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Across the Pond, E-readers are not Library Equivalents Edition

April 3rd, 2011 · opinion

Leo Benedictus writes in Prospect Magazine about the closing of libraries in England and the rise of e-reading. Salient quote:

The talk of a future in which children cannot access books is also not just wrong, but backwards. E-readers—already available for £52 ($83), and falling—offer an incomparably more convenient way for anyone to find good things. While defending libraries, surely there is also time to promote the fact that, thanks to Project Gutenberg and Google Books, every child in the country can now download virtually any out-of-copyright book for nothing. (Piracy will doubtless do the same for most in-copyright books too, as may digital lending, though this is less cause for celebration.)

He goes on to argue that digital readers will be able to provide children with libraries of their own. I would agree with that notion if libraries were simply book access centers; who wouldn’t want to make it easier for readers to get a hold of books? But libraries operate beyond that capacity. E-readers do not provide the same internet access as current library computer labs; they do not have classes on computer use or other topics; nor do they provide programming for people of all ages.

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Sony Daily Edition gets an update

December 15th, 2010 · hardware news

Sony sent out an email today announcing a new update for the Sony PRS-950 ereader. I’m actually surprised at some of the new features listed.  This update adds page sync and active web links, both of which should have been in the original firmware IMO.

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Review: Sony Touch Edition, Pocket Edition (PRS-350, PRS-650)

November 28th, 2010 · hardware reviews

Sony announced this pair of ereader in September 2010, and at long last I am posting my review. The Touch Edition and Pocket Edition are updates to Sony’s existing 5″ and 6″. Their design is an evolutionary improvement, and not revolutionary. (I really wish they’d get ahead of their competition, and I’ll get into that later in the post.)

You can click on all the pictures to view larger versions. [Read more →]

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Wall Street Journal announce the WSJ Tablet Edition Android app

November 11th, 2010 · Android, press release

The WSJ are now offering a free app designed specifically for Android tablets. It’s free to download, and a subscription costs $3.99 a week. You can share a digital subscription between the Android  and iOS apps as well as  <- nice

It’s good that the WSJ released an Andoid app, and it’s great that they focused on tablets, not phones. Unfortunately, the app is only through the Marketplace. Tablet owners can’t access it. (I already contacted Daniel Bernard, so this should be fixed soon.)

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Len Edgerly reviews the Sony Pocket Edition (video)

September 20th, 2010 · hardware reviews, video

Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles podcast took a break from his Kindle reporting to shoot this video review of the Sony PRS-350.

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Enhanced Kindle Edition format uses HTML5 tags

August 29th, 2010 · ebook format

You probably recall that a couple months ago Amazon announced an updated Kindle app for iOS. The new app gave you the ability to play audio and video that were embedded in books like Nixonland.

I’ve been waiting to hear back from Amazon PR about the tools to make the new ebooks (and the file spec), but who knows when the tools will be ready. So this weekend I decided to tackle this problem the hard way. I bought a copy of Nixonland, and I’ve been using it as a test subject.

Let me answer the question at the top of your mind: I did not find an easy answer on how to make the enhanced ebooks. But I did learn one or 2 interesting details.

Update: You can make the EKE with KindleGen.

First, the Enhanced Kindle Edition (EKE) isn’t a new format. I pulled my copy of Nixonland out of a backup I made for my iPod Touch. It’s a straightforward AZW, and I confirmed that the file is Mobipocket compatible (I found BookMobi in the header). Also, the file is the same size on the Kindle, K4PC, and iPod Touch.

The video files were stored in a sub-directory and referenced from the ebook. They were all MP4 format, and the resolution was the same as that of the iPod Touch.

Here’s an example of the tag that Amazon are using to refer to the video files from inside the ebook:

<video mediarecindex=”00010″ controls=”controls” recindex=”00011″></video>

That is a standard HTML5 tag, but the mediarecindex and recindex attributes are Amazon’s own creations. BTW, there’s supposed to be a src attribute that  names the video file. I wish Amazon had used it; it would have made building EKEs so easy.

Because of how Amazon are misusing the video tag, there is no easy way to make the EKE. I was hoping we could embed a simple tag and use MobiCreator to build the ebook. Unfortunately, we are going to need a tool that understands exactly how that tag is being misused. Seeing as how Amazon won’t share that tool, there’s nothing we can do.

I wonder if Amazon are going to misuse the audio tag like they are misusing the video tag? That would be unfortunate, IMO. But it’s rather telling that Amazon chose to misuse part of HTML5 (rather than use it correctly). I think it says something about their motivations.

P.S. If you know of any details that I have wrong, please let me know. I really don’t like handing out bad info.

P.P.S. If you have any related technical info, please, please, please share it with me. I want to learn how to do this.

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Sony Touch Edition has been discontinued!

August 22nd, 2010 · hardware news

At least, that’s the product status reported by B&H Photo. You usually only see “discontinued” when a retailer tries to order more and is told it won’t be available. Of course, at this point it’s not really that much of a surprise, is it? We already knew about the new models.

via Mike Cane

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Waterstone’s dropped Sony Pocket Edition to £99.99

August 10th, 2010 · hardware news

UK bookstore Waterstone’s have dropped the price of the Sony Pocket Edition yesterday. The price on Sunday was priced £179. (The price of the Sony Touch Edition, £199, has not changed.)I don’t know about you, but I’d bet the change is a response to the Kindle.

I’m a little surprised at quite how high the price was on Sunday and how high the price still is. It’s only £10 less than the Kindle Wifi. Then again, here in the US the Pocket Edition is still priced at $10 more than the Kindle Wifi, so I guess the UK price isn’t so bad.

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BenQ launch limited edition e-reader in Taiwan

July 26th, 2010 · benq, hardware news

Digitimes are reporting that BenQ have released a limited edition ereader, the nReader Young Guns. Only 200 will be sold, and they will come with the Young Guns comic book series preinstalled as part of a deal with the publisher. Retail has been set at NT$9,600 (US$300).

The ereader hardware is BenQ’ s latest model, the nReader.

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Century-old Brazilian newspaper to drop print edition

July 15th, 2010 · digitization projects

The Knight Center for Journalism are reporting:

The Rio de Janeiro-based Jornal do Brasil will stop circulating its 119-year-old print edition and appear only online, O Globo reports. The paper’s owner, Nelson Tanure, says he will set the date for the changeover this week.

Before deciding to end the print edition, Tanure tried, unsuccessfully, to sell the newspaper as it is mired in debt and circulation has fallen to 17,000 during the week and 22,000 on Sundays. According to Globo, the attitude among Jornal’s 180 employees – including 60 journalists – is one of sadness and anxiety.

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