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
Amazon 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 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)
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:
Rice University’s open source textbook initiative is looking to save college students even more money on textbooks. OpenStax has announced plans to expand their catalog of CC-licensed textbooks by an additional 10 titles over the next 3 years. Continue reading
Kobo has yet to officially admit that they have a new ebook reader on the way, but that’s no longer important now that just about all of the interesting details have leaked.
Update: The product page for the Kobo Aura H2O is now live, and it confirms the leaks.
Florida Polytechnic University is going where several have gone before. Just in time for its inaugural fall semester, this state school has debuted a new library which features a sunlit arched roof and cozy reading chairs – but not a single book.
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
The reading list is quite short this Tuesday morning.
- The Great Audiobook Survey: The Results (BOOK RIOT)
- I Don’t Know How To Shop For Books Anymore (BOOK RIOT)
- Playboy goes (mostly) smut-free for a digital rebrand (Digiday)
- Should Indie Writers Self-Edit? (LinkedIn)
- Stuff I Want to Know (Hugh Howey)
Calibre 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