Are we going to start buying e-books with Amazon e-bucks? Amazon is launching its own private currency:. Amazon has just announced a new virtual currency for Kindle Fire owners to use on in-app purchases, app purchases, etc. in the Amazon Appstore. The service will launch in May, at which point Amazon will be giving away tens of millions of dollars worth … Read More
via Peter Greenberg contributor Darra Stone: Simplicity is key for e-readers, but in the last year Amazon and Barnes and Nobles and some smaller players have found new ways to improve the basics.
Like AudioBooks? They’re on the Rise, Big Time
via ePublish a Book. According to a survey conducted by the Audio Publisher Association APA published last December, the size of the market for audio-books has grown to $1.2 billion for 2013. This is up from $800 million in 2011 and $1 billion in 2012, a steady and consistent growth. Interested in creating an Audiobook? Jeff Bennington talks about a way … Read More
Multi-Billion $ eBooks Market is Growing at 70% a Year
via VentureBeat: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos largely credited the strong earnings increase to ebooks, which he said is now a multi-billion dollar category for Amazon — and growing at 70 percent annually. Physical books, in contrast, are slowing. While still growing, Bezos said the growth rate is down to 5 percent, which Bezos said is the lowest growth rate in … Read More
Headlines Implying that iPads Now Cost $799+? Not So!
There are a lot of headlines today that seem to imply a new Retina-screen iPad will set you back $799 or more. From CNET: Apple unveils 128GB fourth-gen iPad starting at $799 From Techcrunch: Apple Debuts 128GB Fourth Generation Retina iPad, $799 For Wi-Fi, $929 For Wi-Fi + Cellular, On Sale Feb. 5 From Gizmodo: The 128GB iPad Is Real, … Read More
With New E-bookstore, Read First, Pay Later
via Mashable-bookstore: One-Liner Pitch: An e-bookstore and e-reading platform that lets you pay only for what you read. Why It’s Taking Off: Total Boox lets you sample e-books, and take in single pages or chapters, without forking over the full purchase price.
Here’s the Cover for Neil Gaiman’s New Novel
Neil Gaiman Reveals Cover for New Novel – GalleyCat: A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys. This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory … Read More
How to Send Web Content to Your Kindle for PC/Mac
via Good E-Reader: So I followed the article’s link to Amazon and I found that there is a whole slew of stuff that Amazon provides. There are browser add-ons for Chrome and Firefox that allow you to send news articles, blog posts, and other content to your Kindle with one click. An add-on for Safari is coming soon, they say. I … Read More
No eBook Version of “Streetcar Named Desire” ?
My wife and I saw the 1951 version of “A Streetcar Named Desire” tonight. It differs from the play in a lot of ways, most of them fairly preposterous. I can’t find my copy, so I went on Amazon to get a new one for Kindle, but there doesn’t appear to be one. “Streetcar” is #2 on Goodreads’ Greatest American … Read More
Word Cloud via Wordle.net Please enjoy this word cloud based on the full text of Charle’s Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”