Nexus 6P will offer longer battery life: Bring on ‘War and Peace’!

By David Rothman
September 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

A big gap still exists between the battery lives of E Ink e-readers and cell phones, and in particular the Nexus 6 is not as thrifty with juice as it could have been. But Google has caught religion, kind of. The Nexus 6P will feature a 3450mAh battery to power the 5.7-inch screen and the rest. The [ on]

Oyster is shutting down its ebook-subscription service

By Susan Lulgjuraj
September 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

Oyster, the ebook-subscription service, is shutting down. I first saw the report on Publishers Weekly, which linked to a blog post on the company’s site. Oyster began in 2013 amid to influx of the subscription-based model for ebooks. Oyster was one of the bigger entities along worth Scribd [ on]

A power strip to help e-book lovers stay ahead of the fire marshal

By David Rothman
September 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

Who says dried-up old paper books are the only fire hazards? E-book readers, tablets and cell phones pose their own threats. Same for desktops and laptops. And let’s think beyond possibly dodgy power supplies. Fire marshals and others also warn against daisy-chained extension cords—a real [ on]

Make it easier to sample e-books and other content

By Joe Wikert
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The goal of the content sample is to acquire new customers, right? So why are publishers settling for sample content models that are outdated and largely ineffective? Look at ebooks, for instance. Publishers mostly rely on retailers for discovery and distribution, just like how they sell the full [ on]

Are e-books good for us as primates?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction writer, once gave an interview in which he called for human activities to be more primate-friendly. Enough with technology disrupting our routines! So here’s a question. Do e-books or p-books better satisfy our needs and desires as primates? Before I [ on]

How to sell e-books through your own Web site

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Who says farmers must be the only ones selling directly? Here’s a dream. What if someday bookstores and libraries teamed up to offer search-and-discovery tools—to make it easier to sell e-books without relying so much on, say, the Amazon juggernaut? Suppose you could even push your titles [ on]

The iPad Pro as an e-book machine—and possible savior of frogs

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

Whenever the big-screened iPad Pro shows up—perhaps in September or later this year—it will matter to the e-book world. Maybe not instantly. But in time. A 12-13 inch screen would be a vast expanse of real estate by tablet standards. My bet is on 12.9 inches. This would be noticeably [ on]

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