The 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
Apple 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
The reading list this Tuesday morning includes a debate over the plans of the ridiculous Authors United group, an unhinged response to Kindle Unlimited, a chart of all the publishing industry acquisitions since the beginning of the year, a fisking of The Guardian’s report about Author Earnings, libraries fighting bed bugs in books, and more. Continue reading
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
Many people hate the fact that Windows 8 lacks a start menu and it looks like Microsoft finally listened. A couple newly leaked screenshots appear to have confirmed that Microsoft is adding a start menu and other regressive design features to Windows 8.x. Continue reading
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
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
In a stunning upset, used ebook marketplace Tom Kabinet has survived its first round of legal battles today in the Netherlands. A judge for the District Court of Amsterdam has ruled today that Tom Kabinet can continue to operate while it is being sued in court. Continue reading
With 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
Late 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