Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Classic Novels Make Comeback as EBooks

Thanks to things like the Kindle, the Nook and the other ebook readers, that classic books have been making a huge comeback. Some reports even say that Kindles were the biggest selling products this Christmas. This news was confirmed by Amazon just this week.
So what books are the most purchased for ereaders? Well the free ones, of course. Thus, classic novels made by people like Charles Dickens and Jane Austen are enjoying a renaissance. Even if people never read the books, they are downloading them to their Kindles and other ereaders, because they are free to do so.
People who own ebook gadgets like the Kindle or the iPad can simply snap up all of these works without paying a penny. People are able to carry a whole collection of classic books on their ereaders. Some people said that they put these books on there just to make it appear as if they are sophisticated and enjoy classic books.

Access the kindle store here.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

MegaReader 2.0 for iOS - iPad Native eBook Reader

Inkstone Software has announced MegaReader 2.0 for iOS, an update to their best-selling, customizable iOS eBook reader that gives users access to over 1.8 million free books on the Internet. Updated, it is now a universal app, ideal for running native on iPad's large screen. Featuring in-app connectivity with such book catalogs as Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, Baen Free Books, Smashwords, and the Internet Archive, both classic and modern books may be downloaded free and stored indefinitely.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Week 50: Amazon Kindle Bestsellers top5

1. John Grisham: The Conession

"The Confession is the kind of grab-a-reader-by-the-shoulders suspense story that demands to be inhaled as quickly as possible. But it's also a superb work of social criticism in the literary troublemaker tradition of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle....Brilliant"--Washington Post

"Grisham is the master of the legal thriller."--USA Today

“The secrets of Grisham’s success are no secret at all. There are two of them: his pacing, which ranges from fast to breakneck, and his Theme—little guy takes on big conspiracy with the little guy getting the win in the end.” —Time magazine

2. Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken - A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Eight years ago, an old man told me a story that took my breath away. His name was Louie Zamperini, and from the day I first spoke to him, his almost incomprehensibly dramatic life was my obsession.

It was a horse--the subject of my first book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend--who led me to Louie. As I researched the Depression-era racehorse, I kept coming across stories about Louie, a 1930s track star who endured an amazing odyssey in World War II. I knew only a little about him then, but I couldn’t shake him from my mind. After I finished Seabiscuit, I tracked Louie down, called him and asked about his life. For the next hour, he had me transfixed.

3. Tom Clancy: Dead or Alive

  For years, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his colleagues at the Campus have waged an unofficial and highly effective campaign against the terrorists who threaten western civilization. The most dangerous of these is the Emir. This sadistic killer has masterminded the most vicious attacks on the west and has eluded capture by the world's law enforcement agencies. Now the Campus is on his trail. Joined by their latest recruits, John Clark and Ding Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr. and his cousins, Dominick and Brian Caruso, are determined to catch the Emir and they will bring him in...dead or alive.

4. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

As the finale to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - a familiar evil lies in wait for Lisbeth Salander, but this time, she must do more than confront the miscreants of her past; she must destroy them. Much to her chagrin, survival requires her to place a great deal of faith in journalist Mikael Blomkvist and trust his judgment when the stakes are highest. Larsson's mastery of the unexpected is why millions have fallen hard for his work.

5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 
This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. Opens

Say goodbye to the days when a handful of publishing giants dominated the book industry, and say hello to an industry where any author can inexpensively make his or her book available to the world, through a new generation of giants -- online retailers of eBooks. But even this new world of eBooks has it’s own set of challenges that keeps the majority of authors and small to medium-sized publishers away from the booming eBook market -- until now. was create by entrepreneur, programmer, and author, Bo Bennett, who realized a major need for this kind of full-service business after struggling with converting his own print book to eBook format in the summer of 2010. “I started out with a leading service that offers free conversion and publication, promising it’s both ‘quick’ and ‘easy’. Before I could upload the book, I had to format it to the company’s exact specifications, following a very lengthy style guide. It took me several days to finish the formatting. I attempted to upload the text of the book several times, only to find the conversion failed the validation tests each and every time, as I had missed some obscure formatting point,” says Bennett. “I tried multiple online tools and services that promised acceptable conversions, but none of them produced a converted file that looked presentable. I was continually plagued with errors, inconsistencies, and funky formatting. If a tech savvy author like me had this much trouble, what hope is there for the typical author who may or may not have a technical background?”

