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Morning Roundup: Google Play textbooks in Canada. Why do people trust Wikipedia?
August 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

wikipediaGoogle Play Textbooks Now Available in Canada (GoodeReader) Google has announced that their digital textbook service is now available in Canada. *** Why do People Trust Wikipedia? Because an Argument is Better than a Lecture (Techdirt) This doesn't mean you blindly read Wiki articles without questioning them. But a properly sourced article is simply more trustworthy than a talking head telling you how to think. *** Three Common Mistakes to Avoid When Publishing a Book App (Digital Book World) Now I want to discuss the three biggest mistakes people make when it comes to tackling this kind of project. I’ve helped scores of people publish their books...

Morning Roundup: Library ebook lending lags the US. Managing your library in Play Books
August 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

Google Play BooksHear, See and Speak - No Used eBooks? (Brave New World) The somewhat throwaway line that caught our attention was that, ‘there is no secondary market ebooks cannot be resold as used books.’ With the revelations earlier this year about Amazon’s used ebook patent, we know that it has had its eye on this opportunity, but that the first sale doctrine is maybe a battle too far today. *** Google Play Books 101: Managing Your Library (Android Central) Google's actually made it pretty easy to manage your library. You can buy and save new books to your device. Play Books also provides a way...

Morning Roundup: Google Play Books in Norway but without local titles. Amazon’s dramatic shift and more
June 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

Google Play Books logoGoogle Play Books May Have Launched in Norway, But You Can't Find Norwegian Books There (The Digital Reader) Google may have launched a local Play Books store in Norway a couple weeks ago but they did so without few local titles. *** Amazon's Dramatic Shift (Futurebook) Amazon is seeking a ‘dramatic’ shift in terms, according to Hachette Livre chief executive Arnaud Nourry. *** Teachers Surveyed on Using Games in the Classroom (Teachers with Apps) Although technology in the classroom is evolving from computers to tablets, a new survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council highlights that the use of games in the classroom is becoming more...

App Review: Google Play Books for Android
June 17, 2014 | 12:19 pm

Screenshot_2014-06-17-10-57-52I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came across this Lifehacker piece calling it “the best e-reader for Android,” I figured it was worth trying out. And darned if I don’t by and large agree. Offering a simple and easy-to-use reading interface and cloud reading-position sync with all books, Google Play Books is...

Morning Roundup: Are You a Gadget Hoarder, How Can B&N Compete in 2014 and Beyond
December 23, 2013 | 9:00 am

gadget hoarderAre You a Gadget Hoarder? (CBS Miami) Most people like getting their hands on the latest and newest technology, but for some, letting go of the old is hard to do. *** How Can Barnes & Noble Compete in 2014 and Beyond? (Dear Author) As we look toward 2014, the major question to be answered is the future of Barnes & Noble. If you think that the publishing world would be just fine without Barnes & Noble, you’d be wrong. *** Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014 (DBW) It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in...

Google Play Books adds from-device uploading in impending update
December 11, 2013 | 11:16 am

Android Police notes that Google Play Books has gotten an update that allows you to upload e-books into its cloud directly from your device, rather than being restricted to doing it only via the web site. I hadn’t realized Google Books could do cloud storage of your own e-books at all, but given that Google Play Music does cloud storage of your MP3s, I suppose I should have guessed. Need to see about trying that out. There are a few other improvements, too, like landscape mode, lower brightness settings for low-light reading, and so on. The update probably won’t...

Android defragmentation via Google Play Services: Implications for e-books?
September 3, 2013 | 11:56 am

An excellent post by  Ron Amadeo on Ars Technica encapsulates Google's changes to software upgrade procedures and rollouts of new generations of Android. Amadeo's thesis—and while unsupported by specific comment from Google, it's pretty hard to refute—is that Google has given up on trying to dragoon all its OEMs into updating Android on their multitude of devices—often with their own in-house skins—and instead is going for incremental upgrades to the Android ecosystem through the back door. The back door in this case is Google Play Services. As Amadeo says: "It has its own silent, automatic update mechanism that the user has no control...

Weekend Roundup: Here’s the other e-book pricing problem…
July 20, 2013 | 8:00 am

e-bookThe Other eBook Pricing Problem (Huffington Post) While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on. * * * Google Play Books Now Available in 9 New European Countries (Good e-Reader) Google Play Books has expanded into nine new countries today, bringing their total footprint to 26. Residents in Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Sweden can now access millions of free and paid eBooks. * * * Signed First Edition of JK...

Google Play Books launches in Mexico
March 21, 2013 | 12:40 pm

Good news for our readers in Mexico. You can now get books through Google Play, in addition to apps. Slashgear kindly reported on it for those of us who can't read Spanish. (It was announced yesterday on Google+ Mexico.) According to Slashgear: Publishing houses offering content for users in Mexico include Random House Mondadori and Planeta, according to a statement made on the Google Mexico G+ profile. In addition to local titles, international titles are also available, providing access to bestselling novels from overseas. The article discussed reading on smartphones and tablets, but didn't mention e-readers, so my first question, having never used...

Morning Links: Is it Worth Spending Half Your Profits ‘Fighting Piracy?’
March 21, 2013 | 8:55 am

Google Play Books is Now Live in Mexico (The Digital Reader) Is it Worth Spending Half Your Profits 'Fighting Piracy?' (Boing Boing) Book eMail Site Bookbub Reaches 1 Million Users (Digital Book World) Open Access—Idealism and Realism Remain Difficult to Reconcile, Survey Says Kindle Daily Deals: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson (and 3 others!) ...

Morning Links: Penguin settles with DOJ; NYT publishing e-books
December 19, 2012 | 8:52 am

Google Play BookseBooks Can Unify Backlist for Prominent Authors (Digital Book World) The Slow But Steady March Toward Paid Content (Scholarly Kitchen) Google Play Books Introduces Read-Aloud Feature (Good E-Reader) Penguin Settles with Department of Justice in eBook Pricing Case (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deal: Pocket 47 & Three Others * * *  ...

Reading E-Books on Smartphones – How popular is it?
September 16, 2012 | 9:42 pm

Last week, Digital Book World editorial director Jeremy Greenfield shared the details of an interesting (if non-scientific) e-reading study; it was conducted via DBW's Twitter account, which has more than 20,000 followers. The tweet itself was simple enough; it read this like: Do you read on your smartphone? Do you read on other devices, too? Tell us! As of September 11, 30 DBW Twitter followers had answered back, and about half of those respondents answered in the affirmative. The tweets featured in the post were fairly interesting, although most surprising to me was Greenfield's mention of Michael Tamblyn, Kobo’s EVP of content, sales and merchandising: In a DBW interview conducted earlier...