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Digital Book World Announces the Publishing Innovation Awards

December 14th, 2010 · press release

From the press release:

Digital Book WorldDigital Book World, the publishing community for the 21st century, has announced a new awards program focused exclusively on ebooks and book apps – the Publishing Innovation Awards. [Read more →]

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Infibeam announces the Phi – 7″ tablet running Android, WinCE

June 23rd, 2010 · hardware news

You might recall that I’ve covered Infibeam’s ereader, the Pi, and that Infibeam also has a line of cellphones. Well, Infibeam has just posted the product page for the Phi, their new 7″ tablet. It won’t ship until 30 July, but they are taking pre-orders for 14,999Rs.

The specs are run of the mill, but the battery life seems a little short:

  • 600 MHZ CPU (Android)
  • 256MB RAM
  • 7″ 800×480 screen
  • 8GB Flash
  • microSDHC card slot (up to 32GB supported)
  • weight: 332 g
  • 5 hours battery life
  • accelerometer
  • microphone

Curiously enough, the WinCE version of the Phi has an 800MHz CPU and weighs about 60g more. This is a good sign that they didn’t just slap 2 OSes on the same hardware. That’s reassuring, IMO. I’ve found that whenever a company puts 2 OS versions on 1 set of budget hardware at least 1 OS is only marginally useful.

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Infibeam announce cell phone brand

June 18th, 2010 · press release

You might recall that I’ve covered Infibeam before. They’re a web retailer based in India who launched an ereader back in January and a digital publishing platform in May.

Infibeam announced 3 branded cell phones yesterday. From the press release:

The company has already launched its initial three models I666, I5000 and I500 at attractive price points. I666 with its qwerty keyboard is aimed at the business user and is equipped with a G-Sensor. I5000 is a stylish flip phone with glossy red color aimed at the fashion savvy clientele and comes with Bluetooth and EDGE. I500 with a WQVGA touch screen and a 3.2 inch high resolution camera is the topmost mobile in the line-up. All the phones support GSM quad-band and come with features such as FM Radio, Camera, Wi-Fi, Java, Dual-SIM, multi-language support, memory card extensibility etc.

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IEEE announces DRM Working Group

June 17th, 2010 · Uncategorized

From the press release:

The Working Group developing IEEE P1817TM, a new Standard for Consumer-Ownable Digital Personal Property, is currently being formed. It will hold its first meeting next month in Santa Clara, California. Any interested parties are invited to join and participate.The IEEE P1817TM is a standard for the creation, distribution, and perpetual consumer-ownership of downloadable items of copyrighted works such as movies, music, books, and games. The standard specifies the required behavior of online and device-embedded services, and of content player devices and applications.

I don’t see a point in the working group. By any practical measure the concept is unworkable. It will either be strict enough that the consumer gets screwed, or loose enough that it can be broken. And then there is the analog loophole, which makes the act of encrypting with DRM pointless.

I think the following poem just about sums up all the pro-DRM arguments:

DRM Prohibition is an awful flop.

We like it.

It’s left a trail of graft and slime,
it doesn’t prohibit worth a dime,
it’s filled our land with vice and crime.

Nevertheless, we’re for it.

-Franklin Adams

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MediaNet announces ebookstore platform for the UK, Canada

June 16th, 2010 · press release

From the press release:

MediaNet, the leading provider of digital entertainment content, opens today in the United Kingdom the advanced MN Open platform which provides an API and a suite of easy to install Web Components for the digital delivery of music and eBook premium content. Customers can learn more about these products and sign up today at  MediaNet also opened its doors to the MN Open platform in Canada today.

This sounds like a good way to start an ebookstore (MediaNet has 200k titles in their catalogue), but I have an alternate suggestion: Kobo. They haven’t announced a UK partner, and I bet they want one. Why start your own little store when you can sign up with the only real threat to Amazon?

I’m not kidding, either. Kobo is the only major ebookstore who are trying to expand across borders. Everyone else is hobbling themselves.

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The Nervous Breakdown announces new imprint

June 4th, 2010 · press release

From the press release:

Readers addicted to nonfiction, fiction and poetry have long been getting their fix at the online culture magazine The Nervous Breakdown (TNB), a site founded by bestselling author Brad Listi (Attention. Deficit. Disorder.). Now, in partnership with Hukilau, TNB will be launching its own publishing imprint, producing print, e-book, transmedia, and audio books for lit fans worldwide. Its e-book offerings will be targeted for the iPad, Kindle, and other major e-publishing platforms.

