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eBooks in a Textbook World

September 24th, 2010 · opinion

Education is a splendid thing — except for the textbooks that students have to buy. When I was in school, high school and college, many, many years ago, it was rare that for there to be a single book for a course. Not only were they heavy to carry, but they were expensive — and they are still heavy and expensive today! (I haven’t forgotten what it cost to buy the texts my children used.) [Read more →]

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150k students use Flat World Knowledge textbooks this fall

August 23rd, 2010 · press release

From the press release:

Flat World Knowledge, the leading publisher of commercial, openly-licensed college textbooks, today announced another dramatic increase in the number of colleges and classrooms adopting its textbooks. This fall semester, more than 800 colleges will utilize Flat World textbooks, up from 400 in the fall 2009 and up from 30 colleges in the spring 2009.With Flat World’s textbooks saving the average student $80 per class, the company is on track to save 150,000 students $12 million or more in textbook expenses for the 2010/2011 academic year which begins this month.

Flat World’s year-over-year growth is fueled by the company’s innovative “free and open” textbook publishing model that allows students to acquire complete, high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks at prices ranging from FREE for online access to only $30 for a softcover print book. Other formats include PDF downloads, audio and ereader versions for the iPad and Kindle, as well as digital study aids.

Their marketing hype used to annoy me (it still does).  But lately I’ve realized that real change in publishing is only going to come from outside tech companies like Flat World Knowledge. I’m rooting for them to succeed.

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World’s best laptop

August 6th, 2010 · humor

This obviously isn’t an ereader topic, but I so want this laptop. I believe the clip is from the movie Brain Donors.

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Ebooks around the world

August 3rd, 2010 · links post

It occurred to me this morning that one of the blogs I follow, Publishing Perspectives, have been reporting on the kind of global ebook news that I’m trying to cover on TDR. I can’t write those stories myself, unfortunately; I lack the connectons to local sources. But I can at least link to them.

Here’s 3.

BTW, I’d like to see more of these are the kind of stories. If you find one, please tip me.

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World’s strangest e-reader

July 26th, 2010 · hardware news

This has to be one of the strangest ereaders I have ever seen. This is the first one I’ve seen with buttons along the long side of a 7″ LCD screen, not short.

The Acho C301 is based on the standard 7″ LCD screen. I don’t know the rest of the hardware specs, but it has the usual broad video, ebook, and audio support. I’m still looking for the release date and price, but I wanted to show you this picture. Weird.

Acho via

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5th annual World Ebook Fair to start on 4 July

June 28th, 2010 · conferences & trade shows

The World Ebook Fair kicks off next Sunday. So what?

Pardon me for being cynical, but this appears to be a non event. I can’t find an ebookstore partner offering a sale, nor have I found anyone doing anything as part of the Fair. It’s not like “Read an Ebook Week”, where quite a few retailers, ebook blogs, and free ebook sites participated. This “Fair” does not seem to extend beyond the one site.

But I could be jumping to conclusions here. There are several important partners are listed on the site (Baen Books, PG, Internet Archive, etc). Unfortunately, none of the partners are promoting the Fair. I’m not sure what’s going on, and from the looks of things neither does anyone else.


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Video: Guinness World Records iPad app

May 28th, 2010 · ipad app, software news, video

This is one of the reasons that I stay at a convention until they kick me out. Guinness World Records only announced their app Thursday morning, and I found out about it because of a story in the Wall Street Journal that same day.

This app is just a sampler, but it does look interesting. There is also an iPhone version of the sampler coming soon. The full app is due out this fall, and they haven’t set the price yet.

BTW, I’m sorry that the camera drifted. I ‘m not ashamed to say that I got distracted by the demo. Yes, it was that cool.

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World Book announces new literacy program

May 9th, 2010 · Uncategorized

World Book, Inc. just released an online resource to help young learners build vocabulary, phonics, comprehension, and reading fluency.

The Early World of Learning consists of three interactive learning environments:

  • Trek’s Travels – offering stories, games, and original videos
  • Welcome to Readinghelping pre- and early readers strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Know Itengaging early learners with non-fiction reading in a richly visual interactive first encyclopedia.

It’s available on a subscription basis. For more information, visit

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PVI Demos Color E-ink Screens at the World Ebook Fair

March 19th, 2010 · hardware news

The IDG News Service sent someone to the World Ebook Fair in Shenzhen (it’s being held right now), and they spent a few minutes at the PVI booth.

PVI had 6″ and 9.7″ color E-ink screens on display. Unfortunately, the screen isn’t nearly fast enough to be able to play movies at 30fps. PVI also had 3 different touchscreens on display, as well as 2 flexible screens. All of the screens have been demoed for Amazon and PVI’s other partners.


This is going to be an interesting year. Liquavista and Qualcomm are each going to have an ereader with a color screen out by the end of the year. PixelQi has been hinting that they would release an aftermarket kit (no talk of an ereader, sadly). Now it looks like PVI’s new screen tech might be on a device as well.

My money’s on Liquavista. Their new screen is supposed to be nearly as cheap to produce as LCD, is close enough in tech that existing production lines can be changed over. Also, they’re working with Texas Instrument’s next gen CPUs (the ones with faster screen refresh rates).

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Hello world!

January 24th, 2010 · Uncategorized

This is the inaugural post of my new blog.  Greetings and salutations.

My name is Nate Hoffelder (aka Nate the great), and for the last 2 years I’ve been part of the moderator team at MobileRead Forums.  It’s a community that’s dedicated to ebook and ebook readers, and being part of it is a pleasure.

One of my contributions to MR was gathering ebook related news. I’ve decided to start this blog becuase I believe I can build it into a valuable resource.


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