Spotify has just signed an agreement to have Archie comics on their platform. You need to use the companies mobile app and you all you need to do is tap play and the episode will begin. You’ll be reading, hearing, and experiencing the comic all at once. The text of the comics still appear, but you have to pay attention because the page turns are automatic.The six-episode … [Read more...] about Spotify debuts Archie Motion Comics
Archives for July 2018
The Ikea location at Wembley in London has created a reading room and the bookshelves are stacked with multiple copies of the Man Booker Longlist. Customers can read on a chair or a couch for hours at a time and then take a book home with them, for free.Ikea announced in a statement “With hour-long slots available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a daily basis,” for the six-day … [Read more...] about Ikea has created reading rooms and are giving away free books
Bokon.se is one of the most popular digital bookstores in Sweden and they have thousands of titles. The vast majority of the Swedish content is powered by Pubfront. Their English catalog is from Ingram and Bokon.se announced that they are no longer doing business with Ingram, and users were provided with one days notice. Starting tomorrow users will lose access to their entire … [Read more...] about People are losing their faith in e-books
The top digital publishers in the world constantly petition Google to remove the Pirate Bay from the search results, but it is not happened yet. Penguin Random House, Kensington Publishing, Recorded Books and a slew of others are not only trying to get their e-books removed from the Torrent site, but trying to blacklist it entirely.One of the big reasons why Google has not … [Read more...] about E-book publishers fail to remove the Pirate Bay from Google
Kobo has just launched a new process for bookstores who belong to the American Booksellers Association to sell e-readers inside their retail locations or online. Stores will now use unique discount codes to purchase devices at the same discount and with the same affiliation terms as before. Information on using discount codes can be found here.All ABA bookstore members in … [Read more...] about Kobo implements new system for ABA Bookstores
Amazon might be releasing a new smartphone sometime in 2019. This news stems from Amazon Studio head Jen Salke being asked during a press tour if the the company was working on a new phone, according to TheWrap. She indicated that she’s not only seen a prototype with a new interface, but that she has one in her office.“I haven’t felt an urgency to put a deadline on it,” … [Read more...] about Will Amazon develop a new smartphone?
The ASUS ZenFone Max Plus M1 came out earlier this year and it is the first Asus branded handset with an 18:9 near-borderless display. This is a budget device with a price tag of $229, but it brings a bunch of impressive things like a 5.7″ full-view slim-bezel display, dual rear-facing cameras, and a software-based face unlock.HardwareZenFone Max Plus … [Read more...] about ASUS ZenFone Max Plus Review
Kindle for Android has a new notification system that will go live in the next few weeks. It will let you know when an author of a book you have bought releases a new title. There is also a deal feature that will let you know when your favorites authors books are on sale or any ebook that is on your wishlist. Amazon has also issued split screen functionality, you can resize … [Read more...] about Kindle for Android notifies you when an author releases a new book
Audiobooks are a booming business; the American Association of Publishers reported that the category now out-earns mass-market paperbacks. Many Canadian publishers are now creating audiobooks using narrators and production companies in Toronto and Vancouver. Companies such as Audible and Kobo are also producing original content, buying the rights to Canadian authors … [Read more...] about The Canadian audiobook industry is on the rise
Overdrive has been selected by the Swedish library system to power their collections for the next four years. The Cleveland company managed to outbid the competition and sometime this year libraries will be able to offer their digital services to all of their patrons.Librarians in Sweden selected Overdrive because they were cheaper than Axiell Media, the largest … [Read more...] about Overdrive audiobooks and ebooks will be available soon in Sweden
In the first four months of 2018 publishers revenue increased by $172.8 million (+5.5%) compared to the same period in 2017. Downloaded audio continued its significant growth and revenue for eBooks declined slightly.eBook sales generated $358 million dollars and declined by 3.8% and during the same period last year the format brought in $373 million dollars. Digital … [Read more...] about Ebook sales decline 3% in first four months of 2018
Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo all run their own version of Linux and they lock you into their ecosystems. They sell you the e-reader hardware and try and generate long term revenue by pushing audiobooks and ebooks. Will e-reader software ever change or embrace an open source software model?The Hope XII conference is where some of the world's leading hackers and and … [Read more...] about Will e-reader companies ever provide an open source software option?