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Exactly how waterproof is the Kobo H2O e-reader? Find out before you hit the beach
May 24, 2015 | 8:02 pm

AuraH2O_lifestyle_largeSeveral decades ago Arthur C. Clarke reminded a friend and me that e-book devices might develop amnesia if dropped in the bathtub. Well, time passes. I myself own a dandy waterpoof case for my Kindle Paperwhite. And I keep up with the Kobo world through a waterproof Aura H20. But wait! Exactly how waterproof is the H2O itself? The issue isn’t as simple as giving the H2O a quick dunk. How long will it be underwater? At what depth? I’ll leave such questions to braver souls in regard to the $180 Kobo. I was fine with dropping a $90 Paperwhite refurb...

‘A Beautiful Mind,’ e-books and the Five Laws of Library Science: RIP, John Forbes Nash, Jr.
May 24, 2015 | 4:54 pm

John_Forbes_Nash,_Jr._by_Peter_Badge“A Beautiful Mind,” the inspiration of the book and film by that name, died over the weekend.  John Forbes Nash, Jr., 86, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were killed Saturday in an automobile accident. A world-famous mathematician, he shared a Nobel Prize in economics for his contribution to game theory. His work helped shape fields ranging from diplomacy to law to computer science. But when I read of Nash’s death. I thought of something else—the Five Laws of Library Science. They remind librarians of the need to help patrons find the right books, and the right...

Morning Links: Myth of consumer tech globalization. Canadians selling ebooks direct
May 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThe Myth of Globalization in Consumer Tech (Re/Code) As he recounted this story, what stood out to him was not that these young Chinese tourists didn’t use Facebook or Instagram, but that they clearly had no idea what they were. *** Companies Join Forces to Provide Free eBooks in Airport (GoodeReader) Most travelers don’t count the airport as the best part of their trip, but thanks to a joint effort by BookShout, HarperCollins, and American Express Canada, the wait time might be a little more pleasant. *** Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling eBooks Direct (DBW) 66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according...

Morning Links: Fresh look at wearable. No more “boys” or “girls” toys on Amazon
May 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

apple watcheBook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table (DBW) When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting? *** A Fresh Look at Wearables (Re/Code) Politics and religion are supposed to be two hot-button topics you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with friends, family and co-workers, but I think we can now add a third to that list: Wearables. *** Amazon Drops 'Boy' and 'Girl' Categories from Toy Listings (Boing Boing) Amazon's toys category is no longer sorted into "Boys" toys and "Girls" toys. *** 2015 Locus Award Finalists Revealed (GalleyCat) Locus Magazine has revealed the shortlist of nominees for...

Morning Links: Free ebooks don’t help poor kids. 2015 Edgar Winners
May 4, 2015 | 8:52 am

Edgar award winners"Free" eBooks Don't Help Poor Kids (Book Riot) Poor kids don’t have access to internet or devices. It’s a fact, and it’s backed up time and time again. *** 2015 Edgar Winners Revealed (GalleyCat) The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the 2015 Edgar Award winners. *** What Apple is Featuring in the Kids Section (Teachers with Apps) Notice in the picture above that all the players are big box names; this is what I see featured in the Kids Section of iTunes App Store on any given day, or for that matter products in any given toy store. *** How to Make Multi-Channel Publishing Profitable (DBW) The digital environment...

Morning Links: Cheerios ebook code. Goodreads spam?
April 22, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebook codePublishers Finally Taking the Reins on Web Marketing (Digital Book World) I’ve noticed that for the first time there is nearly universal agreement on the following five things... *** Cheerios Box Prize: An eBook Code (GalleyCat) General Mills is bringing the cereal box prize into the 21st century by giving away eBooks through breakfast cereal packaging. *** Goodreads Now Filling Your Update Feed With Spam, Er “Sponsored Posts” (Ink, Bits & Pixels) When Goodreads restructured their social network late last month I predicted that they would shortly use author pages for marketing purposes, and now it looks like I was about half right. *** Tory Chairman Accused of Smearing...

Morning Links: eBook production tools. Amazon adds audiobooks to KU in Germany
April 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

kuTen Great eBook Production Tools (Digital Book World) So while this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, it’s a quick guide to some of the best tools for four key pieces of the development process that ebook designers confront day in and day out. *** Library of Congress Releases Digital Audio of 75 Years of Recordings (GoodeReader) Google’s ambitious digitization project has started on that path to preservation, but the initial release yesterday from the Library of Congress has added even more highly valuable content: digital audio of famous recordings. *** Amazon Adds 2,000 Audiobooks to Kindle Unlimited in Germany (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Audiobooks have...

Yet More on the ‘Print vs eBook’ Debate
April 17, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Mike Twohy "Books on Paper" New Yorker cartoonI wrote yesterday about a thought-provoking question: are people 'returning' to paper books? Much as I hate turning the 'print and paper' debate into an either/or, a this vs. that thing, I do know at least a few people who tried out eBooks and it didn't stick. It's a legitimate question to ask if this is part of a bigger trend, even if the 'either/or' binary is a bit simplistic. One of the comments on the story, from our longtime reader Marilynn, asks about the subject of availability, which is 'never factored in.' By availability, she referred to the subject of...

Are People ‘Returning’ to Print Books?
April 16, 2015 | 9:25 am

print vs paperIn today's Morning Links, I featured an Apartment Therapy article which worked my pet peeve chestnut: the 'print books versus ebooks' debate. I hate this one so, so much. I think it's a really simple-minded analysis to treat print and eBook as a zero-sum game with a winner and a loser. Many readers, such as myself, freely purchase both types of book. I personally do have paper book shelf space, I just choose carefully what I fill it with and favour the artsy, beautiful ones that just don't translate as well to e-forms. So, why did I feature this article, then?...

Oyster stands out from the crowd with newly created ebook store
April 9, 2015 | 1:02 pm

OysterOyster’s new e-book store is a logical step in the company’s progression – especially to compete against Amazon. This addition is direct competition to Amazon because it offers readers everything they need in one app. Oyster already boasts more than one million books through its subscription service, which has been dubbed “Netflix for book,” but now it has all the Big Five publishers and others to offer titles in its e-book store. By including a store, which has new releases and pre-orders along with the subscription model, Oyster has made a statement that they are ready to play and don’t plan on...

Morning Links: What’s the matter with eBooks? Makings of an unprofessional editor
April 1, 2015 | 8:00 am

ebooksFlickr Now Officially Supports Public Domain Dedications (Techdirt) Thankfully, the Yahoo folks who are currently running Flickr realized that this was an opportunity -- and have now announced that it has added both "public domain" listings and a CC0 dedication as options when uploading images. *** The Makings of an Unprofessional Editor (An American Editor) I make hundreds of editorial decisions in every project and I am prepared to defend my decisions. I let guides guide me, acting as advisors to inform my decision-making process. I do not let guides be the decision maker; that is what I am being paid to do —...

Weekend Links: Buying eReaders in Canada just got harder. Why YA novels make box office hits
March 29, 2015 | 10:04 am

ereaderBuying an eReader in Canada Just Got Harder (GoodeReader) 20% of all Canadians live in rural areas without a major bookstore and an electronics shop. Chapters/Indigo have been closing down locations and with Future Shop axing 65 locations, it will be difficult for Canadians to buy an e-reader on a retail level. *** 'Insurgent' And Why Young Adult Novels Make Box Office Hits (Forbes) The second installment of Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, grabbed $52.3 million in its opening weekend at the U.S. box office, just shy of Divergent’s $54.6 million debut last year. *** Amazon is Testing Bulk eBook Bundles in Japan...

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