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Archives: August 2010

Intel Acquires Infineon Wireless

Intel has entered an agreement to purchase Infineon’s Wireless Solutions Business, called WLS, in a $1.4 billion cash deal. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

According to an Intel press release: “The acquisition expands Intel’s current Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX offerings to include Infineon’s 3G capabilities and supports Intel’s plans to accelerate LTE. The acquired technology will be used in Intel Core processor-based laptops, and myriad of Intel Atom processor-based devices, including smartphones, netbooks, tablets and embedded computers.”
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The New York Times
has more: “The Infineon unit makes chips used in laptops, netbooks and smartphones, including the Apple iPhone, and will strengthen Intel’s lineup of 3G, 4G, Wimax and Wi-Fi cards. Intel expects the deal to close in the first quarter of next year, pending regulatory approvals.”

With this new capability, will Intel be the next to enter the eReader market?

Wattpad Partners With Chooseco

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eBook community Wattpad has partnered with Choose Your Own Adventure publisher Chooseco for a new digital endeavor. Fabulous Terrible: The Adventures of You by Sophie Talbot -a 2008 print novel aimed at teenage girls- is the first digital release that will come out of the partnership.

In September, Wattpad will host an interactive event to introduce the Fabulous Terrible series to the Wattpad community. Writers on Wattpad will be invited to contribute concepts and story outlines for a sequel to “Fabulous Terrible: The Adventure of You: Chloe.” Chooseco editors will choose three story concepts and the most popular idea will be developed shaped into a book proposal that Chooseco will consider for publication.

This is a popular time to “choose your own adventure” digitally. Last week, a Swedish company called Uventures brought the classic Choose Your Own Adventure novel series to the app world.

War And Peace Is Free eBook Of The Day

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As school is getting back in session, this week, we are featuring free classics as part of our Free eBook of the Day series. With that in mind, today’s Free eBook of the Day is Leo Tolstoy‘s classic War and Peace.

Here is an excerpt: “To be an enthusiast had become her social vocation and, sometimes even when she did not feel like it, she became enthusiastic in order not to disappoint the expectations of those who knew her. The subdued smile which, though it did not suit her faded features, always played round her lips expressed, as in a spoiled child, a continual consciousness of her charming defect, which she neither wished, nor could, nor considered it necessary, to correct.”

Project Gutenberg has the free download.

For more free eBooks, check out our free eBook of the Day archive.

Amazon Kindle Store eBook Bundles Range from 99-Cents to $79

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Alert eBook blogger Mike Cane spotted a Soho Crime eBook bundle in the Kindle Store today. Intrigued, we did some more digging–uncovering more than two hundred Kindle offerings with the word “bundle” in the title.

The long list included many eBook bundles. The most expensive package was the iPhone and Mac e-Book Bundle from Wrox–the bundle cost $79.99. The cheapest eBook bundle was Eric and Goosh: Bundle #1– a collection of 11 comics in eBook form for 99-cents.

Earlier this month, we introduced readers to Christian Owens, a UK teenager who built a business by convincing developers to sell multiple applications at a significant discount in a special bundle. We asked–could a 16-year-old millionaire save publishing?

Kobo Opens Office In The U.S.

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Canadian eBook company Kobo has opened an office in New York City, bringing the eBook company to the backyard of major U.S. publishers.

GalleyCat reports: “The Canadian eBook company Kobo has opened a New York City office, building a staff ‘focused on publisher relations and content acquisition for the US market.’ To staff this new office, the company has hired Ami Greko as vendor relations senior manager and Jan Ehrlich as magazines and newspapers senior director.”

The company has plans to get more involved in the U.S. publishing world. The Kobo blog says: “Publisher relationships are something we take very seriously at Kobo. We have always believed that building the digital reading market is something that should be done with publishers, rather than done to publishers. The more we can collaborate, the more information we can exchange, the better it will be for publishers, for Kobo and for the readers we serve. Our work with US-based publishers is growing at a frantic pace as we continue to add new vendors, deepen our retail relationships, innovate on devices, and manage the intricacies of agency relationships. Expect to see us in person more often, at more conferences, running and sponsoring events and generally making more noise.”

