Adobe creates new mobile app development infrastructure

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Adobe is building an infrastructure to let people create their own mobile apps without having to program. It seems to be focused primarily around displaying content on mobile devices. Essentially, this is a web content management system (CMS) adapted to mobile, with the ability to build a pretty [...]

Bloatware alert: Adobe Digital Editions 4

By David Rothman
August 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

Download the installer for Adobe Digital Editions 4, and you might accidentally get more than you bargained for—an unwanted copy of Norton Security Scan. Try out that ADE link at your own risk! Unless you want the Norton crap, please please uncheck “Include Norton Security Scan” if you [...]

Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 tells Adobe what books you’re reading

By Chris Meadows
October 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, Nate broke quite a story over on The Digital Reader about Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 sending information in the clear about the e-books you read. It got picked up by The Passive Voice, Ars Technica, GigaOm, TechDirt, Slashdot, BoingBoing, the list goes on and on. Congrats on the scoop, [...]

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Want to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, what if you haven’t even bought an e-reading gizmo for library use, but want to? Which model to [...]

Adobe Sees Steady Growth in Digital Magazines

By libertyc
May 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Magazines have taken a hit over the years on sales in the marketplace. But we’re talking about physical magazines, the ones where you leaf through actual pages. Companies have moved toward digital magazines as a way to get consumers back, and even find new ones. According to research by Adobe, [...]

Flipick To Allow ePub3 from Adobe InDesign

By libertyc
February 7, 2013 // 7 Comments

E-book formatting is a challenge, as I’ve written about in previous posts. Later this month, Flipick is launching a tool that might make it easier. From their press release: Flipick is a new online service that allows book publishers and design shops to produce their own ePub3 compatible [...]

Kobo could be best international e-reader

By libertyc
October 16, 2011 // 1 Comment

At FutureBook, “namenick” has a post explaining why he sees Kobo as being much better-suited than Amazon or Apple for international expansion. In short, Kobo has much better international content availability. Where Amazon has been opening separate stores for various different countries and [...]

“PDF from past to present”

By Chris Walters
July 11, 2011 // 2 Comments

Marie 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 [...]

iPad magazine publishing with Adobe costs at least £7003 per year

By libertyc
April 26, 2011 // 5 Comments

How expensive should it be to publish an iPad magazine app? If you said it should cost at least £7003 ($11,537) per year, then you’ll like the deal Adobe is offering with the latest version of its Digital Publishing Suite, the iPad magazine InDesign plugin. Designer Elliot Jay Stocks blogs about [...]

Quick Notes: Mercer Mayer on FastPencil, tablets as impulse purchases, cheaper e-readers, and more

By libertyc
January 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

eBookNewser reports that children’s author Mercer Mayer is going to be publishing books through e-publisher FastPencil in 2011. He will be publishing nine titles in 2011, and will be creating new character franchises exclusive to FastPencil in addition to the ones he already has. On ZDNet, James [...]

World Wide Fund for Nature introduces unprintable PDF format

By libertyc
December 10, 2010 // 4 Comments

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)—best known as the organization that forced the World Wrestling Federation to change its name to World Wrestling Entertainment—has come up with a clever idea to end paper wasting through accidental or unnecessary printing: a PDF file format that can’t be [...]

Mark Twain autobiography selling faster than publisher can print it

By libertyc
November 22, 2010 // 5 Comments

Remember that Mark Twain autobiography, allowed to be published in full only a century after Samuel Clemens’s death? The New York Times reports that it’s turning into a surprise runaway bestseller—the publisher can’t print the books fast enough to keep up with the demand. It originally [...]

iPad magazines too much like print versions, says former NY Times site designer

By libertyc
November 15, 2010 // 5 Comments

Khoi Vinh, formerly the design director for the New York Times’s website, has a post on his blog,, looking at the problem with magazine apps for the iPad. (A couple of weeks ago, I covered another article on the same issue for which Vinh was interviewed.) The major problem, Vinh [...]

Posthumous Mark Twain autobiography raises copyright question, is free to read on-line

By libertyc
October 23, 2010 // 3 Comments

Mike Masnick at Techdirt has a post considering the possible copyright status of the new three-volume Mark Twain autobiography that is being published in its entirety and as Twain originally intended for the first time, a century after his death. Masnick finds the overall copyright claim that the [...]

Adobe releases new version of Acrobat system, Acrobat X

By libertyc
October 18, 2010 // 1 Comment

Adobe has released the newest version of its Acrobat system, Acrobat X. The release comes just a few weeks after Acrobat released version 9.4 to patch critical security flaws. The press release is full of claims that it provides better security and efficiency and enables better collaboration. I [...]

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