Bennett’s eBook conversion nightmare is not an isolated one. The top retail eBookstores are filled with poorly converted books. Many authors will use automated tools that attempt to convert their source book file into the required eBook file format, not realizing how sloppy the converted file looks and how much of the text or images in the book failed to make it in the converted file. This results in returned eBooks, and worse, negative customer book reviews on the retail sites. “As an eBook lover myself, I may be ‘sold” on the content of a book, but if customer reviews report the eBook is not reader-friendly, I’m not going to waste my money,” says Bennett.

“I created out of my conviction that an author should have an inexpensive, simple, and truly fool-proof way to get their book converted to eBook format, and submitted to the major online retailers fast, so they can start capitalizing on the exploding eBook market,” says Bennett.

For $149, converts books to all required eBook formats, and submits the converted eBook to all the major retailers of eBooks including Apple’s iBookstore,, Sony ReaderStore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Borders, the new Google ebookstore and Ingram Digital, which makes the book available to over 32,000 smaller online retailers to sell.

“ combines hands-on review and formatting of the author’s title and the best of automated conversion tools to ensure an overall conversion of the highest quality. We provide peace of mind to our authors and publishers by checking each title on multiple e-reader devices to ensure the eBook looks beautiful,” concludes Bennett.

If you would like more information on, or to schedule an interview with Bo Bennett, please call 978-440-8364 or e-mail bo at ebookit dot com.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oprah's New Book Club Selections Free on Kindle

The 65th Oprah Book Club pick is a Charles Dickens double-header reports the Amazoniacs. The selections are "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations," and have announced that  announced that both are available on Kindle for free, along with millions of other out-of-copyright works. These free Kindle books can be read on the bestselling $139 Kindle ( with new, high-contrast Pearl e-ink or on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, Android-based devices, PC, and Mac using free Kindle reading apps (

"We've found that customers love to discover--or rediscover--classic books on Kindle and we're sure these Dickens books will find new readers as an Oprah's Book Club selection," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "Millions of free, out-of-copyright books are available to read on Kindle, including these two classic Dickens books."

There is also a Penguin edition available in the Kindle store for $7.99. The Penguin edition includes illustrations of 18th century fashion and culture in Dickens' Victorian world, information about the early reception for both "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations," a filmography of Dickens' novels, further reading about the author as well as what informed the thematic elements of these classic novels.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ASUS Eee Reader DR900

the Asus Eee Reader DR900, the 9-inch device, is expected to be available soon.

Asus promises that the Eee Reader will be a highly portable travelling companion that can be taken on any journey. Its 2GB of internal storage (expandable via SD Card) can store up to 5,000 ebooks and the two-week battery life is long. The screen supposedly stays clear even in broad daylight.

The Eee Reader’s 9-inch capacitive touch-screen also removes the need for a physical keyboard and delivers a simple and intuitive user interface. Still it propably won't like sticky fingers, so better watch out if you like to enjoy good books with chocolate.

Google will enter into the ebook market at end of year

Google has confirmed that its own ebook store, Google Editions, will be up and running by the end of the year, potentially transforming the ebook landscape.

Google Editions will let people buy ebooks from Google or from the websites of independent bookstores, which are still struggling to compete with the two larger rivals, the Kindle by The Amazon and the iPad, and with Barnes & Noble, which has its own "Nook" ebook reader.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Amazon allows Kindle ebooks to be gifted

Amazon has announced that you can now gift someone a Kindle book, and that you don't even have to worry if that person has a Kindle or not.
The only requirement is an Amazon account for you and an email address for the recipient. The ebooks can be read from Kindle apps on iPhones, iPads, Android and Blackberry phones and both Macs and PCs. All Kindle apps are free.

