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Amazon Opens a Manhattan Bookstore: a Round-Up
by Nate Hoffelder
27 May 2017 at 3:53pm

To the old-guard literati, New York City is a sacred place. High rents may have been driving bookstores over the last few decades, but Manhattan is still the holiest of holies. So when Amazon defiled hallowed ground this week by opening a bookstore in Manhattan, the natives responded poorly. That's the only way I can explain Quartz's coverage. Seriously, it reads like something you would find in Salon.com or from the Melville House blog: The cashless Columbus Circle store is founded on Amazon?s belief that people will want to discover (and buy) books that are rated highly on Amazon.com, with a barrage of in-person signs and data-driven shelving choices. But buying a book in the store is actually more expensive than purchasing on the site if you?re not a Prime member. The upshot is that, while the physical store succeeds as an ad for a Prime membership, it fails to be joyful, or even effective, as a bookstore. The NY Post, which has apparently been ignoring all previous coverage of Amazon's other bookstores, was shocked and dismayed to discover a bookstore that looked "like an airport desperation pit-stop": Amazon may have finally killed the bookstore once and for all ? by opening one. The [...]


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Paul Biba?s eBook, eLibrary, and ePublishing news compilation for week ending...
by Paul Biba
27 May 2017 at 8:49am

Editor's Note: The following is a compilation of tweets from @PaulKBiba, the former editor of Teleread. Say hello to Europeana Photography! Our latest thematic collection features over 2m historical photographs (Europeana) Survey Highlights Digitization's Impact on Campus Libraries (Campus Technology) e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2017 (The Book Designer) Russia?s Readers Raise the Digital Stakes Amid Falling Print Sales (Publishing Perspectives) Fantastic fiction needs your help (BoingBoing) 9 Reasons Audiobook Growth Is Soaring (Digital Book World) Key Issues Surrounding Ebook Purchasing in Academic Libraries (No Shelf Required) Scribd Adds Financial Times, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian to Premium Digital Reading Subscription Service (PRNewswire) Scribd says it has over 500,000 subscribers paying $8.99/month for ebooks, audiobooks, and now news (Nieman Lab) The Library of Congress Releases 25 Million Records for Free Downloading (Infotoday) Publishers Weekly, Combined Book Exhibit & BolognaFiere Join Forces to Launch the New York Rights Fair (PRNewswire) Watch the British Museum Conserve Its Largest Print, a 16th-Century Dürer Woodcut (Hyperallergic) Accessible eBook Guidelines for Self-Publishing Authors created by IAF @WIPO @ABCbooks4all (IAF) The Times (of London) is expanding from digital to print (in Ireland) (Nieman Labs) AI and the digital publishing evolution: what?s next?(Talking New Media) Sony [...]


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Infographic: Ten Signs You Are Reading a Gothic Novel
by Nate Hoffelder
26 May 2017 at 11:40am

When I first found this infographic, I thought it aid "10 signs you're living in a gothic novel". That would have ben nifty, but no. As an established genre, gothic novels follow certain tropes, so much so that Adam Frost and Zhenia Vasiliev were able to create an infographic for The Guardian that lists ten obvious signs of the gothic novel. When Horace Walpole published his ?gothic story? The Castle of Otranto, he launched a literary movement which has sired monsters, unleashed lightning and put damsels in distress for 250 years. A horde of sub-genres has followed, from southern gothic to gothic SF, but are some novels more gothic than others? Two of the better-known traits include a murderous villain with scary eyes, and being set in a gothic building. (Gothic novels may only have an accidental connection to a certain type of architecture, but that connection is indisputable.) (click to enlarge) eBook Friendly


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Morning Coffee ? 26 May 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
25 May 2017 at 8:55pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. Lawyer asks court to force Mississippi Representative to read books (MobyLives) Amazon Publishing Books Faring Better on Amazon's New Bestseller Lists (PW) The Unlikely Success of 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' (The Atlantic) Don't Immediately Trust Mainstream Sites on Publishing Stories (Jane Friedman) Peering Into Peer Review (Library Babel Fish) image by krecimag


