Kobo’s Tamblyn: “Our most valuable customers are people who read on both an e-ink device and on a third party device”

exec_miketamblyn3[1]As a small ebook company competing in a market against 3 giant tech companies (Amazon, Apple, and Google), Kobo has had to be nimble and focus on areas where the big guys aren’t investing any time or money.

Categories like premium ereader hardware, for example. Continue reading

Audible for iPad and iPhone Updated with New Discover Section, 30-Second Forward Button

audibleAmazon rolled out a new update yesterday for their audiobook app for iOS which added a handful of new features designed to improve the discovery and playback experience as well as a much-needed redesign.

The audible app now features a new discover section which offers a bevy of titles you might want to buy and listen to, and Audible has also improved the search function, enabling listeners to get more info on their next audiobook. Continue reading

The Morning Coffee – 27 August 2014

The reading list this Wednesday morning is not terribly long but it does include stories worth reading, like a critique of Laura Miller’s flawed anti-Amazon article in Salon, and more.

  • Disruptive Innovation Theory Revisited (The Passive Voice)
  • How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • In dismissing Amazon’s Orwell quotation, Laura Miller misinterprets Orwell herself (TeleRead)
  • Panicked customer is locked in book shop for hour and a half (Mirror Online)
  • ‘Retail stonewalling’ and Amazon sightings in bookstores (FutureBook)
  • What you need to know about Amazon’s fight with e-book publishers (Engadget)

Will Amazon Turn Twitch Into A Failure like GoodReads? One Can Only Hope

MTIzNjEzMTg5NDE2MjU3MDM4(1)As you probably know, news broke yesterday that Amazon acquired the gaming-focused social network Twitch for nearly a billion  dollars. Normally this story wouldn’t come up on a blog focused on digital reading, but I have been reading some of the commentary on the acquisition and I wanted to have a say.

Earlier today I read a post on ReadWrite which asked whether Twitch would end up being a failure like Goodreads:
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Dropbox for iPad and iPhone Updated With Document Previews, Better Search

dropbox-logo[1]The Dropbox app for iPad and iPhone is playing catch up with its Android counterpart this morning.

A new update has been rolled out to the app which adds the document previews and search features which were added to the Android app a couple weeks ago. The app also no supports larger animated Gifs (which is great because we all know this is the real reason we have iPads). Continue reading

eBook Management App Calibre Hits 2.0

calibre-logoCalibre v2.0 was released late last week (I only got the news this morning).

Following the 1.0 release almost a year to the day, this major milestone adds a number of improvements, including better support for Android devices when running the calibre app on OSX,  touchscreen support on Windows tablets, and behind the scenes improvements to boost performance. Continue reading