"We are thrilled to make it easier than ever for our customers to give their favorite Kindle book to a friend or family member as a gift," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "We're making this functionality available in time for the holidays to offer an easy, stress free holiday shopping option for anyone - not just Kindle owners."

To give a Kindle Book as a gift, customers simply choose a book in the Kindle Store, select "Give as a Gift" and send their gift to anyone with an email address. Notifications of Kindle Books gifts are delivered instantly via e-mail and the recipient redeems the gift in the Kindle Store to read on any Kindle or free Kindle app.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Australian Millenius e-book readers

Australian  Millennius is taking orders for its new e-book readers, as they have two models are available soon. The $A249 unit has a 6in E-ink screen, Wi-Fi with supported formats like TXT, EPUB, FB2, PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT, CHM, HTML, MP3, WMA, AAC, etc. The larger one has a 7in colour (LCD) 800 x 480 pixel screen. In addition to e-books, audio and photos  it can play video files. The 7in model , which runs Linux, is also able to act as a voice recorder.
Battery life is said to be approximately 8000 pages for the 6in model (E-ink uses power when redrawing the screen) and up to 15 hours reading (less for audio or video) for the 7in model.

Friday, November 12, 2010

New York Times to Launch Ebook Best-Seller Lists

It really seems like 2010 will be remembered as the year ebooks finally went mainstream. That ebook sales in the United States are projected to hit almost $1 billion by the end of the year and now The New York Times has announced they plan to launch ebook bestseller lists in early 2011.

The New York Times Best-Seller List, which has been published since 1935, is known as the true mark of a book's success for both publishers and authors. The ebook rankings will reflect sales aggregated from a number of online service providers who sell ebooks to consumers.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOKcolor

Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOKcolor, claiming it will be the ultimate reading experience, featuring:
  • First-Ever Reader's Tablet with Full-Color Touchscreen and Wireless Access
  • Enhanced Graphic Books, Magazines, Newspapers and Interactive Children's Books
  • Amazingly Thin and Portable
  • The Most Social Reading Device Ever Built: Lend, Borrow and Share with Friends
Time will tell how true that claim willl be. Anyway, it sounds really good.

NOOKcolor is now available for $249 for pre-order at and at Barnes & Noble stores tomorrow, and will begin shipping on or about November 19.  Also at the  NOOK(TM) Boutique or display at  Barnes & Noble bookstore, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart and Books-A-Million starting late November.
"With NOOKcolor, we've combined the functionality and convenience of a 7-inch portable wireless tablet with the reader-centricity of a dedicated eReader, and employed a breakthrough color screen technology that will wow customers," said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. Added Lynch, "NOOKcolor enables Web browsing over Wi-Fi, music, games and much more, but reading anything and everything in brilliant color is the killer app and squarely the product's focus. At $249, NOOKcolor offers a tremendous value, particularly in comparison to the many other 7-inch tablets coming to market at twice the cost and often requiring expensive data plans.  Most importantly, NOOKcolor is designed for and differentiated by what Barnes & Noble knows best: reading."

Amazon Windowshop - for iPad has launched Amazon Windowshop, a complete rewrite of specifically for the iPad. Amazon Windowshop's intimate and fluid user interaction is made possible by the iPad's responsive, multi-touch interface. Amazon Windowshop sets a new bar for e-commerce, and many Amazon customers may prefer Amazon Windowshop even when a large screen web interface is readily available. On the backend, everything remains the same - 49 fulfillment centers with millions of in-stock items that ship with Amazon's customary low prices and fast delivery. But on the front end, customers will experience a new

"Amazon Windowshop is a top-to-bottom rewrite of - designed and built without compromise just for iPad," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of "Try it. I think you'll find it's an amazing new way to shop Amazon's millions of items. Same selection, same low prices, same fast delivery, same benefits of your Amazon Prime membership - just a completely new, fluid interface designed specifically for lean-back, touch screen tablets."
This new experience is designed to make exploring everything from textbooks and jeans, to video games and golf clubs, easy, fun, fast and incredibly useful for iPad owners. Amazon Windowshop is now available for free on the App Store at

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Amazon announces 14-day Kindle ebook lending

Amazon will be introducing a 14-day lending feature for Kindle ebooks later this year, the Kindle team announced yesterday. User won’t be able to read ebooks while they’re lent out. The feature won’t be available for all ebooks either, as it will be entirely up to publishers and rights holders to enable it.

