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Barnes & Noble taps new CEO as revamped B&N e-commerce site hinders access to e-books
July 2, 2015 | 7:02 pm

Earlier today, Fortune reported that Barnes & Noble has tapped Sears Canada CEO Ron Boire to take over as B&N's CEO. Boire has been the CEO of the struggling Sears Canada for just 10 months, but before that he was the head of the USA Sears & Kmart chains for three years. Before that, Boire had worked at Sony, Best Buy, and Toys’R’Us—not exactly a list of winners in the recent economy. And now they expect him to turn the Nook around? Yeah, best of luck with that. I’m starting to think it’s a little too late for the struggling e-reader...

Morning Links: Indie bookstores decline in UK. eReader lighting evolution
April 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

ereader lightingWhy are Indie Bookstores on the Decline in the UK But Having a Revival in the US? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) With the number of indie bookstores in the US growing every year, no one can argue that they are on the rise. *** 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners Show A Changing Reality for Journalism (Media Shift) But it’s the fusion of legacy reporting with newer digital tools that makes these newspapers stand out, said Mike Pride, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, who announced the winners. *** 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Local Indie Bookstore (Book Riot) So you’ve found your local indie...

Weekend Links: Best ebook Readers. Kindle Write On destined to fail
April 19, 2015 | 12:10 pm

kindle write onInternet.org: Delivering Poor Internet to Poor People (Boing Boing) Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org project bribes corrupt, non-neutral carriers in poor countries to exempt Facebook and other services of its choosing from their data-caps, giving the world's poorest an Internet that's been radically pruned to a sliver of what the rest of the world gets for free. *** Five Best eBook Readers (Lifehacker) Let’s look at five of the best, based on your nominations. *** Kindle Write On is Destined to Fail (GoodeReader) How is Write On doing? Sadly, its failing in the marketplace because its trying to compete against Wattpad and that’s where all of the readers are. *** How...

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...

E Ink makes colorful leap forward at CES 2015
January 11, 2015 | 1:25 pm

E Ink made quite an eye-catching appearance at this year's CES - literally. The pioneering electronic paper display company debuted some of its most striking color epaper technology to date in the shape of E Ink Prism, a series of "unique and dynamic materials for architecture and design incorporating its new color changing electronic ink technology." This move confirms E Ink's shift out of the dedicated ereader display space, where it has seen falling demand, and into rather more physically ambitious solutions. "E Ink Prism bridges the gap between traditional static materials and digital technology with dynamically changing materials," the company explains. "Architects...

Christmas Eve Links: Kindle Unlimited Devaluing eBooks? Japan going to tax foreign retailers
December 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimited10 Public Libraries in US and Canada Surpass 1 Million eBook Downloads (GoodeReader) Ten different libraries in Canada and the United States had over one million e-Book checkouts in 2014, a significant increase from the six libraries that achieved the milestone in 2013. *** Japanese Government Moves Forward with Plan to Tax Foreign Retailers (The Digital Reader) For the past year or so the Japanese government has been exploring the idea of requiring foreign retailers to Japanese consumption tax on digital good sold to Japanese consumers, and now they're moving forward. *** eReaders Are Bad for Sleep (GalleyCat) Do you read eBooks before bed? It could be...

Morning Links: Konrath leaves Kindle Unlimited. Review of eReader industry
December 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedOn Reading an Author's Work In (and Out) of Order (Book Riot) Would it be better to begin this relationship in the back catalog, where the right deep cut can make up for a multitude of lesser tracks, or do you opt to start where you are and grow together while also looking back? Which makes for a more lasting bond? *** Finland Abolishes Copyright Levy on Digital Devices (Techdirt) As we've noted before, copyright levies -- effectively a tax on blank storage media -- are becoming ever-more anachronistic and unworkable. So it's good to hear about a country doing the sensible thing and...

Morning Links: Year’s fattest cookbooks. Interactive children’s book gift guide
December 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

cookbooksThe Year's Fattest Cookbooks (PW) From How to Cook Everything Fast at a thousand-plus pages to an authoritative collection of Mexican recipes that clocks in at 705 pages, the year 2014 saw a slew of hefty cookbooks. Here’s a look at just a few. *** Where Are All the Boy Books? You're Buying Them (Book Riot) Even the most well-meaning, socially-conscious adults fall into this trap, believing that the boys are being left behind and that girls and girl interests “dominate” the children’s book world. *** e-Readers- The Race to the Bottom (GoodeReader) When Sony and Amazon first got into the e-reader business, they were considered a...

What device are you reading on?
December 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle deviceOur friends at Book Riot have been on fire in the last week or so, posting a ton of great stuff. One of my favourite posts of the week was this participation-required roundup called 'What Are You Reading On?' At the time I myself took the poll, 49% of respondents had listed an e-ink Kindle amongst their stable of devices, which surprised me. I was anticipating that more people than not would have abandoned their Kindles for the world of the tablet. So...why haven't they? Why are e-ink devices still holding their share in the marketplace? I think that for many serious...

