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Random House release “Pat the Bunny” iPad app

Ptp iconThere is no question for me that children’s books are the premier application for iPad apps in the reading area. I just couldn’t resist reprinting this press release, it brings back too many memories:

Random House Children’s Books (www.randomhouse.com/kids), announced today that the pat the bunny (www.rhkidsapps.com/patthebunny) interactive app is now available in the iTunes® store. Developed in collaboration with leading digital media agency Smashing Ideas, the universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is based on Dorothy Kunhardt’s touch-and-feel children’s book classic. When pat the bunny was originally published in 1940, it was groundbreaking in its use of touch-and-feel elements (such as daddy’s scratchy face) and interactive features (“Now YOU play peek-a-boo with Paul.”) The app extends the legacy of pat the bunny to the digital world, promoting children’s mastery of their world through simple, interactive play.

Designed for the youngest user, children can easily bring bunny to life and interact in new ways. They can pop bubbles with bunny, help bunny catch butterflies, tuck bunny into bed, and more. On devices with front-facing cameras, including the new iPad 2, children will be delighted by a “look in the mirror” feature that allows them to see their reflection. With 14 stunningly animated scenes in all, there are plenty of surprises to see and discover. There are three different ways to read through the app: users can watch illuminated text while hearing the words read aloud, turn off the narration and read at their own pace, or record their own voice to be played back.

The pat the bunny app promotes the development of fine motor skills with a paint mode that magically transforms each page into a colorable activity. This paint feature is made for the youngest users as children can simply swipe a black-and-white scene to make the colors appear. Children will delight in dragging their fingers across an image of bunny’s birthday party and watching the picture come to life in vibrant colors. Sparkles jump across the page as little fingers brush yellow and pink onto the flowers in bunny’s garden.

With a click of the “Buy App” arrow in the iTunes® App Store, the pat the bunny app makes the perfect gift for new parents. The app retails for .99, but will be available at the special introductory price of .99. It can be purchased once and used on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

pat the bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt has sold more than 9 million copies since its original publication in 1940. It was first created as a gift from Dorothy Kunhardt to her daughter, Edith. Since then, Edith Kunhardt has expanded the pat the bunny series to include many successful titles including Pat the Cat and Pat the Christmas Bunny. With the release of the app, the iconic characters and stories of pat the bunny are sure to entertain children for generations to come.


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Samsung’s struggles with the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab would have been much simplified, many believed, if the company brought out a WiFi-only version of the slate, just as Apple did from the get-go with the iPad. Unfortunately it’s taken Samsung five to six months to delivery the Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi (GT-P1010/W16), but at least [...]
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WOWIO launches digital imprint with online release of Spacedog Entertainment Comics

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From the press release:

WOWIO, INC., a full circle entertainment company specializing in creation and monetization of rich digital media content developed from books and original published material, announced today the launch of its first exclusive digital comics imprint, Spacedog Entertainment.

The Spacedog Entertainment imprint launched on March 16, 2011with the first issues of popular titles Death Comes to Dillinger, Fiction Clemens, Helen Killer and M.I.T.H., all which were previously released in print. Subsequent chapters will be released title-by-title on a weekly basis beginning in April, accompanied by free previews and promotion on WOWIO’s sister site, DrunkDuck.com.

“The addition of Spacedog Entertainment to the WOWIO family of brands adds a substantial library of intellectual property to our continuously growing eBook distribution platform,” said WOWIO’s CEO, Brian Altounian.  “As we continue to expand our library and grow the WOWIO brand, we also continue our commitment to bringing the best titles to our audience at an affordable price. We’ve priced Spacedog’s premium comics at just 99 cents each; creating a value proposition for comic fans that sets us apart from other players in the digital comic space.”

As part of its strategy to provide original digital entertainment, WOWIO will also produce exclusive new material based on the Spacedog Entertainment library for distribution across its family of sites, including eBook outlet WOWIO, social comics community DrunkDuck and pop culture video destination PopGalaxy.  Original offerings will include bonus content, and the development of new formats incorporating video, prose and other blended media elements.

“The Spacedog library provides us with exciting new material to develop into digital and traditional entertainment properties,” said Linda Engelsiepen, WOWIO’s VP of Content Development. “This is the first step of many that will help us further generate audience awareness around Spacedog’s titles and build a strong platform to grow them into franchises.”

