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The $69 Kindle is Out of Stock – Could This be a Sign of a New Model on the Way?

Amazon-Kindle[1]Initially released in late 2011, the basic Kindle set a new standard in the ebook reader for minimal features at minimal price. With only minimal hardware updates (it was re-released in 2012 in black), it has proven to be a mainstay in Amazon's dominance of the ebook reader market.

And now it seems to have begun to go out of stock.

Update: A replacement model leaked. It's going to cost a little more and come with a touchscreen. Continue reading

B&N signs exclusive deal with Eric Carle

Barnes & Noble have just announced that they have signed an exclusive deal to distribute the work of Eric Carle, the famed children's author. Unfortunately, this deal isn't for his books to be released for the NookColor. Damn. That would have been so cool.

No, this deal is for a bunch of  exclusive Eric Carle events at B&N bookstores this coming weekend.  B&N will also feature his artwork in stores, and you can find exclusive content at: www.bn.com/carle. You'll also be able to buy other exclusive content like Eric Carle designed gift cards.

P.S. Now that I think about it, I wonder why his books aren't already available as iPad apps?  They're visually stunning, and really the only device that would do them justice is the iPad. And with the nostalgia factor, his books would sell like hotcakes.

There is the one app in iTunes, but just one.

From the press release:

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Prestigio & Archos form partnership

At first glance it appears that Prestigio will be rebranding Archos' tablets. But I'm not sure exactly what is going on here. Let's wait for some pictures.

From the press release:

First results of this partnership will materialize in February 2011 with range of Android based Prestigio MultiPad internet tablet PC 7” and 10”. The new products will be a merge of the innovative and technical expertise of Archos and the design-focused lifestyle statement of Prestigio. Despite competitive benchmark parameters, the new Prestigio MultiPads will offer an excellent price-performance ratio. The partnership covers the regions of Center East Europe and Former Soviet Union. Continue reading

Smashwords, Diesel Ebookstore sign distribution agreement


Smashwords today announced a two-part ebook distribution partnership with the Diesel eBook Store, a leading independent ebook retailer.

The agreement expands ebook distribution opportunities for thousands of current and future Smashwords authors and publishers.

Under the first part of the agreement, Diesel has become the latest ebook retailer to join the Smashwords distribution network. In addition to Diesel, we now distribute our books to the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Sony, as well as to mobile app platforms such as Aldiko for Android devices, and Stanza for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

All Smashwords Premium Catalog titles will go live at Diesel by August 19. If you're a Smashwords author and your books have been accepted into the Premium Catalog, your books will automatically go to Diesel unless you opt out from your Dashboard's Channel Manager in the next two days (the only reason to opt out is if your book is already distributed to Diesel via a different distributor).

For the second part of the agreement, Diesel has selected Smashwords to power its new Diesel Publishing Portal. Like most smart ebook retailers, Diesel is committed to offering its customers the broadest possible selection of ebook titles. By partnering with Smashwords to power its publishing portal, Diesel makes it faster and easier for indie authors and small publishers to sell their titles on Diesel. Diesel is the second major ebook retailer to choose Smashwords to power their co-branded publishing portal. Sony was the first.

9 Universities sign new deal with CourseSmart

From the press release:

CourseSmart, the world’s largest digital course materials provider, today announced the first group of colleges and universities that have been selected to participate in the company’s Faculty Instant Access program. The program provides instructors with convenient, instant access to more than 90% of core higher education textbooks as eTextbooks from within the campus systems they use every day. The select higher education institutions, which are widely regarded as innovators, span a diverse array of public, private, four-year, two-year, large and small institutions across the U.S. including Arizona State University, Auburn University, Case Western Reserve University, LeTourneau University, Minnesota State University—Mankato, Savannah College of Art and Design, Texas A&M University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Basically CourseSmart are giving instructors free access to the digital textbooks that are used in their classes. *head scratch* I wonder what took them so long. Instructors have always had free copies of textbooks.

Did you ever wonder why instructors get those free copies? My theory is that textbook publishers don't want professors to feel the economic bite of high textbook prices. If they did feel the bite then they might assign fewer or cheaper books.

Springer, T.M.C. Asser Press sign book distribution agreement

From the press release:

Springer and T.M.C. Asser Press, a prominent Dutch specialist publisher for international law, have signed an exclusive agreement on their future collaboration. Under the agreement, Springer is to handle the marketing and distribution of T.M.C. Asser Press’s English language book program. Asser will continue to be responsible for its program planning and title development with its authors. The agreement also provides a framework for Springer handling the production of the 35 Asser Press English-language titles annually and its backlist. They will all continue to be branded as T.M.C. Asser Press titles. Marketing and distribution for the book portfolio were previously handled by Cambridge University Press.