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11Apr/110

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8Apr/110

Calibre updated to 0.7.54

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New Features

  • New output format, HTMLZ which is a single HTML file with its associated images/stylesheets in a zipped up file
  • When dealing with ZIP/RAR archives, use the file header rather than the file extension to detrmine the file type, when possible. This fixes the common case of CBZ files being actually cbr files and vice versa
  • Support for the Motorola Atrix
  • Allow the icons in the toolbar to be turned off completely via Preferences->Look & Feel
  • When downloading metadata use the gzip transfer encoding when possible for a speedup.

Bug Fixes

  • Conversion pipeline: Workaround for bug in lxml that causes a massive mem leak on windows and OS X when the input document contains non ASCII CSS selectors.
  • Conversion pipeline: Handle inline
1Apr/110

OpenDocument Text to ePub conversion tool updated

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Received the following from Martynas Jusevicius:

we would like to announce that we’ve recently launched an updated version of an online ODT (OpenDocument Text) to ePub conversion tool:
http://odt2epub.com

The free version delivers ePub output to your email address.
The paid administrative interface includes:
* History overview – all your conversions with metadata, ODT and ePub files
* Validation – all ePub output gets validated with ePubCheck
* Users – an option to add more users to your account
* Customization options – advanced options to improve your ePub output

Supported OpenDocument features:
* Paragraph styles (standard, custom)
* Character styles (standard, custom)
* Lists (bullet, numbered)
* Tables
* Pictures
* Page-breaks
* Cross-references
* Footnotes
* Margins

Planned support
* Table of Contents
* Embedded fonts


API and DOC2ePub conversion is in the works.

We hope it will be useful. Feedback is very appreciated.

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26Mar/110

Calibre updated to 0.7.51

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New Features

  • Conversion: Detect and remove fake page margins that are specified as a margin on (nearly) every paragraph.
  • Windows build: All the python code and recipes are now put into zip files. This should decrease the amount of time the windows installer spends ‘calculating free space’
  • OSX and Linux: Add a setting in Preferences->Behavior to control the priority with which calibre worker processes run. This setting was already available on windows.
  • Driver for HTC Thunderbolt, T-Mobile Optimus, Archos 43 and Blackberry OS6
  • A new ‘authors type’ custom column
  • When building calibre from source note that calibre now absolutely requires python >= 2.7
  • Add the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+R to restart calibre in debug mode

Bug Fixes

  • Fix dragging and dropping lots of books from the book list to the Tag Browser was broken
  • Change the shebang in the calibre launcher script on linux to explicitly use python2 rather than python
  • When adding formats do not corrupt the added file if the user tries to add an existing format to itself
  • Fix drag and drop to add files that contain the # character in the filename
  • Tag editor shouldn’t add empty tags
  • MOBI Input: Handle MOBI files that have a too large ‘number of records’ field in their headers.
  • News download: Update RSS feedparser module to latest version
  • Various fixes to the zipfile module in calibre to handle 64 bit zipfiles and bring it up to date with the zip file module in the python stdlib
  • News download: Handle titles with ASCII control codes in them.
  • Make search hierarchies show simple names instead of compound ones.
  • Fix commas in author names being converted to pipe symbols in the book details window
  • Fix PocketBook can’t always find epub cover image to create thumbnail
25Mar/110

Updated review of comments, press and resources on the Google Book Settlement rejection

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UPDATED (March 24, 2011, 9:00 pm EDST)

Some of the Most Recently Added Items

1. “Judge Chin rejects AAP/Google settlement” (by Karen Coyle, Coyle’s InFormation)

It is important to note that the position of digitization and ebooks today are vastly different than they were in 2005 when the authors and publishers first sued Google over its library digitization project. It is possible that if the question of Google’s digitizing were to be put forth for the first time today, the actions of the parties and the results would be vastly different. This is clearly a case where technology has moved forward at a rapid pace while the courts were contemplating an agreement that was standing still.