Second, later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable - this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

NOOK eBook Reader Will Be Sold at Walmart

The world’s largest bookseller, has announced its award-winning NOOK eBook Reader will be sold in 2,500 Walmart stores (NYSE: WMT) and online at The popular NOOK devices are expected to arrive on Walmart shelves beginning as soon as October 24, in advance of the holiday shopping season.

The NOOK eBook Readers will be prominently featured as the premier eBook Reader in the consumer electronics area. Many Walmart stores will feature a NOOK-branded eReading area where shoppers can see and touch a demonstration device.
Walmart will offer both great choice and value with two NOOK by Barnes & Noble eBook Reader models – NOOK 3G, which offers free AT&T 3G wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as NOOK Wi-Fi, a Wi-Fi only model. Both offer a crisp, paper-like E Ink display for reading and a beautiful color touchscreen for navigation, and access to shop the Barnes & Noble expansive eBookstore with more than one million eBooks, magazines and newspapers, most available for $9.99 or less and more than half a million free titles. Digital content from Barnes & Noble is downloaded wirelessly in seconds. NOOK devices are also the only to offer sharing of eBooks with friends through Barnes & Noble’s breakthrough LendMe™ technology.
“Sales of NOOK devices continue to exceed our expectations, and we are thrilled to be able to partner with Walmart, one of the world’s greatest retailers, to expand the distribution of our award-winning NOOK eBook Reader,” said Chris Peifer, Vice President, Digital Business Development at Barnes & Noble. “Walmart’s millions of shoppers will have an easy and convenient way to try NOOK devices in many stores and to learn why NOOK is the most full-featured eReading device on the market, and the perfect gift solution for anyone who loves to read.”

Source: Barnes & Noble

Two new children eBooks for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, Oceanhouse Media introduces two more of their excellent interactive children's storybooks. Both of them are spooky, but certainly not scary, being targeted to the four year old and up crowd. Both are about acceptance and teach a gentle lesson about not judging a book, an empty pair of pants or a pumpkin by its cover.

  • The first is a short book by Dr. Suess titled What was I Scared of? (US$1.99). It only runs 22 pages so it's priced a dollar less than most of the Oceanhouse Media titles. In it, a very brave furry little guy meets up with a pair of empty pale green pants in the woods that keep popping up wherever he goes.

 Source: Tuaw.Com

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Barnes and Noble Welcomes Self Published Ebooks With PubIt Too

An exciting development in the publishing world as Barnes and Noble's PubIt is released, a tool that allows authors to upload their ebooks for sale on the site. On Monday, October 4, 2010, Barnes and Noble announced that PubIt was made available for any author or publisher to upload their ebook titles to the Barnes and Noble website. Up until this point, select authors and titles were allowed to sell ebooks on their website.
Opening up the site for any publisher allows Barnes and Noble to better compete with its largest bookselling competitor,

Source: Suite101: Barnes and Noble Welcomes Self Published Ebooks With PubIt Tool

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

K-NFB Launches Free E-Reader Software

K-NFB Reading Technology, creator and developer of the Blio[TM] e-reading software, announced this week the launch of Blio, an e-reading application available to consumers. The free application can be downloaded immediately to all Windows-based devices at the newly designed, with applications for iOS, Android and Silverlight platforms available soon.

