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Ebook distributor OverDrive announced plans to launch a new ebook reading platform called OverDrive Read. OverDrive Read will enable readers using standard web browsers to read ebooks online and offline without having to install any software or activating their device.

Posted May 31, 2012

We all know the laserdisc wasted little time outliving its usefulness, and in the years since Pioneer released its prized product, we have seen the same thing happen again and again to the likes of the cassette, the floppy disc, the CD, etc. Despite dead technologies being well ingrained in our collective memories, many people are still having trouble recognizing that it may be time to put one of our favorite current technologies, the app, to rest.

Posted May 31, 2012

The New York Times is reporting that Facebook is hoping to release its own smart phone sometime next year with the help of former Apple engineers. The sources for this development come from within Facebook, saying up to six former Apple engineers are developing it.

Posted May 30, 2012

While Tim Cook looks to keep certain Apple practices and traditions in tact, he is also looking to make his own mark on the technology giant, according to Fox News. Speaking at "D: All Things Digital"s Cooks says that as CEO he will be upping Apple's humanitarian efforts around the world and also monitoring the conditions for 700,000 workers in China more closely.

Posted May 30, 2012

Within the next few years, the post-PC world of connected devices is going to have as profound an effect on the buying and selling of goods in this country as the internet has had in the last decade. The velocity with which people are embracing m-commerce and now t-commerce (tapping buy buttons on tablets) is surprising even the cheerleaders of mobile media. Publishers, watch this space. Having your content on handsets and tablets could position your company to be at that lucrative point of sale (POS) in a way never before possible, largely because now the POS can be anywhere inspiration hits.

Posted May 24, 2012

Google CEO Larry Page made it official -- though not "Facebook official" -- yesterday when he announced in a blog post that Google finally closed the Motorola mobility deal, buying the company for a reported $12.5 billion. Page stressed Motrola's willingness to bet on Google's Android operating system, and thanked CEO Sanjay Jha for his confidence before announcing that Jha had stepped down. Taking over as Motorola Mobility CEO is Dennis Woodside.

Posted May 23, 2012

UK bookseller Waterstones has signed an agreement with Amazon to launch new e-reading services as well as offer Kindle digital services though its UK shops. With this agreement, it will allow Waterstones to give digital reading to customers in its stores and be a compliment to their traditional book selling services, which the company says it is committed to.

Posted May 22, 2012

In the months since Pottermore finally opened for business, e-reader enthusiasts have been buying the Harry Potter ebooks in droves. Now Kobo users can also get in on the action, but just like everyone else, they'll have to purchase the ebooks through Pottermore.

Posted May 17, 2012

News in the publishing world this past month has been dominated by the Department of Justice's antitrust suit against several of the biggest US publishers. Authors, agents, and booksellers are sounding off on what they consider to be the severely misguided efforts on the part of the government. The Association of Authors' Representatives board voted unanimously to oppose the suit and settlement and has sent a letter to all members urging them to voice their disapproval as well. Simon Lipskar, an agent with Writers House, has sent his own letter to the justice presiding over the case. (Mr. Lipskar's full letter is available.) He meticulously documents that agency pricing has not harmed consumers and has, in fact, been to their benefit.

Posted May 17, 2012

The new iPhone will have a screen that measures 4 inches diagonally from corner to corner, according to Reuters. This is an increase to previous iPhone screens which currently measure 3.5 inches. The move to a bigger screen might be a response to Samsung's Galaxy phone, which has a 4.8 inch screen and outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2012. Apple has reportedly already started ordering the bigger screens from suppliers.

Posted May 16, 2012

If you are one of the few people left who haven't read the Harry Potter novels, perhaps you just haven't had the right access: hardcovers, paperbacks, ebooks sold through the Pottermore website. None of those options worked for you, but don't fret. Starting on June 19, you'll be able to borrow the ebooks from the Kindle Lending Library, giving you one more option to read J.K. Rowling's ubiquitous series.

Posted May 11, 2012

At the Software and Information Industry Association's Content VIA Platforms conference in San Francisco on May 10, the "Gang of Four" - Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook -were omnipresent, even if no one from those organizations was scheduled to speak. Publishers and technology providers used "VIA" to discuss the risks and opportunities in working with these companies, a sign of the importance the four platforms now play in meeting the evolving preferences of eContent consumers.

