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The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that the number of U.S. residents who reported owning a tablet or an e-reader nearly doubled between mid-December and early January, both jumping from 10% to 19%, attributable to the available of lower-priced options.

Posted Jan 24, 2012

OverDrive, Inc. has released 2011 statistics on library ebooks, audiobooks, and digital media from its Virtual Branch websites. The websites garnered 1.6 billion page views, up 130% from 2010. Similarly, the company reports nearly 100 million visitor sessions, a 107% increase over 2010.

Posted Jan 19, 2012

The Sun, owned by News Group Newspapers Ltd., released a subscription app for Android-powered devices. The app launched at an introductory rate of £0.69 ($1.06) for the first month and £4.99 ($7.65) per subsequent month. An iPhone app is scheduled for a February release.

Posted Jan 16, 2012

Zumobi, Inc. announced a new solution for premium brands to engage mobile smartphone users following the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Through a partnership with Popular Science magazine, Zumobi launched the first ever in-app CES news tracker.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

The Daily newspaper, owned by News Corp., teamed up with Verizon Wireless to create an Android-compatible app. The app will be available by subscription on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet beginning this month; The Daily will come as part of a software update.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Comcast Corp. introduced a new service that allows Xfinity subscribers to watch live TV shows on their iPad via a set-top box called AnyPlay. Through the Xfinity TV app on the iPad and their home Wi-Fi router, AnyPlay allows users to watch the channels that are included in their subscription lineup.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Following its July 2011 U.S. release, the six-month promotional period for early adopters of Spotify Ltd.'s popular music service will come to an end next week. For all free account holders, this means a ten-hour monthly cap on free streaming and sharing.

Posted Jan 11, 2012

Japan's Rakuten, Inc. has reported that Kobo, Inc., its recent acquisition, saw a ten-fold increase in its number of ebook customers over the holidays. Kobo has not released official sales numbers yet, but the company says it has had "hundreds of thousands" of new device activations each day since Dec. 24.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

Apple filed three new patent applications that detail elements of Intel Corp. and Apple's joint technology for wired data transfer, Thunderbolt. It is speculated that the technology will be applied to iOS devices and would mean faster data transfer as well as faster recharging.

Posted Jan 09, 2012

Barnes & Noble plans to "pursue strategic exploratory work to separate the Nook business" from the rest of the company, as reported on paidContent. In a statement, the company said, "There can be no assurance that the review of a potential separation of the NOOK digital business will result in a separation. There is no timetable for the review...."

Posted Jan 05, 2012

MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. has plans to release a Samsung smartphone later this year that will be able to tune in to live television broadcasts from local stations. This announcement makes MetroPCS the first cellphone company to offer such a feature.

Posted Jan 04, 2012

NewspaperDirect.com overhauled its PressReader iPad app to add a number of updated features, including SmartFlow, which presents newspapers as a fluid stream of articles. SmartFlow is exclusive to PressReader 3.0; it blends the traditional way of reading with a new approach.

Posted Jan 04, 2012

Springer's SpringerLink science platform is now available in a free mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The app contains articles from over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and chapters from 49,000 books, totaling over 5.4 million documents.

Posted Jan 03, 2012

Following the holidays, the app market hit an all-time high last week, with 1.2 billion apps downloaded between Dec. 25 and 31, according to Flurry Analytics & Estimates. This figure is based on the top 20 mobile countries that Flurry regularly tracks and includes downloads to both Android and iOS devices.

Posted Jan 03, 2012

According to Benedict Evans' blog, and research for an upcoming Enders Analysis report, almost 40% of Facebook is via a mobile app.

Posted Dec 29, 2011

Scholastic Inc.'s Scholastic Media division launched its first Android apps in the form of I SPY games. The children's publishing, education, and media company debuted its "I SPY Arcade" game series based on the I SPY books. The games will be available for iPhone and iPod touch as well as for Android smartphones and tablets.

Posted Dec 22, 2011

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) announced it would grant a limited import ban on certain HTC devices, siding with Apple on its allegations of patent violations. The ban will go into place automatically after April 19, 2012. Though Apple accused HTC of violating four patents, the ITC asserted that only one was violated.

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Book publishers are an endangered species. That's right. The producers of textbooks, romance novels, and cookbooks aren't long for this world. Their likely extinction is both predictable and preventable. Even if they put up a good fight, it's unlikely they'll survive in their current form for one reason: They are slow to evolve.Case in point: Two years ago, while book publishers were busy conducting business as usual, an outsider invaded the industry and reshaped it in the publishers' image. The invading force was Apple, a fierce predator with a history of conducting well-orchestrated, highly publicized takeovers. And take over it did.

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Yesterday, AT&T, Inc. renounced its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile USA, Inc., owned by Deutsche Telekom AG. AT&T will have to pay Deutsche Telekom $4 billion for breaking the deal off, but the companies also just announced a joint roaming agreement.

Posted Dec 20, 2011

No longer is it just editors and agents on the subways and buses with their submission pile on Sony e-readers; it's actual, real, live, nonindustry people who just love to read. Harris Interactive, Inc. polled more than 2,000 people in July of this year and found that roughly 15% of those polled already owned an e-reader, and 15% of those who did not own an e-reader were likely to buy one in the next 6 months.

Posted Dec 15, 2011

Help+Manual 6, an authoring tool from EC Software GmbH, adds new output formats, including manuals that can be directly exported to and viewed on the Apple iPad and iPhone. Version 6 has an updated user interface, editing capabilities, and WebHelp 2.0.

Posted Dec 13, 2011

Despite the tiny screens, more consumers than ever before are using their smartphones to do more than ever before. Market research firm IDC reports that sales of smartphones in the final quarter of 2010 outstripped those of PCs for the first time—ever! Moreover, a milestone report from Google, in collaboration with the Mobile Marketing Association, confirms that we increasingly rely on our mobile devices to research products, make purchases, conduct transactions, and connect with social networks.

Posted Dec 13, 2011

Amazon.com, Inc. will release the first software update for the Kindle Fire tablet in the next two weeks, according to paidContent. The update will reportedly mend the device's multitouch navigation response and other performance issues as well as the list of options for recent activity on the tablet.

Posted Dec 12, 2011

Mobile Streams, a mobile content retailer that sells apps, games, ebooks, and music through its mobile carrier partners as well as its app store, Appitalism.com, announced the launch of PublicAd. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mobile Streams, PublicAd will conduct mobile advertising and marketing activities for the company.

Posted Dec 07, 2011

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, redesigned the interface for the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), its library-friendly online ebook platform. Gale improved navigation and organization as well as the display. GVRL now offers a multi-page viewer and a page flipper feature.

Posted Dec 06, 2011

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