The Spacedog library is comprised of over 85 titles, including comic and graphic novel properties, film and television concepts and lifestyle-focused content. The comics span a number of audience-friendly genres, including horror, fantasy action-adventure, supernatural, Western, steampunk and sci-fi.  WOWIO intends to roll-out digital releases of additional Spacedog comics in the coming months, including original graphic novels The Covenant, which was developed into a top-grossing feature film, Proximity Effect, which was a top-seller for publisher Top Cow and the object of a studio bidding war, as well as The Gift, a best-selling comic series. A number of Spacedog titles are already in development with strong strategic partners in the entertainment industry, such as Universal Music Licensing Group, Fox Television Studios and Lionsgate.


WiFi-only Xoom headed to Staples for March 27th release



By Sovy

Staples, the office supply store chain has come out with an ad showing the availability of Motorola XOOM tablet from their stores starting the 27th of March. On offer will be the Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM and the price shown is a sweet 0.

Now, Motorola has been talking of a Wi-Fi only version to take into account all those who have been wary of the high price tag that the 3G enabled XOOM comes for. So while the cheaper Wi-Fi XOOM was definitely expected, that it would be a reality so soon does comes in as a pleasant surprise.

via droid life

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Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi slated for April 4 release for $399



By Sovy

Samsung had promised a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab during the time of its launch last year and when the high initial price tag of the tablet used to be the talk of the town. There were not many reputable alternative to the iPad then and the Galaxy Tab hit all the right check boxes in the consumer’s wish list. Except one – its price which was blamed to be the single most important factor that prevented it from being a success story it otherwise could have been. Samsung then had countered that with its promise of a Wi-Fi only version of the 7 inch tablet that would cost less than its 3G enabled counterparts.

Its good to see Samsung living up to the promise with company sources revealing they might have the Wi-Fi version ready for a release on the 4th of April. What is also good to see is that the original Galaxy Tab continues to be in the focus and is not being meted out second class treatment now that the company is busy preparing a bigger 8.9 and 10.1 inch tablet with the later we known will have Honeycomb as the default operating system.

The new Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab will be priced at 9. However, while that is affordable, it might a case of too little too late as the world has moved on significantly in these few months. Like the more potent Honeycomb has come into the picture while dual core processors are fast becoming an industry standard for the new tablets. In comparison, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab is based on Android 2.2 Froyo and is powered by a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor. While these new breed of tablet are more expensive, perhaps a little lower priced Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab would have made more sense.

via droid life

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British publisher Bettany Press opts to put release ebook before print

CoverMore info here. From the press release:

A British publisher has launched an ebook version of a non-fiction title on Amazon six months ahead of the intended hardback publication. Further, at £3 / US plus tax, Bettany Press has priced the book at less than 25% of the expected price of the print edition.

‘Abnormal: How Britain became body dysphoric and the key to a cure’ is written by company director Ju Gosling (aka ju90 online). “Although I employed an external editor to avoid self-publishing,” explains Gosling, “the fact that I was the author allowed us to adopt a pricing strategy that our other authors might have found hard to stomach.

In 1997 Gosling was the first PhD student in the UK to produce her thesis Virtual Worlds of Girls – which looked at 20th-century girls’ popular fiction, the psychology of readers and the future of the book – as an ebook (in website form). “Many of the developments that I discussed then are still the stuff of the future, but the changes have come far faster than even I could have predicted.

“I believe that as publishers we need to distinguish much more carefully between ebooks and print, rather than falling into the trap of keeping download prices artificially high. Rather than being a stand-alone product, an ebook is in effect only a single-user licence to access book content electronically. Indeed, book collectors are likely to buy both the ebook to read and the print version to keep if the price is right.

“E-publication has many advantages for publishers of non-fiction: the content can be bang up-to-date at the time of publication rather than being around a year old; there is no secondhand market to prevent titles from continuing to sell; and titles can be released simultaneously around the world in a fully accessible, highly portable format.

“Add to this the fact that many modern homes don’t even contain a bookshelf, and you realize that, with the right pricing strategy, books could sell in far greater numbers than we could ever have conceived of with print alone. We could truly create a mass market for books for the first time: lower prices really can mean higher profits.

“For small presses like ourselves, releasing first as an ebook also allows us to get reviews in and a buzz going which can only benefit the subsequent hardback release as well as future rights sales. It is untrue that ‘anyone can publish’ successfully online – publishers will only become redundant if we are foolish enough to live in the past.”