Tablets, books and readers, oh my! Reflections on the first week of school
September 16, 2014 | 12:25 pm

technology in schoolI just finished my first full week of teaching for the new school year, and it's been so interesting to watch my students react to some of the changes I have implemented this year. In no particular order, here are some points of interest from my first teaching week. 1) God Bless the Internet Like many teachers, I use the internet heavily---be it Google Images clipart to illustrate a worksheet or Google Translate to double-check my grammar when I am writing notes or instructions in French. Two websites my school seems to be particularly relying on this year: Reading A-z.com, a scubscription...

Oxford pixel density breakthrough points to ultra-hi-res ereader displays?
July 12, 2014 | 10:14 am

A technological breakthrough by Oxford University scientists, just announced in Science Daily, apparently "will make it possible to create pixels just a few hundred nanometres across that could pave the way for extremely high-resolution and low-energy thin, flexible displays for applications such as 'smart' glasses, synthetic retinas, and foldable screens." Including, of course, screens for ereaders and tablets. The breakthrough apparently came quite by chance while scientists were exploring a different line of research. "We were exploring the relationship between the electrical and optical properties of phase change materials and then had the idea of creating this GST [Germanium-Antimony-Tellurium] 'sandwich' made...

Morning Roundup: Oyster expands to Android, Appeals Court rules on Sherlock Holmes
June 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

oyster expands to androidEbook subscription site Oyster expands to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook tablets (GigaOM) The $9.95 per month ebook subscription service Oyster, which was previously only available on iOS, expanded to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD tablets Tuesday. *** The Best eReader for Android (Lifehacker) Reading ebooks on Android used to be just okay. Now it's awesome. *** How Much Money the Biggest Publishers Actually Make (Digital Book World) Over the past ten years, sales at the largest publishers in the world have leveled as the book industry felt the effects of recession and of the ebook revolution. *** Appeals Court Rules Sherlock Holmes is in the Public Domain...

Don’t be ‘That Guy’
June 2, 2014 | 6:06 pm

yell-monitor-l1Over the last few days, someone on one of the forums I frequent has started screaming bloody murder about a Kindle technical problem. I’m not going to say who or where (and I’d ask that any commenters who know who I’m talking about please do the same), because it’s not my intention to “name and shame.” I’ll just call him That Guy. Anyway, That Guy has posted his rant across three different forum boards, accusing Amazon of “fraud” because he can’t get his e-books to sync to the second Kindle on his account from the “Manage Your Content &...

Just Like Reading the Paper?
May 9, 2014 | 10:25 am

readingThe bus I took to work this morning was all decked out with National Post advertising, for their new ePaper program. The ad, which you can see via this info link, features a pair of hands holding a tablet-esque device which is bent, like a newspaper, and looks just like the print National Post. The slogan? 'It's just like reading the paper.' The details were predictable enough. It's a straight print replica which lets you do such revolutionary things as search, bookmark, share via social media or view extra photo galleries. You get it free if you are a paper subscriber,...

Case study of a new eReader purchase
April 26, 2014 | 11:42 am

new ereader purchaseOne of my fun new discoveries of the year was that a co-worker who shares my bus route also shares my love of books. She and I have been spending our commute comparing recent reads, swapping book ideas, and gently teasing each other about our respective technology choices. It was all in good fun, until her Kindle died mid-commute the other day and she started shopping around for a new one. It was a fascinating look, for me, into the mind of the 'average' customer. I have long ago recognized that my own views on ebooks and technology and the book...

Kobo appoints Tamblyn President, Chief Content Officer
April 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

michale_tamblyn.jpgKobo, now probably Amazon's biggest rival in the ereader ecosystem realm, with Barnes & Noble wavering over the Nook and an also-ran outside the U.S., has just announced that Michael Tamblyn, hitherto its Chief Content Officer, has now had his position upgraded to the status of President and CCO. Seen here in an earlier video on TeleRead, Tamblyn is a founding member of Kobo's team, according to the company, and has "led the expansion of Kobo’s publisher relationships, content catalogue, and merchandising operations" since 2009. His new role will expand the content acquisition and business relationships development he is currently engaged...

Morning Roundup: E Ink revenues declining. Amazing Stories relaunching and more
March 31, 2014 | 9:00 am

einkE Ink Expects Revenues to Drop Next Quarter (The Digital Reader) With tablet sales up year after year, ebook reader sales have been declining, much to the dismay of E Ink. This screen manufacturer is predicting that their revenues will decrease over this quarter and the next as a result of seasonal drops in ereader sales. *** Why eReaders Are Not Innovative Anymore (GoodeReader) The constant innovation was directly attributed to the sheer amount of e-readers shipped between 2010 and 2012. Why the lack of innovation? e Ink, the largest company devoted to e-paper screen technology has become complacent. *** Amazing Stories Relaunches on April 1...

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