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Are Amazon, Sony, Kobo and company dissing on disabilities?
August 7, 2013 | 9:39 am

A piece of news has surfaced that makes for some pretty alarming headlines: Amazon.com Inc., Kobo Inc., and Sony Electronics Inc. have formed a self-described "Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers" to petition the U. S. Federal Communications Commission, "for Waiver of Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act and Part 14 of the Commission’s Rules Requiring Access to Advanced Communications Services (ACS) and Equipment by People with Disabilities." Yes, they are asking the FCC to waive their legal obligations to provide ACS access for disabled users of e-readers. But wait: Is this really a straight attempt to get out of obligations to...

From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site’s growth
July 30, 2013 | 8:24 pm

SmashwordsSmashwords rolled out preorders for its e-books this week, giving authors a new tool to work within its distribution network. You can read more about that here from Teleread’s Joanna Cabot. When Smashwords was first created, it was a place writers could sell their e-books. But the site quickly changed from retailer to distributor, getting books onto Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Apple iBooks among a number of other outlets. TeleRead had a chance to interview Smashwords CEO Mark Coker about the company's distribution network, and the changing publishing landscape. TeleRead: When did it seem that Smashwords was becoming more of a...

Sony Offers Affiliate Program for E-Books
July 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

Sony seems to be focusing its efforts on e-books, and trying to get readers out there on board by getting them money. Sony announced its first affiliate program through Commission Junction, according to The Digital Reader. It will pay six percent on every e-book sold through its affiliate links on websites and blogs. This seems to focus directly on author websites and book blogging sites. It’s interesting to see Sony move in this direction. Authors promote their books on their websites and social media. Often, they send links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo – where they could also make affiliate...

Weekend Roundup: Royal librarian wanted to look after Queen’s 125,000 titles
July 6, 2013 | 11:35 am

Weekend RoundupWanted: Royal Librarian to Look After the Queen's 125,000 Titles (InfoDocket) The Royal Collection is advertising for a librarian to run the Royal Library at Windsor Castle for £53,000 per year. * * * Sony Launches New Affiliate Program for E-Books (Good e-Reader) Sony has officially announced its first ever ebook affiliate program that will give people a chance to make money on digital sales. * * * 4 Reasons Barnes & Noble Failed the Nook (Babble) Another quarter, another huge loss for Barnes and Noble, Inc. This time it is in the tune of 118.6 million dollars. * * * Modern life means children miss out on the pleasures...

New Sony e-readers pass FCC testing
June 27, 2013 | 5:15 pm

Sony-PRS-T3-FCCSony’s still making e-readers? Apparently so. The Digital Reader reports Sony’s latest, the PRS-T3, has just passed FCC validation. Details are sparse on the ground. It’s got Wi-Fi, there are two models (one of which may be touchscreen), and one report mentions Bluetooth. Nate Hoffelder figures it’s got about a 6” screen, and will probably launch in the US and Europe in August. It’s nice they’re still out there trying new things, even if the most you can really say about them is that they can be used as evidence in anti-trust trials that there really is “competition” to...

Sony and E Ink are Making a Digital Paper Notepad and it Looks Awesome (Video)
May 17, 2013 | 12:15 pm

I’m an all-day note-taker—my day's or week’s itinerary, messages to give to someone else, story ideas, ramblings, etc. Unfortunately I’m also a bit of a messy ... well, unorganized person, I admit. And as you may guess, those two personality traits usually add up, for me, to lots of unorganized, folded pieces of paper in my pockets or around my house and office, and also a library of notebooks of compiled thoughts and ideas with real order. So needless to say, I’m anticipating Sony’s A4-sized (8.3-inches x 11.7-inches) digital paper slate to be rather beneficial in my life. Unveiled last week,...

E Ink Releases Mobius, a Large-Format Flexible Display
May 15, 2013 | 11:49 am

A few days ago, Sony announced they they were launching a large format reader aimed at the educational market. E Ink is making the screen, which has been touted as flexible and durable. Here's the relevant section of the press release: E Ink Mobius will be the first flexible display technology that will go into mass production for a large format digital paper product based on flexible Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology developed by Sony. Mobius uses a TFT technology that will enable the development of much lighter and rugged products. Mobius displays can weigh less than 50% of the weight of...

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Available for US Pre-Orders Starting at $500
April 29, 2013 | 3:45 pm

Sony XperiaWho said high-end 10-inch Android tablets are not attractive anymore just because they’re much pricier than 7-inchers like the Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fires? Well, a lot of people, but Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z is bound to make you rethink that. With a splendid design resembling the Xperia Z phone, a stunning Full HD screen, outstanding hardware, up-to-date software, plus water and dust protection, it’s pretty difficult to ignore Sony’s latest 10-incher. True, the thing is not exactly the most budget-conscious around, but it’s probably worth every penny of the $500 Sony is asking for it in the U.S. Available for...

Morning Links: Kobo unveils a new HD reader
April 16, 2013 | 9:06 am

Morning LinksSony Launches Discover Map Feature on Reader Store (Good e-Reader) Books to Help Kids Talk About Boston Marathon News (GalleyCat) Kobo Unveils Aura HD, a High-Definition Reader (Digital Book World) Enough About Data Caps, They are a Terrible Idea (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther Kind Jr. (and 3 others)  ...

Morning Links: Apple versus comix porn
April 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

AppleApple Threatens to Kick Out Comic Book App Over Adult Content (Techdirt) Sony Displays Massive Resistance to Illuminated Readers (Good e-Reader) Google Could Face Antitrust Investigation in EU After Microsoft Complains (GigaOM) Is an eBook an Experience or Thing? (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deals: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (and 3 others)...

Morning Links — Sony’s new book portal, Amazon execs in court, and more
March 5, 2013 | 9:06 am

West with the Night by Beryl MarkhamHow Newsrooms Can Adopt a Mobile-First Mindset (Media Shift) Sony Launches New Kids Corner ePub3 Book Portal (Good e-Reader) Amazon Execs Set to Testify in Price-Fixing Case Against Apple (Paid Content) Five Shades of Book Discovery (Digital Book World) Kindle Daily Deals: West with the Night by Beryl Markham (and 3 others)  ...

Sony Takes $50 Off Xperia Tablet S Price, Also Offers A Free “Casual Cover”
February 18, 2013 | 11:28 am

Sony Xperia tablet saleToday is Presidents’ Day and that’s reason for celebration not only for Dell, but also for Sony. The latter isn’t exactly as generous as the former, but we still have awesome news for folks that are in the market for a decently priced 10-inch tablet. The Xperia Tablet S, released less than five months ago, is now just $399.99 in the 16 GB flavor. That’s $50 off the list price, but the savings don’t stop there. Sony’s store also throws in a free “casual cover” (regularly worth $59.99) with every Xperia Tablet S order, bringing the savings total to $109.99. Not too...