Archive for May, 2010

Two Million iPads Sold   no comments

Posted at 7:11 am in Apple iPad,Random

In a press release this morning Apple say that it has now sold two million iPads:

Apple® today announced that iPad™ sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.

"Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone."

 

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Written by Richard on May 31st, 2010

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eReader and Tablet News – 5/30/2010   no comments

Posted at 10:51 am in kindle 2,Tablets

Just some brief notes on what’s happening with ereaders and tablets this Memorial Day weekend.

The 2.5 update for the Kindle has apparently been delayed.  It appears that Amazon is tweaking the update based on beta feedback.  This according to the Kindle help pages.

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Engadget has a pretty favorable review of the ExoPC Slate tablet after spending some time with the device at Computex.  The ExoPC is a Windows 7 based tablet.  It has been problematic getting Windows 7 to work well on tablets – HP just canceled their Windows 7 tablet project.  The ExoPC should be available by September, 2010 with a starting price of $599.  The video below is from Engadget.

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Oberon Design has their hand-tooled leather iPad covers ready for order on their website.  The iPad covers are priced at $130.00.

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Written by Richard on May 30th, 2010

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eReader Sales and Free eBooks – 5/30/2010   1 comment

Posted at 9:53 am in eReaders & eBooks on Sale,Random

Free eBooks

There are three new freebies at the Kindle Store:

Treasonby Don Brown (3 1/2 stars/117 reviews)Legal thriller. 

Democratizing Innovationby Eric von Hippel (4 1/2 stars/11 reviews)Business 

Home To Italyby Peter Pezzelli (4 stars/ 21 reviews)Romance? 

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber (3 1/2 stars/72 ratings) A Gothic romance which is available for free at Barnes & Noble.

The Red Gate is an interesting looking book by Richard Sutton (4 stars/99 ratings) and is currently free at Kobo.

eReader Sales

Sony ereaders are seemingly always on sale as of late – I suspect that they will be announcing a new line of ebook readers soon.  At Newegg.comthe Sony Daily Edition is currently priced at $329.00 with free shipping – lowest price I’ve seen yet.   Newegg also has the Ectaco jetBook Lite on sale for $119.99, again with free shipping.

 

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Written by Richard on May 30th, 2010

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Pandigital Novel eReader at the FCC   no comments

Posted at 1:56 pm in Color eReaders,Other eReaders

Engadget reports that the Pandigital Novel ereader is at the FCC.  The user manual is there as well – I’ve posted a link to it on my eReader Manuals page.

Pandigital-Novel-eReader The Novel should be available at a variety of retail locations next month.

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Written by Richard on May 29th, 2010

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Thinner, Faster Kindle Coming in August?   no comments

Posted at 1:06 pm in kindle 2,Random

In an article yesterday Bloomberg quoted unidentified sources as saying that the next iteration of the Kindle ereader will be out in August and will be thinner, have better contrast and will have faster page turns.

That’s all?  This does not seem like enough to justify a new hardware release.  Jeff Bezos did try to throw some cold water on the idea that a color Kindle would be forthcoming in the near future, but according to Bloomberg’s sources the next Kindle won’t even have a touchscreen.  This in spite of the fact that Amazon recently assimilated a touchscreen startup.  No mention either of a shatter-resistant flexible screen – PVI has said that its plastic-based e-ink screens should be in production by that time.

It seems unlikely to me that Amazon will introduce new ereader hardware that is only incrementally better than the present generation.

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Written by Richard on May 29th, 2010

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Harry Potter eBooks Incoming?   no comments

Posted at 12:25 pm in Random

The Bookseller.com reports that J K Rowling may finally be considering allowing her Harry Potter series to be released as ebooks.  This will be welcome news to many – the Harry Potter books are probably among the most wished-for titles to be made available in digital format.

Rowling has been reluctant to allow the release of her work as ebooks in part because she has been afraid such a move would increase the pirating of her books.  This seems rather ironic because pirated home-scanned copies have been online almost immediately following the release of each paper edition.  Not having legitimate ebooks to buy has probably encouraged more than a few readers to download these illegal copies.

I’ve listened to the series in audiobook format, but I’ll be happy to give Ms Rowling my money to read the series again on my ereader if this happens.

Quidditch anyone?

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Written by Richard on May 29th, 2010

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OLPC and Marvell Plan Tablet   no comments

Posted at 9:13 am in Random,Tablets

In a press release today One Laptop per Child and Marvell announced a joint project to produce a family of OLPC XO tablet computers.  From the pressOLPC-XO-Tablet release:

One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a global organization whose mission is to help provide every child in the world access to a modern education, and Marvell, a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, have agreed to jointly develop a family of next-generation OLPC XO tablet computers based on the Marvell® Moby reference design.  This new partnership will provide designs and technologies to enable a range of new educational tablets, delivered by OLPC and other education industry leaders, aimed at schools in both the U.S. and developing markets. Marvell is also announcing today it has launched Mobylize, a campaign aimed at improving technology adoption in America’s classrooms.