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Motorola XOOM for Feb 24 release. Flash to come in spring

Its Thursday, the 24th of February when the much awaited Motorola XOOM would finally be seen in the retail sphere. Pre-orders for the world’s first Honeycomb tablet is already underway (started from today) at both Best Buy and Wirefly. Price at both the locations will be the same – 9.99 with Verizon being the official carrier partner. There are no surprises here though as a previous leak had already made this piece of information public property.

Verizon is currently offering data plans that include a monthly payout for 1 GB of data transfer while the same for 10 GB of data will require one to pay per month. All contracts available are valid for only a month, which means one will always have the liberty to walk off whenever they wish to. However, the one aspect of the contract and one that had created considerable amount of confusion stands confirmed in that a minimum of a month’s contract is compulsory. This even if one wishes to avail of only the Wi-Fi feature of the XOOM. There is no word though as to when the Wi-Fi only XOOM would be up for grabs. That it is priced at a more affordable 0 makes it all the more keenly awaited.

However, in what could be seen as a disappointing development, it now stands confirmed the first batch of XOOM’s will be sans Flash support. Its the incompatibility of the iPad with Adobe Flash that is almost as famous as rival company’s try to make of it by including Flash in their products (read tablets). But then, early XOOM users will have to do without Flash, at least till spring which is when Adobe is expected to come up with Flash 10.2 for Android. The only solace, its not too big a time gap that separates them from Flash operating in all its glory in conjugation with Android Honeycomb.

via engadget

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March 2011 eBook Preview and Release List

This march we see a ton of new books coming out by some of the authors you know and love! Plan your e-reading list today with the quintessential must read list for your electronic book reader!

As always with Good e-Reader we give you the latest readers from many different genres such as urban fantasy, paranormal, suspense, thriller, mystery and many more!

Sing you Home – by Jodi Picoult -  March 1, 2011

Popular author Picoult tackles the controversial topic of gay rights in her latest powerful tale. When music therapist Zoe Baxter’s latest pregnancy ends in a stillbirth, her husband Max decides he can’t handle any more heartbreak and leaves her. As she picks up the pieces of her life, Zoe is surprised to find herself falling for a school counselor who happens to be a woman. While Zoe is finding happiness with Vanessa, Max falls off the wagon and is helped by a pastor from his brother’s evangelical church. Vanessa and Zoe wed in Massachusetts, and Vanessa offers to carry one of the fertilized embryos Zoe and Max stored. Excited by the prospect of being a mother, Zoe goes to Max to get him to release the embryos to her and is shocked when he instead sues her for custody of them, backed by his church. Told from the perspectives of all three major characters, Picoult’s gripping novel explores all sides of the hot-button issue and offers a CD of folk songs that reflect Zoe’s feelings throughout the novel.

River Marked  (Mercy Thomson – Book 6) – by Patricia Briggs – March 1, 2011

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…

The Return: Midnight (The Vampire Diaries) – by L J Smith – March 3, 2011

The vampire love triangle that spawned hundreds of thousands of fans-and inspired a major new dramatisation shown on ITV2 concludes in this powerful final volume of The Vampire Diaries. In Midnight, golden girl Elena Gilbert is back from the Dark Dimension, having successfully freed her vampire boyfriend Stefan Salvatore from imprisonment. Saving Stefan had an unlikely consequence: his vampire brother Damon Salvatore has become a mortal. While the trio reels from this latest twist, they must still deal with the demons that have taken over Elena’s hometown, Fell’s Church. MIDNIGHT takes Elena, Stefan, and Damon to their darkest moments yet…   Danger, romance, and paranormal mystery will keep readers fascinated with this captivating finale to the New York Times bestselling series.

The Immortals (Night Star) – by Alyson Noel – March 4, 2011

With 2 million copies of her Immortals series in print, Alyson Noël is one of the hottest paranormal teen authors writing today. NIGHT STAR continues the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen must face bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears — all in the hope of being together forever. NIGHT STAR is guaranteed to mesmerize fans and leave them breathlessly awaiting the sixth and final book!