Through its partnership with Baker & Taylor, Blio will offer today’s bestsellers as well as other enhanced content from more than 100 publishers, including Random House, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Penguin Group, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Kobo Desktop Application Now Available For Windows & Mac

Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced the Kobo Desktop Application, a free, downloadable application now available from that enables users to read, build a digital library, and shop for eBooks directly from their computer or laptop. The new application also allows Kobo customers with 3rd party eReaders, such as the Sony Reader, to easily connect to the Kobo service to download or purchase content.

Kobo currently offers dedicated applications for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android, Android Tablets, as well as the Kobo eReader. Now with the Kobo Desktop Application users can sync their entire library between their mobile devices and the desktop. Customers with popular eReaders can now manage their digital library in one place, connect to the Kobo store to buy or download free content from over 2.2 million titles, and benefit from Kobo’s range of free applications for mobile devices. The free application also comes preloaded on every Kobo eReader making it easy for users to organize their library right out of the box.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Borders Drops E-Book Readers Prices

Borders has dropped the price of its Kobo and Libre e-readers to $129 and $99.99, respectively.
The Kobo was previously priced at $149.99, while the smaller Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro sold for $119.

The new prices took effect on Sept. 1. The Libre is available on and will be in Borders stores this week; the Kobo is currently available online and in stores. "We're committed to making it as easy as possible for all Borders customers to enjoy eReading," Mike Edwards, chief executive of Borders, said in a statement. "As the demand for e-readers grows, we believe it is important to provide accessibility to a variety of devices. By reducing the price of our best-selling digital devices, we're enabling even more Borders customers to purchase eReaders at a great value."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Samsung to officially unveil the Galaxy Pad on Sept 2

The Apple iPad has stiff competition arriving from strong and diverse army of Androids and now faces tough challenge from Samsung with its new offering Galaxy Tab(let), with battle lines drawn in the Tablet PC market .Ultimately who maintains the edge is for the Customer to decide.

With a release date set for this week's IFA expo in Germany, the Tab is expected to run on Android and has a feature list that includes 3G connectivity, wifi, a 16:10 screen ratio, a front-facing camera for video calling, SDHC memory expandability, and a DMB tuner for TV viewing.
However, it has been said that the user interface for the new product is an impressive selling point. According to tech news site Engadget, the user interface "really looks silky smooth and should give the iPad cause for concern." 

While Galaxy Tab is not a ebook reader in the real sense of the word, it can be used as one. And the fact that it is based on Android, makes sure that the useful programs will be available right from the beginning.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

B&N Rebrands Its Nook eReader Software For Various Platforms

E-reading software is swiftly making its way from eReaders to mobile handsets. Barnes & Noble had unleashed its highly anticipated Nook sometime back and the company now updates its Nook-branded eReading software for the iPhone.

Less than a month after introducing an Android App, Barnes and Noble has released a completely revamped version of their apps for iPhone and iPad. The iPad app now includes a familiar one- to five-star rating system, and the ability to sort by ranking.

The improved iPhone app ads some of the best functionality from its iPad counterpart, allowing users to completely customize the look of their pages or choose from several professionally-designed themes. Additionally, you can change font styles, size, and spacing for the best reading experience possible. The iPhone app is optimized for viewing on the iPhone 4's retina display screen, but will run with the same functionality on older iPhones.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Kogan's $189 eBook reader

Kogan Technologies has launched a 6-inch eBook reader into the Australian market at a price of just AUD$189 (less than US$170). Around one third of an inch thick and weighing 228.8 g, the eBook Reader boasts good readability in bright sunlight via an 800 x 600 E Ink screen along with simple navigation system and long battery life.
 Included with the reader are 1500 free eBooks, most of which are classics by authors as Arthur Conan Doyle, George Orwell, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

Friday, August 13, 2010

E Ink Working On Color And Capacitive Touch Displays

According to Digitimes, E Ink Holdings, the company behind the popular E-Ink displays, is busy working on color E-Ink displays, and the device vendors are already sampling the fruits of their labor at the moment. Hanvon has already provided some good news by promising to offer color E-ink readers by the end of the year, one with a capacitive display, and other which will use a digitizer for input. The newer display panels also offer better response times and reflectivity, which has us dreaming about color eBook readers from companies such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

