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19Apr/110

HP TouchPad to come loaded with cloud HP music and movie stores

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By Sovy

HP is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to make the upcoming TouchPad tablet more attractive to its prospective buyers. There will be the HP Music Store and the HP Movie Store – HP’s very own media download stores that HP is readying to add some zing to the TouchPad launch party.

The two apps will come pre-loaded with the TouchPads and will allow the users to sync music and movie files with the HP tablet. The service is cloud based so that all the music or movies bought will be stored in online remote cloud servers. However, this isn’t all that makes the HP Music Store and HP Movie Store more than what others have on offer. There is also a ‘smart algorithm’ involved that tries to ensure new music that the user has the highest probability of listening to is also cached in the local device with the user. Owners of the TouchPad will also be able to stream music that they haven’t yet bought.

So that’s one more good reason to look forward to the market launch of the HP TouchPad.


via precentral

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12Apr/110

Kobo to open new Digital eBook stores in Europe

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Canadian based e-reader giant Kobo announced today at the London Book Fair, that they will be tailoring their Kobo eBook Store towards select European markets.

Kobo has recently unveiled plans to open up new electronic book stores in Germany and Spain by next month. Furthermore it seems in June new stores in France, Italy and the Netherlands will receive similar treatment.

The big transition with dedicated versions of the Kobo eBook store in those key markets is mainly to launch local books, magazines and newspaper subscriptions. For example, if you live in France you will be able to subscribe to local newspapers such as Le Figaro, Le Monde, and Libération.


Kobo currently has over 3 million users in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong where their existing customer base is located. The company currently has over 1.3 million ebooks available to be purchased.

Kobo’s foray into the European market is not just launching a new ebook store, but also localized versions of its Kobo Wireless e-reader. This will insure that books downloaded will automatically be translated to your home language.

Kobo chief executive Micheal Serbinis recently said in an interview that “the European market for digital books is about 18 months behind the market in North America.” and it is the companies intention to offer ebooks quicker then its competition. It also intends to heavily promote local authors and rising literary superstars.

In the end, Kobo is making strategically the right decision by opening localized versions of the ebook stores in different countries. Many other major electronic book stores only bother with the North American and UK market and it is refreshing to see a company put a heavily emphasis on the wider exposure of literacy and new works of prose.

via Press Release

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22Mar/110

Apple says only they can call stores that sell apps “app stores” and Microsoft says they own the Nook


A smart report in the Financial Times by Richard Waters nicely summarizes the next stage of tumult in the gadget wars: “The smartphone industry’s escalating patent wars spilt into new areas on Monday as Microsoft attempted to block sales of Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader in the US and Apple sued Amazon over the use of the phrase ‘app store’.” What makes the report so smart? Waters observes, “Both actions were aimed indirectly at Google’s Android operating system, whose success with smartphones has attracted a widening ecosystem of retailers and technology companies, extending it to a broader array of mobile gadgets and living-room devices.”

The Microsoft suit against B&N (and the manufacturers of the Nook) says the device infringes on five of its patents, but Waters notes that “Microsoft launched a similar action last year against Motorola’s use of the Google operating system in smartphones, with the case later extended to the company’s tablet computers.” Thus, he adds, the case “takes the legal campaign beyond the traditional mobile computing industry. With Android now used on a growing array of devices, including television set-top boxes, one knowledgeable observer said Microsoft’s stance appeared to indicate a determination to assert its rights in a far wider array of consumer electronics fields.”

The Apple suit against Amazon, meanwhile, comes amid rumors that many new hires recently made by Amazon are for developers of a new Android-based Kindle, which would mean a new app store must be in development too. And in fact, the FT story reports that Amazon has admitted using the term “Amazon Appstore” in communications with those developers. Apple says it trademarked the term is trademarked. However, behind that claim, says Waters, is the fact that “An Amazon store would compete directly with one run by Google, and would extend the reach of Amazon’s digital markets beyond its traditional web site and Kindle bookstore.”

Sounds like nonsense, but fear of Apple seems widespread nonetheless: note that none of the other ginormous players call their app store, well, an app store, even though that’s what it is. “Google calls its version the Android Market, while the app store linked to Microsoft’s mobile software is called Marketplace.”

17Mar/110

iPad 2 ship times slip to 3-4 weeks, most stores at sell out|Lastest Ipad News]

iPad 2 ship times slip to 3-4 weeks, most stores at sell out
Demand for the iPad 2 became more evident on Saturday as the online Apple Store and retail stores saw worsening supply. The online portal is now quoting three to four weeks' shipping time for any new iPad 2 order, regardless of the model. Apple had already been quoting two to three weeks within just a few hours of starting to accept online orders on Friday....
Read more on MacNN

16Mar/110

Apple Stores help Japanese citizens, Apple employees in aftermath of quake

I may vacillate between liking Apple’s iOS devices and disapproving of Apple’s policies, but sometimes Apple is capable of doing cool things completely unrelated to hardware and software matters. Kevin Rose has posted to his blog a couple of interesting emails from an Apple Store employee in Japan.

The messages detail the heroic measures Apple took to help both the people of Japan, who relied upon the store’s open wireless hot spots (a rare thing in Japan) to message their families, and Apple’s employees (retail and corporate), who were faced with offices fifty floors up in buildings with no working elevators. The email tells of employees staying out front even after stores were closed to help the people who still huddled in front of the store using the wifi, and of Apple’s decision to let all Apple employees camp out in the Apple Stores (where canny managers had quickly stocked up on food and drinks immediately after the quake first hit).

