• Flipkart Exits The E-Book Business, Transfers Users To Rakuten Kobo

    Flipkart Exits The E-Book Business, Transfers Users To Rakuten Kobo

    Flipkart, one of the biggest players in India’s booming e-commerce market, has conceded that there is one part of online retail it can’t win, and stopped selling e-books. Users who have already made purchases can still access their libraries on the Flipkart e-book app or through Kobo, the e-book platform owned by Rakuten. Read More

  • On The Dark Matter Of The Publishing Industry Crunch Network

    On The Dark Matter Of The Publishing Industry

    Metaphors about textual dark matter or a “Shadow” ebook industry actually fail to capture the dramatic nature of what is happening. Perhaps it would be better to say that a new, parallel universe of publishing is forming, even as the old one starts to collapse. Read More

  • Shelfie Is Shazam For Your Bookshelf

    Shelfie Is Shazam For Your Bookshelf

    If you’re like me, you have a lot of Mad Magazine books from the 1970s, a classic copy of Oui from 1979, and three Hungarian cookbooks. In other words, you’re a well-read individual. But how do you get those books onto your reading device? Shelfie, that’s how. Read More

  • Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    Writers Are Going Cuckoo For KU

    If you haven’t been following the Indie writing market I don’t blame you. It’s pretty crazy right now. After Amazon decided to tweak the royalties payouts to reflect how much readers actually read the books they downloaded as part of the Kindle Unlimited service writers have gone into an absolute tizzy over what’s fair and not fair and what it means to get paid for… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches New Project To Help Enterprises Improve Their DevOps Practices

    Microsoft Launches New Project To Help Enterprises Improve Their DevOps Practices

    Microsoft today announced a new project that aims to help developers and IT pros in the enterprise — and even smaller development shops — improve their DevOps practices. The company today launched both a self-assessment tool that gives companies recommendations for how to improve their development practices, as well as an e-book that chronicles Microsoft’s own learnings in… Read More

  • Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Goes Live

    Amazon’s Kindle Scout Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Goes Live

    Amazon wants to take some of the mystery out of predicting what books will sell with its new Kindle Scout publishing program, which lets readers vote on their favourite excerpts from unreleased books to determine what does (and what doesn’t) get published. Welcome to the court to common opinion, aspiring authors. In exchange for their participation in the program, Kindle Scout users will… Read More

  • Apple Might Have To Let Kindle And Other E-Reader Apps To Offer Store Links For Books

    Apple Might Have To Let Kindle And Other E-Reader Apps To Offer Store Links For Books

    Apple would also be prohibited from entering into agreements with suppliers of e-books, movies, TV shows or other contents that would make it likely that prices would rise at its competitors, but the real change here for consumers would come from the requirement that Apple allow its competitors to offer links to their e-bookstores from their own iOS e-book reader applications, getting rid of… Read More

  • The Weekly Good: Worldreader Wants To Put A Digital Book In Every Child’s Hand

    The Weekly Good: Worldreader Wants To Put A Digital Book In Every Child’s Hand

    One of the amazing things about technology is that it opens the doors to things for less fortunate folks that many of us take for granted. Being able to sit down and read a good book is something that we do on a daily basis, but never think about all of the people out there who don’t have that luxury. With sites like Amazon, we have a seemingly infinite number of choices on what… Read More

  • When Dinosaurs Ruled The Books

    When Dinosaurs Ruled The Books

    This is a really weird time to be a writer. Agents are becoming publishers; publishers have moved to “the agency model“; and some self-published authors are making millions—all because e-books are now outselling all other segments. Magazines and newspapers are dying, blogs and aggregators are thriving, and the line between them all is blurring. Last year Apple was their… Read More

  • Kobo Releases Free Kobo Desktop Application

    The e-book world is slowly evolving into a number of fairly similar, homogenized ecosystems. No one wants to be shackled to using a single device to read their e-books: the Kindle is both a device and an app on your smartphone; Apple’s iBook’s is an app on your iPad and your iPhone. And today Kobo is following the trend with the announcement of the Kobo Desktop Application. Like… Read More

  • Samsung Bails On E-Paper – Keeps Making E-Readers

    Samsung has bailed on the e-paper reader market, citing the display costs as being too expensive. Electronista reports that this doesn’t mean they are completely out of the business though, as they are still planning on producing an e-book reader that uses an LCD display instead. You’ll remember that we showed you the a new Samsung reader that was announced at CES ealier this year… Read More

  • The e-book reader price war continues, with Sony joining the fray

    With the prices finally starting to drop on e-books, it’s not a surprise that Sony has decided to jump in as well. Recent changes to the Sony website show price changes across their product line. This fits in with Amazon’s dropping the price on the Kindle, and B&N dropping the price on the Nook. Read More

  • Fujitsu shows off new prototype e-book reader

    So fair warning, there’s not a whole lot of detail on this one. Fujitsu just showed off their latest e-book reader prototype at a trade show in Japan. It probably won’t hit the US, but expect to see it in Japan later this year. We’ll keep you informed when we get more information. [via Akihabara News] Read More

  • Another day, another e-reader: Gigabyte is working on one too

    Revealed at CeBIT recently, we find that Gigabyte is building an e-reader of their own. Called the EB10, the new reader will be running Android on a 667Mhz Samsung processor. What makes this one different from the rest of the readers out there? Read More

  • Samsung shows off E61, the ebook reader with a bad keyboard

    When is a qwerty keyboard a bad idea? When it’s on the Samsung E61 e-book reader. The problem with this thing isn’t just the ugly keyboard, or the fact that it’s obviously “inspired” by the Kindle, it’s that the Samsung E6 looks promising. Read More

  • Asus getting into the e-reader game in a big way

    Asus leaked some information recently about their upcoming e-reader, the DR-570. Not content to be a “me too” with the standard black and white e-ink product, it looks like they are going to be coming out with an OLED offering that might just kick the rest of the e-readers to the curb. Read More

  • enTourage eDGe dualbook gets deals with academia

    The enTourage eDGe dualbook made its official debut at CES last week, along with lots of other e-book readers, dual-screen laptops, and more. We mentioned the eDGe book store, but that book store is gaining usefulness with the announcement of deals with publishers McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press and John Wiley & Sons, which will bring a number of academic texts to the dualbook. Read More

  • First hands on: Samsung E6 e-book reader

    So Matt and I just got our hands on the Samsung E6, the company’s first electronic book reader. As a device it’s not bad, but compared to what’s out there you just know that Samsung was all, “We need to release something to get a foothold in the market.” The 6-inch e-redaer slides open, quite possibly like a phone you once owned. It’s only black and white… Read More

  • The Dulin's Books Boox 60 packs Wi-Fi into a $350, 6-inch e-reader

    The US e-reader market is about to get one more player when Dulin’s Books brings its Boox 60 reader to the States in the middle of January. But even though it packs a lot of tech into its shell like W-Fi, Wacom technology, and a Webkit browser, chances are it won’t ever make it mainstream thanks to the Kindle, Nook, and Reader. Read More

  • Yet another new e-book reader – this one looks vaguely familiar

    Looks like 2010 is turning out to be the year of the e-book reader. I’m not sure at what point these are going to stop being news, but here we go again. Insdream is launching the SX601 which seems to borrow some significant design ideas from another rather popular e-book reader. The Insdream does use a different type of screen from the source material (can you say Kindle), but looks… Read More