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Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet   no comments

Posted at 6:30 pm in Random,Tablets

In an interview with the WSJ today J. K. Shin, president Samsung-Galaxy-Tab of Samsung Electronics mobile communications division confirmed that the company is planning to release a tablet no later than the third quarter of 2010.  The tablet will be called the Galaxy Tab. 

No official specs or pricing yet, but the picture to the right has been appearing around the Web.  Some rumored specs (at Tinh te via Boy Genius Report) include Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a Super AMOLED display that should be more viewable outdoors than an LCD display.


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Win a Vampire Academy Library – Canadian Residents Only   1 comment

Posted at 5:23 pm in Random

This via the Wattpad blog;  Penguin is sponsoring a contest in which you can win a complete set of the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead.  Five sets of the following five books will be awarded:

  • Vampire Academy
  • Frostbite
  • Shadow Kiss
  • Blood Promise
  • Spirit Bound

The contest is for pbooks, but this New York Times bestselling vampire series is also available as ebooks in the Kindle Store,Koboand Barnes & Noble.  

UPDATE:  Oops, I shoulda read the rules first – this is only for Canadian residents (excluding Quebec).


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eBooks on a Stick   no comments

Posted at 5:04 pm in Random

Dutch company Pixel Perfect is releasing ebooks on USB sticks.  Each month a new USB flash drive will be released with a selection of at least five ebooks with similar themes for € 19.95.  The ebooks are in epub with no DRM, so they can be gifted or read on different devices. 

The series starts off today with the Murder Stick which is suspense themed:

  • The Fatal Twins by Horst Eckert
  • Terror and a second book The Diver by Hakan Ostlund
  • Redemption by Karin Alfredsson
  • The Shadow of a Great Man by Bjorn Sundell
  • 2 bonus books: Images of Burma by Peter de Ruiter; The Promise Soccer by Jeroen Siebelink (not sure if Google translator got that last title right)

The books appear to be only available in Dutch at the moment, but this is an interesting way ebooks could be sold in a brick and mortar bookstore.



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Free Kindle Books – 6/15/2010   no comments

Posted at 2:23 pm in eReaders & eBooks on Sale

We have a few new freebies in the Kindle Store:

Cry Sanctuary: Book 1 of Red Rock Pass seriesby Moira Rogers (3 1/2 stars/7 reviews) Werewolf romance. 

Love Comes Softly (Love Comes Softly Series, Book 1)by Janette Oke (5 stars/104 reviews) Christian romance.

The Last Dropby L. Sprague de Camp and L. Ron Hubbard (no reviews) Science fiction.  

The Dangerous Dimensionby L. Ron Hubbard (no reviews) Science fiction.

Also check out my Free Kindle Books page.

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eReader News – 6/15/2010   no comments

Posted at 2:06 pm in eBook Readers & Textbooks

Looking for a place to connect your Wi-Fi ereader or iPad while out on the road?  Starting July 1, 2010 Starbucks will offer unlimited free Wi-Fi powered by AT&T that anyone can access with one click without a Starbucks card.

Starbucks has also partnered with Yahoo to create the Starbucks Digital Network which will offer digital content and a few business related tools such as a resume writing application.  Free unrestricted access to various paid sites such as will also be available.   Some of the content providers listed as participating in the launch of Starbucks Digital Network include iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! and Zagat.  The Starbucks Digital Network will debut in the fall and will be available only at US company operated Starbucks stores.

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Leading textbook retailer www.ecampus.comhas announcedeCampus-Logo that they have expanded their textbook rental program to include all major titles for the fall semester.  Almost half a million titles are available to rent now.

When renting textbooks, students pay a much lower price for the title and then return it at the end of the semester or school year.  This makes a more economical solution than the college bookstore.

Besides renting textbooks, also offers digital etextbooks and buys and sells used textbooks.  The promo code JOCK can be use for a five percent discount on textbook rentals at – the coupon expires on July 15,2010.

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Although Amazon and Penguin reportedly have trouble on agreeing on some things such as the prices of ebooks,  they have apparently been able to reach agreement as to who the winners are for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

The winner for the general fiction category is Patricia McArdle for her novel “Farishta,” which will be published by Riverhead books.

The winner for the young adult fiction category is Amy Ackley for her novel “Sign Language,”  which will be published by Viking Children’s Books.

Both of these titles are available for pre-order at Amazon.

The winners were selected by tapping the wisdom of the crowd:

“Thousands of customers participated in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award by posting reviews and casting votes for the winners,” said Jeff Belle, vice president, U.S. books, Amazon. “The results of this year’s vote were the closest we’ve ever had, which is indicative of both the competitiveness of the entries and the exceptional work from our finalists.”

Both winners will receive a publishing contract from Penguin Group USA, which includes a $15,000 advance.

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Apple Reconsiders, Allows Original Joyce Seen Content   1 comment

Posted at 1:34 pm in Apple iPad,Random

Last week the developers of a comic version of the James Joyce classic Ulysses titled Ulysses Seen were forced by Apple to remove a scene with nudity before the app was approved as an iPad application.  The image in question was a single panel of the comic which depicted a woman with exposed breasts. 

After some bemused press reports (see the NYT article) of the incident Apple has reconsidered.  CBR (via twitter) reports that Apple has contacted the creators of the comic app, Rob Berry and Josh Levitas, and informed them that they would be able to put Ulysses Seen iconon the iPad in its original form.

Rob Berry is quoted at CBR:

I think that part bothers me most of all. Apple has not made a statement regarding new guidelines but has contacted previously submitted comics that may’ve been restricted and invited  them to re-submit. They’ve not been clear about policy and haven’t made any official comments that I’m aware, but we can all see the broken glass on the floor as their ceiling for mature content has shattered.

This makes me wonder how Apple’s policies are going to play out internationally.  For example, by all accounts the iPad is very big in Japan.  If you have seen many manga then you will realize that a lot of these are going to have problems getting past Apple’s censors and onto the iPad.  If something is considered acceptable in another culture should Apple be banning it on the iPad in that country based on what it deems acceptable in its vision of American culture?

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Random House Launches Complete Magic Tree House Series as eBooks in North America   no comments

Random House has announced that the complete Magic Tree House  Magic-Tree-House-Logo_thumb[3]series of children’s books by author Mary Pope Osborne is available in ebook format for the first time as of today.  There are currently 43 titles available in the US and Canada “wherever Random House e-books are sold.”

A quick search reveals that all 43 titles  in the series are available in the Kindle Storeand at,while only 14 titles are currently available at the Barnes & Noble ebook store. 

Many of the titles in the Magic Tree House series are priced in the three to four dollar range.  Since Random House is not part of the Agency Model pricing scheme you can shop for the best prices if your ereading device allows:  Kobo and Amazon seem to have the best prices and the most titles from the series at the moment.

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