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29Mar/110

Three million Nook Colors made so far, unnamed sources say

If DigiTimes can be believed, the Nook Color has really been doing well for Barnes & Noble. The site reports that Barnes & Noble has already taken delivery of an estimated almost three million of the devices from its manufacturer, Inventec, say unknown sources close to the supply chain. The article suggests that the Nook Color “has actually taken up over 50% of the iPad-like market” in North America (though it’s not really clear what it means by “iPad-like market.” Devices that are like the iPad apart from the iPad itself?).

By comparison, Apple sold that many iPads in just 80 days, and was estimated to have sold almost 15 million iPads during 2010. Still, relatively speaking, three million units is quite a respectable figure however you look at it—especially for a device ostensibly sold as an e-reader. Perhaps the tablet-like features Barnes & Noble will add in its next update will increase demand.


18Mar/110

How books were made

So this video is currently making the rounds on the internet. We discovered it via the Huffington Post and watched with rapt attention. The opening of the video glosses over (really omits altogether) the editorial, marketing, and publicity components associated with making a book, but that’s okay. The amount of work–the labor and the number of people required to do it–that goes into making the plates for just one page of a book in 1947 is truly astounding. Granted, it ain’t done this way any more (with a few exceptions), but knowing how much back-breaking labor used to be required to print books definitely makes me appreciate them that much more.


18Mar/110

How books were made

So this video is currently making the rounds on the internet. We discovered it via the Huffington Post and watched with rapt attention. The opening of the video glosses over (really omits altogether) the editorial, marketing, and publicity components associated with making a book, but that’s okay. The amount of work–the labor and the number of people required to do it–that goes into making the plates for just one page of a book in 1947 is truly astounding. Granted, it ain’t done this way any more (with a few exceptions), but knowing how much back-breaking labor used to be required to print books definitely makes me appreciate them that much more.


7Mar/110

iPad 2 Made Official By Apple, Includes Cameras, HDMI Out Via Dongle|Lastest Ipad News]

iPad 2 Made Official By Apple, Includes Cameras, HDMI Out Via Dongle
To absolutely no one's surprise, Apple pulled the veil off of its second-generation iPad in a much-publicized press conference earlier today. Speculation had transformed into near-certainty in the weeks leading up to today's announcement, which comes less than a week after Apple released its latest MacBook Pro update. Many of the previously rumored iPad 2 [...]
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4Mar/110

Flexible e-readers and displays made of silk might be a reality soon

It wasn’t too long ago when there used to be a niche segment where we would come across e-readers that exhibited a certain degree of flexibility. Often and on there would be pictures of e-reader bend to some extent which would hold us in awe. Unfortunately, none of them ever turned out to be a market success and it was left to only the conventional and inflexible e-reader to satisfy the e-book loving crowd.

However, it seems such bendable e-readers are back again, thanks to a group of researchers based in Taiwan who claim to have hit upon a novel way of devising electronics that could withstand bending and shearing forces up to some extent. And the most surprising aspect of it all, our good old silk fabric is the center of it all. For it’s all about a technique that comprises of silk in liquid form, which is converted to a membrane that exhibits properties of insulators and can function as flexible thin film transistors.

The method has been devised by an engineering professor along with two post graduate students at Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University and have stated they are already in discussion with a few manufacturers. Needless to say, the technology holds a lot of promise and could well be the material of the e-readers, LED displays and RFD tags of future.

The use of silk for the manufacture of electronic devices can also lead to a lot of savings cost wise as it is estimated that its just .03 worth of silk that would be required for every device. Then silk being a natural fiber also means the damage done to the environment is also the least. Much less than what plastics usually do.

There is no word though as to when we might get to see a silk e-reader in a real world scenario sharing retail space with perhaps the Kindle and the Nooks of the future.

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7Feb/112

Home made Kindle Cover


Kindle ebook:Home made Kindle Cover
I checked the prices of kindle cover online and they are terribly high for me to afford. So, I decided to stitch my own Kindle cover. It is not not fancy but it does the job perfectly fine.

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18Jan/110

Stephen Leather made £12,691.57 from Kindle ebooks in December, by Steven Lewis

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Stephen Leather is perhaps the most successful independent author in the UK. His thrillers and sexpat titles sold 44,334 copies in December on Amazon.co.uk. His refunds add up to more than most authors sell in a month.

We know this because Stephen is one of the authors generous enough to be making public the sales figures of their self-published Kindle and other ebooks to encourage aspiring ebook authors (I Sold 44,334 Kindle Books In December).

For those of us vulgar enough to need to know what Stephen’s Amazon (UK) sales figures translate to in royalties, I took Stephen’s Kindle sales figures and plugged in their sales prices multiplied by Amazon’s royalty percentages. The results are in this inspirational little table:

Title December sales Sales price Royalty Revenue
Bangkok Bob 302 £2.98 £2.09 £629.97
Dreamer’s Cat 3,899 £0.86 £0.29 £1,130.71
Once Bitten 22,607 £0.74 £0.26 £5,877.82
Private Dancer 205 £3.83 £2.68 £549.61
The Basement 17,321 £0.74 £0.26 £4,503.46
Total £12,691.57

Via Steven Lewis’ Kindle Writers blog