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Comixology Celebrates National Comic Book Day by Giving Away 25 Free Comics

ComiXology-Comics-AppWho’s in the mood for some free digital comics?

Comixology is having a special sale today in honor of National Comic Book Day. They’re giving away 26 issues of various series, including Unity, Shadowman, Harbinger, and more. In order to get the free comics, you’ll need to first add them to your cart and them enter the discount code Comics before you check out. The code is only good until midnight, eastern.

Continuing my quest to never pay for the comics I buy from Comixology, I got all 26 titles, and I can confirm that 18 are also available as DRM-free downloads. This means that you can protect your purchases from the unexpected.

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OverDrive to Host International Read an eBook Day on 18 September

overdrive harry potterEver one to promote ereading and ebooks, OverDrive will be holding a Read an eBook Day next month.

Thursday, 18 September, will mark the first International Read an eBook Day, a day which OverDrive hopes will become an annual holiday to celebrate and raise awareness for reading on tablets, smartphone, and ebook readers. Continue reading

Amazon Expands Same Day Delivery into the Suburbs of 6 US Cities

amazon delivery box pileYou may have already read this morning that Amazon is expanding their same-day delivery service into 6 additional US cities, but I think you might want to take another look at the program.

While many stories are simply reporting the expansion into 6 cities, what is actually going on here today is that Amazon is expanding _beyond_ the cities and into the suburbs, and they are now offering a 7 day a week delivery option in all of those cities. Continue reading

It’s Been a Year and a Day Since Google Reader Shutdown. Has Anything Changed?

google-reader-logoAlmost 15 months have passed since Google announced that they were shuttering Google Reader, and yesterday marked the one year anniversary of its demise. Mashable was the first to notice the anniversary, and they inspired me to look back and see just how much has changed. Continue reading

From Windows 1 to Windows 7 in under a day

Some one thought it would be a good idea to try to install every version of Windows from 1.0 to Win7. It was interesting to see that what settings and programs survived the updates.

This was a little nuts, but the result is fascinating.

For example, a couple programs installed in Dos 5.0 still worked in Windows 7. The settings created in Windows 2 survived every upgrade until Win2k. The level of backwards compatibility MS supports is impressive.

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The Borders Wake: Day 18

Editor’s Note: The term wake is now used as a synonym for funeral, but it original referred to the period between a death and burial where one waited for the deceased to wake up (seriously). Go look up the effects of lead poisoning if you don’t believe me. A modern equivalent would be sitting at the bedside of someone in a coma, trying to decide if the life support should be turned off. Deathwatch would be another good word, but I’m saving that for next time.

Borders laid off another 40+ workers today. Almost all used to work at Borders HQ in Ann Arbor, Mich. According to Borders spokesman Mary Davis: Continue reading

CES Day 1: What I’ve seen so far

I managed to run the battery down on my camera so I’m back in my room for a few minutes. I decided to use the time to double check my photos and  post an update. I haven’t written any of the posts yet; that’s going to happen tonight. There’s only so much time that the show floor is open so I have to make the most of it.

I’ve got 3 booth visits with enough photos and notes that I can post: Aluratek, Vivitek, and Rockchip. Continue reading

Kobo now offering NYTimes as a 30 day trial

I just got an email from Kobo. IIn partnership with the NYTimes, they’ve extended the trial subscription for the daily edition of the New York Times newspaper. You now have the option of a 30 day risk free trial.

Of course, there’s a minor problem with this offer. Right now, subscriptions only work with the Kobo iOS app (and the Kobo Wifi), and there’s a very good _free_ app for the NYTimes. There’s little point in subscribing if you can get the web content free.

ALA Conference Day 1: A secret Kindle pilot program

This was actually the third day of the conference, but it was the first that I attended. (Thursday and Friday didn’t have any ebook sessions that I could find.)

Conference Sessions

There were 2 sessions that I wanted to cover today, and a third that I missed because I didn’t realize it was related to ebooks. Fortunately Sue Polanka attended the 3rd session, and you can read about in 3 parts: here, here, and here. Of the 2 sessions I attended one isn’t worth writing about; there was nothing new. The other session was titled “Multiple Formats and Multiple Copies in a Digital Age”, and even though it’s about libraries I think it’s worth the time to write it up. I will post it tomorrow.

Exhibit Hall

I stopped by the Blio booth, and noted the location of a number of booths I wanted to visit on Monday. I found 3 different book scanners, and I’m going to try to get a video of each in action.

Swag

I have a dozen pens, a bunch of pads of paper, and quite a few pins. I know that’s not much, but I wasn’t in the hall much today. Later in the day I caught the beginning of a session sponsored by Tor-Forge, and they were giving away bags of books. All were paper books, unfortunately (I was hoping for ebooks). But I wasn’t there for the books anyway. No, I was there to get Cory Doctorow to sign my Kindle cover. He did.

Devry’s Kindle Pilot Program

The word of the day is: serendipity. At one session I happened to sit in front of someone who works for Devry. She mentioned to her companion how few ebook sessions there were (she’s right), so I turned around and told about the ones I knew of. We got to talking, and it turns out that Devry started a 2 year long Kindle pilot program some time back. They gave 3,000 students Kindles, and then tracked what happened.

She said it was a colossal failure. She didn’t give specifics, but she did say that by the one year mark only about 2/3 were still using the Kindle, and no one was using it as a textbook. She also mentioned that Devry had been quietly talking with their competition about the Kindle pilot program. She hinted that the University of Phoenix had also run a Kindle pilot, and had gotten similar results.