Do you recall when I told you about KindleQuest, a website that runs adventure games like Zork for your Kindle? Amazon just released an app that removes the need for an internet connection.
It's called Dusk World, and after playing with it for a few minutes I'd say it's closer to the old Choose-your-own-Adventure books than it is to Zork. The price is $5.99, and it only works on a Kindle (not the apps).
Here's what Amazon had to say: Continue reading
I just heard on Twitter that the long anticipated iPad app from Guinness World Records will be available in iTunes this week for £2.99 (UK) and $4.99 (USA). Unlike the Kindle Edition I showed you a few days ago, the iPad app will be a real app. GWR (and their developer) put a lot of thought into how to best organize the vast quantity of records. Continue reading
You might recall that back in May I showed you that Guinness World Records were working on an app. This isn't it, unfortunately. No, today Guinness announced the digital edition of the Guinness World Records 2011. You have all the same content as the paper edition but without the weight.
I've found it on Amazon ($9.99), and I would bet it can be found in iBooks and elsewhere. The Kindle Edition doesn't appear to have audio or video embedded. That's probably a good thing becuase this ebook is already 31MB in size.
Over the past weekend the GAPP (General Administration of Press and Publication) released the first set of guidelines for China's digital publishing industry.
I can't find an actual copy of the regulations, so I don't know what they say. But I've found a couple English language reports that mention the fact that the GAPP just completed a 7 month long consultation period, so this is probably less authoritarian that it appears at first glance.
From the press release (translated by Google): Continue reading
David Pierce used about twice as many words to reach the conclusion I posted on Monday. Here are some snippets from his review:
- Pros - Big, bright color LCD. Integrated Wi-Fi. Kobo application syncs with other devices.
- Cons - Sluggish navigation and page turns. D-pad is difficult to use. Short battery life. Heavy.
- Bottom Line - With a 7-inch color screen, the Sharper Image Literati ebook reader looks good, but it's too slow and frustrating to use. Continue reading
Education is a splendid thing — except for the textbooks that students have to buy. When I was in school, high school and college, many, many years ago, it was rare that for there to be a single book for a course. Not only were they heavy to carry, but they were expensive — and they are still heavy and expensive today! (I haven’t forgotten what it cost to buy the texts my children used.) Continue reading
From the press release:
Flat World Knowledge, the leading publisher of commercial, openly-licensed college textbooks, today announced another dramatic increase in the number of colleges and classrooms adopting its textbooks. This fall semester, more than 800 colleges will utilize Flat World textbooks, up from 400 in the fall 2009 and up from 30 colleges in the spring 2009.With Flat World's textbooks saving the average student $80 per class, the company is on track to save 150,000 students $12 million or more in textbook expenses for the 2010/2011 academic year which begins this month.
Flat World's year-over-year growth is fueled by the company's innovative "free and open" textbook publishing model that allows students to acquire complete, high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks at prices ranging from FREE for online access to only $30 for a softcover print book. Other formats include PDF downloads, audio and ereader versions for the iPad and Kindle, as well as digital study aids.
Their marketing hype used to annoy me (it still does). But lately I've realized that real change in publishing is only going to come from outside tech companies like Flat World Knowledge. I'm rooting for them to succeed.
It occurred to me this morning that one of the blogs I follow, Publishing Perspectives, have been reporting on the kind of global ebook news that I'm trying to cover on TDR. I can't write those stories myself, unfortunately; I lack the connectons to local sources. But I can at least link to them.
BTW, I'd like to see more of these are the kind of stories. If you find one, please tip me.
This has to be one of the strangest ereaders I have ever seen. This is the first one I've seen with buttons along the long side of a 7" LCD screen, not short.
The Acho C301 is based on the standard 7" LCD screen. I don't know the rest of the hardware specs, but it has the usual broad video, ebook, and audio support. I'm still looking for the release date and price, but I wanted to show you this picture. Weird.
Acho via IMP3.net