Once staff let their families know that they were not only safe but how comfortable we were (break room refrigerators stocked with food and drink, etc), family members began asking if they could stay at the Apple stores as well.  Of course Apple said yes.  One business team member’s stranded mother walked 3.5 hours to be with her daughter at the store. When she arrived, the Apple store staff gave her a standing ovation ("Warm Welcome") like they do for customers during a new launch.

And Apple also told employees who wanted to try to get home on their own that the corporation would cover food, drink, transportation, and hotel fees (often exorbitant) that they incurred along the way.

Of course, someone points out in the comments that a number of other stores in the Ginza shopping district also went above and beyond in providing shelter to people after the quake (though a number of them didn’t), so this isn’t exactly isolated behavior on Apple’s part. Still, it’s quite cool to hear about people pulling together to help other people in the aftermath of a disaster.

In a related note, Apple is delaying the Japanese launch of the iPad 2, which had previously been scheduled for March 25th. A new launch date has not yet been set.

15Mar/110

Comic book stores, retailers see dark times ahead because of digital age|Lastest Kindle News]

Comic book stores, retailers see dark times ahead because of digital age
OGDEN -- Rachel Williams owns and runs HeeBeeGeeBeez, a comic book store in downtown Ogden, with her husband, John, who opened the store when he was 18. They optimistically opened a Layton branch in 2009, but when Williams considers their future, she sees it could be grim. read more
Read more on Standard-Examiner

3Mar/110

REDgroup to close 38 stores starting next week

US 38 svg 300x300The administrators sifting through the wreckage of the REDgroup red ink haven’t been shy in downsizing the bricks & mortar side of the business. The first major axings have just been announced and the old green brand of Angus & Robertson is bearing the brunt.

To the tune of a whopping 37 stores – out of a total of 169 Angus & Robertson stores. Yes – that brand is struggling (at least in physical shopfronts), it would seem.

Borders will also lose one store. The word is that all 38 stores will close “over the next three weeks”.

Ouch. And there’s no guarantee that that is the end of the bloodletting. Apparently Kiwi operations (Whitcoulls, Borders NZ) have escaped the axe. Good – it’s not like they need more heartache over there at the moment.

But in Oz administrators Ferrier Hodgson have therefore made 321 staff redundant: 102 permanent full-time or part-time employees and 219 casual employees.

The stores closures are in Victoria (15), New South Wales (11), Queensland (7), Western Australia (2), the ACT (2) and South Australia (1).

Via Jason Davis’ Book Bee site

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.

1Mar/110

Amazon Kindle 3G to be sold in AT&T stores March 6

kindle 3g

Amazon in the last calender year has gone to great lengths to get its flagship Kindle e-Readers in a retail setting. They ironed out agreements with mainly USA stores such as Staples, Bestbuy and Target and now have coerced At&T to stock its Kindle 3G e-readers in all of their retail locations nationwide.

Starting March 6 2011 you will be able to visit most locations of AT&T and get the 3G model, but the cheaper WIFI only edition will not be seen. The popular Kindle 3 Graphite is quickly becoming one of the most impressive e-readers on the market, allowing for faster page turns, social networking and a slew of other features. This is one of the most highly updated e-readers in Amazon history, issuing updates almost every month to enhance the capabilities of the device. Part of the reason of the success of the new Kindle, is that it slimmer then previous iterations and uses a e-Ink Pearl screen to get better resolution.

“We’re excited to work with AT&T to offer Kindle 3G to AT&T customers across the country,” said Mike McKenna, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle 3G because of its light weight, battery life of up to one month, and advanced paper e-ink display that works in direct sunlight. Customers love being able to think of a book and be reading it in less than 60 seconds thanks to AT&T’s wireless network.”

The Amazon Kindle 3G will maintain the same price point as found online, for 9.00 you can have yours today! Also if you live outside of the USA, try our retail partner Shop e-Readers for international shipping of the Kindle 3G, Kindle WIFI and Kindle DX.

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1Mar/110

Amazon Kindle 3G to be sold in AT&T stores March 6

kindle 3g

Amazon in the last calender year has gone to great lengths to get its flagship Kindle e-Readers in a retail setting. They ironed out agreements with mainly USA stores such as Staples, Bestbuy and Target and now have coerced At&T to stock its Kindle 3G e-readers in all of their retail locations nationwide.

Starting March 6 2011 you will be able to visit most locations of AT&T and get the 3G model, but the cheaper WIFI only edition will not be seen. The popular Kindle 3 Graphite is quickly becoming one of the most impressive e-readers on the market, allowing for faster page turns, social networking and a slew of other features. This is one of the most highly updated e-readers in Amazon history, issuing updates almost every month to enhance the capabilities of the device. Part of the reason of the success of the new Kindle, is that it slimmer then previous iterations and uses a e-Ink Pearl screen to get better resolution.

“We’re excited to work with AT&T to offer Kindle 3G to AT&T customers across the country,” said Mike McKenna, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle 3G because of its light weight, battery life of up to one month, and advanced paper e-ink display that works in direct sunlight. Customers love being able to think of a book and be reading it in less than 60 seconds thanks to AT&T’s wireless network.”

The Amazon Kindle 3G will maintain the same price point as found online, for 9.00 you can have yours today! Also if you live outside of the USA, try our retail partner Shop e-Readers for international shipping of the Kindle 3G, Kindle WIFI and Kindle DX.

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