HP Touchpad to ship with BookPrep – not your usual reading app (video)

HP’s new webOS based tablet was supposed to hit store shelves this Friday. Lucky for us, someone forgot to tell Wal-mart.

Mike Cane tipped me to a video that was posted to Youtube on Friday which shows a display model for the HP Touchpad. The video quality is not great, but it’s good enough that I discovered that the Touchpad ships with HP Book Prep. And no, it’s not your usual reading app.

HP Book Prep does let you read books online, but it’s also a print-on-demand service from HP. The site was launched in 2008 as a way to sell print editions of public domain works, a number of which are drawn form Google Books. You can read a lot of the titles online, but that’s not why HP built the site. Prices range from $14 to $30.

BTW, HP claim to clean up the original scans before offering them as POD. So far as I can tell they really do improve the quality of the books. I have no problem with them selling the print editions.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Xacto0128 June, 2011

    Thanks for the long video. You are the first person to actually show a long video of a demo unit for me.


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