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New Dylan Thomas Centenary website goes live
July 22, 2013 | 1:05 pm

Dylan ThomasAs a prelude to the start in November of Dylan Thomas 100, the centenary year of the great Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas (another of those classic writers whose in-between copyright status makes his work available for free download in some countries, but not in others), his granddaughter Hannah Ellis, patron of the Dylan Thomas Society, has announced the debut of the new Dylan Thomas Centenary website. "This is the first version of the website and will be an ever evolving, interactive resource which will allow the different places, groups and events to come together as an online community," she...

BookLikes, a New Social Reading Platform: Do we really need another?
May 17, 2013 | 3:37 pm

DBW featured a press release for BookLikes, a new social reading platform that is supposed to combine the features of Tumblr and Goodreads. I consider one of my roles here is to involve trying things out, and potentially wasting my time so you don't have to waste your. And my reaction to this site? Don't even bother. (Click here to see what TeleRead's Susan Lulgjuraj has to say about BookLikes.) Everyone seems to be wanting to get into the social reading space today, and honestly, I don't think we need yet another one. Especially not one that acts so much like Goodreads....

Social Site BookLikes is Now Open for Business
May 15, 2013 | 8:35 pm

BookLikes has been in beta version for quite some time, but the website has now launched its full release. The site seems to combine different aspects of social media sites such as Tumblr and Goodreads to become a place for readers to share thoughts and reviews. BookLikes is not just limited to reviews. Users can create different posts about anything. You can also follow other users, read their posts and discover books they've read. Social site I tested the site out briefly and uploaded a review I had previously written. It really reminds me a lot of Tumblr in different ways. There are “Dashboard”...

Pottermore’s Winning Digital Publishing Strategy
May 14, 2013 | 2:23 pm

Pottermore Futurebook is reporting that Pottermore, JK Rowling's portal for all things Harry Potter, was a big winner at The Bookseller Industry Awards. As author Philip Jones explains, the thrust of the message they are hearing now is that there is no longer such a thing as 'digital strategy.' It's all just strategy now. So, what do they think Pottermore is doing right? They identify four things Pottermore did incredibly well "for which the words 'game changer'" apply: 1. They created a commercial e-book platform that was at least as good as Amazon's 2. They set their own prices, and sustained them in the face...

Want to Compare E-Readers? Try Reader Rocket
April 19, 2013 | 5:16 pm

Buying an e-reader has become more complex, with several solid options, both in E Ink and tablet-like lines. So how do you choose? That's where a brand-new, just-launched-yesterday website called Reader Rocket wants to come in. The site is simple. Put two different e-readers head-to-head, and see which one comes out on top. I sat around and tried a lot of different combinations, and basically I agree with their conclusions. They use a variety of criteria including size of bookstore, overall reviews, features, price and battery life. They give you a detailed report, showing their conclusions, advantages of each and other options...

Digital Book World is back online
February 26, 2013 | 1:34 pm

Digital Book World logo DBW logoThe Digital Book World website has been down since at least 9:00 am EST this morning, for reasons unknown even to its editorial staff, from what we understand. But DBW's IT team has been hard at work on the problem—whatever it was—for the majority of the day, and the site now seems to be back up and working fine. Nice to have you back, DBW....

iPhone/iPad e-book app review: iSilo
May 19, 2010 | 6:42 pm

isilohelp If you’re wondering whether the iSilo reader (v5.17) for the iPhone and iPad is worth the hefty $9.99 cost, the answer depends on whether you’re within its target audience. If you need to mirror web documents or sites on the iPhone with an absolute minimum of time and effort, particularly those heavy on tables, iSilo is definitely for you. The availability of iSilo reader apps for a fairly large number of other devices and platforms is another plus. Likewise, if you are a member of the medical or legal professions, you will find a considerable amount of useful...

Newsweek redesigns website, moves to Amazon cloud
April 26, 2010 | 4:32 pm

logo_newsweekTo cut back on expenditures, Newsweek is making some changes to the way its website is hosted. MediaWeek reports that the magazine is ceasing to host its own website, instead moving to the “cloud”—outsourcing web hosting to Amazon. Newsweek estimates this move could save them $500,000 yearly. But that is not the only change Newsweek is making. It is entirely redesigning its website, getting rid of huge banner ads and changing to a more vertically-oriented format that MediaWeek compares to Facebook. [Newsweek vp, general manager Geoff] Reiss acknowledged that the redesign, by Hard Candy Shell,...

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