Morning Roundup: The value of negative reviews; Sony abandons eReaders; more

By libertyc
September 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Value of Negative Reviews (John Scalzi) Over at Metafilter, they’re talking about this New Yorker article, in which book critic Lee Siegel explains why he doesn’t want to write negative book reviews anymore. *** K-12 Education Startups Face Challenges, Tough Competition (Teachers with Apps) [...]

Google's WIMM Labs acquisition flags prospects for wrist e-readers

By libertyc
August 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

The news that Google has quietly been the owner for a year now of smartwatch startup WIMM Labs confirms the prospects for a new generation of smart wrist devices that I highlighted earlier in TeleRead. And with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear wrist device now only days away from launch, it looks like [...]

Baen places e-books in Sony store

By libertyc
August 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Another brief Baen update: Baen e-books have started appearing on the Sony e-book store. It’s hard to tell how many, because it’s apparently not possible to search by publisher, but a number of Baen David Weber, David Drake, and other titles have started to show up. Baen publisher Toni [...]

Sony Adds 'Mood Match Up' to Book Discovery

By libertyc
August 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sometimes, you just have to say “enough already!” Sony’s latest effort in book discovery is just silly. They are trying to match moods with books by having virtual flip cards with the mood you’re feeling and a book recommendation. Well, in the first place, my current mood [...]

Are Amazon, Sony, Kobo and company dissing on disabilities?

By libertyc
August 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

A piece of news has surfaced that makes for some pretty alarming headlines: 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 [...]

From Retailer to Distributor: An interview with Smashwords CEO Mark Coker on the indie book site's growth

By libertyc
July 30, 2013 // 3 Comments

Smashwords 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 [...]

Sony Offers Affiliate Program for E-Books

By libertyc
July 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Weekend Roundup: Royal librarian wanted to look after Queen's 125,000 titles

By Dan Eldridge
July 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Wanted: 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 [...]

New Sony e-readers pass FCC testing

By libertyc
June 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sony’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 [...]

Sony and E Ink are Making a Digital Paper Notepad and it Looks Awesome (Video)

By Matthew Marchesano
May 17, 2013 // 5 Comments

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 [...]

E Ink Releases Mobius, a Large-Format Flexible Display

By libertyc
May 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Available for US Pre-Orders Starting at $500

By Adrian Diaconescu
April 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Who 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 [...]

Morning Links: Kobo unveils a new HD reader

By libertyc
April 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sony 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 [...]

Morning Links: Apple versus comix porn

By libertyc
April 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Apple 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 [...]

Morning Links — Sony's new book portal, Amazon execs in court, and more

By libertyc
March 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

How 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 [...]

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