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Amazon & Bowker Apply for .book Internet Domain Name Extension

Nine different companies have applied for the undoubtedly useful .book Internet domain name extension, including major publishing companies Amazon and R.R. Bowker. Follow this link to see the complete list of new extension applications.

Blogger Mike Cane has compiled some extensive research into the companies vying for the .book domain.

FThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN) has opened its “New generic Top-Level Domain Program,” encouraging groups to apply for Internet domain name extensions beyond the most common extensions: “.com,” “.net” or “.org.”  Soon Internet addresses can include a vast number of new extensions, like .book.

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‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Official Trailer

A leaked version of the trailer for David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo materialized on YouTube this week.

It has since been taken down (Mike Cane analyzed it shot by shot), but we’ve embedded the official trailer above–what do you think?

Read speculation about the leaked trailer’s origins here. According to Entertainment Weekly, the leaked trailer featured Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” in the background. We also saw glimpses of Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.

Staten Island Ferry Crash Eyewitness Account from eBook Blogger Mike Cane

Over the weekend eBook blogger Mike Cane experienced the Staten Island ferry crash, providing an eyewitness account to MSNBC about the unexpected event.

Listen to his description of the crash in the video embedded above. Cane is a prolific eBook expert, tweeting about digital publishing everyday. Our thoughts are with all the injured victims today.

Earlier this year, eBookNewser featured Cane’s thoughts on the iPad and on a Nook advertisement. (Link via Oliver Drobnik)

Coping with a Twitter Slowdown

twittercrash.jpgTwitter has been limping along this afternoon, much to the dismay of all the literary tweeters in the audience. Mike Cane summed it up: “Twitter is NOT WORKING PROPERLY. Getting near-zero tweets. So if you wonder why I’m not saying anything, this is why.”

To help you cope with this Twitter problem, GalleyCat has compiled some Twitter-sized links. First up, Electric Literature released a one-sentence animation of a Lydia Davis short story.

The New Yorker found a bit of DIY publicity.

Edward Champion counted the literary allusions in Stephen King‘s new novel.

The Wall Street Journal looks at the Iron Man 2 trailer, an adaptation after this GalleyCat editor’s heart.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Selling High on eBay

nookauction23.jpgAs news broke yesterday that Barnes & Noble’s eagerly anticipated Nook digital reader will only arrive in a few stores on Dec. 7, one blogger spotted the device selling for $465 on eBay–$206 more than the list price.

eBook champion Mike Cane spotted the eBay Nook auction yesterday, Twitter-ing as the price rose higher and higher for the device. This morning, GalleyCat spotted a still-open auction for a Nook–currently selling for $400. There is still more auction action on eBay now.

Here’s more about the limited release: “‘A very limited supply, along with demo units, will be available in our highest-volume stores only, beginning December 7,’ Mary Ellen Keating, Barnes & Noble’s senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, told CNET in an e-mail.”

120,000 Reading Books on Android Phones

aldiko_showcasebox_download.jpgSince the application’s September launch, 120,000 users have downloaded the Aldiko eBook reader for Android smartphones. According to the company, the average Aldiko user downloads more than seven books a month.

Ever since Google released Android, an operating system and mobile phone platform, some have speculated that the platform could soon rival the iPhone. To find out about the publishing implications of this new system, GalleyCat interviewed Tiffany Wong, co-founder of the Android e-reader, Aldiko. The company has already partnered with O’Reilly Media, All Romance Ebooks, Feedbooks and Smashwords. (Editor’s note: eBook connoisseur Mike Cane reviews the app’s display).

Wong was “very optimistic” about the future: “The key advantage of Android is that it is not a platform specific to one hardware manufacturer, but one that will be deployed on dozens of products from dozen of companies, which in the long run will drive a lot of volume. At Aldiko, we’ve actually seen a huge surge in app downloads after the launch of the Motorola Droid last week,” she explained.

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Disney’s Digital Book Push

disneybk23.jpgThe Walt Disney Company (DIS) pushed into the digital book market today, hoping to corner the first generation of digital book-savvy kids with a new distribution model: selling $79.95 annual subscriptions to readers, providing online access to 500 Disney storybook titles in digital form.

According to the NY Times, the project will target children aged three to twelve. Onscreen, the digital pages turn like pages in a print book. The site will provide online pronunciation advice, quizzes, games, and a number of the books will have actors read the story out-loud, complete with music.

Digital publishing expert Mike Cane had these thoughts about the new release: “What I love about this is that Disney is emphasizing these are digital books–not eBooks. They’ve positioned themselves for the future, not settling for the inferior offerings of today. A questioner asked what number of subscribers they would consider a success. Disney’s not thinking that way. This is a long-term investment for them.”

Comparing Apples and Kindles

fortunecover.jpgFortune magazine gave Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com, Inc. front-cover treatment this week–comparing Amazon’s Kindle aspirations to Apple’s iPod revolution.

While citing a Citigroup report that estimated Kindle sales had neared 500,000 units, the article notes that Apple “shipped more than 200 million iPods.” Nevertheless, many experts thought the bookseller could make a mint with the digital reader. Reading the same article, e-book champion Mike Cane wondered what kind of e-reader Hewlett-Packard is developing.

Here are more details from the Fortune article: “[M]ost company watchers think that Bezos is positioned to make a fortune on the device. Barclays Capital predicts Kindle devices will produce $840 million in profit on $3.7 billion in sales in 2012. That’s roughly 20% of Amazon’s total sales and profit today.”