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Archives: February 2011

Iriver Cover Story Coming To Japan

The new iriver Cover Story is  expected to be available in Japan in April, with a retail of 19,800 Yen (about $242 USD). The Cover Story is iriver’s second gen eReader. It’s based on a 6″ E-ink screen, and it has 2GB Flash storage, optional Wifi, a resistive touchscreen, accelerometer, and support for ePub, PDF, FM2, TXT, HWP, DOB, PPT and XLS files as well as support for Adobe DE DRM.

It initially appeared last summer, and went on sale in Europe back in November.

Apple Plans New Joint Venture Service For Small Businesses

Wednesday is the big day for the next Apple announcement and speculation is running high that the tech company is set to announce the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5. As we await the formal announcement, news has been leaking about the new products and and the latest is that the iPad 2 will offer a new support plan for small businesses called Joint Venture.

Apple Insider has the news about a secret meeting that was held for Apple retail employees introducing them to the new service that allegedly took place yesterday. Here is more from the story: “According to people in attendance, the meeting’s agenda on Sunday did indeed involve an internal unveiling of the new Joint Venture priority service plan. Sources have told AppleInsider that the plan will cost around $500 a year and will be made available to businesses when purchasing a new Mac. Up to 5 systems will be covered by the plan, though additional systems may be added for $99 a year.”

The plan will reportedly include access to the Genius Bar, for IT services, which could be very appealing to small businesses.

AT&T To Sell the Amazon Kindle

AT&T will soon be joining Staples, Best Buy, Fred Meyer in selling the K3 3G. Starting on March 6th, the latest version of Amazon’s eReader will be available in AT&T wireless stores across the US. There will be display units, and potential customers will get a chance to test drive the unit before they buy. Retail price is the same as elsewhere ($189). AT&T will not be selling the Kindle Wifi (because it doesn’t use AT&T’s network, of course).

Glenn Lurie, VP of Emerging Devices, had this to say about the announcement: “Amazon has without question pioneered the eReader space with Kindle, and it’s exciting to not only connect this device through our network, but now offer it in our store to readers around the country.”

Asus eeeNote EA-800 Coming To The US ‘Soon’

Asus quietly announced last week that its newest eReader, the eeeNote, would soon be available in the US with a retail of  “under $200″.

The eeeNote, which first appeared last year at Computex, is based on a unique 8″ LCD screen. This screen is both low power and grayscale, not color. The eeeNote also has a Wacom touch screen layer (pressure sensitive with 256 levels), Wifi, 4GB Flash storage, and a microSD card slot. Battery life is reputed to be around 13 hours.

The eeeNote is targeted at the academic market, and it has an impressive suite of features, including scribbled and typed notes, a web browser, sketch pad, and many others. In fact, Asus calls this a digital notepad, not an eReader, which should tell you something about what it can do.

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Penguin eBook Revenues Up 182% In 2010

Penguin eBook revenues were up 182% in 2010, representing 6% of total Penguin revenues for the year.

Publishing group Pearson, which owns Penguin, released these preliminary numbers today. Pearson is seeing growth across its digital businesses. The company reported that digital revenues were up 24% in 2010 to £1.6bn (£1.3bn in 2009), now 29% of Pearson’s sales.

Penguin’s eBook sales helped lead this growth, as did student digital learning programs, which were up 33% in 2010. In addition, FT digital paid circulation was up over 50% to 207,000.

Week In Review: PubIt In Stores; Musical Bookshelves; Amazon Streaming

Google eBookstore Comes To Android Market

Just as Motorola’s new Xoom Honeycomb tablets hit the streets, eBooks are now for sale directly within the Android Market through Google. While you can already buy eBooks from Google through apps, this is the first time you can do so directly from the Android Market. reports: “Google previously secured a Books landing page in the Android Market website, and that page has just been updated to support eBooks on Android. The new web store shows thousands of paid and free books that can be read through the Google Books Android app.”

This may be part of Google’s overall Android Market push. Google reportedly has plans to upgrade its Android mobile operating system to include a Google Music store that will compete with Apple’s iTunes.

Publishers Fight OverDrive On Library eBook Distribution

Last month OverDrive launched the ability to check out library books with your phone, which is available on various devices including the iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry and Android-based devices. But some publishers are not happy about this easy access.

Library Journal reports: “HarperCollins has announced that new titles licensed from library ebook vendors will be able to circulate only 26 times before the license expires.”

OverDrive’s Steve Potash, sent out an e-mail this week defining some of the new eBook DRM terms on its library eBooks. Library hacker Joe Atzberger posted the note on his blog: “…we have been required to accept and accommodate new terms for eBook lending as established by certain publishers. Next week, OverDrive will communicate a licensing change from a publisher that, while still operating under the one-copy/one-user model, will include a checkout limit for each eBook licensed. Under this publisher’s requirement, for every new eBook licensed, the library (and the OverDrive platform) will make the eBook available to one customer at a time until the total number of permitted checkouts is reached. This eBook lending condition will be required of all eBook vendors or distributors offering this publisher’s titles for library lending (not just OverDrive).”

Via Librarian By Day.

50 eReader Cases You Can Make Yourself

The website Kindle Cases has put together a roundup of 50 unusual home made cases. They range from this denim cover on the left to a case made from an old magazine on the right.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own cover, this site should give you a vast number of ideas.

via Kindle Cases

First German Langauge eBooks Now Selling In The Kindle Store

But only in the US Kindle Store. I’m sorry, what?

Earlier this week ebooks in German from a German publisher started showing up in the Kindle Store. Right now it looks like only a few German publishers are  involved. One is Arvato, a Bertelsmann’s subsidiary. Arvato has about 4oo titles in the Kindle Store, mostly under the imprints Heyne and Goldmann. Another publisher is Blue Panther Books, who has 23 titles in the Kindle Store.

Perhaps these ebooks are in the US store because the German one isn’t quite ready? That would make sense, but this next part does not. You can’t buy them unless you’re in the US. On the upside, most titles are selling for a lot less than the list paperback price in Germany, so if you can get one then you’ve saved yourself a pretty penny.

Between the regional restriction, and the price issue, I’m betting that there are several errors in how the ebooks were uploaded.  Maybe they weren’t supposed to be available yet.


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