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Archives: March 2012

F+W Media Launches Subscription Service for Art eBooks

F+W Media announced today that they’re launching a new subscription service for art enthusiasts.

The new service, which is part of the Artist’s Network, is going to be entirely focused on the one content niche. This is a natural expansion of the Artist’s Network, which offers numerous blogs, books, videos, and other content for every skill level from enthusiast to pro.

“Two key issues in the illustrated book space are device neutral availability and discoverability. We think our new ebook subscription sites offer a solution to both challenges. With the release of myriad devices and formats, number of online vendors, and confusing search functionality, consumers often get lost in the ebook space,” said David Nussbaum, Chairman & CEO, F+W Media.

The subscription costs $200 a year and it offers access to more than 120 full-color art instruction titles from F+W Media’s publishing imprints. You can read the eBooks in a Flash enabled web browser, and there are also Android and iOS apps in the works.

F+W Media plans to launch similar subscription services in other content areas.

Artist’s Network eBooks

Harry Potter eBooks Now At Libraries

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books now available in eBook and audiobook form through libraries thanks to a new partnership with OverDrive.

The seven book series can be checked out from more than 18,000 libraries and schools in more than 20 countries. The books are available in EPUB and Kindle in the U.S. in English. French, Italian, German and Spanish readers will have versions available soon.

Karen Estrovich, collection development manager at OverDrive stated: “Harry Potter has had an unprecedented impact on multiple generations of readers. Now that the stories are available for lending in digital formats, libraries and schools worldwide have a powerful new way to reach readers of all ages. Harry Potter eBooks and digital audiobooks have the potential to immerse a new wave of readers in J.K. Rowling’s captivating adventures and inspire a lifelong passion for books and reading.”

Amazon and Barnes & Noble both began selling eBook editions of the Harry Potter books earlier this week.

How To Measure Your Google Activity

Want to know if you spend more time reading eBooks, searching the Internet or emailing? Google has a new tool that will let you track this called Google Account. It’s like Google analytics for yourself.

Obviously you have to be a Google user for this to be meaningful, but for those of us who use Google services like search, Gmail and Google Play (the new home of Google’s eBooks) every day, it is a great new discovery tool.

There are also security benefits as well. The Google blog explains: “Knowing more about your own account activity also can help you take steps to protect your Google Account. For example, if you notice sign-ins from countries where you haven’t been or devices you’ve never owned, you can change your password immediately and sign up for the extra level of security provided by 2-step verification.”

If you sign up, Google will send you a monthly report logging your activity.

Disney Releases Peter Pan Book App

Disney Classics has released an interactive iPad edition of Peter Pan. The app, which costs $3.99, takes young readers through Neverland with drawings, sound effects and read-to-me feature.

The app also includes a matching puzzle game, a memory game, the ability to digitally “color” pages, as well as an emulation of a flute that kids can play.

The publisher has been making many of its classics available in the app form ever since the iPad was released. The publisher has had success with digital versions of its franchises including: Tangled, Beauty & The Beast, Cars and the Princess Dress-Up app, all of which have done time on the Top Grossing iOS Book Apps list.  Read more

OverDrive’s iOS App Updated – Now Supports Dictionary Lookup

OverDrive is now distributing Harry Potter ebooks to its 18 thousand member libraries, but that’s not their only news this week. They’ve just pushed out an update for the OverDrive Media Console app for iPhone and iPad.

The update is  few weeks late but it’s worth the wait.  It adds a key feature that a lot of us need in eBooks: dictionary. You can now look up words in the eBooks you checkout from the library. Just tap a word with your finger to find the definition. You can also navigate to the corresponding Wikipedia page for more information.

The OverDrive Media Console app is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and PC. It reads Epub as well as audiobooks checked out from OverDrive’s partner libraries


Free eBook: My Sparkling Misfortune (The Lakeland Knight)

This humorous fantasy book is our free eBook today.

Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a Sparkling instead—“a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.” Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the Sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of “best interests” is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.


Top Android Book Apps List

Outer space and religion are popular themes on the Android Book Apps list this week, which is now a part of Google Play. Bible readers and a Quran reader, as well as The Night Sky and Moon Phase Pro are all on the Android Books & Reference App Top Ten list this week.

As part of our research for the Publishing App Expo from last year, we have been spotlighting the top selling book apps every week–helping our readers discover and analyze successful content.

Below, we’ve listed the top ten paid Android Books & Reference apps of the week. We’ve linked to the online pages for the individual apps so you can explore the content. Read more

Kindle Fire On Sale Today – $140

Amazon is having a killer deal today on the Kindle Fire.  It’s a one day only deal, and the unit is refurbished (not new),but the price is killer. And it comes with the same warranty as a new Kindle Fire.

You’d be crazy not to go get one at this price. And that goes double considering that the KF just got a major update.


Has The Kindle Fire Been A Success?

Quora users have been discussing the success of the Kindle Fire and the general consensus is that it is a success. In response to the question, “Has the Kindle Fire been a success?,” five respondents replied to the thread.

Tsahi Levent-Levi, Director, Business Solutions at Amdocs, whose answer was voted to the top of the list, wrote: “4.7 Million units in Q4 2012, taking 17% of the tablets market – a huge success – especially if you compare it to the success of other Android tablets.” Read more

Hacked Nook Touch Runs Kobo Android App

The following video shows a trick that isn’t very useful (it’s not that hard to transfer DRMed eBooks), but it is cool none the less.

The Nook Touch has a large and dedicated hacking community, and today one of those hackers shows us that you can install other reading apps on it. Specifically, you’re looking at the latest edition of the Kobo Android App, and it’s running on a hacked Nook Touch. I’m told that you can also install the Kindle Android app, making the Nook Touch the most capable E-ink eReader on the market.