The Complaints – by Ian Rankin – March 7, 2011

Fans of Rankin’s Det. Insp. John Rebus will be disappointed by this so-so police procedural, his second stand-alone since Rebus “retired” (after Doors Open). Malcolm Fox—call him Rebus “Lite” (he doesn’t drink, he broods less, and he has none of Rebus’s wit)—works for the Scottish equivalent of Internal Affairs, “Complaints and Conduct” (aka “the Complaints”), which investigates corrupt cops. Fox looks into the case of Det. Sgt. Jamie Breck, who may be trading in child pornography over the Internet. Meanwhile, when Vince Faulkner, Fox’s sister’s lover and abuser, turns up dead, Fox becomes a murder suspect. A torturously complicated plot follows involving the suspicious suicide of a failing property developer, large-scale money laundering, and crookedness at every level of Scottish society, but nothing’s really at stake. As always with Rankin, Scotland itself is a main character.

The Jungle (The Oregon Files) – by Clive Cussler – March 8, 2011

Juan Cabrillo and his crew of mercenaries engage in one daring rescue operation after another with progressively higher stakes in Cussler’s high-octane eighth Oregon Files novel (after The Silent Sea), his sixth collaboration with Du Brul. The rescue of a kidnap victim, an Indonesian teenage boy, from an Afghan village, yields a bonus in the form of MacD Lawless, a former U.S. Army Ranger, who proves of immediate value. Betrayals, more rescues, and escapes follow as one mysterious man seeks world domination using a discovery linked to 13th-century China. Cabrillo’s handpicked team members, who operate from their state-of-the-art ship, the Oregon, are the only chance to stop a plot that threatens to bring the U.S. government to its knees. The frenetic action moves from Afghanistan to Singapore and the Burmese jungle with lots of derring-do at sea before climaxing in a surprising locale in a fashion sure to delight series fans.

Love you More: A Novel – by Lisa Gardner – March 8, 2011

Detective D. D. Warren of the Boston police and Massachusetts state trooper Bobby Dodge are together again, this time not as lovers but as partners in the investigation of a state trooper who shot and killed her husband. Tessa Leoni’s bruised face leads to speculation that she retaliated when her husband hit her. But there’s a lot that doesn’t fit the model, not the least of which is the disappearance of the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Sophie. Could Tessa, by all accounts an exemplary officer and an exceptionally devoted mother, have shot her husband three times in the chest and then killed her own child? If so, where is Sophie’s body? Just when D. D. thinks she has it all figured out, a curious new piece of the puzzle emerges. Gardner deftly entwines the stories of the two women officers—one, newly pregnant, charged with solving a strange case; the other a mother who, as it turns out, would do anything to protect her child. Having already produced a dozen successful thrillers, Gardner proves herself not only a very clever storyteller here, capable of pulling together a complicated series of events, but also a writer able to invest her characters (particularly her female ones) with emotional substance. Compelling and unexpected, this tale of mystery and maternal devotion shows Gardner at her very best.

10th Anniversary (Womens Murder Club 7) – by James Patterson – March 17, 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.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 starts interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family of her own.

Live Wire (Myron Bolitar) – by Harlan Coben – March 22, 2011

Edgar-winner Coben’s 10th Myron Bolitar novel (after Long Lost) is a perfect 10: providing readers with new information about the past of the former athlete turned agent and owner of MB Reps; a satisfyingly complex mystery; and the always entertaining, sometimes shocking exploits of Bolitar’s partner and friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III (aka Win). Suzze Tervantino, a former tennis prodigy and one of Bolitar’s first clients, visits his New York office and shows him a Facebook posting that suggests that her husband, rock star Lex Ryder, isn’t the father of the child she’s carrying. When Ryder, also a client of MB Reps, disappears, Suzze begs Bolitar to find him. In the process, Bolitar catches a glimpse of his sister-in-law, Kitty, at a crowded nightclub, and begins a search for her and his estranged younger brother, Brad, whom he hasn’t seen for 16 years.

Night Road – by Kristin Hannah – March 22, 2011

Hannah follows up Winter Garden with a strained story of friendship, social pressures, love, and forgiveness. After a string of foster homes and the death of her heroin-addict mother, Lexi Baill is taken in by a newly discovered great-aunt who lives a spartan life near Seattle. Despite financial problems, the two are glad to have found each other, and though Lexi resolves to stay safely on the periphery at her new high school, she soon meets Mia, unhappy and awkward despite a solid family life, a loving twin brother, Zach, and a closetful of clothes. The friendship flourishes, and Mia’s mother, Jude, relieved and pleased for her daughter, draws Lexi into the family circle. But trouble begins in senior year with a slowly growing attraction between Zach and Lexi, who take great pains to make Mia comfortable with the change in the dynamics. This familiar story takes an unfortunate turn deep into after-school-special territory when Lexi, Mia, and Zach collectively make a bad decision that results in a tragedy with extreme repercussions. Even readers who like their melodrama thick will have problems as Hannah pushes credibility to the breaking point, and more than once.