Asus Rumored To Partner With Txtr On European eBookstore

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Computer company Asus and German eBook company Txtr are reportedly going to announce a new eBook partnership new week.

The Digital Reader has the story: “According to Wiwo.de, the 2 companies will announce a new partnership at IFA Berlin next week. Txtr will run the European Asus ebookstore. It’s going to launch this fall and initially cover Germany, Britain, Spain and the Netherlands. More countries will be added later.”

Rumors are flying high for next week’s IFA show. It is reportedly the stage for the debut of the new Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Via @jafurtado.

Kogan eReader Ships In Australia

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The Sydney Morning Herald has a new review up of the Kogan eBook reader – Australia’s latest $189 eReading device. The eReader went on presale last month and began shipping last week.

The eReader has a 6-inch screen with Eink functionality. It supports various formats including PDF, HTML, ePub and TXT files. It also comes preloaded with 1,500 titles from Project Gutenberg, which includes classics such as D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

The new review compares the eReader to the Kobo and the Kindle. From the Morning Herald: “Both the Kogan and the Kobo work with Adobe Digital Editions – iTunes-esque desktop software used for downloading purchased DRM-protected ePUB books and copying them to your device… When it comes to turning pages the Kogan is quite fast when you’re reading one of the pre-installed text files – about 1.5 seconds.”

The piece also points out the eReader’s shortcomings. “Both the Kogan and the Kobo lack wifi and mobile broadband, so you can’t search for books and download them directly to the device as you can with the Kindle. Nor can you buy books online in a browser and send them directly to the device. Instead you need to download books to your computer and copy them across.”

Cory Doctorow Pushes DRM Free Message In Blog Post

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Author/blogger Cory Doctorow blogged about winning the DRM battle against on BoingBoing yesterday.

The blog stems from Doctrow’s column this month in Publisher’s Weekly, in which is talks about how he convinced Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo to sell his eBooks unencumbered by DRM coding, so that consumers can transfer the files that they purchase across device.

Here is a bit from the BoingBoing blog: “Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo were all happy to carry my books without DRM, and on terms that gave you the same rights you got when buying paper editions. Sony and Apple refused to carry my books without DRM — even though my publisher and I both asked them to. The upshot is that you can now buy electronic editions of my books in the Kindle, Nook and Kobo stores in DRM-free, EULA-free editions!”

Dr. Seuss And Spreadsong’s Free Apps Top Paid Book Apps

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Spreadsong’s $1.99 Free Audiobooks and Oceanhouse Media’s $3.99 The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss app topped the list this morning in the Top paid apps in the Books category of Apple’s app store.

Spreadsong’s $1.99 Free Books app, which comes preloaded with more than 23,000 eBooks came in third. Pocket God Comics placed at #4 and MegaReader’s app that comes with 1.8 million free eBooks for $2.99 is the #5 app. Joe Kwon’s $.99 True Ghost Stories app is #6. Oceanhouse Media’s Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss app is #7.

Religious and self-help titles rounded out the top Top 10, with DMBC’s $.99 The Holy Bible King James Version placing at #8, Olive Tree Bible Software’s $9.99 NIV Bible BibleReader at #9 and Alexandru Brie’s Self Help Classics placing at #10.

Week In Review: Kindle Ships; Random House/Wylie Deal; Sharper Image Launches eReader

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August’s last weekend is here. Time to get some sun and take in the last days of summer. Here is a roundup of eBook news this week, for your weekend reading.

Amazon shipped the new Kindle 3
and reviews were positive.

Random House made a deal with the Wylie Agency.

Cybook’s Opus eReader went on super sale on Buy.com.

HarperCollin’s Children’s Books launched apps for kids.

The Salahis, aka alleged “Washington Crashers” announced that their tell-all would hit eBook before print.

Apple’s iWork update makes it easier to self-publish ePub files.

Kobo began supporting ePub and PDF files.

The Sharper Image introduced a $159 eReader.

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