Posted May 11, 2012

The personalized magazine app, Flipboard, is now available for Android phone users, according to ReadWriteWeb.com. Previously, this popular app was only available to iPhone and iPad users but has finally been ported for Android by a developer at XDA Forums.

Posted May 10, 2012

Facebook announced plans to develop the App Center, which Facebook says will provide users with high-quality apps. According to ReadWriteWeb.com, "Facebook has announced a strict set of style and quality guidelines to get apps placed in App Center. Apps that are considered high-quality, as decided by Facebook's Insights analytics platform, will get prominent placement."

Posted May 10, 2012

Current Analytics has announced the release of mCOMPETE, a new web app that allows subscribers to obtain information and analytics on companies, products, and industry events on their smart phones and tablets. By clicking on an icon on their mobile device, subscribers can get up to date information on a company or product of their choosing and on tablets can compare them side by side. Current Analysis says this will allow subscribers to gain an advantage in business by being able to see reports and other date instantly. This app is available to Apple, Android, and Blackberry operating systems.

Posted May 07, 2012

The explosion of nondesktop access points to information and the proliferation of apps has had-and is likely to continue to have-a significant impact on the way that users seek and access information. Historically, search engines have driven access to content with organizations such as Google leading the pack. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project's "Search Engine Use 2012" report shows Google with a commanding lead-it's used by 83% of those searching online, compared with the next highest, Yahoo!, at just 6%.

Posted May 07, 2012

Barnes & Noble's beleaguered investors got a boost today when Microsoft pumped $300 million into the company for just under a 20% stake in the Nook. The bookseller's stock soared 85%. According to CNN, "Microsoft's investment values the overall Nook business at $1.7 billion, which is more than twice the $792 million market value for all of Barnes & Noble at the close Friday."

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Financial Times purchased web and application developer Assanka in January of this year and now it has decided to rename the company. Assanka will now be FT Labs in a way to fully integrate Assanka under the Financial Times umbrella and build up the brand.

Posted Apr 30, 2012

In an effort to make it easier for users to find the ebooks they want, EBSCO developed 39 new ebook Subject Sets as a way of grouping books together by a specific subject. EBSCO's goal is for libraries to use these sets to make the process of selecting needed books quicker while also growing the number of titles libraries have on hand.

Posted Apr 30, 2012

In a characteristically slick presentation at New York's Guggenheim Museum in January, a top Apple executive stood before a room full of journalists, introducing them to the company's latest effort to apply its computing philosophy to a facet of everyday life that is still-in its view-languishing in the technological dark ages. One two-word slide said it all: "Reinventing Textbooks."

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Mobiles Republic, a publisher of applications for smartphones, tablets and connected devices, announced a content partnership with euronews, an international news network. Mobiles Republic's free news appsNews Republic, APPY Geek and Biz Report will now feature euronews news articles and video content worldwide in five services -- English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. In addition to world news, euronews provides Mobiles Republic with the latest stories in the field of business, high-tech and culture.

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Snapguide, the new iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step "how to guides," announced that any Snapguide users with the Pinterest mobile app installed can now "pin" their favorite guides to Pinterest with just the tap of a button.

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Consumers estimate that half of the apps they use are ad-supported, according to the 2012 "Tapjoy APPitude Report." The survey provides additional insights about the value of advertising campaigns in apps, including the attitudes, behaviors, engagement levels, motivations, psychographics and purchase intent of app users and smartphone gamers.

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Technology, it is said, has turned the world into a global village. In Africa, modern technology-especially mobile devices like e-readers-is changing almost every facet of human life more than on any other technology anywhere in the world. To many, the spread of the mobile web is Africa's version of the great industrial revolution that swept through Europe in the 19th Century and created opportunities and wealth to propel Europe into the success it is today. No other continent has fully embraced and tapped into the potential of information communication technology (ICT) like Africa has over the past decade or so.

Posted Apr 25, 2012

Amazon.com announced it started shipping Kindle Touch 3G to customers in over 175 countries and territories around the world, seven days earlier than the previously announced April 27 availability date.

Posted Apr 20, 2012

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