Thousands of new educational books, apps, games and videos coming to Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, including Common Core Standard-aligned books, educational apps from developers like BrainPOP and Agnitus, and movies and TV shows from Sesame Street, PBS, Reading Rainbow and more
The Mexican city of Monterrey is home to some great architectural, archaeological, and cultural treasures. One of these is a historic urban space called Fundidora Park—a parcel of land once occupied by the Monterrey Steel Foundry Company until 1986. The company declared bankruptcy but left behind a unique collection of old industrial buildings, giving the park landmark heritage status. The park now boasts extensive landscaped gardens, walking tracks, convention centers, theme parks, and cultural venues such as Conarte (Council for the Culture and Arts of Nuevo León).
If you’ve been following online trends over the past few years, you’ll no doubt have noticed the hockey stick-growth of crowdfunding as a ‘thing’. From smartwaches and ad campaigns, to mobile phones and everything in between, someone at some point has taken to the Web’s myriad of crowdfunding portals to try to see their visions through to reality.
Barnes and Noble is working on a next generation Nook Tablet that has the model number BNTV800. The device was posted on a benchmarking website, which is the same one used by Amazon a few weeks before they announced their latest line of HDX tablets.
The news aggregating app NewsHunt is the newest to enter the ebook scene in India. The above development couldn’t have come at a better time for the company which has reached the milestone of recording over a billion page views a month. The company achieved this feat in four years after its inception in June 2009. On offer will be ebooks in several Indian languages, something that is an absolute necessary for any ebook app to operate in a multilingual country like India. To begin with, it will be ebooks in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, and English that will be on offer, sourced from more than 50 regional publishers spread all across the country. Vishal Anand, Chief Product Officer at NewsHunt has further stated it is regional language books that they will be concentrating in the near term.
It's time for the seventh (!!!) annual poll on our e-book future, which I first started in 2007 when the first Kindle had barely launched and when 2013 seemed so far into the distant future it may as well been the setting for a science fiction movie.
Random House has announced a partnership with Pinterest to use the service’s first set of APIs (application programming interface) to help users discover popular content. It pulls up a page that is a lot like browsing a table at a bookstore, with the intention that visitors to RandomHouse.com should be able to discover new books and pin directly from the site to save to a Pinterest board.
Digitisation has made books more accessible than ever, but that process has meant that some of the magic associated with gifting and sharing those reading experiences has been lost. You can hand someone a paper book without giving them instructions on how to open it, or worrying if they have the right reading device. The same is not necessarily true for eBooks.
Now that e-books are here, many people are reading on tablets that are fully capable of producing sound. And at least one company out there provides the ability to create soundtracks and sound effects for books that sync with the written text.
What is the future of the book? In this interesting but flawed piece from the New York Times, David Streitfeld notes that the 'book' is apparently "embedded so deeply in the collective unconsciousness that no one can bear to leave it behind".
The main factor contributing to the problem of book discovery is the sheer volume of books out there. Anyone with a computer can now self-publish a book. But because the number of books published every year is growing dramatically, especially in the digital space, authors have more competition than ever before. This ultimately leads to a book discovery problem for readers, and an audience discovery problem for authors.
The award-winning children’s enhanced ebook creators at zuuka’s iStorytime have announced that their complete catalog of titles, many of which are adaptations of some of the most beloved current children’s films, are finally available for Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Formerly only available for iOS devices, this catalog includes favorites like Shrek, Madagascar, Rise of the Guardians, and many more, along with some of its in-house children’s titles.