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Archos Arnova introduces its GBook eReader
October 3, 2012 | 8:19 pm

By Robert Nelson It appears as if Archos is getting ready to unleash another Arnova-branded tablet, although they're actually marketing this particular model as an e-reader. What exactly does that mean? According to a recent Liliputing post: The Arnova GBook may look like a 7 inch Android tablet… because it is. In other words, you can use it to watch videos, play games, or perform other activities, but the device has a relatively slow processor, doesn’t include access to the Google Play Store, and will probably sell for a much lower price than most Android tablets. Pricing hasn’t been set yet, but the Arnova...

Amazon Studios Options its First Novel for a Crowdsourced, Big-Screen Adaptation
October 3, 2012 | 7:34 pm

Amazon Studios logoFilms of books can often help drive sales of those books, and bestsellers often make for movie blockbusters, so it’s no surprise to see online bookseller Amazon today announcing that its content development arm, Amazon Studios, has optioned its first novel, the Amazon-published, Southern horror Seed, to begin making a big-screen adaptation. As with other content optioned by Amazon Studios—comic Blackburn Burrow being the most recent example—Amazon will use crowdsourced user feedback to decide how it adapts the book. The book, by Ania Ahlborn, is an Amazon product in more ways than one. Not only was it published by 47North, Amazon’s sci-fi,...

Eric Hellman of Unglue.it on e-books, the creative commons, passionate authors and life after Amazon
October 3, 2012 | 4:49 pm

Eric HellmanBy Brian Howard A few weeks ago, crowdfunding platform Unglue.it announced the release of its first e-book, Oral Literature in Africa, via Cambridge's Open Book Publishers. While the scholarly tome by Ruth H. Finnegan likely didn’t set the publishing world ablaze upon its initial publication in 1970, and its e-book release in 2012 didn’t unseat any bestsellers, its return to "print” after more than a decade is cause for celebration. More good books in the public domain is always a good thing. This is the raison d’etre of Unglue.it, a small company that seeks to reward rights holders who make their works available as e-books...

Barnes & Noble reportedly instructs local stores to pull Amazon titles
October 2, 2012 | 11:04 pm

Jeff Bezos and William Lynch Yesterday, shoppers discovered that Barnes & Noble is carrying books from Amazon Publishing’s New York imprint in stores around the country, despite the company’s insistence that it wouldn’t do so. Following our story’s publication yesterday, I learned that Barnes & Noble headquarters sent an email to its branches around the country telling them to pull the Amazon titles (which are being published and distributed in print by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt under an imprint called New Harvest). This morning, a Barnes & Noble spokeswoman told me, “Our policy has not changed. We are not carrying Amazon titles.”... Read Full Article ... Source: Paid Content...

E-Books Expand Their Potential With Serialized Fiction
October 2, 2012 | 2:12 pm

Could serialized fiction finally force the e-book to evolve? Various ventures are trying to satisfy a common complaint about e-books: that they are simply black-and-white digital reproductions of long-form print books, flat and unoriginal in their design and concept. One variation, what publishers call enhanced e-books, with audio and video elements woven throughout the text, has largely fallen flat with readers. But serialized fiction, where episodes are delivered to readers in scheduled installments much like episodes in a television series, has been the subject of an unusual amount of experimentation in publishing in recent months. Read Full Article ... Source: New York Times...

New digital publishing imprint specializing in women’s fiction launches
October 1, 2012 | 9:04 pm

Bookouture is a new digital publishing imprint launched by ex-Harlequin UK marketing controller Oliver Rhodes. Specializing in women’s fiction, Bookouture will publish e-books and print-on-demand globally, paying a 45 percent of net receipts royalty on e-books. “My aim with Bookouture is to focus on creating global author brands and followings—through high-quality editing and particularly through smart, creative digital marketing," Rhodes says. "We’ll be delivering bespoke digital publishing and marketing for every single one of our authors, in a way not always possible at larger publishers. That means focusing very much on the author as [a] brand, and aiming for a select number...

Why Everyone Should Care About DRM’s Punishment Of The Visually Impaired
October 1, 2012 | 4:39 pm

Techdirt writes a lot about the problems with DRM, and how inefficient and inconvenient it is. But for millions of visually-impaired people, those "inconveniences" represent something much deeper, and much worse. Somebody who has started writing eloquently about this issue is Rupert Goodwins. He is one of the UK's most respected technology journalists and also, sadly, is losing his sight. As he points out in a powerful new piece, things ought to be getting better for the visually impaired in the Internet age:... Read Full Article ... Source: Techdirt...

Impressions of Pocket’s new text to speech feature
September 29, 2012 | 8:17 pm

Pocket formerly known as Read it LaterBy Jeremy Hill | for Gadget Tell  Pocket (previously known as Read it Later) released an interesting update for its Android app last week: Known as the "Listen" feature and part of the Android 4.2 update, Pocket can now read your articles to you. It's easy enough to use: You simply open any article you've previously saved, press "Listen," and then sit back as Pocket reads the article to you, word for word. It’s a neat update, but is it practical? Here are our impressions: I think Google’s artificial intelligence voices are among the best in the industry. For example, the voice assistant within Google Now sounds...

California universities to produce 50 open-source textbooks
September 29, 2012 | 12:30 pm

California Governor Jerry Brown gave his pen a workout this past Thursday,  September 27. In addition to signing legislation prohibiting social network snooping by employers and colleges, he also signed off on a proposal for the state to fund 50 open source digital textbooks. He signed two bills, one to create the textbooks and the other to establish a California Digital Open Source Library to host them, at a meeting with students in Sacramento. (See video below.) Source: Ars Technica     * * * Update: Thanks to commenter Frank Lowney for bringing our attention to the following infographic from Twenty Million Minds; it illustrates the implications...

Copia offers first ever Inside-the-EBook Contest
September 28, 2012 | 3:57 pm

♦ Humorist Joel Stein to Judge New Entries to The Devil's Dictionary ♦ Readers to add definitions and vie for $2,000 worth of e-books Earlier this week, the social e-reading platform and website known as Copia announced the Devil's Dictionary Contest, in which entrants add humorous definitions to the margins of the free Copia edition of the classic book by Ambrose Bierce. According to a release, the contest, which will be judged by Time humorist and bestselling author Joel Stein, marks the first time note-sharing in the margins of a book has been used as the forum for a contest. The contest has been officially underway for a little over four...

What’s missing from the UK government’s e-book lending review?
September 28, 2012 | 11:29 am

By Andy Richardson, CEO of Influential Software Last week the UK Culture minister, Ed Vaizey, bowed to sustained pressure from publishers and The Society of Authors and announced a government review of e-book lending that will have important implications for the British book trade. The review’s stated objective is to look into the “possible consequences of e-lending, including the long term impact on library premises, the effect on publishers and the impact on those who cannot keep up with changes in technology,” and will be chaired by William Sieghart, the founder of Forward Publishing. Looking at the official announcement that the Department of Culture,...

Barnes & Noble’s two new tablets want to help you find your next book
September 26, 2012 | 11:27 pm

Barnes & Noble Nook HD Plus tabletBarnes & Noble’s new Nook HD tablets, priced starting at $199, aim to stand out from the pack with reader-centric features and enhanced reading experiences for magazines and catalogs. The company’s goal is to drive book discovery and purchasing through the tablets in new ways. Barrnes & Noble’s two new Android Wi-Fi tablets, the 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch Nook HD+, aim to compete with other moderately priced tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7. But the new Nook tablets, starting at $199 and available in October, differentiate themselves most from competitors when it comes to some new...