I’ve just read in The Guardian about another ebook lending site, Lendle. Unfortunately the site appears to be down at the moment, so I can’t tell you anything about it. But the guardian had this to say:
Just days after its launch, Lendle now has 1,045 ebooks listed as available to borrow. Users can also access their Amazon accounts through the site to buy titles, with the site receiving a small cut of the profits each time they do so.
Earlier today I helped someone set up a mobile version of their website and that finally spurred me to launch a mobile site for this blog. (WordPress makes this really easy, in case you were wondering.)
Second Update: Someone showed me a better way to do it, so I’ve killed the mobile domain. Your mobile device should now be auto detected from the main URL.
To be more accurate, I’ve had a mobile theme since late August (which you could access through a theme switcher widget). What I added today was a specific domain for the mobile theme. I’m currently using a theme called Carrington Mobile. I’ve tried it on a number of different screen sizes and I like it. (But if you know of one that you like better, let me know.)
I just heard about this site today on Twitter. I’m sure this isn’t the only site that helps you share ebooks, but it’s the first that I’ve heard of. While I don’t have any ebooks from B&N, I do approve of the principle.
But they do have a couple curious twists on their site. The ask you to buy ebooks through them. They get a cut, of course, but I’m hoping that they are planning to work out a better account integration with B&N. It would be nice if they could pull from B&N a list of ebooks you bought. You could go down the list and check off the ebooks you want to lend. Wouldn’t that make it easier for the user?
Team Leatherbound is comprised of Andrew Dumont, Nathan Carnes, Adrian Pike, and Amiel Martin. Dumont, who is also the Director of Business Development at Seesmic, says that the team has plans down the road to add movies and music to the apps’ search capabilities. However, as judging for the Rails Rumble competition is going on now, the project has to stay “as is.”
I don’t understand the hubbub. Okay, making it over the weekend was impressive. But we already have several price comparison sites; this one doesn’t do anything new. My preferred site is InkMesh. It has a much simpler interface and it’s under constant development.
Watpad have released the Metrics Report for the second quarter 2010.This report analyzes the amount of traffic their site received over the last 3 months. It’s 8 pages long and only slightly denser than a powerpoint, so I’d say it’s worth a read. You can download it here.
Here are the highlights:
Usage of Apple and Android Devices in eBook consumption continues to grow with about a 25% increase, where as Blackberry Devices experienced a drop in usage (-9%).
Apple iPad has been quickly adopted for eBooks consumption since its introduction in April 2010. The iPad accounted for 5% of eBook consumption in the iPod/iPhone/iPad family.
The growth of smartphone usage continues to come from North America and Europe, where as Java devices continue to lead growth in Asia.
38% of eBooks are consumed by English readers, followed by 36% of Vietnamese readers.
US continues to be the leader in English eBook consumption (70%), followed by UK (14%), Australia (8%) and Canada (7%)
?To better serve students this fall, CourseSmart has launched a new website, specifically designed to help students easily find and instantly access their assigned eTextbooks.
Additionally, CourseSmart’s release of “eTextbooks for the iPad 2.0,” an optimized application that takes full advantage of the iPad’s advanced functionality, provides students with the ultimate mobile solution to access all of the most popular, in-demand textbooks and course materials, anytime-anywhere. To highlight these exciting developments, CourseSmart is announcing that they will be giving away an iPad every day during the back-to-school season.
We are working on making all our eBooks optimized to do their best on iPads, iPhones, iPods, cellphones and PDA devices, and to do our web pages to the same degree.
Let us know if you have any of these and can test them, or would like to optimize for any other devices.
There are 4.5 billion such devices in the world, versus only 1.15 billion computers, and more and more readers, in spite of what the pundits say, are surfing, reading, and everything else on such mobile devices.
I’m looking at it right now, and I have to say I think it might actually have a more usable design than the main site. I’m not being snide; I really do prefer the mobile site.
Every day more and more consumers are using mobile devices to access the web, and Simon & Schuster Digital is pleased to now be able to connect those on-the-go consumers to a mobile-optimized version of the company’s acclaimed website, simonandschuster.com. The new site, www.simonandschuster.mobi, will appear whenever a user attempts to access simonandschuster.com from a mobile device, and features many of the key elements from that site, including:
Author pages, including popular features such as exclusive Author Revealed and Author Voices content, videos, and bios.
Books and series pages, with excerpts, descriptions, audio and excerpts