Hat Tip and Thanks: @Blank_TextField

2. “Google Books Deal Not Dead, Only Resting, Authors’ Lawyer Says” (via Wired)

“There’s nothing dead about the case or the settlement,” Michael J. Boni, lead attorney for the Authors Guild, told Wired.com in an interview. “We’re just considering what our next steps are. It’s gratifying that the publishers have said they’re still interested in working something out. That’s encouraging.”

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“Our position is that we don’t want to grant monopoly control of orphan works to just one entity, Google,” Public Knowledge staff attorney John Bergmeyer told Wired.com. “At the same time, we recognize that some access to orphan works would be a good thing.”

3. “Judge Chin’s Ruling By The Numbers” (via Open Book Alliance)

4. Google Book Search rejected: why not try fair use instead? (by Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing)

But by settling with the Authors Guild, Google got far more rights than it ever could have exercised under fair use, and what’s more, it set no precedent that its competition might take advantage of. Indeed, the acrimony following the settlement likely poisoned the water against any comparable future settlement from a competitor, and the terms of the settlement were extremely favorable to Google and its business model. Effectively, the settlement would have set in stone a virtual monopoly on book indexing for Google.

5. “European comment of the defeat of the Google Book Settlement” (via TeleRead/Paul K. Biba)
From Booksellers Association, Copyright Licensing Agency, and German Publishers and Booksellers Association.

6. “Library Copyright Alliance Releases Statement on Google Books Settlement Rejection (PDF)”
ARL, ALA, and ACRL are members of the alliance.

7. “A Copyright Expert Who Spoke Up for Academic Authors Offers Insights on the Google Books Ruling” (by Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Pamela Samuelson, a professor of law at the U. of California at Berkeley, suggests what might be the next steps for the parties involved in the Google Books project.

8. Research Libraries See Google Decision as Just a Bump on the Road to Widespread Digital Access (by Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

An Alternative Remedy

One strategy, extended collective licensing, or ECL, has been generating a lot of interest among librarians and copyright reformers, says Peter Brantley, director of the Internet Archive’s BookServer project. He’s also a co-founder of the Open Book Alliance, whose members include Amazon.com and Microsoft. (The alliance weighed in against the Google settlement, filing a brief opposing it in 2009.)

9. “The Google Books settlement should teach the company humility. It won’t.” (by Siva Vaidhyanathan, Slate)

Siva Vaidhyanathan is a professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia and the author of The Googlization of Everything and Why We Should Worry.

10. “New York judge rules against Google books settlement” (by Benedicte Page, The Guardian)

Novelist Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World, said he was “startled and delighted” by the US judgment. “It’s very, very strong,” he said. “Google will just have to spend money, find people, and ask them if they will allow use of their work.”

Anthony Goff, president of the Association of Authors Agents, said: “My first thought is, ‘Hooray!’ Google always said that an opt-in settlement was impossible. It’ll be interesting to see now whether they were bluffing or not.”

11. “The Google Books Settlement: Where Things Stand, and Some Suggestions for What’s Next” (by David Crotty, The Scholarly Kitchen)

12. Google Book Deal Faces Big Hurdle (by Jeffrey Trachtenberg, Wall Street Journal)

13. NY Times Op Ed By Robert Darnton: A Digital Library Better Than Google’s

From His NY Times Op-Ed:

Judge Chin invited Google and the litigants to rewrite the settlement yet again, perhaps by changing its opt-out to opt-in provisions. But Google might well refuse to change its basic commercial strategy. That’s why what we really need is a noncommercial option: a digital public library.

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To dismiss this as quixotic would be to ignore digital projects that have proven their value and practicability throughout the last 20 years. All major research libraries have digitized parts of their collections. Large-scale enterprises like the Knowledge Commons and the Internet Archive have themselves digitized several million books.

A number of countries are also determined to out-Google Google by scanning the entire contents of their national libraries. France is spending 750 million euros to digitize its cultural treasures; the National Library of the Netherlands is trying to digitize every Dutch book and periodical published since 1470; Australia, Finland and Norway are undertaking their own efforts.

