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Google drops Google Play Books, Newsstand, other apps from Android OEM requirements

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 1 Comment

Android Central reports that Google has made a change to its requirements for Android OEMs that want to be able to bundle Google services such as Gmail or Google Maps with their Android phones. Google has a laundry list of apps that have to be installed along with those services for them to be [...]

TeleRead Links: Talking View-Master, Google Play Books gains note sync, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Electronic Talking View-Master Was the Original Oculus Rift (Gizmodo) Seen here in an ad dating back to February of 1983, the Electronic Talking View-Master used the same slideshow discs as previous versions of the toy. But they were embedded in a special cartridge alongside a tiny vinyl record [...]

Morning Links: Vook to relaunch as Pronoun. Change to MacBook Pro

By Joanna Cabot
May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Personal List of What Should be Top-of-Mind for Publishers Around Digital Change Today (Mike Shatzkin) To prepare for DBW 2016, we need to decide what publishers need to be thinking about and learning about next March, when the seventh annual DBW will take place. *** Vook to Relaunch as Free [...]

Google Play Books’ most self-referential release to date: A guide to being a successful Google app developer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Google has conveniently levered off its own platform to deliver one of the most Google-friendly books you could possibly find on Google Play Books: The Secrets to App Success on Google Play: A guide to useful features, tips, and best practices that will help you grow a successful app business on [...]

Morning Roundup: Google Play textbooks in Canada. Why do people trust Wikipedia?

By Joanna Cabot
August 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

Google Play Textbooks Now Available in Canada (GoodeReader) Google has announced that their digital textbook service is now available in Canada. *** Why do People Trust Wikipedia? Because an Argument is Better than a Lecture (Techdirt) This doesn’t mean you blindly read Wiki articles without [...]

Morning Roundup: Library ebook lending lags the US. Managing your library in Play Books

By Joanna Cabot
August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hear, See and Speak – No Used eBooks? (Brave New World) The somewhat throwaway line that caught our attention was that, ‘there is no secondary market ebooks cannot be resold as used books.’ With the revelations earlier this year about Amazon’s used ebook patent, we know that it has had [...]

Morning Roundup: Google Play Books in Norway but without local titles. Amazon’s dramatic shift and more

By Joanna Cabot
June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Google Play Books May Have Launched in Norway, But You Can’t Find Norwegian Books There (The Digital Reader) Google may have launched a local Play Books store in Norway a couple weeks ago but they did so without few local titles. *** Amazon’s Dramatic Shift (Futurebook) Amazon is [...]

App Review: Google Play Books for Android

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 10 Comments

I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came [...]

Morning Roundup: Are You a Gadget Hoarder, How Can B&N Compete in 2014 and Beyond

By libertyc
December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Are You a Gadget Hoarder? (CBS Miami) Most people like getting their hands on the latest and newest technology, but for some, letting go of the old is hard to do. *** How Can Barnes & Noble Compete in 2014 and Beyond? (Dear Author) As we look toward 2014, the major question to be answered is [...]

Google Play Books adds from-device uploading in impending update

By libertyc
December 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

Android Police notes that Google Play Books has gotten an update that allows you to upload e-books into its cloud directly from your device, rather than being restricted to doing it only via the web site. I hadn’t realized Google Books could do cloud storage of your own e-books at all, but given [...]

Android defragmentation via Google Play Services: Implications for e-books?

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

An excellent post by  Ron Amadeo on Ars Technica encapsulates Google’s changes to software upgrade procedures and rollouts of new generations of Android. Amadeo’s thesis—and while unsupported by specific comment from Google, it’s pretty hard to refute—is that Google has given [...]

Weekend Roundup: Here's the other e-book pricing problem…

By libertyc
July 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Other eBook Pricing Problem (Huffington Post) While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it’s worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on. * * * Google [...]

Google Play Books launches in Mexico

By libertyc
March 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Good news for our readers in Mexico. You can now get books through Google Play, in addition to apps. Slashgear kindly reported on it for those of us who can’t read Spanish. (It was announced yesterday on Google+ Mexico.) According to Slashgear: Publishing houses offering content for users in [...]

Morning Links: Is it Worth Spending Half Your Profits 'Fighting Piracy?'

By libertyc
March 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Google Play Books is Now Live in Mexico (The Digital Reader) Is it Worth Spending Half Your Profits ‘Fighting Piracy?’ (Boing Boing) Book eMail Site Bookbub Reaches 1 Million Users (Digital Book World) Open Access—Idealism and Realism Remain Difficult to Reconcile, Survey Says Kindle [...]

Morning Links: Penguin settles with DOJ; NYT publishing e-books

By libertyc
December 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

eBooks Can Unify Backlist for Prominent Authors (Digital Book World) The Slow But Steady March Toward Paid Content (Scholarly Kitchen) Google Play Books Introduces Read-Aloud Feature (Good E-Reader) Penguin Settles with Department of Justice in eBook Pricing Case (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deal: [...]

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