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11Jan/110

Barnes & Noble Reports Strongest Bookstore Holiday Sales Results In Over a Decade|Lastest Ebook News]

Barnes & Noble Reports Strongest Bookstore Holiday Sales Results In Over a Decade
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today reported strong sales for the nine-week holiday period ending January 1, 2011. The company significantly exceeded both online and in-store sales forecasts, led by strong consumer demand for Barnes & Noble’s NOOK brand of eReading products. The company sold virtually its entire inventory of ...
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10Jan/110

Cowgirls get win over Lobos in opening round|Lastest Kindle News]

Cowgirls get win over Lobos in opening round
CLIFF — A fire has seemed to be lit under the Cliff girls' basketball team. The Cowgirls cruised past Academia Juarez, 77-40, in the first round of the annual Cowgirl Basketball Invitational on Thursday night at the Dale Shock Gymnasium.
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6Jan/110

Kobo to be preloaded on over 20 million devices

images.jpgThat’s according to this press release:

Kobo, the only pure-play global eReading service built on an open platform, today announced that it has gained access to more than 20 million consumers through securing relationships with over a dozen partners that include tablet and eReader original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and mobile operators. Kobo has attracted key partners including Samsung and RIM with its unique, innovative, strategy of making eReading available on any device from its open, cloud-based platform.

“In 2011, Kobo will emerge as the leading eReading service thanks to the adoption of tablets like the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and RIM Playbook. We estimate that Kobo will be preloaded on over 20 million devices this year,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “As the only pure-play service in the space, our strategy has always been to make eReading available on any device, and our open-platform eReading applications and eBook store have proven to be popular among tablet OEMs looking to offer eReading to their customers.”

Open standards are essential to giving users the freedom to build and access their lifetime libraries as they choose, something that Kobo’s partners are aligned with. Kobo’s content is accessible through more than ten platforms including most smartphones, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Android Tablets, PC and Windows Tablets, MAC and Linux. Kobo’s free applications are consistently among consumers’ favorites, regularly a top ten app in the iTunes store for 2010. Throughout 2011, Kobo will introduce support for additional platforms including QNX for the Blackberry Playbook.

6Jan/110

Over 80 tablets shown at CES this year

tenone_designs_ten_1_fling_game_controller_ipadThe Consumer Electronics Show is on, and the RSS feeds are being flooded by scads of posts about this or that new tablet or e-reader. If I tried to cover all of them, I could be here all night. In fact, PC Magazine reports that over 80 tablets are going to be shown at the CES this year, many of them using Google’s new “Honeycomb” version of Android.

But how many of those tablets are going to be around by the end of the year? If you’ll recall, 2010’s CES showcased about a zillion e-readers, the majority of which fizzled in the months that followed. As our sister blog Gadgetell reports, current Android tablets including the Galaxy Tab have received “less than stellar reviews.” Not even the Galaxy Tab, which has sold well, looks like it’s in a position to steal the iPad’s thunder.

Being the first mover has a powerful advantage, and none of these new competitors seems likely to dethrone Apple any time soon. Of course, whether they dethrone Apple or not, they will almost certainly get more people interested in consuming e-books and other media on hand-held devices.

3Jan/110

Amazon sells over 3 million ebooks in one week says Morris Rosenthal

fb.pngRosenthal, of Foner Books, is making this estimate based on an extrapolation from the Kindle sales rank graph. He goes on to say:

Kindle is a runaway train heading for Manhattan, and as it roars through Penn Station and under the city, it is shaking the foundations of New York’s oldest trade publishers. Increasing eBook sales mean increasing cost per unit for print books, since fixed production costs will be amortized over fewer print unit sales.

More details in the article.

31Dec/100

Apple sued over iPad and iPhone app ‘data leaks’|Lastest Ipad News]

Apple sued over iPad and iPhone app 'data leaks'
Two groups of iPhone and iPad users are suing Apple saying apps for the gadgets leak personally identifiable data. The groups want to stop personal data being passed around without owners being notified or compensated. Apple is just one of six application makers being pursued by the two groups of consumers. The legal firm putting together one class action lawsuit said it might also take action ...
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30Dec/100

Overdrive – traffic and ebook checkouts surge over Christmas holiday

traffic-chart.jpgFrom Overdrive’s Digital Library Blog:

If you need any evidence of the popularity of eBooks in the library, all you need to do is look at what happened over the past week. Despite some issues caused by a surge in activity, traffic, checkouts, and new user registration records were smashed over the Christmas holiday–all thanks to eBooks.

For the first time ever, eBooks out-circulated audiobooks at libraries’ ‘Virtual Branch’ websites. Audiobooks are still very popular and increasing in circulation, but this momentum for eBook downloads shows that the format has gone mainstream at libraries.

Library eBook circulation has steadily grown over the past month, starting on Nov. 26, the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday. (Like Christmas, many people had new devices, thanks to Black Friday deals, plus they had time to use them.)