Notes:  Digital Public Library of America Workshop Materials
See Also: Materials from LibraryCity.org

Robert Darnton often writes about digital libraries, Google, and related topics. Many of his columns are available online from the NY Review of Books. He recently sat down with Randall Stephens for this interview (video).

14. “Federal judge rejects Google book monopoly” (by Timothy Lee, Ars Technica

Hat Tip and Thanks: Cory D.

From the Court Opinion:

OPINION: In the end, I conclude that the ASA is not fair, adequate, and reasonable. As the United States and other objectors have noted, may of the concerns raised in the objections would be ameliorated if the ASA were converted from an “opt-out” settlement to an “opt-in” settlement. I urge the parties to consider revising the ASA accordingly. The motion for final approval of the ASA is denied, without prejudice to renewal in the event the parties negotiate a revised settlement agreement. The motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and costs is denied, without prejudice. The Court will hold a status conference on 4/25/2011, at 4:30 p.m. in Courtroom 11A of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse. (Status Conference set for 4/25/2011 at 04:30 PM in Courtroom 11A, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007 before Judge Denny Chin.) (Signed by Judge Denny Chin on 3/22/2011) (tro)

Analysis

Professor James Grimmelmann (New York Law School) has been studying, discussing, and writing about the Google Book Settlement since the beginning and he has posted some analysis via his Twitter feed.

“Inside Judge Chin’s Opinion” (by James Grimmelmann, The Laboratorium)

“Google Books: Copyright Settlement Rejected (by Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office

Graphics

Library Copyright Alliance Updates Diagram Charting Many Ways Forward For Google Books Settlement (PDF)

The update was made to the well-known “March Madness” diagram.

Primary Documents

Full Text of GBS Opinion (48 pages; PDF)

Definitive Collection of All Google Book Settlement Legal Documents (via The Public Index)

Comments and Responses

From Peter Brantley, Open Book Alliance (via LA Times)

“The gift that Google brought was raising awareness that access to literature has tremendous benefits,” said Peter Brantley of the Open Book Alliance, a group of companies and organizations that has opposed Google’s plan. “And that’s something that, as a society, we can work to achieve.”

From Scott Turow, President of The Authors Guild

“Regardless of the outcome of our discussions with publishers and Google, opening up far greater access to out-of-print books through new technologies that create new markets is an idea whose time has come,” said Mr.Turow. “Readers want access to these unavailable works, and authors need every market they can get. There has to be a way to make this happen. It’s a top priority for the Authors Guild.”

Hilary Ware, Google’s Managing Counsel (via Bloomberg)

“Like many others, we believe this agreement has the potential to open up access to millions of books that are currently hard to find in the U.S. today,” Hilary Ware, Google’s managing counsel, said in an e-mailed statement. “Regardless of the outcome, we’ll continue to work to make more of the world’s books discoverable online through Google Books and Google eBooks.”

John Sargent, Macmillan’s Chief Executive Officer (via Bloomberg)

“For more than a decade, publishers have been making substantial investments to enable and enhance online access to content in accordance with copyright laws and we will continue to do so regardless of the outcome of the litigation.”

Gary Reback, co-founder of the Open Book Alliance (via Bloomberg)

“He shoots down the settlement on three important grounds, which are the same three grounds that Google is under siege from around the world,” said Gary Reback, co-founder of the Open Book Alliance,

Full-Text: “OBA Applauds Rejection of Google Books Settlement” (via Open Book Alliance)

“CIC-Google Scanning Continues After Google Lawsuit Settlement Rejected” (Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Center for Library Initiatives)

Judge Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a long-awaited ruling Tuesday afternoon, rejecting a proposed settlement between Google and publishers and authors. It is the CIC’s understanding that Google will continue scanning CIC library materials (six member libraries, in addition to Michigan and Wisconsin, are currently sending content) under the terms of the CIC’s 2007 Agreement.

