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Samsung, Amazon to Launch Co-Branded Kindle App

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

Samsung’s samsung_kindle_appebook efforts took a turn for the confusing today.

The electronics giant announced a deal this morning with Amazon that makes a co-branded Kindle app available in the Samsung App Store in 90 countries.
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The Morning Coffee – 17 April 2014

April 17th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Morning Coffee → No Comments

Top stories this morning include top searches on the Oxford dictionary website (link), telephone box libraries (link), the rising cost of education in the UK (link), a twist on Scribd’s Youtube problem that I had not considered (link), and more.
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First Universal Windows Apps Hit Windows Store

April 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Uncategorized → 6 Comments

WhenSkulls-of-the-Shogun_XBLA[1] Microsoft formally launched the latest Windows 8.1 update a few weeks ago, one of the more surprising announcements they made was the promiseĀ  that app developers would be able to develop apps which work on any Windows OS: WinPhone, Win8, or WinRT. And more importantly, consumers would be able to buy the apps onceĀ  and use them on all their Windows devices.
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The Guardian Will Launch US Print Edition, Hires Skynet as Editor-in-Chief

April 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · newspaper, POD → No Comments

longgoodread3ccThe UK newspaper The Guardian is launching a print edition in the US today, only they won’t be assigning any staff to write or edit it. Rather than create a new publication, The Guardian is building on one of their digital products and crafting a new print edition which will be distributed to U.S. media and ad agency offices.
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Goodreads Adds Automatic Sync with Amazon Book Purchases

April 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, Goodreads, Social Network, Social reading → 3 Comments

GoodreadsGoodreads has just announced another reason for Amazon customers to use the site.

The online book community, which Amazon acquired last year, is now enabling readers to automatically sync their Amazon book purchases with their Goodreads account. The new feature is being slowly rolled out to Goodreads users and it is currently limited to only the US,Canada, and Australia, but Goodreads plans to expand availability in the future.
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Papyre 630 eBook Reader Now Shipping in Spain

April 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · eReader News, hardware news, Spain → 2 Comments

01b62b39-d825-45db-b634-69d1fc2e4d85[1]The US market may be in the middle of its annual Spring/Summer drought of ereader launches, but Europe is luckier. A new ebook reader shipped in Spain earlier this month, and it is currently thrilling reviewers there.

The Papyre 630 ebook reader is available on and, with a retail of 117 euros.
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Apple’s “Cheaper” Plastic iPhone Now Available in 19 Markets

April 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple, iPhone → No Comments

Apple iphone_5c_case_yellow_on_green_hero iPhone 5cnever released the cheaper plastic iPhone that many expected to see last year, but the iPhone 5c has gotten a little cheaper.

Last month Apple released an iPhone 5c model with half the storage in five markets (UK, France, Germany, Australia, and China), and earlier this week they made it available in an additional fourteen countries around the world.
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Samsung to Launch Two Tizen Smartphones, Android Wear Smartwatch

April 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, Samsung, Smartphone, Smartwatch, Tizen → No Comments

When SamsungSamsung-Galaxy-Gear-smart-watch[1] was absent from the Android Wear launch earlier this year it looked like the electronics giant would follow Sony and to pass on the Android Wear platform and stick with its own Tizen OS, but it turns out that’s not the case.

Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, revealed in a recent interview that Samsung plans to introduce Android-based smartwatch later this year, as well as a couple smartphones running Tizen.
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Amazon to Retire Kindle Cloud Storage, Shift Your Docs to Amazon Cloud Drive

April 16th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, Cloud Storage, Kindle, Kindle Cloud → 3 Comments

For amazoncloud[1]the past two plus years Amazon has offered Kindle users 5GB of cloud storage for their personal files. This space was in addition to and completely separate from any other storage space users might have on Amazon’s servers, and readers could use it to store the personal ebooks that they were reading on their Kindle ebook readers and apps.
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The Morning Coffee – 16 April 2014

April 15th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Morning Coffee → 8 Comments

the new yorker coverI have a short list for you this morning. Top stories include Apple losing yet another motion in the ebook antitrust case (link), why writers should attend GenCon (link), why the biggest threat to comic book stores is not Amazon (link), and as a special bonus I invite you to click on the image at right and tell me what’s wrong with it.

  • Apple loses bid to dismiss states’ e-book antitrust cases (CNET)
  • If you write, start planning to attend GenCon Indy this August (TeleRead)
  • Kindle Direct Publishing adds new reports (TeleRead)
  • Stand Down, Amazon Warriors: Comic Book Guys Already Killed the Comic Book Store (BOOK RIOT)
  • We are drowning in data about readers and attention, but which metrics really matter? (GigaOm)