retailers with a commission for each sale," Random House said in a statement.  The agency model guarantees a higher margin for retailers than did our previous sales terms. We are making this change both as an investment in the successful digital transition of our existing partners and in order to give us the opportunity to forge new retail relationships." '

  Translation: Apple is ultra-likely to announce Tuesday that Random House has come within the fold.

  Apple and Random House are said to have been in negotiations since December.  We can hope that Random House may choose to set lower prices than the Big5 did during the last year.  The American Booksellers Assn. gave "strong support" to the move.

RANDOM HOUSE UK WILL STAY OUTSIDE OF THE AGENCY DESPITE U.S. MOVE
Not surprisingly, to those following the UK scene, Random House's UK company is not going Agency.  The Office of Fair Trading ("OFT") launched an investigation into e-book pricing in February, and publishers outside the Agency model "said they would be more cautious about it while it was under review."

  The Amazon UK forum "Agency Pricing" message thread is still going strong (with 1727 posts since mid-October, and the last message, dated today, says:

' Posted on 1 Mar 2011 10:21 GMT
Izzy says:
Well I'm glad many of us emailed the OFT and that they are looking into it because Random House US is going agency too, but not Random House UK... phew.  It's very unlikely that any UK publishers will switch to agency while it's under investigation. '

They have been comparing pricing and ways to bring e-book pricing back to what made sense to them as Kindle owners until the Agency plan started taking hold even there.

INDIE AUTHOR AMANDA HOCKLING SELLS 450,000 BOOKS (99% ARE E-BOOKS) IN JANUARY.
That's sort of old news, courtesy of USA Today on February 9, but the story has been picked up more in the last couple of weeks and while I won't name the online zines that had so much "misinformation" in them (Amanda Hocking's word), including the misspelling of her name several times in one article as well as statements that she receives 70% of a sale for 99-cent books (not true, it's 35% for books under .99), it's been time-consuming to try to get more factually-based info.  But we have access to her blog for that.

Her success in sales should be given some attention by the Big 6 publishers in connection with their favored higher-ebook-pricing Agency plan.  They tend to insist that no one will be 'discovered' without their help.

According to the USA Today article, she started self-publishing in March, was selling hundreds of copies by May and thousands by June, at prices between 99c and .99.

' "More astounding: This January she sold more than 450,000 copies of her nine titles. More than 99% were e-books."
. . .
In fact, Hocking is selling so well that on Thursday, the three titles in her Trylle Trilogy (Switched, Torn and Ascend, the latest) will make their debuts in the top 50 of USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.

A recent survey shows 20 million people read e-books last year, and more self-published authors are taking advantage of the trend. '

  To see Amanda Hocking's list of facts to offset the misinformation online, see the 'Misinformation and Corrections' entry at her blog.

  Essentially, she is 26, has published eight books and one novella, "so there are nine works that you can purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Smashwords."
  She was never traditionally published and still has not been traditionally published.
  Hocking first published two books in April 15, 2010 and in less than a year, she's "sold over 900,000 copies of over nine different books."
  Has been on the USA Today Bestseller list but not the NY Times List.
  She has an interview with Elle that will be in the April issue and is due to be interviewed by Better TV in late March.
  She writes "young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy, mostly."

  Her Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for a film and is "a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas."
  On the other hand, her latest, Hollowland, IS a zombie urban fantasy, a bit more gritty than her previous books but romance remains part of the mix.  It already has 83 customer reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars.  I have no idea why zombies are so 'in' these days and will add that's not a draw for me, but I do like that she has used a background of very-early writing focus and years of serious classes in writing and has exploded on the scene, enjoyed by many paying-customers despite no help whatsoever from the traditional large publishers.  Read her blog to see the avenues she uses for getting the word out.
  Here's her Amazon Author page.

EARLIER BLOG ARTICLE ON AUTHORS AND KINDLE PUBLISHING
Authors and Kindle Publishing.

EARLIER BLOG ARTICLES ON THE E-BOOK PRICING WARS, WITH SOURCING
A Kindle World Blog history of articles on the e-book pricing wars

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's),   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 highest-rated ones
    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

24Feb/110

Good e-Reader Radio – PubIT news and Redgroup goes Bust

Feb

24

By Markus

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Welcome to another edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! The big stories we are covering today are about the recent developments with Borders, and the RedGroup going into voluntary administration and how Whitcoulls and Angus & Robertson are all out of business soon.  We also let you know about Barnes and Nobles PubIT event that had in Santa Monica and how future events will happen soon! PubIT incidentally is the independent publishing program B&N offers in order for first time authors or aspiring writers to submit their content to be sold in the companies ebookstore.

There is lots of other news we get into, such as Spring Design going belly up and the Alex e-Reader is no-more. Of course we have a ton more news on the Xoom, LG Optimus, Verizon LTE and the future of tablet gaming.

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2Feb/110

Second defendant in Juggalo battle-ax case goes to trial|Lastest Kindle News]

Second defendant in Juggalo battle-ax case goes to trial
Second defendant in Juggalo battle-ax case goes to trial By melinda Rogers The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Feb 1, 2011 06:11PM MDT Defense attorneys for a man accused of stabbing a 17-year-old boy while his friend assaulted the same boy with a medieval battle ax 2 1/2 years ago told a jury on Tuesday the pair never intended to kill their victim. During opening arguments at the trial of Cody Jesse ...
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