“HathiTrust Response to the Amended Settlement Agreement Decision”

HathiTrust’s ability to fulfill our mission is and has been independent of approval of the Google Books Amended Settlement Agreement. The benefits we envision—improved discovery and full text search of our vast collections, services for users who have print disabilities, computational research, and broad public availability of works that are out of copyright or otherwise released by their copyright owners—are being realized and will continue to expand.

Given this ruling, the HathiTrust partners will continue providing comprehensive full-text search of the repository and uses of in-copyright materials that fall under sections 107 and 108 of U.S. copyright law: access for users who have print disabilities, and lawful uses of digital copies of materials that are damaged, deteriorating, lost or stolen, and not available at a reasonable market price. In addition, we will continue to pursue our extensive review of works published in the United States from 1923 to 1963, providing access to works that did not comply with copyright formalities of the time, and our work with authors and publishers who wish to open access to their works in HathiTrust. We will continue to strive to provide as much access as legally possible to materials in the repository, for discovery, reading, and computational research. We hope that the rejection of the Settlement will lead immediately to meaningful progress towards orphan works legislation.

“Judge Chin rejects Google Book Search amended settlement agreement” (via American Library Association)

It’s too early to speculate with some certainty what will happen next. In the meantime the American Library Association, along with Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries, are working on a brief analysis of the Judge’s decision that will be made available soon.

Commentary: “Good and Bad in Google Book Search Settlement Decision” (by Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Hat Tip and Thanks: Peter Suber

“Google Books Decision: ‘The Privacy Concerns are Real’”

“Courts Rejects Google Books Settlement as Unfair, Also Finds that ‘Privacy concerns are real’” (via Electronic Frontier Foundation)

In a February 2010 hearing before the Court, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg explained that this settlement would “turn upside down” well established safeguards for reader privacy, including state privacy laws, library confidentiality obligations, and the development of techniques that minimize privacy intrusions. Judge Chin determined that the proposed opt-out settlement was “not fair, adequate and reasonable.”

“FairSearch.org Statement on the Google Book Search Settlement Ruling”

Full-Text: “Publishers Remain Committed to Expanding Online Access to Books And Upholding Copyright Despite Court Decision” (via Association of American Publishers)

“National Federation of the Blind Comments on Rejection of Google Books Settlement”

“Consumer Watchdog Praises Judge for Blocking Google Books Deal; Decision Sends Message Google Must Ask Permission Before Using Others’ Property”

…we are disappointed that the court has rejected the settlement. We will analyze the decision carefully and then determine our future course.

From Paul Biba, TeleRead: Carolyn Reidy (President and CEO of Simon & Schuster) Interviewed*** by Michael Healy, Executive Director of the Book Rights Registry

From Eric Hellman, Go To Hellman: “Simon and Schuster is Looking at Limited Lending Library eBook Models”
Also from the Healy/Reidy interview in NYC.

*** The interview took place at a Publishing Point event in NYC.

“Stanford librarians disappointed with ruling in Google case, but university plans to continue digitizing books” (via Stanford News Service)

“We are disappointed by the court’s decision,” said Michael Keller, the university’s librarian. “The attraction of the project for Stanford lay in our need to preserve for long-term use the contents of books – many of which are deteriorating on the shelf – and the desire to index and otherwise analyze the contents of books in order to expose more information, generate more knowledge and foster more expression. Such knowledge and information in turn not only drive teaching, learning and research, but also drive our economy, our political and social development, and our lives in myriad ways.”

“Google Books Rejection Highlights Need for Orphan Works Reform” (via Public Knowledge)

Press and Blogosphere

“What The Collapse Of The Google Books Deal Really Means” by Joe Mullin

Judge Chin is right that the “orphan work” problem warrants Congress’ attention. But Congress has tried and failed repeatedly to pass orphan works legislation, and for now the complaints of copyright owners—photographers in particular have fears that universal access to works could hurt them—have stalled progress on this front.

