Icarus Excel 9.7″ E-ink eReader Updated, Now Runs Android

icarus-excel-1The Dutch ereader retailer Icarus is back again today with their second device launch in as many weeks.

Icarus is launching a 9.7″ ereader called the Excel 2. It improves on the model launched last year with a faster CPU and more RAM, but it is still unfortunately using the same screen and touchscreen panel. Continue reading

WSJ: Apple Places Order for 70 Million iPhone 6, Including the 5.5″ Model

iphone 6 dummyApple has long been rumored to be releasing iPhones later this year with a 4.7″ and 5.5″ screens, but there haven’t been enough hardware leaks to convince me that the 5.5″ model was going to make an appearance this year. Thanks to the WSJ we might now know why.

This august publication is reporting that: Continue reading

New Estimates Put UK eBook Sales up 10% in the First Four Months of the Year

7970059980_f6418a9052_c[1]The UK Publishers Association revealed today that growth in ebook sales in the UK market outpaced the US market in the first part of 2014.

According to the Digital Sales Monitor April 2014, digital sales (including both ebooks and audiobooks) reached £132.5 million in the January-April period, up 10.5% from £119.9 million in the same period in 2013. The PA reports that digital sales represented 16% of total book sales, or about four times what they were 5 years ago. Continue reading

‘Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription’ – Forbes

TimWorstallLibraryHater1[1]Amazon’s new subscription plan for e-book readers is already ammo for library-haters. Check out this gem in Forbes online.

The headline I’ve quoted reflects the precise sentiments of the article: “Let’s just close down the lending libraries and buy every citizen an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription.” Continue reading

Facebook Now Lets Users Save Links to Be Clicked Later

352975-facebook-saved-posts[1]Following nearly two years of toying with the idea, Facebook has launched a new save-it-for-later feature in the likes of Pocket and Instapaper.

Facebook Save is a basic Pinboard competitor which enables users to bookmark links, updates, and other content that may pop up in their News Feeds. Once saved, the content is added to a list where it can be viewed later. Save is launching today in the Facebook apps for Android and iOS, and it should also be available on the FB website (I can’t find it, myself). Continue reading

HarperCollins Partners with BitLit, Launches Pilot Program to Bundle eBooks with Print Books

SONY DSCWith everyone from retailers like Amazon and Inkling to publishers like Verso Books and O’Reilly offering them, ebook/print bundles are a hot topic right now in digital publishing and HarperCollins is about to enter the fray.

The NewsCorp sub has just announced a new pilot program where they plan to offer a select number of titles as bundles. Developed in partnership with Vancouver-based BitLit, the pilot will offer readers  who have already bought the print book the option of buying the ebook at a reduced cost. Continue reading

Google Reports Play Store Revenues Up, Might Actually be Selling More eBooks than B&N

google play booksLate last week Google released their second quarter earnings report. Said report doesn’t break down into specific details, but Google did reveal that the segment which included the Google Play Store hit $1.6 billion in revenues. Continue reading