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Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

IMPERCEPTIBLE, INVISIBLE ALMOST, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing. I’m being a little facetious, of course. But this year’s trade show […]

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Playster Streaming Service to Offer Simon & Schuster Ebooks

Playster Streaming Service to Offer Simon & Schuster Ebooks

PLAYSTER, A DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA STREAMING PLATFORM, has announced a content deal with one of the world’s largest book publishers, Simon & Schuster. The agreement provides unlimited access to a vast number of bestselling backlist ebook titles from the publisher’s U.S. and international catalog. In a statement, Erika Khanna, spokesperson for Playster said: “Simon & Schuster […]

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Kobo Unveils New E-Reader to Take on Kindle Voyage

Kobo Unveils New E-Reader to Take on Kindle Voyage

KOBO LAUNCHES ITS LATEST E-READER, the Kobo Glo HD, which it bills as a device featuring “the highest resolution screen available on the market, at the lowest price.” At $129.99, the device is $70 cheaper than the $199 Kindle Voyage, which Amazon rolled out in September last year. The Glo HD features a six-inch, 300 ppi […]

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The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading

The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading

This is not one of those rants about missing the texture, touch, colors, whatever of paper contrasted with the sterility of reading on a tablet. No, the real abomination of ebooks is often overlooked: Some are so ingrained in the product itself that they are hiding in plain sight, while others are well concealed beneath layers of commerce and government.

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Can Digital and Print Peacefully Coexist in the World of Comic Books?

Can Digital and Print Peacefully Coexist in the World of Comic Books?

Mark Waid, one of the leading proponents of digital comic books, made a surprising announcement on his blog earlier this month: He recently bought a comic book store and invested in a second one. In addition to being an award-winning comic book writer, Waid is a co-founder of Thrillbent, a platform for digital comic books, and an advocate of comics produced for online viewing.

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My simple Kindle Fire HDX review: What’s to like and not to like

My simple Kindle Fire HDX review: What’s to like and not to like

A new holiday shopping season is upon us and that means a long parade of new consumer electronics, including, what else: tablets. With personal computers (laptops and desktops) starting to fade into the background, tablets remain must-have gizmos. Wall Street might focus a lot of its energies on Apple’s iPhone, but in reality the iPad is going to define Apple’s future.

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Why news organizations shouldn’t write off tablet magazines

Why news organizations shouldn’t write off tablet magazines

Jon Lund in GigaOM recently declared tablet magazines a failure.

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Barnes & Noble Decides That Purchased Ebooks Are Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires

Barnes & Noble Decides That Purchased Ebooks Are Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires

DRM rears its ugly, malformed, malignant, cross-eyed head again. Despite the fact that, as Cory Doctorow so aptly put it, no one has ever purchased anything because it came with DRM, an ever-slimming number of content providers insist on punishing paying customers with idiotic “anti-piracy” schemes.

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$25 tablets, $2 mobile data plans, and zero margins–how the internet is about to gain 3 billion new users

$25 tablets, $2 mobile data plans, and zero margins–how the internet is about to gain 3 billion new users

Suneet Tuli, CEO of Datawind, maker of the world’s cheapest tablet computer, is going after the three billion people who have everything they need to connect to the internet—except a suitable device.

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The future of the internet is intelligent machines

The future of the internet is intelligent machines

Thanks to the internet, almost anything consumers might want is just a click away. But for businesses, the gains have been much less dramatic. That is about to change, with the arrival of the Industrial Internet.

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