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New Report Shows That Teens and College Students Don’t Like Expensive eBooks

November 20th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 3 Comments

There’s a new8556682467_f650f29803[1] survey report out this week that supports the unsurprising conclusion that teens and 20-somethings are more price sensitive than your average adult consumer.
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Biological Tests Show that 50 Shades is a Dirty, Dirty Book

November 15th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 10 Comments

Coming out of2028254155[1] left field, here’s another reason why ebooks are better than paper books: they’re hygenic.

A pair of Dutch university professors have just finished a new study in which they took the 10 most borrowed books in the Antwerp lending library and ran them through a battery of toxicology and bacteriology tests. The results make me want to go scrub my hands.
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Google Wins Book-Scanning Lawsuit, Judge Rules Book Scanning is Fair Use

November 14th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 3 Comments

The long-running5176687673_0e638f874e[1] legal battle between Google and a coalition of publishers and the Authors Guild came to a resounding middle today. Judge Denny Chin has issued a ruling that finds for Google, and calls Google’s decade old book scanning project fair use because it was “highly transformative” and didn’t impact the market for the original work.
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Dual-Screen Yotaphone to Ship Next Month (Hopefully)

November 13th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 2 Comments

It looks like I may have been a little hasty earlier this week when I reported that the Yotaphone was delayed indefinitely; my source may have been wrong.

There’s a conflicting report today that says that this dual-screen smartphone will ship next month.  According to TechCrunch, Russian gadget maker Yota Devices promises that this smartphone is going to ship, worldwide, in December, but they were unable to offer new details on price or specs.
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Stats Geeks Rejoice – Bowker Releases More ISBN Data

November 12th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · ISBN, Uncategorized → No Comments

If you’veBowker Logo been frustrated by the general lack of accessible info on ISBN usage in indie publishing then I have some good news for you.

Bowker, the organization that distributes ISBNs in the US and tracks their usage, released an info dump earlier today.  They’ve pulled the basic stats from their last annual report or self-publishing and released it as a series of charts in a free PDF file.
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iPad Air Now in Stores – iFixit Tears One Down and Finds a Couple Huge Batteries

November 1st, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 2 Comments

Apple’s latestifixit teardown ipad air tablet is officially in stores today and iFixit has already finished ripping one apart.

The teardown specialists found the 2 huge batteries we were expecting as well as the usual cameras, circuit board, and cables. All in all the guts of the iPad Air looked pretty much like the last iPad even though the iPad Air is 20% thinner, 28% lighter, and 24% reduced in volume when compared to the iPad 4.
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HarperCollins to Test Overpriced eBook Bundles in the UK

October 31st, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 2 Comments

The2037650941_3ed16905b8_m[1] greatest publisher in the UK has announced a new partnership with Foyles, a London based bookseller.

Foyles, a chain of 8 bookstores, will be running a pilot bundle program. They plan to sell 8 HarperCollins titles, including Catastrophe by Max Hastings, The Demon Dentist by David Walliams, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Faster Than Lightning by Usain Bolt, as paper/ebook bundles. Each paper book will come shrink-wrapped and include a voucher which can be redeemed online for a digital copy of the book.
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Books in Browsers Conference Sessions Now Available on Ustream

October 28th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 1 Comment

Did booksinbrowserslogo_xl[1]you miss some (or all) of the livestream of last week’s Books in Browser’s conference? Then I have some good news for you. The livestream video has been saved for posterity, and you can watch it on Ustream.
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Amazon Added Support for Russian to KindleGen – Russian Kindle Store to Follow?

October 24th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 9 Comments

Amazon has quietly dropped another hint about their expansion plans. reported today that KindleGen, one of Amazon’s tools for generating Kindle ebooks, now lists Russian as a language option (for the interface).

See the bottom line for the new language option:
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F.lux Could be the Solution to Sleepless Nights Caused by Reading on a Computer Screen

October 18th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 7 Comments

It9982411_e3c2499f44[1] has long been known that the light emitted from the screen on a tablet or PC can affect a person’s sleeping patterns and now there’s something we can do about it.

I have just come across F.lux. This app has been available for several years now so I am sure that some of my readers have heard of it, but it is new to me.
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