E-ink ebook readers like the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook offer, in the opinion of many, the best digital book-reading experience available. The battery life is astounding (the new Kindle gets up to a month of battery life. An entire month!), they can be used outside without glare, and they quite simply look more like printed, physical ink and paper than any other display ever created. You can lose yourself in e-ink, which is about the best compliment I can give to a digital reader.
On the other hand, LCD devices in a similar package, including tablets like Apple's iPad, offer a passable reading experience on top of a whole host of features e-ink will never, ever be able to handle. Ebook readers are better for books; tablets are better for everything else. So tablets and ebook readers exist in an odd sort of stalemate right now: neither can quite replace the other.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

OverDrive Unveils Project Gutenberg Ebook Downloads reports that the Boston Public Library (BPL), has added some 15,000 public-domain, DRM-free ebooks from Project Gutenberg thru' it's partner, OverDrive.

The new public beta site allows any user to download PG ebooks, but such users are not required to sign in as BPL patrons, and downloads do not count against patron checkout limits or have time limits for use. Indeed, the ebooks aren't really loaned at all—users effectively own the ebooks they download.

The ebooks are not included in the regular library catalog, but on a separate Overdrive-powered site. Selections include popular pre-1923 classics, such as the works of Jane Austen and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as such obscure fare as 1906's Are You a Bromide? by Gelett Burgess.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Amazon Kindle DX: Sharper screen, sharper price

Shipping as of July 7th, the price for a new Kindle DX will fall by nearly $100, to $379 from $489. It also now comes in a hep new color (do college kids still say “hep”?), graphite (which looks more like charcoal to me), but for US models only and is touting better screen contrast.

Of course, the recent 2.5 upgrade made file management a little easier, but there seems to be no progress on the features that the DX’s target audience, academia, was most interested in, like annotating and a touch screen.

"With 50 percent better contrast and darker fonts, you'll find it easier than ever to read wherever you happen to be, whether it's outside in bright sunlight or under the low light of your living room", said Steve Kessel, senior vice president, Amazon Kindle.

Kobo eBook app made iOS 4 compliant

After inspiring the Kobo eReader and originally geared toward the iPad, Kobo has now brought its eReading app up to iOS 4 compatibility. The app, which opens up access to numerous eBooks in the Kobo library uses Kobo-optimized formatting, offers alternate appearances for bookmarks and an 'I'm Reading' feature for quickly switching between active books. It can sync across multiple platforms.

Monday, May 17, 2010

EB710 eBook reader looks very cool ‎

NSEC has released details of a new color eBook reader, the NSEC EB710. It looks like the NSEC EB710 will feature a seven inch TFT color display with a resolution of 800 x 480.

Other specifications include the ability to play MP3 and other music files as well as display photos in various formats, it also looks like it will support the majority of document formats.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Microsoft axes Courier tablet project

Microsoft has halted development of a dual-screen tablet device that was touted as a potential rival to the iPad.

The Microsoft Courier had a folding book design, with two 7" touchscreens that could accept both multitouch finger inputs or text written with the supplied stylus.

The device was reportedly at the "late concept" stage, and the company had even produced demonstration videos showing how the device's interface might work.

However, according to gadget site Gizmodo, Microsoft executives have pulled the plug on the product's development. In a statement sent to the site, Microsoft said: "At any given time, we're looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It's in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Huge Indy Publisher Signs Ebook Deal For iPad

A major independent publisher, Perseus Books Group, has signed a deal with Apple to provide ebooks for the iPad. According to the NYT, the deal is similar to that which Apple has made with other major publishers:

Perseus will set consumer prices and Apple will serve as an agent, taking a 30 percent commission on each sale. E-book versions of most newly released adult general fiction and nonfiction will cost $US12.99 to $US14.99. All publishers whose books are distributed by Perseus will be allowed to opt in to the deal.