To show you what happened in one month, we’ve compared usage from Nov. 26-28 (around US Thanksgiving) to Dec. 25-27 (around Christmas).

eBook checkouts increased a staggering 93%
Visits to ‘Virtual Branch’ websites were up 60%
Pageviews were up nearly 70%

Needless to say, Christmas and the days following were the three biggest for library downloads ever. As a whole, 2010 was even more impressive. We’ll have the full stats for 2010 coming next week, so stay tuned.

29Dec/100

Gorillaz iPad album released over Christmas|Lastest Ipad News]

Gorillaz iPad album released over Christmas
Gorillaz, a cartoon rock and hip hop band, releases free new album made of songs produced mostly on an Apple iPad.
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27Dec/100

Kobo shows record growth over Christmas holidays

Kobo_Logo.pngFrom the press release:

Kobo, the only pure-play global eReading service built on an open platform, today revealed its Holiday 2010 momentum. This Christmas, readers around the world received new eReaders and iPads and other eReading devices under their tree. Over a million people connected to Kobo, and hundreds of thousands of devices were activated each day since Christmas Eve, fuelling the highest eBook download rate in the company’s history. People around the world chose Kobo this Christmas, with the popular easy-to-use Kobo Wireless eReader, dozens of compatible eReaders, top-rated applications for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and one of the largest catalogues in the world with over 2.2 million eBooks, newspapers and magazines.

“Earlier this month we predicted that Christmas would be a record breaker for Kobo, and we have exceeded our expectations driving several ebook downloads per second since Christmas Eve, or an equivalent number hardcover books stacked as high as 50 Empire State Buildings ” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “I would like to thank our customers for choosing Kobo to start building their digital library this Christmas. Our success this holiday season is a pre-cursor to a New Year with people reading more than ever thanks to eBooks and Kobo.”

Kobo’s holiday growth also included:

· Total registered users nearly doubling from the six weeks prior

· A 50X increase in purchases from previous Holiday weekend last year

· A 5X increase in purchases from the previous biggest weekend (also in December)

· Customer purchases from over 130 countries, with some of the biggest gains outside of US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, occurring in Germany, Netherlands, and Singapore

· A significant increase in device mix, with eReaders and Tablets accounting for the largest percent in sales

Kobo became the first eReading service to launch an eBook gifting and gift card program and for the first time in history, eBooks “arrived” digitally in people’s email accounts this Christmas morning. The top three most popular eBooks gifted this holiday were:
· “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

· “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson

· “Room” by Emma Donahue

Top three Kobo eBook title sales by country:

Canada
1. “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson

2. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

3. “Room” by Emma Donahue

United States
1. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

2. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson

3. “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown

United Kingdom
1. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

2. “The Confession” James E. Mcgreevey

3. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson

Australia
1. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

2. “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest” by Stieg Larsson

3. “The Girl Who Played With Fire” by Stieg Larsson

Rest Of World
1. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

2. “Dead Or Alive” by Tom Clancy

3. “The 4-Hour Body” by Timothy Ferriss

19Dec/100

New Google Books tool traces use of words over time

screenGoogle Books isn’t just an e-book store. It’s a pile of data, waiting to be mined. And while the metadata on many of the books in Google’s database may not be in the best of shape, enough books have good metadata that they can be used for some fairly interesting projects.

Ars Technica has the story on one of these. A group of Harvard researchers created a tool that could be used to trace the usage of words or phrases in books over the last few centuries. And what’s more, Google has made the tool publicly available via a web interface.

You can go to the site, type in words or phrases (several at a time, if you like) and trace their popularity over time and in comparison to each other. It’s a fascinating way to spend an hour or so.

The tool isn’t perfect—for one thing, it’s case-sensitive, and there’s no way to combine queries: I can see all uses of “Urban Fantasy” or all uses of “urban fantasy” on the same chart, but I can’t see a combination of the both terms into a single line. And also, it seems incapable of differentiating between whole words and parts of words: when I query on “ebook” or “e-book” I get such a large number of results across the last couple of centuries that I suspect it’s also including uses of the word “notebook”.

And a search oddity that I get, in which a small number of uses are shown for 1900-1910 when I search on “cyberpunk” or “Geek Squad”, makes me wonder whether some of the metadata on their books is not as good as they think it is.

And following up a search on the “f word” brings to light an interesting shortcoming in Google’s optical character recognition. Investigating a peculiar set of peaks in its usage between about 1630 and 1810 brings search results that reveal Google has been translating the “long s” used in those days as a lower-case “f”, which leads to all sorts of amusing example sentences in the search results.

Still, it’s fairly interesting to look at the usage of words, including dirty ones, to see how often they have appeared in print over time. And further, it’s a great example of the kinds of uses that can come from having so much data together for the first time. With a little more refinement, this class of tool could be extremely valuable to scholarly research—as well as providing amusing ways for laypeople to pass the time.

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