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Android One strengthens Google’s emerging markets armlock
September 22, 2014 | 12:25 pm

androidone5-600x400Announced at the the Google I/O 2014 development conference in June 2014, Android One is Google's new reference platform for emerging markets, with a sub-$100 price tag and solid hardware specs, including a 4.5″ screen, dual SIM slots, SD card port, FM radio, etc. Wasting no time, Google has already brought the new platform to market, via initial product releases in India from Karbonn, Micromax and Spice Smart Phones. The new handsets are already attracting some good reviews, with strong marks for the critical areas of screens, performance, and above all, the solid qualities of the stock Android OS iteration basic to Android One. "Always the latest...

Is the India ebook market ready to explode?
February 27, 2014 | 4:25 pm

india ebook marketIndia seems to be the next market digital publishers are looking into. And the jumpstart of the India ebook market might come sooner than anticipated. When Penguin India decided to remove and pulp Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History,” it draw backlash from authors, educators and other publishers. The New York Times reported two Penguin India authors came forward and requested their books also be withdrawn and pulped in protest. Jyotirmaya Sharma, the author of two books about Hindu nationalism, and Siddharth Varadarajan, the author of “Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy,” in letters to Penguin cited in The Times...

You can kill a paperback, but long live the ebook
February 19, 2014 | 2:18 pm

After years in court, Penguin Books decided to stop fighting and withdraw Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History from India. The book was challenged by a Hindu group who claimed in its lawsuit the book “denigrated Hindus and show[s] their religion in poor light." According to the New York Times, “Penguin’s decision settled a case involving Section 295a of the Indian penal code, which outlaws acts “intended to outrage religious feelings.”” It’s disappointing to see books challenged for their thoughts. Obviously, not everyone is going to like or even appreciate books, but the idea that people are allowed to share their opinions...

India’s famed budget Android tablet to come to US, start at $38 standard retail
December 16, 2013 | 4:55 pm

datawindRemember that $35 tablet from India? Datawind, the company that manufactures it, is going to bring it to the USA. In fact, it’s bringing three versions of the tablet: an el-cheapo version for $38 that’s basically a 7” tablet with WiFi, an $80 version that has the same specs but adds 2G EDGE cellular browsing (and you can add one year of basic browsing for $20 more), and a $150 version with improved specs and 3G HSPA browsing capability (and the same $20 for one year of browsing offer). The specs on the low-end versions, the UbiSlate 7Ci and...

Smashwords Opens Distribution to India
August 29, 2013 | 9:14 pm

Smashword’s distribution network is growing. The company announced it reached a deal with Flipkart.com, the largest online marketplace and bookseller in India. Titles will be on the site within the next three to four weeks, Smashwords stated on its blog. “Flipkart is commonly referred to as the Amazon of India. To be fair to Flipkart, Amazon would probably kill to become the Flipkart of India someday,” Smashwords CEO Mark Coker wrote. Coker also notes that Flipkart has told him that according to Nielsen BookScan Retail Panel data, Flipkart holds 80 percent market share for online book sales in India. Flipkart offers reading apps for...

Weekend Roundup: ‘Ringleader’ says Apple did not raise e-books prices
June 16, 2013 | 11:12 am

Weekend Roundup'Ringleader' says Apple did not raise e-books prices (Reuters) An Apple Inc executive at the center of an antitrust lawsuit by the U.S. government said on Thursday the company "didn't care" what price publishers set for e-books. --- Steve Jobs originally didn't want to enter the e-book market (iDownloadBlog) In a dose of irony that shouldn’t be lost on anyone and at a time when Apple’s Eddy Cue is being hauled before the U.S. Department of Justice in Manahattan, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services has admitted that Apple co-founder and then CEO Steve Jobs didn’t even want to sell e-books in the first place. --- Can you...

Beyond a Digital Attic: How the DPLA can honor the Five Laws of Library Science
April 1, 2013 | 4:48 pm

This is the era of bits and bytes and multimedia and 3D printing, not just books and other texts. But Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science would still apply today in spirit even after more than eighty years. Educated originally as a mathematician, S.R. Ranganathan was a library-science genius who studied librarianship in Great Britain and worked as the librarian at the University of Madras. Accurately or not, he is said to have beaten out 900 competitors for the job. He peppered his writings with Indian philosophy, dressed Ghandi-simple, and avoided coffee and tea. His laws, spelled out in a 1931 book available from the Hathi Trust in full text, are: 1....

Penguin launches Partridge, a self-publishing platform for India
February 7, 2013 | 5:01 pm

Andrew Phillips, president and chief executive officer of Penguin Books India In partnership with a Bloomington, Ind.-based self-publishing organization known as Author Solutions, Penguin Books India made an interesting move today by launching a self-publishing platform specifically for the Indian audience. It's a tactic that may one day soon bring the Subcontinent at least somewhat closer to actualizing the self-publishing revolution that seems to have taken over much of the western world. Partridge Publishing is the name of the new platform, and in a release distributed by Penguin Books India today, the company suggested that it will soon be "opening up opportunities for aspiring writers [in India] who don't have enough means to get their...

Morning Links — News from India, France and B&N
February 1, 2013 | 9:00 am

Barnes & Noble's Thoughts About Its Future (Mike Shatzkin) If Kids Are Our Future, the Future is eBooks (Forbes) French National Library Privates Public Domain Materials (Techdirt) eBook Popularity on the Rise in India (GoodeReader) Kindle Daily Deals: Pirate Coast by Richard Zacks (and 3 others) ...

Bookselling in India is changing
July 3, 2012 | 9:54 am

Images From an article in The Hindu: “Retailers should take a relook, rather reinvent themselves to stay in contention,” cautions V.K. Karthika, publisher and chief editor of Harper Collins India. ... “Retail stores have of late become display centres where you see and choose books. Then you go home and order your choices online. That is what everyone does these days,” she said. ... “In the US, 50 per cent of our revenue is from sale of e-books. Here, we are starting it in July-August which will also be available for purchase through online book stores besides e-readers.” Ms. Karthika said there would be a sea change...

E-reading changes how people read in India
June 24, 2012 | 8:15 am

Just a month ago we carried a story about e-reading not being popular in India. However, it looks as though that may not be the whole story. According to a report from Indian newspaper The Hindu, e-readers are causing a change in reading habits, especially of the young, in India. The article is a little hard to read, but there are some interesting tidbits. The e-book market in India is giving rise to whole new categories of literature, such as the teen-oriented “metro reads”. Self-help books and those dwelling on emerging market trends have...

Ebooks not popular in India
May 29, 2012 | 9:00 am

Images From the Hindustan Times: Not only are the eBook sales low here, but many Indian authors are not even releasing their works on this platform. Best-selling author Amish Tripathi was one of the many who decided not to offer his popular Shiva trilogy as eBooks. “It is only a matter of time before India catches up with the rest of the world in the current eBook frenzy. But they aren’t popular yet,” he explains. Price isn’t rightOne of the reasons for this slow pace is the high prices of eReaders and tablets. An iPad 2G tablet will cost you a cool R30,000...