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Foxit Mobile PDF Reader available in the Android Market
November 30, 2011 | 11:55 am

71g0cxZhbzL SL500 AA300 Andriod Community points out that Foxit has a mobile PDF reader for Android.  They like it: Unlike the desktop version, only a $2.99 paid app is available, but that’s comparable to the other 3rd-party PDF viewers on the Market. The standard zoom and reflow features are present, as well as bookmarks. Foxit seems to be focusing on its reader experience with a set of noted additions: the app will automatically load the last document and page you used, and it can adjust the brightness for its own use, like the Kindle and Nook apps. There’s also a set of annotation tools,...

iStonesoft releases PDF to Epub converter
November 1, 2011 | 8:57 am

Logo Here's another one from Planet PDF today: iStonsoft Studio, a developer of multimedia software, has announced its new PDF to ePub Converter, a professional PDF to ePub conversion software for creating ebooks. iStonsoft PDF to ePub Converter features a user-friendly interface and delivers fast conversion. iStonsoft PDF to ePub Converter allows users to convert their PDF files into eBooks with few simple steps. The tool is equally suited for beginners and more advanced users. Additionally, the software also supports batch conversion. iStonsoft PDF to ePub Converter works on all Windows platform and requires a minimum of 512MB RAM. ...

Foxit upgrades its PDF reader
November 1, 2011 | 8:53 am

Images  1 From Planet PDF: Foxit has released an upgrade to its popular PDF viewer. Foxit Reader 5.1 adds integration with Facebook and Twitter, along with Read Out Loud. Improvements to load time, text rendering, print and reading experience are also included in the upgrade. The social sharing option is a new innovation for Foxit's PDF viewer, and it's bound to be popular with those who share via eReaders and RSS feeds. Files can be shared by right-clicking and choosing Share Current Document, or by using Foxit's screen-grabbing tool to select a portion of the document. A nice touch for sharing only the most...

PDF readers for iOS
October 24, 2011 | 10:31 am

Images From Planet PDF comes word of Kdan Mobile releasing an updated PDF reader for iOS: Kdan Mobile, a developer of mobile applications, has released version 3.8 of PDF Reader, a major update to its powerful mobile PDF application for iPhone and iPod Touch. The new version includes a new user interface, optimized annotation tools, PDF form-filling capability, support for new file types and it integrates with online storage applications Kdan's PDF Reader has the following key features: Powerful file viewing engine Supports various file formats including RAR, ePub, CBR and CBZ File transfer capabilities through WiFi, USB and Cloud storage Document...

Kindle for PC and Mac updated
September 5, 2011 | 3:38 pm

K4pc 171This Kindle for PC update, version 1.7.1 and the update for Kindle for Macs (I see no version #) offer: "Support for Kindle Print Replica content, which look like the corresponding print book with words and images in the position corresponding to the print edition.  See more detail on Print Replica content here. Support for reading most PDF files within the Kindle application, including functionality such as zoom and pan, highlighting, note taking, dictionary lookup, and bookmarks. By the way, I've read that it's best, when finishing a book within the PC for Kindle...

New ebook format from Amazon
August 28, 2011 | 3:51 pm

Screen Shot 2011 08 28 at 3 50 53 PM Received the following email from Paul Durrant of Durrant Publishing in the UK: Along with Kindle for Mac 1.7 and Kindle for PC 1.7, release a few days ago, Amazon have introduced a new ebook format for their Kindle ebook store. Called "Print Replica", it is Amazon's solution for books with a page layout that is too complex to reproduce using their usual Mobipocket-derived ebook format. A "print replica" ebook resembles a PDF version of the book. The page layout is fixed, and the only viewing options are to zoom and to pan. There's...

GenCon Interview: Jason Bulman, lead designer for the Pathfinder RPG
August 15, 2011 | 11:04 pm

pathfinderThe Pathfinder role-playing game was originally developed under the Open Gaming License as a “replacement” for D&D 3.5th edition after Hasbro announced it would no longer be supporting the game. Hasbro was changing over to its new, streamlined D&D 4th Edition rules, which suddenly left all the 3.5th-edition supplements its OGL had fomented without an available master rule set. However, the Open Game License meant that Paizo, Pathfinder’s developer, was free to take the core of the D&D rule set and create a new, compatible game around them. One noteworthy thing about Pathfinder was that the entire full-length version...

Wolfram launches Computable Document Format (CDF) to create interactive documents
July 21, 2011 | 3:12 pm

Today Wolfram launched CDF, a new document format that incorporates interactive charts, infographics, tables, and anything else that you can produce in the company's own Mathematica (or that you can import as MathML expressions from Excel and Word). Conrad Wolfram writes, "The idea is to provide a knowledge container that’s as easy to author as documents, but with the interactivity of apps—for CDFs to make live interactivity as everyday a way to communicate as spreadsheets made charts." Although Wolfram is positioning this as an open document format, the readers over at Slashdot are skeptical about the EULA and potential issues down...