“Book Ruling Cuts Options for Google” (by Claire Cain Miller, New York Times)

“Google Book Settlement — Opponents 1, Google 0″ (by Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen)

“March Madness: Judge Denny Chin Rejects the Google Settlement” (by Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed)

“What’s next for “Google’s” Book Rights Registry?” (by Eric Hellman, Go to Hellman)

“Google Books settlement rejected, but likely not a lost cause (by Jenn Webb, O’Reilly Radar)

“Google Book Settlement Rejected” (by Josh Hadro, Library Journal)

Even as Google continues scanning materials (some 15 million books, as of December 2010), the possibility of a free Google Book Search Public Access Service terminal in every public and academic library appears to go on hold, at least until a new settlement agreement is proposed. However, many librarians have cited the public terminal provision as a potential logistical nightmare; the Urban Libraries Council said “[t]he settlement’s commitment to one free terminal per public library building is admirable but unworkable.”

Clearly, the plaintiffs and their attorneys have run up a huge legal bill for this lawsuit. They’ve been expecting an infusion of .5 million to set up the registry and another million for attorney’s fees. It’s not clear how much has been spent on the registry so far, but it has registered claims for about 1.1 million books. This is potentially a very valuable resource, which, if put into play could greatly increase the possibilities for transactions of book rights.

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Finally, in what may be his broadest conclusion, Chin agreed with the assertion of many library advocates that nonpublic stewardship of orphan works would not be in the public’s best interest: “The question of who should be entrusted with guardianship over orphan books, under what terms, and with what safeguards are matters more appropriately decided by Congress than through an agreement among private, self-interested parties.”

“Please Refine Your Search Terms” (by Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed)

Video: “[Nicholas] Thompson [from The New Yorker] Calls Library Ruling ‘Bad Precedent’ for Google”

“Judge Rejects Settlement in Google Books Case, Saying It Goes Too Far” (by Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education)

“Google Settlement Is Rejected” (by Andrew Albanese & Jim Milliot)

After Rejection, a Rocky Road For Google Settlement (by Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly)

Scott Gant, a GBS objector and a class action attorney at Washington D.C.-based firm Boies, Schiller, Flexner, doesn’t think an appeal is likely to succeed. Gant told PW that Chin appears to have written a “a solid,” relatively appeal-proof decision. “In terms of errors that could help Google,” he said, “I don’t see any.”

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He adds that in the coming weeks, new lawsuits could also be filed against Google, either by individuals, or by groups, as Google, after spending the better part of a decade furiously scanning library books, now finds itself sitting on millions of potential infringements, absent a settlement. And finally, despite Chin’s praise for the lawyers in his rejection, Gant says he would not be surprised if there was a challenge mounted to current counsel.

“Federal Judge Rejects Google’s Negotiated Deal to Digitize Books” (by Miguel Helft, NY Times)

While the profit potential of the book project is not clear, the effort is one of the pet projects of Larry Page, the Google co-founder who is set to become its chief executive next month. And the project has wide support inside the company, whose corporate mission is to organize all of the world’s information.

“It was very much consistent with Larry’s idealism that all of the world’s information should be made available freely,” said Ken Auletta, the author of “Googled: The End of the World as We Know It.”

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“Opt-in doesn’t look all that different from ordinary licensing deals that publishers do all the time,” said James Grimmelmann, a professor at New York Law School who has studied the legal aspects of the agreement. “That’s why this has been such a big deal — the settlement could have meant orphan books being made available again. This is basically going back to status quo, and orphan books won’t be available.”

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“Even though it is efficient for Google to make all the books available, the orphan works and unclaimed books problem should be addressed by Congress, not by the private settlement of a lawsuit,” said Pamela Samuelson, a copyright expert at the University of California, Berkeley who helped organize efforts to block the agreement.

“Google Book Search Settlement Rejected By Court” (by Greg Sterling,  Search Engine Land)

My understanding is that Google effectively cannot appeal this settlement rejection. It would need to present a new settlement proposal to the court. The judge has offered Google and the litigants that opportunity.

