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Free Android App (18 September): Elements War

Elements War

Elements War
  • The "Elements War" is an addictive chain reaction game with stunning effects such as fire, electricity, storm and so on.
  • It has Infinite different levels. Try to familiarize with each power source and various aid-items to win over enemies!
  • Are you read to create a perfect chain reaction?

List Price: $ 0.99

Price: $ 0.99

Minimum Android Required: 2.3.3

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Russia’s Cold eBook War Could Soon Turn Very Hot

1387630903_1dc12a170b_b[1]When Amazon launched the Kindle in the US they had very little competition, but the same won't be said if and when the Kindle Store launches in Russia. Over the past week, two different Russian retail giants have each made an investment in a Russian ebook startup.

Ozon.ru, one of Russia's largest web retailer, picked up an investment in the Russian ebookstore LitRes last week. And it was only today that Ulmart, Russia's other largest web retailer, backed a $3 million Series A funding round in the subscription ebook service Bookmate (press release). Continue reading

Sony could pull music from iTunes in ongoing war with Apple

Michael Ephraim, the head of Sony for Australia and NZ, was interviewed by The Age yesterday. He is rather pissed with the recent behavior of Apple, and he'd really like to see Sony sever all ties.

You know, when Apple decided to enforce that contract clause, perhaps they should have started with a company smaller than Sony. Sony are considering pulling their music and games from iTunes, and then stopping development of new games for iOS.  And they could actually do it, too.  Continue reading

Amazon, B&N are in the middle of an e-reader price war TODAY

I wasn't planning to do another BFS post, but one of my readers pointed out that B&N are selling refurbished Nook Wifi ereaders for $79. You can find them on Ebay, and they come with the standard 1 year warranty.

I think I'm seeing a pattern here.

The Nook shows up in a Best Buy advert for $99. Amazon responded by offering refurbished K2 ereaders (tomorrow) for $89. B&N shoots back with the $79 Nook Wifi (they only started selling it 3 hours ago).

I was about to call this as the best Black Friday sale, but now I would bet dollars to donuts that Amazon will announce a better sale some time today.

Let's see what happens.


Chinese e-reader price war is heating up

Digitimes are reporting that Hanvon, MReader, and other Chinese ereader manufacturers have lowered their prices for the domestic Chinese market.

Hanvon Technology, currently the largest vendor of e-book readers in the China market, has lowered its retail prices by 200-300 yuan (US$30-45) on average, with the lowest price reaching 950 yuan, according to report by China-based Beijing Morning Post. The price war for e-book readers in the China market has kicked off and there are expected to be rounds of price-cut competition, the source cited China-based consulting company Analysys International as indicating.

In addition to Hanvon, fellow vendor MReader has cut the retail price for its S600 e-book reader to 999 yuan and another vendor Gorld has cut the price for its 500T to about 1,000 yuan.

If you're thinking that $45 isn't a big change, keep in mind that the Nook-Kindle price war only dropped the price $60, and that happened mainly  becuase B&N wanted to price the Nook Wifi in relation to the Kobo ereader.

The War of the Worlds app now available for the iPad (video)

This one looks kinda neat (you get to blow things up and set people on fire).

From the press release:

Smashing Ideas today announced The War of the Worlds for iPad is now available in iTunes.  The enhanced eBook, based on H.G. Wells classic Man vs. Martian tale, is available for the introductory price of $3.99. The War of the Worlds for iPad is the first release from the newly formed ePublishing division at Smashing Ideas. Continue reading

UK e-reader price war gets off to a lackluster start

The Bookseller are reporting that WHSmith have followed Waterstone's in cutting the price of the Sony Pocket Edition to £99. Everyone agrees that both price changes were caused by Amazon's announcement that they will sell K3 in the UK for £109.

I'm a little disappointed, but perhaps I'm expecting too much too soon. In the US price war a couple months passed between the Kobo announcement and the Nook Wifi announcement. Of course, Amazon responded to B&N within 8 hours, but not everyone is as nimble as Amazon.

iPad, Kindle, Nook war WON’T kill Google Editions

There was a rather uninformed article posted yesterday on eWeek.com. The author argues that the iPad is competing with the Kindle, Nook for the reading market:

With April’s release of the Apple iPad, and recent software and hardware upgrades for both Amazon.com’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook, the battle for the ereader market is well and truly joined. Each of those three companies seems equally determined to match the others on a number of competitive fronts, from bookstore size to device features.

The problems with that paragraph are legion. Let me show you the most obvious:

  • The $500 iPad is competing with a $150 ereaders.
  • The iPad is in competition with the apps running on it.
  • The iPad (available in less than 20 countries) is competing with the Kindle, which is available in 140.
  • iBooks (with less than 100k titles) is a serious competitor to the Kindle Store (greater than 500k titles).

And then he goes on to argue that this ereader price war is supposed to kill off Google Editions:

According to the plan, Google Editions would make some 400,000 e-books available to Web-enabled devices such as laptops, tablet PCs, and smartphones. Those volumes would be purchasable directly from Google, via the Google Checkout system. And whereas Amazon and its current rivals offer e-books in a proprietary format, the search engine giant’s own e-bookstore would theoretically offer more freedom over where and how its e-books could be read.


But the longer Google waits to roll out Google Editions (and the longer it neglects to provide details about how the service will work, in order to build the all-important buzz) the harder its eventual battle against Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple, all of which have been moving aggressively to draw readers to their respective platforms. In that context, Google’s chances of breaking off a substantial portion of the e-book market seem dimmer and dimmer by the week.

It's fairly safe to assume that GE will have unique content, and it probably will be device independent (you'll read books in your browser). Here's the thing about unique content: adding it to the market grows the market.

'Nuff said.

Could Sony drop out of the e-reader price war?

ReadWriteWeb got their hands on a statement from Sony, and that's certainly one way to interpret it:

"Pricing is one consideration in the dedicated reading device marketplace, but Sony won't sacrifice the quality and design we're bringing book lovers to lay claim to the cheapest eReader," said Phil Lubell, VP of Digital Reading at Sony Electronics. "Our global customers expect to get the best digital book reading experience and we're concentrated on delivering that by investing in Sony's award-winning design and original digital reading enhancements, such as eBook library borrowing and the only full touch screen on the market."

They won't leave the market entirely, but I could see Sony giving up in the US. Then again, once they abandon the US market, what will they have left?

P.S. I'm waiting to hear from my contact at Sony. If I find more info I will post again.

Is China facing an e-reader price war?

The following press release came across my desk this morning:

While iPad of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL | PowerRating) is competing with Kindle of Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN | PowerRating) in the oversea market, the tablet computer triggers a markdown of e-book readers in the Chinese market. As a result, the stock price of Hanwang Technology Co., Ltd. (SZSE: 002362) slipped.

Technology portal zol.com.cn discloses that mainstream e-book reader brands such as Hanwang and Founder Technology Group Corporation (SHSE: 600601) have all downgraded their prices by about 20%.

Not only iPad, but also domestic tablet computers like FlyTouch of Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd. (SEHK: 0493) challenge the robust growing e-book market. With the same size as an e-book reader, iPad is tapping a burgeoning market between laptops and smart phones. Apple reveals that iPad users download 250,000 e-books one day from the company's online store.

The price drop could be due to tablet competition, yes, but it could also have been caused by the crowded ereader market. Either cause is possible.