Txtr updates Android reading app
July 20, 2011 | 8:11 am

German ebook software company txtr has updated its Android app with several new features. Some, such as bookmark and note syncing, are familiar to users of the Kindle app, but the update surpasses Amazon's offering by including cloud storage for personal docs as well as purchased books. The company also offers a white label version that can be customised or branded by third parties, and claims to have the largest selection of German language titles in the German market. From the press release: Besides searching for books and browsing by genre, users can now discover books through channels, such as Featured Books...

iG Publishing brings academic ebooks to Asian countries
July 13, 2011 | 9:33 am

The latest issue of ACCESS, a newspaper for librarians in Asia, looks at Singapore-based iG Publishing, which now offers "some 50,000 titles from more than 100 reputable North American, European and Asian academic publishers." The article doesn't go into much detail on the underlying technology, but it looks like iG relies on PDF and the Adobe Acrobat Reader DRM plugin called FileOpen. Read the full article at

“PDF from past to present”
July 11, 2011 | 9:30 am

20110710-012500.jpgMarie Lebert's review of the past forty years of ebooks continues over at Project Gutenberg News with eBooks: 1993 – PDF, from past to present. Lebert's post focuses mainly on the timeline of the format's evolution, so I heartily recommend you supplement it with Nate Hoffelder's OMG PDF WTF at The Digital Reader, which highlights some of the format's huge security issues....

Catch up on the history of Project Gutenberg in 10 minutes
July 6, 2011 | 8:57 am

To commemorate its 40th anniversary this week, Marie Lebert wrote a short 15 page history of Project Gutenberg, from its first document on 4 July 1971 ("The United States Declaration of Independence"), to the founding of Distributed Proofreaders in 2000, to the posting of its 30,000th book this past April ("The Religions of Ancient Egypt and Babylonia"). You can download the PDF at, and Mike Cook says that something with "more in-depth details" will follow. Via eBookNewser...

Amazon giving away free Android PDF reader
April 14, 2011 | 9:59 am

Promo V181846747Amazon is giving this away free on its Android Appstore today.  According to EbookNewser its the best PDF reader that they have tried. ...

Self-publishing Ubuntu Linux guide was an adventure, author says
March 21, 2011 | 7:15 am

ubuntuguideAuthor Keir Thomas has posted an account of how he came to write and self-publish an Ubuntu Linux reference book, after being spurned by a number of other publishers including O’Reilly who felt the profit margin was too low on inexpensive books at the moment. So Thomas decided to write and publish the book himself through Amazon’s print-on-demand subsidiary CreateSpace. And to drum up interest in the printed book, which he priced at $12.99, he gave the e-book away as a free PDF. Thomas estimates that the book had to be downloaded about 446 times for every...

New PDF publishing service, with DRM, announced
March 3, 2011 | 10:45 am

IndexFrom the press release: Drumlin Security ( ) today announced the launch of its new "Click and Go" PDF publishing solution - with free software, no requirement for onsite DRM infrastructure and free or very low per book cost authorization. The service includes the free Drumlin PDF reader/publisher, coupled with Drumlin's digital rights management (DRM) service and new "Click and Go" software. The "Click and Go" solution encapsulates the PDF and a fast PDF reader into a single file that the end user just clicks to run - with no need for software installation or registration.For book publishers there is no need...

“Beyond the PDF … is ePub” by Martin Fenner + Workshop Materials
January 23, 2011 | 4:16 pm

epub.jpg Martin Fenner on the always interesting Gobbledygook blog (part of the Public Library of Science Blogs Network) provides a look at the "Beyond the ePub" workshop that took place last week in San Diego. Fenner's post also includes a link to his presentation at the workshop, "Blogging Beyond the PDF or Copy by Reference." From the Blog Post: The limitations of the PDF format were just one topic, the main themes were annotation, data, provenance, new models, writing and reviewing and impac ePub should become the standard document format for authoring, distributing and reading scholarly content. [Clip] The ePub...

Kobo adds 175K Education, Technical and Reference PDFs
January 7, 2011 | 12:11 pm

Kobo_Logo.pngFrom the press release: ... today introduced more than 175,000 PDFs geared towards education and self-education for much less than the cost of a textbook. Content is in digital PDF format and is available to download and read through the Kobo Desktop Application, on Kobo eReaders, and for users of Adobe Digital Editions software. Kobo boasts a comprehensive selection of informational PDF content, including: · Medical texts and dictionaries · Economics and business manuals · Technical manuals · ...

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