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Google Play Books’ most self-referential release to date: A guide to being a successful Google app developer
November 8, 2014 | 2:32 pm

Google has conveniently levered off its own platform to deliver one of the most Google-friendly books you could possibly find on Google Play Books: The Secrets to App Success on Google Play: A guide to useful features, tips, and best practices that will help you grow a successful app business on Google Play. This handy guide aims to pretty much do what it says in the title, and is available for free download from Google Play Books. It's also very much directed to the business model architect rather than the coder, with much of its emphasis on making the app work...

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...

Kindle Fire HDX tablets can now print to Epson printers – but so can most Android tablets
December 6, 2013 | 12:10 pm

kindle fire hdx Editor's Note: I know many readers of TeleRead also read The Digital Reader. His articles are frequent additions to our Morning Roundup posts, and I'm delighted to publish his first TeleRead article. Please welcome Nate to the team! Thanks to a some hard work on the part of Epson and Amazon, Kindle Fire HDX owners are going to be a little more productive. This printer and screen tech manufacturer has worked with Amazon to roll out an update which lets owners of the Kindle Fire HDX and the Kindle Fire HD (2013) print to select Epson printers. Epson announced on their blog...

Is Android Still the Cinderella Platform For Content Apps and Digital Magazines
October 27, 2013 | 2:51 pm

content appsTalking New Media just ran a piece detailing the relative revenues from the iOS and Android platforms for digital publishers of magazines and other content apps. And their findings were that the hand-over-fist growth in Android OS penetration, via cheap tablets and multitudinous generic cellphones, is not translating into revenues or big takeup for these publishers - at least not yet. "TNM’s own survey of digital publishing platform companies shows that close to 25 percent still do not provide solutions that will result in an app for the Google Play store – and close to 75 percent don’t service the Windows...

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...

Morning Roundup: A game of piracy under the dome
August 9, 2013 | 10:00 am

pirate-keyboardGoogle Now Selling & Renting Textbooks in Google Play Books (The Digital Reader) Many colleges are going to start in the next few weeks, and Google is ready for them. I’ve just learned that the new textbook section of Google Play Books now has the textbooks that Google promised some weeks ago. -- Yes, Jeff Bezos Should Shut Down the Washington Post Printing Presses and Here is Why (GigaOM) Shutting down the printing presses at the Washington Post would impose a financial cost on the newspaper, but the benefits of such a move — both psychological...

Ematic launches kid-friendly FunTab Mini 2, a tiny but robust $70 tablet
June 21, 2013 | 12:30 pm

EmaticChildren-focused tablets very rarely come with top-notch specs and features in tow, but you can at least count on them to be cheap. In the case of Ematic’s latest, called FunTab Mini 2, really, really cheap. This slate is just $69.99 and is available already via Amazon and Tiger Direct, but be warned, if your kid knows the first thing about technology, he’ll kick your behind if you purchase it. Luckily, the Mini 2 is targeted mostly at very young children (as in aged seven or less), so there’s only a faint possibility you could get into trouble. Now, what does the...

Coming Soon: Google Play for Education
June 8, 2013 | 2:30 pm

Google Play From The Digital Shift comes the intriguing news that Google's app store is launching an education portal in a bid to gain traction in the schools. With Google Play for Education, coming this fall, schools will be able to purchase educational apps using money orders and other alternative methods, to push them to Nexus tablets in bulk to all devices, groupings of them, or to individual devices. They can also select from curated app lists to easily find content that interests them. At launch, the program will only work on Nexus tablets. That may change in the future. Speaking personally as an educator,...

Microsoft Not Buying Nook After All?
May 14, 2013 | 10:30 am

And this is why I try very hard not to report on rumors. Last week I wrote about a rumor that Microsoft was considering buying the Nook Media division. Well, the rumor was good for Barnes & Noble stock, which spiked up to $22 a share the day the rumor was announced, and then continued up to almost $24 a share later in the week. (Today it's down to $21.) However, as with many rumors, this one has now been dispelled (maybe, assuming dispelling the "rumor" isn't just part of the big plan.) Insider Monkey says they had an email on Friday...

7 Must-Have Apps For Your New Nook HD
May 12, 2013 | 1:43 pm

If you've taken advantage of the great sale on the Nook HD (ending today), or if you've had one for awhile and recently upgraded to add the Google Play Store, you might be wondering what apps to add. Here's my list of must-have apps, not available in the Nook App store. 1. Feedly With Google Reader going away this July, you'll need another way to keep track of your feeds. I've been using Feedly for awhile now, and it's an excellent Google Reader replacement. In some ways, I've grown to like it better. For example, I've found its integration with Pocket to...

Nook HD as an Android Tablet Contender: Part 2 — Nook HD vs. Nexus 7
May 6, 2013 | 5:24 pm

Yesterday, I wrote about the Nook HD mostly from a stock OS perspective. But I know the question you really wanted to have answered was this: "Does it work as an Android tablet?" After three days of using it, my answer is a cautious "yes." Because I still don't have a tablet case for it, I haven't run it through a typical work day. However, from my use in the house over the weekend, I can tell you that it's got potential. Let's start with what it can and can't do. Loading apps from Google Play is a breeze. When you install the...

B&N Decides to Play Nice With Google Play
May 3, 2013 | 2:10 pm

Google PlayAll right! Barnes & Noble has finally listened to its customer base, and the tech bloggers. They recently announced that they'll be rolling out a software update that adds the Google Play Store to the Nook HD and HD+ tablets. This is excellent news. The Nook HD tablets have consistently received great hardware reviews, but the Nook App Store lags so far behind other app stores that there's no point in drawing comparisons. Good hardware plus crappy app selection does not equal a winning combination. I confess to being surprised by the news. While it's what I've been writing about for a...