“Google Books Settlement Rejected (via GalleyCat)

“Mixed feelings on judge’s ruling on Google book project” by Larry Magid, San Jose Mercury News)

“Chin Decides Google Books Settlement Would ‘Go Too Far’” (by Mark Hamblett, Law.com)

“Federal judge rejects Google digital book settlement” (by David Sarno, Los Angeles Times)

“Judge throws out Google book deal” (by Richard Waters and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times)

Via INFOdocket.com

18Mar/110

Calibre updated to 0.7.5

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New Features

  • Add ‘Read a random book’ to the view menu
  • Add option to show composite columns in the tag browser.
  • Add a tweak in Preferences->Tweaks to control where news that is automatically uploaded to a reader is sent.
  • Do not also show text in composite columns when showing an icon
  • Add a menu item to clear the last viewed books history in the ebook viewer
  • Kobo driver: Add support for the ‘Closed’ collection
  • Add rename/delete saved search options to Tag browser context menu
  • Make searches in the tag browser a possible hierarchical field
  • Allow using empty username and password when setting up an SMTP relay

Bug Fixes

  • Fix regression in 0.7.49 that broke deleting of news downloads older than x days.
  • Restore the ability to remove missing formats from metadata.db to the Check Library operation
  • EPUB metadata: Read ISBN from Penguin epubs that dont correctly specify it
  • Conversion pipeline: Handle the case where the ncx file is incorrectly given an HTML mimetype
  • Make numpad navigation keys work in viewer
  • Fix ratings not being downloaded from Amazon
  • Content server: Add workaround for Internet Explorer not supporting the ' entity.
  • Conversion pipeline: When detecting chapters/toc links from HTML normalize spaces and increase maximum TOC title length to 1000 characters from 100 characters.
  • Fix regression that broke Search and Replace on custom fields
  • Fix regression that caused currently selected row to be unfocussed int he device view when updataing metadata
  • Coversion S&R: Do not strip leading and trailing whitespace from the search and replace expressions in the GUI
16Mar/114

Sony PRS 600 screen issue *updated*


sony ebook:Sony PRS 600 screen issue *updated*
So yesterday (Feb 28th) a row of dead pixels appeared along the centre of the screen of my Sony PRS-600 ebook reader. I only bought it at the end of December so it's well within warranty. I took it to my local SonyStyle shop and they said they'll send it to be looked at and see if the problem is covered under the warranty or not. Huh? I thought to myself, fearing the worst. What if they decide it isn't?? We'll just have to see. Everyone who knows me knows how careful I am with electronics and how much I love my gadgets, and especially how happy I was getting my reader. Don't let me down Sony. To be continued...

12Mar/110

Kobo Android App updated

Kobo has had a Google Android e-reading application since 2009 and has updated it many times from the original iteration. Today a fresh new update has hit the market.

The latest update gives us some interesting new social features such as being able to share particular passages on Facebook. It works simply by highlighting a specific phrase or sentence and being able to use it as your status update or post it on your own wall.

There is also a new setting to be able to lock the orientation of your device right in the Kobo main settings. So if you prefer to only have your orientation locked within a specific program and to don’t want your entire device to lock the orientation, this is a great update.

Also, popular in the Apple iPad application is the nighttime reading setting where your screen will dim in very low lights, so you will not strain your eyes with a very bright background. Most of the Kobo books have a pure white background that the text overlays. So if you are reading before bed, this is a way to turn down the glare of the white background.

The only way to get this update is on the official Google Android Market for now. It will only be a few days until the alternative Android markets will have the update in case your device does not have access to the official one.

Related posts:

  1. Kobo releases updated version of its Android App
  2. Kobo E-Reader now sold with updated Firmware
  3. NOOK Android app updated with exciting new features
  4. Kobo Wireless VS. the Original Kobo e-Reader
  5. Amazon releases updated Kindle for Android App
  6. Kobo Releases eBook Reader for Android
12Mar/110

As bookstores everywhere struggle, Schuler Books in West Michigan offers customers an updated edition|Lastest Kindle News]

As bookstores everywhere struggle, Schuler Books in West Michigan offers customers an updated edition
To stay competitive, Schuler Books & Music is selling gifts, eBooks and even dining ware.
Read more on The Grand Rapids Press

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