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Archives: February 2011

Bill Cosby Gets An iPhone App

Comedian/author/actor Bill Cosby may be in his 70s, but he is still pretty with it. The star of I Spy, creator of The Cosby Show, author of Fatherhood and recipient of more honorary degrees than you can count on one hand, got an official iPhone app this month.

Mobile Roadie created the app, which features photos, videos, audiobooks and news from the legendary comedian.

According to his website, the Cos is also on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Vimeo and a social network for sharing audio clips called Cinch. Who ever said that mobile devices and social networks are for teens?

Almost All Tablets Sold in Q3 2010 Were iPads

ABI Research is selling a new report on tablets and other gadget sales for the third quarter of 2010. According to the report, 4.5 million tablets were during that quarter, and 93% of all tablets sold were iPads.

While that number looks impressive, it brings up the question: what is a tablet? Pandigital has been making a tablet style e-reader for some time now, and according to a report released last month Pandigital sold 440k e-readers in that quarter. Are Pandigital’s tablets included in the 4.5 million? If so, then why don’t those numbers agree?

Xoom Owners Test Drive Kindle, Google Books Apps

Motorola Xoom hit stores yesterday and owners are already installing their eReader apps. In a Motorola support forum, users have been discussing the merits of the Kindle app and the Google Books and the issues they are having with each.

One poster wrote: “The Kindle for Android app works on the Xoom without any serious problems, but it isn’t as good as the iPad app (yet)…One thing that is better is that you can shop for the books within the app without having to go to the browser the way you do on the iPad…Better for me at this point than the Google Book app that keeps giving me error messages about not being able to read a book offline.”

Another commenter prefers the Google app: “Google Books has a turning-page animation that I like.  In landscape mode, the Kindle app shows the page with one really wide column, while the Google reader again looks more like a book and breaks it into two pages, similar to an open book. Reading those narrower columns is just easier than following a line as wide as the screen. Overall, reading on the Xoom is great — good size and lighting.”

Have you tricked out your Motorola Xoom with eReaders apps yet? Let us know in the comments below how it’s going.

CNN Launches News App For Android Honeycomb Tablets

Just as the Motorola Xoom hits the marketplace, apps are beginning to pop up for the new Android Honeycomb tablets. CNN is the latest. The media brand launched a news app for the Android Honeycomb tablets this week and it sounds even more tempting than The Daily.

ThinkMobile has more: “Unlike The Daily for the iPad that does not provide a good way to share news, the free CNN for Android Honeycomb tablets lets you share text stories and images via email, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also provide newsworthy photos and videos using either the front or rear cameras using the app.”

Do you read news apps on your tablet? Which ones are the best?

Read An E-Book Week: March 6-12, 2011

For the past 4 years, the second week of March has been Read An eBook Week. It’s a week dedicated to promoting the use of ebooks, and it’s right around the corner.

Today, ebook sales are rising worldwide, and people are discovering the incredible benefits of ebooks—ease of use, availability, practicality, utility, space-saving, and environmental benefits. While the print industry continues to struggle to keep up with the times, ebooks are skyrocketing in popularity and potential!

How are you planning celebrate the week?

Read An E-Book Week via Right Brane Publications

Pirates Have A Strange Reading List

There is a lot of discussion about eBook piracy in the publishing world –concern that it will hurt sales or the more progressive stance, embracing of piracy as a form of advertising.

But what does a pirate’s reading really list really look like today? It doesn’t mirror Kindle or Nook’s top selling books. In fact, GalleyCat made a list of the Top 10 Pirated eBooks at The Pirate Bay, and it’s a weird list. Galley Cat reports: “As you can see by the list below (titles, but no links!), the most popular books aren’t the titles you might expect…

1. 1000 Photoshop Tips and Tricks

2. Advanced Sex: Explicit Positions for Explosive Lovemaking

3. What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper?: 200 Curious Questions

4. Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies

5. What Rich People Know & Desperately Want to Keep a Secret”

As you can see, there are no Harry Potter titles or Stieg Larsson novels. Still, that doesn’t mean that publishers shouldn’t stay aware of it.

comiXology Makes its PullList iOS App Free

If you’re not into comics, then you might only have heard comiXology as a digital comics distributor (eBookNewser has covered it before). But digital comics is only 1 thing that comiXology does.

comiXology got its start by providing tech services to comic book stores. One of its earlier projects was an app that let customers request certain titles from their local comic book store. This is called a “pull list”, which obviously explains the app’s name. It originally ran only on a website, but last year comiXology released this as an iOS app. The app is now free.

With this app, customers can create a list of titles that they would like to buy from a participating comic book store.  The app then sends that list to the store where more comiXology software integrates all the pull lists for the store into that store’s ordering system, thus making it easy for customers to get what they want and for the store to sell it to them.

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iPad 2 Rumored To Be Slimmer, No SD Slot

With Apple’s press conference on the horizon for next week, more rumors are circulating about what the iPad 2 will look like.

Engadget is reporting that the iPad 2 won’t have an SD card slot or a high res screen, two rumors that we’ve heard about. Engadget has more: “What’s the cause of the switch? Well our sources weren’t crystal clear on the exact reasons, but the gist of what was explained to us centered around vague ‘engineering issues’ which may have forced some changes at the eleventh hour. It’s worth noting once again that these sources have been dead right on specific Apple plans and specifications for unannounced products in the past, and we have no reason to believe these changes are due to anything more than legitimate engineering decisions made close to launch.”

We’ll be live blogging the event on Wednesday, so stay check back to find out what Apple has in the works.

Shanda BamBook Now 10% Of Chinese eReader Market

Shanda Literaure launched its first eReader in August 2010, and by the end of the year it had captured an estimated 10% of the market  in China.  While this growth is impressive, Shanda is still in a distant second place to Hanvon, which still has a 63% market share.

Shanda Literature is part of a larger group of tech companies, and had been working towards building this eReader for some time. As of May Shanda Literature had 43 million registered users in its communities, which gave it a marketing advantage when the BamBook hit the market.

via Trading Markets

KwiqApps Releases “Leafy, the Leaf Who Wouldn’t Leave” App

KwiqApps, the digital publisher that brought you Goldilocks and Word Search for iPad, has a new kids’ book app available for iOS devices called Leafy, the Leaf Who Wouldn’t Leave.

The title, from author John Hahn and illustrator Nick Striga, features animation, voice over and rhyming, in a story about a leaf that doesn’t want to change with the seasons.

The interactive app is compatible with both iPhones and iPads and is priced at $1.99 for both.

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