Going forward, TNB plans to publish at least one title per month. All editions—print, e-book, audio—will be made available on the site itself, at the new TNB Bookstore. Print editions will also be available at all major online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. E-book editions will be available at all major e-book retailers, including Amazon, the iBookstore, and And Audio books will be available via iTunes and

Hukilau will be building and providing the production and distribution framework, utilizing the Asemblook tools developed by founder Joseph Matheny. It will also be working with TNB to develop proprietary production and distribution tools for ePub, iPad, Kindle and PDF-rich media eBooks.

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Interead announce Cool-ER Connect – Wifi, touchscreen

June 3rd, 2010 · hardware news

You might recall that I posted yesterday about a new Wifi equipped ereader thatis going to be sold as the Cool-ER (and might be coming from Kobo). The good folks at Interead sent me some info on their new ereader which they’re calling the Cool-ER Connect. While I don’t have any info yet on the possible Kobo ereader, there is a good chance that it will have the same hardware (if it exists).

The Cool-ER Connect does have Wifi. It also has a touchscreen. But when it comes to physical appearance, I was told that it will look like the current Cool-ER.

The Cool-ER Connect is one of 2 models that they named at CES back in January. The other is the Cool-ER Compact (at left). Both devices have a 6″ E-ink screen, and the notable detail of the Compact is that it’s more, well, compact than previews models. I held the Compact at CES, and I thought it was a nice hardware design.

Both ereaders will be out September, and the Connect is going to be priced at less than $249 (the price of the current Cool-ER).

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Interpark adds newspapers, magazines to the Biscuit ebookstore

June 2nd, 2010 · hardware news

You might recall that I reported on the launch of the  Interpark Biscuit, a Korean ereader, several months ago. The Biscuit (pictured) is a Kindle clone with 3G and an E-ink screen. When it was launched, Interpark had said that they wouldn’t have newspapers or magazines in the Biscuit ebookstore.

Yesterday I came across this news story:

Interpark, which sells the e-book terminal Biscuit, launched a service to enable e-subscriptions to 15 dailies, including The Dong-A Ilbo and Sports Dong-A, and five magazines including Dong-A Business Review that are automatically delivered to the Biscuit terminal.

Unlike a conventional e-book newspaper subscription in which readers must select a newspaper and download the content, the latest issue of a daily is electronically delivered to a Biscuit around 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. every day, a time when the terminal is rarely used.


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Viewsonic announces partnership with Yuan-Liou Publishing

June 1st, 2010 · ebookstore news, hardware news

From the press release:

To tap the huge market for Chinese e-books, ViewSonic Corp. has launched several 6-inch e-book readers, including VEB632, VEB630, VEB625 and VEB620, in cooperation with Taiwan-based Yuan-Liou Publishing Co., Ltd.

Taking advantage of Youn-Liou Publishing`s abundant e-book contents and its solid brand recognition among consumers in greater China, ViewSonic, one of leading brands in the global market for monitors, expects to secure a new growth drive for its business operations by exploring the quickly growing segment for e-book readers.

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Asus announces eeePad, eeeTablet at Computex

May 31st, 2010 · acer, hardware news

Asus held a press conference today at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. Among the many products mentioned were the eeePad and the eeeTablet. One is a LCD tablet, sand the other is an ereader with an 8″ screen.

The eeePads are a pair of Windows 7 tablets with 10″ and 12″ screens. I’m not going to cover them because  of the screen size and OS. The eeePad (as hardware) is a little too far outside the category of ereader. If you want to learn more then you should check out Engadget.

BTW, if you’re wondering why I cover the iPad but not the eeePad it’s because the iPad is the exception to the rule. It has a larger user base, more support from developers, and a better user experience than I expect from Win7 tablets. And I don’t really cover the iPad, I cover iPad apps.

The eeeTablet, on the other hand, has an unique 8″ LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 768×1024. There’s no backlight, but it does have 64 levels of grayscale. There’s also a microSD card slot and a 2 megapixel camera. Battery life is supposed to be 10 hours, and Engadget reported that the eeePad was quite heavy.

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P.S. There was something missing from the press conference. Asus released pictures of their 9″ ereader some time back, but it’s not mentioned here.I don’t know why, but I know a couple people who are at Computex and I’ve asked them to follow up.

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