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Instapaper Goes Free in Time for iOS8, Adds Text-To-Speech and User Profiles

instapaper-icon-200x200[1]One of the best save for later reading apps got a little bit better yesterday when it was updated with quite a few new features like user profiles, TTS, an improved navigation experience, and some iOS8-exclusive goodies which could tempt some to upgrade iOS 8 users.

The new update includes: Continue reading

I Think It’s Time for Indies to Join Publishers in Their Fight Against Amazon

amazon frownOver the past two months Amazon has been supporting their very public and very rough book contract negotiations with a subtle media campaign which has kept indies on the sideline. By saying little and letting the publishers leak details, Amazon has avoided giving indies a reason to join sides with the major publishers that Amazon is fighting.

That was a smart move, but yesterday everything changed. Amazon released a statement which inadvertently confirmed that indie authors and publishers have a horse in this race. Continue reading

Fictionwise is Now on Life Support – They’re Pulling the Plug in 3 Weeks’ Time

When Fictionwise launched the year 2000, it was a mad attempt to pioneer in a nascent industry. When it is shut down on 4 December 2012, it will mark the end of an era.

Fictionwise sent out an email today to their publishing partners.  I’ve embedded the email at the end of this post, but the tl;dr version is that the site will cease operations on the first Tuesday in December.

But that’s not all. Continue reading

A Failed Entourage Edge Pilot Reveals That it was a Device Launched Before Its Time

When the Entourage Edge was revealed in late 2009 it immediately caught the attention of all the tech blogs. It had a dual screen design that hadn’t been seen before, and it was launching in the pre-iPad era where ereaders were hot news (there were no Android tablets yet). The Edge was the darling of CES 2010, where Entourage’s tiny booth was nearly flattened in the crush.

Its death 18 months later came as something of a surprise, and it wasn’t until today that I could say that I really understood why it died.

This was a tablet that launched before its time, and I have the results from a pilot program to prove it. Continue reading

Why an ebook piracy awareness drive is a waste of time and money

The UK’s Guardian site is running a story with the title “Authors demand drive to raise readers’ awareness of book piracy’s cost“. It’s basically a lot of authors and publishers whining about ebook piracy. They are demanding “someone” do “something” about it and let readers know that it’s bad – maybe via a publicity drive. From the story:

Crime writer David Hewson, author of the Italy-set Nic Costa novels, said a campaign along the lines of “People Who Love Books Don’t Steal Books” was urgently required – because readers who consider themselves his fans are downloading pirated copies of his ebooks and audiobooks. Continue reading

Cherrypal starts their scams again – this time with an Android tablet

The problem with the internet is that it has such a short memory. This unfortunately makes it necessary to dredge up old news and remind people.

Cherrypal just announced a 7″ Android tablet for $188. Don’t order it; you”ll never get it.

I was scammed by Cherrypal and Max Seybold last December. His business is nothing but a scam, and I’m surprised he keeps getting away with it.

I first came across Cherrypal back in December 2009. They had just announced “grab-bag” type laptop for $99. The idea was that the laptop would be made from whatever parts that could be found cheap and that would have certain minimum specs. I bought one, and that was my first mistake. Continue reading

The Register of Copyrights is about to retire – now is a good time to panic

You’ve probably heard the news already that the head of the US Copyright Office plans to retire at the end of this year. What you might have missed is why you should care.

Take a moment and think about who her replacement will be.

Right now we have a Vice-President who has clearly bought in to the story told by  Big Media.  (No, Mr. Biden, piracy is not theft.) And given that the US Congress sold their soul long, long ago, what kind of candidate do you think they’ll approve?

The new Register will be able to influence copyright law for the next 20 years. Think about the damage that person could cause, and then go contact your Congressman. Please. It’s not to late to do something.

2 new e-readers to hit the US market some time this fall

Mike Cane found a couple new ereaders on Youtube today. One was even new to me (I hope you were sitting down). They are being sold by a company called Nextbook, and I don’t know anything about them yet (other than the website is registered out of Hong Kong). I’m waiting for a response to my email.

Update: Nextbook have updated their website. We now know that the ereaders will use the Borders bookstore and that the projected retail will be $149 and $199.

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Is This the Time to Take the Plunge? New Reading Devices Appear

Within the last 60 days there has been a bevy of announcements of new ereading devices. Amazon announced what is popularly called the Kindle 3 and Sony has announced 3 new models — the 350, 650, and 950. How far behind other makers will be is hard to tell, but the upcoming holiday season should be a good one for device buyers.

So the question is this: Is this the time to take the plunge and buy a dedicated ereading device if you don’t already own one? The companion question, of course, is if you own one that is more than a year or two old, is now the time to “upgrade”? Continue reading

Time Magazine Android app coming soon

InternetWeekNY is going on right now in New York City. Yesterday Time Inc took the stage and announced their Android app. Like the iPad app, it’s going to be made by The WonderFactory. I wonder how much they’re going to charge for the Android app? It’s  not a simple question; the iPad app is $4.99 and the the iPhone app is free.

I’ve also heard from one of my other sources that there is a second reason for the delay. They’re waiting on a dispensation from His Appleness, the Steve.

NOTE: There is supposed to be a video right here. It doesn’t come through the RSS feed, sorry.