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The Morning Coffee – 18 April 2014

April 18th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Morning Coffee → No Comments

I have a short list for you today.

eBook Production is Hard – Especially if it is an After Thought to the Paper Book

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · eBook Production, ebook tools → 2 Comments

There’s a new article over on The Economist website this week which details the problems one creator experienced while trying to produce a paper book and an ebook for a Kickstarter campaign, and it’s well worth a read (beware the paywall).

While the article is written from the viewpoint of being frustrated with the process of producing an ebook, it is actually a cautionary tale in how not to produce ebooks. All of the problems were grew out of a single mistake which the creator still doesn’t realize that he made.
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Amazon Adds New Channels to the Fire TV’s Voice Search, Promises New Updates Will Add MP3, FreeTime Support

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, hardware news → 2 Comments

The limited AmazonFireTV-FireStandingabilities of the voice search feature on the Fire TV hasn’t kept the set top box from (briefly) selling out for a few days since it launched a couple weeks ago, and I think today’s news might make that happen again.
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Spritz Partners with Oyster for New Speed Reading Demo

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 1 Comment

The speed a8e87_spritz-speed-reading-technology[1]reading app developer Spritz is getting all the buzz right now with new implementation of old speed reading science, and they are back in the news today with a new demo.
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B&N Stock Price Drops After Chair Riggio Reduces His Stake

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Barnes & Noble → 1 Comment

Barnes & barnes noble logoNoble chairperson Leonard Riggio scaled back his stake in the company to 20% today by selling shares.
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Scribd is Now Offering a 3 Month Free Trial

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · ebook subscription, Scribd, Subscriptions → No Comments

Scribd scribd-logo-blk_100x28launched a new promotion today.

Their all-you-can ebook subscription service normally costs $9 a month, with a free 30-day trial, but thanks to a promotion with More Magazine, you can now get Scribd subscription for three months – Free.
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New Poll Shows the Majority of Americans Read eBooks – or Does it?

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · surveys & polls → 6 Comments

5584753106_db56d98926[1]The Pew Research Center, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and other public interest groups have been recording the gradual rise in digital reading, but now there are signs that they may have been under-reporting the ebook adoption rate.
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Infographic: Tips to Help Children Refocus on Reading

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · infographic → 1 Comment

Kids aren’t spending much time reading ebooks these days, and even when they do they waste too much time with the enhancements, and there’s something we can do about that.

The following infographic is chock full of tips on how parents and educators can encourage a a love of reading.
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eBooks Will Soon be Returnable in Germany(*)

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · ebookstore news, Europe → 2 Comments

Self_Publishing_BookRix_Vorschuss-500x359[1]Amazon is widely known as having the most customer-friendly return policy of all the major ebook retailers, but that could change soon in Germany. New regulations will be going in to affect in June 2014 which will require online retailers to offer refunds for ebooks and other digital downloads.
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Check Out This Dual-Screen eBook Reader Prototype From 1989 (video)

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Blast from the Past, hardware news, video → No Comments

Sony is widelytnfigdb1[1] credited as being the first into the ebook reader market when they launched the Sony Data Discman in 1990, but they weren’t the only ones working on a prototype.

I’ve just found a new video on Youtube which looks at a prototype dual-screen ereader from 1989. It was never produced, and I doubt that it was ever a viable product, but it is still a cool-looking device.
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