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Comic Remembers Good Old Fashioned eReaders

Someday will we be nostalgic about our good old-fashioned Kindle or Nook?

In his “For Lack of a Better Comic” strip, artist Jacob Andrews imagined how we will talk about eReaders and digital books in the future.

If you liked the comic, check out the complete “For Lack of a Better Comic” archive at this link.

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Amazon Sells Out Kindle Fire Line

Amazon said today that it has sold all of its Kindle Fire tablets. The device launched in November 2011, and the retailer claims it has 22 percent of the U.S. tablet market.

Amazon has scheduled a mystery press conference next week, most likely to reveal some new devices. According to AppNewser, some believe that Amazon will release several new Kindle Fire devices in different sizes.  Business Insider speculated that Apple has been developing the iPad Mini specifically to compete with the Kindle Fire.

Founder/CEO Jeff Bezos had this statement in the release: “This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon—all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products. Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead—we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.”

 

Elevator Pitch: Storyville Wants to Do for Short Stories What iTunes Did for Music

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler meets with Storyville co-founder Paul Vidich. Storyville is a mobile app for short stories that connects readers and authors. A former music executive, Vidich helped Steve Jobs bring music singles to iTunes. He hopes Storyville will do for the short story what iTunes did for the single.

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Amazon’s iPad, Putin’s Pecs, and Romney’s E. Coli Problem

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we unveil our new tablet device (which many of my roommates are calling an “iPad killer”) and discuss the future presidents of Russia and the U.S., among other things.

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Sukanya Roy Wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee

14-year-old student Sukanya Roy won the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday, taking home $40,000 in cash and prizes. According to the Associated Press, the win ended a standoff between herself and four other spellers.

Amazon unveiled Scripps Spelling Bee to coincide with the event, a $2.99 set of three Kindle games to test match readers’ spelling skills: Word Search, Honeycomb Hunt or Mystery Bee.

Here’s more about the Kindle game: “Honeycomb Hunt is a word scramble game. You are given a list of words and a grid of hexagon blocks containing letters. The object of the game is to move the location of the letters so that all 20 words are spelled out at once. The trick is that you must move letters by rotating them without disturbing a word you had previously created.”

Garth Risk Hallberg Offers 7 Ways to Kindle-Proof Your Manuscript

How many books an you read that could never have an eBook edition? Over at The Millions, author Garth Risk Hallberg offered seven ways to “Kindle-proof” your manuscript.

Some of the simpler ways include using color, adding illustrations, and playing with typeface. Ten titles that Hallberg lists which employ these methods include The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

The fourth step recommends that you “run with scissors.” Here’s more from Hallberg’s piece: “The opening story of John Barth‘s Lost in the Funhouse, famously invites readers to take scissors to it and create a Mobius strip. This cut-up aesthetic is more literal in Jonathan Safran Foer‘s Tree of Codes, which slices and dices the pages of Bruno Schulz‘s Street of Crocodiles to create pages like lace. It’s a piece of found prose-poetry whose sentences change as you turn the page. Except on the Kindle, where it doesn’t – and couldn’t – exist.”

Should eBooks Restrict Your Ability To Copy & Paste?

Should publishers restrict your ability to copy and paste highlighted sections in your favorite eBook?  After underlining 25 passages in a brilliant Kindle book this weekend, this GalleyCat editor received a “Clipping Limit Exceeded” message and could not view (nor share) online the highlights he made inside a $13 eBook.

Here’s the  message: “For some books the publisher allows only a limited percentage of a book to be ‘clipped’ and stored separately from the main body of the book, as normally happens when you add a highlight. If you exceed this limit then you will see fewer highlights on this website than you actually marked on your Kindle. Popular Highlights are not counted towards this clipping limit.”

Some MobileRead Kindle users are actively fighting the policy–what do you think? Earlier this year, we showed you five easy steps to copy, paste, and print your highlights and notes from inside Kindle eBooks.

Should eBooks Restrict Your Ability To Copy & Paste?

Amazon To Offer Library eBooks on Kindle

Amazon has formed a partnership with Overdrive allowing for Kindle users to borrow eBooks from libraries. The service should be available later this year.

Here’s more from eBookNewser: “The Kindle eBook format is basically the same as the old Mobipocket format. Kindle has a couple extra pieces of DRM [digital rights management], but other than that it functionally is the same … Actually, it might be more accurate to say that Overdrive first offered library eBooks in Mobipocket format 2006; the file format supported the idea of expiring eBooks long before.”

Will you check out library books on a Kindle?

What’s Your Favorite eBook Orientation?

This GalleyCat editor reads almost all his digital books on the iPad in a double-sided landscape view (pictured, via).

What’s your favorite eBook orientation–landscape or portrait? It’s an important question for publishers, authors and editors to ask. Answer our quick poll below and help us understand how our readers like to read.

BookSwim Launches eBookFling

BookSwim has launched eBookFling.com. The new site allows users to swap digital titles, capitalizing on the eBook lending feature available on Kindles and Nooks.

Those without the Kindle or Nook devices can still utilize this service by downloading the app versions of these eReaders on their smartphones, computers, or iPads. A complete list of the rules can be found here.

While there are no membership fees, the site functions on a credit-based system. Here’s more from the release: “Lenders earn 1 credit for every 5 books they list as available for lend and 1 credit earned for each successfully lent book.” Users can also purchase credits for $1.99 each.

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