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Morning Roundup: Sesame Street on Kobo. Less is more in the future of reading?
March 12, 2014 | 8:38 am

sesame street on Kobo25 years after inventing the web, Tim Berners-Lee invites users to help draft global “bill of rights” (GigaOM) The World Wide Web Foundation has set up a campaign called Web We Want, which it hopes to see draft a Magna Carta for the digital world as a way of pushing back against malign corporate and government intrusions on web freedom. *** Sesame Street eBooks Now on Kobo (GalleyCat) Sesame Street eBooks are now available through Kobo’s eBook store thanks to a new partnership between eReader company Kobo and Sesame Workshop. *** New Survey Shows eBook Adoption at 29% in the UK (The Digital Reader) The UK reading...

Morning Roundup: Make a living as a writer. Kobo’s international strategy paying off
February 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

make a living as a writerIf I was in Charge of the Sony e-Reader or Reader Store (GoodeReader) Sony has seen diminished sales since their peak and they have been on the downward trend ever since. In 2011, Sony accounted for 28% of all e-readers sold in Canada. *** How I Make a Living as a Writer (And You Can Too) (Lifehacker) The most important thing for me: writing without fear. Writing without judgment. Writing without anger. Making writing fun. Writing right now. *** Kobo's International Strategy is Paying Off (Digital Book World) Kobo’s content revenue was up 44% in the fourth quarter of 2013 over the previous year, and its...

Morning Roundup: Kobo revenues up, Taking screen shots on Kindles and more
February 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo revenues upKobo Revenues Up 44% in 2013, Userbase up 50% (The Digital Reader) Amazon might not be releasing any interesting details about Kindle Store sales in 2013, but luckily for us Rakuten is more generous. This international retail conglomerate held their annual stockholders meeting on Friday, and they released a few details about Kobo. *** Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS (The Digital Shift) Limitless Libraries, an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), is planning a move to a shared ILS system, and has requested funding for the transition from the office of...

Sony to shut down Reader store: customers will move to Kobo
February 6, 2014 | 1:53 pm

sony to shut down reader storeAnd another one bites the dust. I just received an email from the Sony store announcing that they are closing the store in the U.S. and Canada as of March 20, 2014. All customers will be transferred to Kobo. Here's the relevant paragraph from the email: You don't have to do anything right now, and you'll be able to re-download your previously purchased eBooks for a limited time. In late March, you will receive a notification from us with a link that will allow you to transfer your library to Kobo. Whether you are new to Kobo or already have an account,...

Serbinis to be Replaced at Kobo
February 5, 2014 | 9:15 am

koboAs reported in today's Morning Links, numerous sources are reporting that Michael Serbinis, who has been with Kobo since the beginning, is being replaced by a Rakuten veteran named Takahito Aiki, who was recently head of a Telecom and will be relocating to Canada to assume the post. Serbinis will remain on board as vice-chairman and founder. I think this could be good news. I have met Mr. Serbinis a handful of times and liked him, and I like Kobo's local partnerships and content strategies. But their customer service needs work, and I have always felt they were unconscionably slow at...

Morning Roundup: Domain names are not property, eBook piracy not a big deal in Netherlands and more
February 5, 2014 | 8:43 am

domain names not propertyVirginia Court Says Domain Names Are Not Property (Techdirt) Here's an interesting blog post by Venkat Balasubramani about a little noticed ruling in Virginia from last year concerning a bankruptcy proceeding, which came to the conclusion that domain names are not property, but rather a contractual right. *** eBook Piracy Not Such a Big Deal in the Netherlands (The Digital Reader) A new report out of the Netherlands this week has revealed that the Dutch are buying ebooks at a rate far higher than the global average. *** Rakuten Replaces Serbinis at Kobo (Brave New World) Two years after Kobo was acquired by Japan’s Rakuten they have...

Morning Roundup: More copyright considerations, readers prefer Amazon and Kobo
January 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightYou Bought It, You Own It (EFF) You bought it, you own it, right?  Not always.  Over the past decade, we have been quietly shifting to a world in which both digital goods (like mp3s, video files, and ebooks) and physical goods that contain software (like cars, microwaves, and phones) are never truly owned, but only rented. *** Hardcore Readers Prefer to Buy from Kobo and Amazon (GoodeReader) Good e-Reader conducted a one month research project where we polled 250 people about their favorite online bookstore of choice. Good e-Reader users tend to be savvy, well educated and not afraid of new technologies. These...

Why is the Kobo App Still So Annoying?
January 14, 2014 | 4:30 pm

kobo appI got an email yesterday from my esteemed editor Juli, wondering if I might be interested in commenting on the updated Kobo app, seeing as I am in Canada, aka The Country Where Kindle is Actually Not the Number One Brand. My initial response was 'ugh, do I have to?' I remembered the Kobo app as being clunky, crash-prone and difficult to navigate. But...maybe it had changed? Maybe it wasn't quite so bad anymore, several 'updates' since I last checked it out? Alas, no such luck. Kobo is still a frustrating and annoying app to use. I am not sure what...

Can You Use Your eReader Without Wi-Fi?
December 20, 2013 | 3:14 pm

ereaderSeveral users at Mobileread are reporting issues with their Paperwhites now that the Kindle ecosystem is managing collections through the cloud. A few people are complaining that the 'cloud' aspect is forcing them to wade through content they don't care for---for instance, a collection belonging to a spouse or child who shares their account, which previously would be local to that user's device only. A few others who prefer to sideload their books and keep Wi-Fi access minimized are reporting that their reading experience is being interrupted by nags from the device to connect to Wi-Fi so it can update...

Morning Roundup: Kobo Launches Digital Magazine Shop, Is Viral the Holy Grail of Content? and more
December 4, 2013 | 9:00 am

Kobo Launches Digital Magazine ShopKobo Launches Their Digital Magazine Shop (GoodeReader) At a product launch event in New York City Canadian based Kobo announced their intention of launching a digital magazine store. *** Goodreads Choice Award Winners Revealed (GalleyCat) With 24,686 votes, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards. *** A Growing Obsession with Viral Content Exposes the Weakness of Most Digital Media (GigaOM) Everyone from BuzzFeed to the Washington Post seems to be chasing after viral content because of the traffic it brings — but all this does is reinforce how doomed the pageview-based model really is. *** Is Editing Teachable?...

Weekend Roundup: Review of iPad Air, Kobo Glo Hacked and more
November 3, 2013 | 9:26 am

ipad airHands-On Review of the iPad Air (GoodeReader) The 5th generation Apple iPad was released today in over 72 different countries and if you could take waiting in line for an hour, many happy customers were able to get their hands on one. *** When Will iOS and OSX Finally Meet, or Have They Already? (GigaOM) With the redesign of iOS 7, release of OS X Mavericks, and updated versions of the iWork and iLife apps, Apple continues to blur the lines on what is a desktop feature and what is a mobile feature. *** Kobo Glo Hacked (Again)---Now Runs Android (The Digital Reader) Kobo doesn’t have a...

Kobo Kissing the Blarney Stone with Eason Partnership in Ireland
October 31, 2013 | 12:26 pm

I'm not going to draw too many self-serving connections between the announcement that Kobo, fresh from its "finest hour," is about to enter the Irish market, and the news that the Republic may be about to abolish its Censorship of Publications board. (Less fear of being burned in Eire now, after all.) So anyway, Kobo has announced a partnership with leading Irish bookstore chain Eason & Son Ltd., "largest and oldest standing book retailer in Ireland ... with more than 60 outlets through Ireland and Northern Ireland." Under the deal, Kobo devices, including the Kobo Aura, Kobo Glo, and Kobo Arc...