The device is also decidedly "constructionist" in nature.  By design, it combines hardware and software to deliver a platform that will enable educators, students and families around the world to create their own content, and learn to read, write, and create their own education programs and share all of these experiences via a mesh network model.  The device will also feature an application to directly access more than 2 million free books available across the Internet.

"While devices like eReaders and current tablets are terrific literary, media and entertainment platforms, they don’t meet the needs of an educational model based on making things, versus just consuming them.  Today’s learning environments require robust platforms for computation, content creation and experimentation – and all that at a very low cost," said Dr. Nicholas Negroponte, Founder and Chairman of One Laptop per Child.  "Through our partnership with Marvell, OLPC will continue our focus on designing computers that enable children in the developing world to learn through collaboration, as well as providing connectivity to the world’s body of knowledge."

Marvell announced a low-priced tablet called the Moby a few months ago that promises a lot of features for a surprisingly low price.

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Written by Richard on May 28th, 2010

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Kindle for iPad App Now Global   no comments

Posted at 8:04 am in Apple iPad,Random,Reading apps

Amazon announced that the Kindle for iPad app is now available in all countries where the iPad is sold.  From the press release:

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced its Kindle App for iPad is now available in all countries where the iPad is offered. The app lets users select from hundreds of thousands of books available in the Kindle Store on iPad and features Amazon Whispersync technology that saves and synchronizes customers’ last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across their Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, iPad and more.

Kobo had a similar announcement concerning their ereading app yesterday.  Amazon’s press release also informs us that their are now 550,000 books available in the Kindle Store.

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Written by Richard on May 28th, 2010

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Ereader and iPad News – 5/27/2010   no comments

Posted at 11:04 pm in Apple iPad,eBook Stores,Random

Kindle coming in black?  CrunchGear has a rather poor quality photo that alleges to be a black Kindle spotted at a photo shoot.  It makes sense that Amazon would offer color choices at some point.

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Borders announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2010 today.  While the second largest bookstore chain saw its loss narrow in the first quarter, traffic and sales in its stores fell.   Revenue in the US fell 16 percent.  Border’s share price fell 7 percent today in an up market.

Borders is placing a lot of hope in its digital initiatives.  Borders.com was in fact a bright spot in the first quarter with sales increasing by 34.7 percent.  The Kobo-powered Borders ebook store will be launching next month, and pre-orders are already being taken for the Kobo eReader.  Next week pre-orders for a second ereader will begin and more devices will be added in the near future.  An Apple reading app will also be introduced by the end of June.

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Penguin and Amazon have finally reached some sort of agreement and Penguin’s new ebooks will once again be available in the Kindle Store.  Since the Agency Model went into effect on April 1, 2010 none of the 150 or so new Penguin ebooks published since then have been available for the Kindle.

Ipad News

Kobo announced today that its iPad reading app is now available in all iPad markets with regionalized versions available for Canada, UK, Australia and a version for New Zealand coming soon.  From the press release:

Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced availability of its popular iPad application in all markets where iPad is available. Additionally, Kobo today released regional versions for Canada, UK and Australia and announced a New Zealand application is coming soon. The regionalized applications, built specifically for the iPad, feature local content, merchandising, and currency. All Kobo iPad applications come pre-loaded with five eBooks and connect to the Kobo eBook store, which features more than two million titles including current best sellers, classics, and thousands of free titles.

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Wired Magazine finally released its app iconfor the iPad, and reportedly sold 24,000 copies in the first 24 hours.  The Wired app looks pretty amazing,  but it is a big file (about half a gig) and costs $5 per issue – a print subscription in the US is $10 per year.  The reviews at the iTunes store do contain some grousing about the price, but obviously a lot of work went into this.  This is the way magazines should be done.  So far I like it.

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MacLife is reporting that Apple is making it possible for  authors to self-publish in the iBooks app for the iPad.  There are some requirements:  books have to have a 13 digit ISBN,  must be in ePub format,  must validate against epubcheck 1.0.5 and cannot contain any unmanifested files.  Authors can choose which countries qualifying books are sold in and set the prices.

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Acer LumiRead eReader   no comments

Posted at 10:36 pm in Other eReaders,Random

Acer has announced its entry into the ereader market with the LumiRead. Acer-LumiRead-eReader Some of the LumiRead’s features:

  • 6-inch e-ink screen
  • Content to be provided by Barnes & Noble in the United States
  • Content in other countries: Libri.de – Germany; Founder – China; agreements for French and Italian language ebooks coming
  • 2GB internal memory; MicroSD card slot
  • ISBN scanner – lets you scan ISBN codes to create a wish list or search online libraries and ebook stores
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • DRM support: Adobe and OMA2.0
  • Built-in Web browser
  • Compatible with Acer clear.fi – a DLNA-compliant system for sharing media on a home network

No word on pricing yet.

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Written by Richard on May 27th, 2010

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