Researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium have discovered that several companies including AddThis, makers of the popular sharing buttons toolbar found on many websites, have been secretly testing a new type of cookie. It’s called canvas fingerprinting, and it gathers more information than existing cookies in an attempt to create a unique identifier to be used to track you around the web.
Are you going to be piling books into your suitcase this summer or will you opt for the tech version? Claire Kearns argues that even in this era of instant downloads and constant connectivity, there's plenty of pleasure still to be found in a good, solid book.
A report released today by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) finds that 80% of publishers believe subscription ebooks becoming a major part of the publishing business is “inevitable.” The launch last week of Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, would appear to corroborate that finding — but are they?
One of the worst kept secrets in recent history was finally unveiled last Friday when Amazon announced their Kindle Unlimited program. It has the potential to become yet another terrific service for consumers but many publishers and authors are less than enthusiastic about it.
Here are five important points everyone in publishing should keep in mind when analyzing Kindle Unlimited and the other all-you-can-read subscription services:
[Press Release] BITLIT SIGNS HARPERCOLLINS TO EBOOK BUNDLING PILOT. Vancouver Startup lets readers download e-books for books they already own in print. Today, BitLit begins a pilot program with HarperCollins Publishers to offer readers a physical and e-book bundle through its bundling platform. BitLit is a free app that allows readers to purchase the e-book edition at a discounted price when they already own the print book. To claim the e-book, readers write their name in ink on the copyright page and snap a photo using their smartphone. BitLit uses computer vision technology to verify authenticity and avoid the need for receipts or point-of-sale records, thus allowing readers to retroactively bundle their books.
The Tolino Alliance was formed in 2013 and their mandate was to combat Amazon in Germany. This was the first time Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, Club Bertelsmann, Deutsche Telekom banded together to forge a series of e-reading devices and launch an online bookstore. Today, the Tolino Alliance has now expanded to Belgium via Standaard Boekhandel.
Every person with a smartphone or tablet has experienced the frustration of a free (but not so free) app; you download it, you install it, you go to run it… and find that it’s so bogged down with ads and purchase options that it’s nearly impossible to use. In North America, many classify these apps as being Freemium. Beginning in September, Google has reached an agreement with the European Union that indicates no title offering in-app purchases (IAP) can be labeled as free.
It’s the same in every classroom, in every school, in every subject area. Certain students are “getting it” and engaging with the content, while other students are trailing behind, getting more and more lost and less and less likely to admit it. But a new assessment tool that lets students structure their own questions, responses, and discussion points offers teachers the ability to understand what every student is thinking about the material without having to conduct individualized assessments at every step along the way. Even better, the students are equipped to provide their feedback without calling attention to themselves, making them more likely to engage and offer genuine insight into where they might be lagging.
eBook readers which run Android are nothing new, but today I came across one which made my heart skip a beat. The Dutch ereader maker Icarus has unveiled an updated version of their Illumina HD ereader. Initially launched last fall, the Illumina HD sported a 6″ Pearl HD E-ink screen with frontlight and touchscreen. The new model launching today sports a sleaker, slimmer design with fewer buttons and runs Android 4.2 on a 1GHz dual-core CPU.
Ebooks are starting to gain traction these days, that is a given. After all, nobody would like to lug around a behemoth of a novel that surpasses the 1,000 page mark – it would take up too much space in your suitcase or hand-carry luggage. However, there is one major advantage that physical books have over an ebook – you can never run out of batteries when you need to read it in a lighted environment. Still, publisher HarperCollins intends to push the ebook agenda further forward by letting you purchase an ebook edition of an existing print copy of the book on the cheap – as long as you are able to prove that you already have a print copy of the book.
De Marque announces the achievement of an important agreement between De Marque and Distribuidora Digital de Libros, SA (Libranda), the digital distribution and promotion body comprised of 75 major Spanish publishing houses.
Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service is now available, offering access to 600,000 book titles and 8,000 audiobook titles for $10 a month. You can start a free trial today, but if you'd like to know immediately whether this is the digital borrowing service for you, we've got the answer...
Almost a third of all the ebooks sold on Amazon over the last three months were self-published, according to a new report, making indie authors, as a cohort, the largest publisher of ebooks on Amazon.com in terms of market share.
Así, Nimbooks, que lleva prácticamente todo el pasado año en pruebas con una primera versión Beta Privada en la que participan cerca de 200 usuarios de mas de 30 nacionalidades, ha obtenido todo el feedback esperado y necesario para sacar el máximo partido a la sofisticada plataforma de lectura, compartición libros electrónicos y almacenaje en la nube.
Little has been written since Amazon first started deploying pop-up stores in the US last October, but now it appears that they’re not just being used in this market. Mike Cane has discovered that Amazon is also using pop-up stores in China. The Chinese blog EvoLife broke the news earlier today, reporting that Amazon is installing temporary buildings in cities in China.
Ever since the Internet went mainstream, it’s been seen as a threat to our book-reading habits, absorbing our attention and impinging on our reading time. But while the proportion of book-reading Aussies has fallen in the last decade, our data reveals that people who do read books are also more likely to spend an above-average time online, suggesting that the two activities aren’t so incompatible after all.
Today Sony has begun to sell the DPT-S1 Digital Paper e-reader directly in the US. It is retailing for $1100, which is more cost effective than a few of their official distribution partners. The only catch, is that they don’t want to sell them to the average consumer.
It looks like Amazon is going to get into the ebook subscription service business in the near future, and it’s likely to include audiobooks as well.There’s been no official announcement from Amazon just yet, but there’s a story at Gigaom with very compelling evidence that Amazon is close to revealing a new service called Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service for $9.99 per month.