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood – Book 9) – by J.R Ward – March 29, 2011

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother. Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself-only to face a devastating injury. Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can-but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion. With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

Surrender to the Dark – by L.A. Banks – March 29, 2011

National bestselling author L.A. Banks’s electrifying new paranormal series is set in a sizzling world where Dark and Light are trapped in an eternal struggle for the fate of mankind.

Celeste Jackson has fought all her life against a fog of hallucination and substance abuse, but it’s not until she meets her protector, Azrael, an angel who has left the safety of the Light, that she learns of the evil forces that have been trying to ruin her, and why. A fierce battle for control of the mortal realm is brewing, and only Celeste—with the help of the Remnant, her half-human, half-angel brethren—can stand in the way. Together, Celeste and Azrael must gather an army of sensitives to defeat the dark powers that have ruled humanity for centuries, but time is running out. If Azrael surrenders to his growing desire for Celeste, he risks being trapped among humanity forever. But the longer he stays, the harder she is to resist. To save the world, Celeste must draw on her own dark experiences with addiction to help Azrael overcome the one temptation that could possibly make him an eternal prisoner—his obsession with her.

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Kobo release on Borders bankruptcy – what it means for customers


Given the importance of this I’m reprinting Kobo’s blog post in full.  Thanks to Michael von Glahn for the link.  Blockquotes omitted.

It’s been a phenomenal and exciting year building the only pure-play global eReading service – fulfilling on our goal of bringing eReading to everyone. With over 2.4 million registered users from around the world we have ascended to astonishing heights in a very short time. As the market for eReading continues to grow, we are moving even faster, launching new product offerings, signing new distribution partners, and continuing to expand internationally -it’s been an incredibly exciting time!

While the eBook market is booming, the physical book market has started to feel some of the effects of digital growth. The news has been filled with the challenges of book retailers around the world, most notably about Borders Group in the US. Today, Borders announced that they were filing for bankruptcy protection under US law while they restructure their business.

What does this mean for Kobo customers?
Nothing. Kobo is an independent, financially secure company that provides a Global eReading Service. Today will be another day filled with books being downloaded every second by Kobo users in over 100 countries.

What does this mean for customers of Borders’ eBook service…?

Will I lose access to ebooks I have purchased at Borders.com?
Your ebook library is perfectly safe. The Borders ebook experience is powered by Kobo, an entirely separate company from Borders. Kobo is financially secure and will continue to maintain your ebook library no matter what happens.

Can I continue to buy ebooks from Borders.com?
Yes. Kobo will continue to provide ebook services to Borders customers through Borders.com and Borders apps and desktop software. You shouldn’t notice any difference in terms of service or selection.

Will I still be able to get technical support for the Kobo eReader or other device I purchased from Borders?
Yes. Borders will continue to offer phone and email customer service for devices purchased at their stores and Borders.com.

Will I still be able to get support for Borders apps?
Yes. Borders customer service will continue without interruption.

What does this mean for the relationship between Kobo and Borders?

Kobo is just fine (and it’s sweet that you’re concerned.) Borders is an important book retailer in the US market, but its ebook sales represents a minority of Kobo’s worldwide sales. As a global ebook retailer delivering books to over 100 countries on any given week, Kobo realized long ago that diversification across retailers and markets was important as the book industry went into a period of radical transformation. We feel confident that we’ll be with you for years to come.

What does this mean for Kobo?

Kobo is an independent, financially secure company that has huge vision to provide the best eReading experience in the world. We are focused on growing our share of the global eReading market every day. We have dozens of partners worldwide, crossing many sectors – book retail, consumer electronics, telecom, and general merchandise retail. As Borders is a minority investor and a minority of global revenues we see more upside in our future than downside from today’s news. As we continue to roll out new products, content, distribution and support for many new languages and markets, our revenue will not only grow, it will also diversify in a good way.

In the meantime, we are working with Borders to provide seamless service to their customers – some of the most passionate readers on the planet, and one of the biggest groups of booklovers around.

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