10/29/2013, Amazon announced its new Matchbook program that would allow those who purchase a physical copy of a book to receive a discount for the e-book version of that same piece of literature just last month. Bookworms can now raise both their physical books and e-books and cheer as Amazon’s Matchbook service is now available.
01/14/2013, The world is going completely digital, and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is walking into that direction as well. Being the bookworm that he is with over 1,000 first editions in his private collection, Wolff plans to create a new countywide library system that is entirely bookless. Yes, Wolff is on a mission to establish the country’s first bookless public library, and he wants to call it “BiblioTech.” Apparently Wolff […]
12/19/2012, Avid readers will love to hear that Google Play Books has just been updated with a slew of nifty features. First, users can now listen to most flowing text books using the “Read aloud” feature. Albeit it sounds too robotic when used for a long time, it’s a great feature to use especially when you’re too tired and bored to read. Second, readers can now use pinch-zoom or double-tap-zoom in […]
12/14/2012, We love to write and read. So, if you’re looking for a bunch of good books to read this holiday season, Amazon has prepared a nifty list of best-selling books for you to read. Today, Amazon is announcing the top 10 best-selling books of 2012 overall (print and Kindle combined), as well as the top 10 Kids & Teens books. This year is different. If Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs was […]
09/07/2012, The very medium through which we read books has changed fundamentally in recent times. While once they used to comprise exclusively of printed paper, they have been carried over to the digital realm and given the form of e-books. We can’t touch them, flip the pages or feel them but we still read them and perhaps with an even greater appetite. So essentially, books are a part of our computing […]
06/26/2012, How many books do you usually read in a month? Do you usually find yourself buying a new book only to leave it unfinished a few days after getting it? Well, Argentinean independent publishers Eterna Cadencia were able to develop a special ink that will reportedly disappear once it comes in contact with light and air. The special ink is a trade secret of course. But the publishers are publishing […]
09/30/2011, While we have our e-readers and e-books, it looks like author Terry Deary has taken that to the next level, by writing a book entirely on his mobile phone, which is his attempt at getting the youth generation to start reading more books.
08/24/2011, If you enjoy reading books but you’re looking for a more immersive experience without resorting to watching a movie or listening to audio book, Booktrack might have the solution for you. The company has just launched its new technology today with the release of a new novel by Pittacus Lore called The Power of Six. Trying to strike a balance between more immersive and lively entertainment with the experience of […]
07/19/2011, Music lovers should be familiar with Pandora’s music service, which works by recommending songs to the listener based on what the user has listened to in the past, and users will be able to help refine the recommendations by providing positive or negative feedback for the songs. Well, if you can recommend songs, why can’t you recommend books too, which is what startup company, BookLamp, has set out to do.
06/20/2011, Great news for fans out old, out-of-print literature that’s practically impossible to get your hands on nowadays. The British Library and Google have announced that they will be working together to digitize 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the Library’s collections (from years 1700-1870). The aim of this move is to increase access to anyone who wants the books for research or reading purposes. The books will be selected by the British […]
04/20/2011, Kindle users will soon be able to lend/borrow eBooks from 11,000 libraries in the USA. Interestingly, Amazon had recently blocked Lendle (a startup) from doing this exact same thing… The new feature will be available to *all* Kindle hardware, but also to the application found on practically all platforms (PC, Mac, Android, iOS…). For now, the technical details are unknown: how long can you keep a book? How much is […]
03/23/2011, Lendle, the book lending service that provides an easy way for users to lend and borrow lendable Amazon books, was shut down yesterday when Amazon decided to revoke Lendle’s access to their APIs. The reason that Amazon gave was that Lendle does not “serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.” With a statement that vague, it wasn’t clear what they meant. It […]
01/25/2011, Need any more proof that the NOOKnewsstand by Barnes & Noble is a money maker? Barnes & Noble has just announced that the digital bookstore has exceeded 650,000 total subscriptions and single copy sales since they introduced the NOOKcolor (a full-color reading tablet) 2 months ago. That’s more sales than they were able to achieve during the past 12 months before the tablet was released. Talk about success – especially […]
12/13/2010, Marketers are experimenting with new pricing models for e-books. In a twist, marketers may make e-books available for free in exchange for your attention to ads that may appear within the books. Various forms of advertisements are now being explored, including sponsorships, videos, graphics, or text that may appear when the book is first opened and along the borders books. Ads can be targeted based on the content of the […]