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Kindle for Android 7.12 to Add Ember Bold Font Option
by Nate Hoffelder
25 May 2017 at 3:58pm

Several weeks back Amazon updated their Kindle iOS app with support for Amazon's own Ember Bold font, and now Amazon is about to do the same with their Kindle Android app. A reader sent me an email this afternoon with the news that he just got an update for his Kindle Android app which added the Ember Bold font. I can't get a copy of the latest version of the Kindle app to confirm, but I have found that Amazon released a new version of the app ( v7.12.0.59) on 22 May. Google Play is still showing the changelog for the previous version of the app, and it's still sending out the previous version, but I am confident that the new version, with the Ember bold font option, will soon be widely available. This font was originally released early last year, and Amazon recently added an all-bold version of the font to its Kindle iOS app. That relatively minor change was deeply appreciated by virtually everyone with moderate vision impairment because it made the text much easier to read. Soon Kindle Android users will enjoy the same benefit. Thanks, Steve, for the tip!


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Leaked iPhone 8 Renders Show Dual-Cameras, Rear Touch ID Sensor
by Nate Hoffelder
25 May 2017 at 9:32am

Due out sometime this fall, the iPhone 8 is rumored to have an edge-to-edge screen and vertical dual cameras (but only on the high-end models). And recently uncovered renders would seem to support the rumors, although some argue that these images are fakes. 9to5Mac posted the leaked" renders yesterday, writing: The top image seen above appears to show the Touch ID finger print sensor located on the rear side of the iPhone just under the Apple logo. Reports and predictions so far have not settled on whether or not Apple will be able to mass produce new iPhones with Touch ID integrated into the front display. Moving the finger print sensor to the back side as seen on several Android handsets has been suggested based on various schematic leaks and analyst predictions. The new images appeared on Weibo today and could be inaccurate depictions of how the iPhone 8 will look when it ships, especially if Touch ID is integrated in the front display. Other details to note include the lack of glass on the rear side when analysts predict the next generation iPhone will feature a glass front and back in part to accommodate wireless charging. These images appear to show [...]


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Onyx Boox e-Note 10.3? eReader to Ship in September
by Nate Hoffelder
25 May 2017 at 5:25am

The Onyx retail partner in Turkey has revealed on Facebook that the Onyx Boox e-Note, an upcoming 10.3" ereader, is going to ship in October. The price has not ben announced. TheOnyx Boox e-Note is built around a 10.3", A5-sized Carta E-ink display. It has a screen resolution of 1404 x 1872, or 227 ppi. That is considerably sharper than existing 9.7" Eink screens, which max out at a resolution of 1200 x 825, or 150 ppi. We saw the Boox e-Note at a show back in April, and according to that earlier report, this ereader runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM. It has both wifi and Bluetooth as well as 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, microphone, and a headphone jack. That is an old version of Android, yes, but on the upside  you can still install apps, We also got a look at the spec sheet in April, and it hinted at dual-touchscreen tech (capacitive and an electromagnetic stylus). There was no mention of a frontlight, however. All in all, the Boox e-Note look like it could be the upgrade that the 9.7" ereaders have needed for several years now. It is almost the same size and packs in a higher screen resolution while still running the same [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 25 May 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
24 May 2017 at 8:56pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. How Fonts Are Fueling the Culture Wars (Backchannel) Ivanka Trump Trolled at Barnes & Noble Display (Teen Vogue) Boston Globe Blocks Readers Using Privacy Modes In Browsers (Techdirt) Damn the Facts: The "Ebook Sales Are Down" Narrative Must be Maintained at All Costs (The Digital Reader) India's Book-Buying Habits Say A Lot About The Country's Economy (Bloomberg)


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Sony DPT-RP1 Now Shipping From B&H Photo ? $699 (video)
by Nate Hoffelder
24 May 2017 at 3:30pm

Mike Cane tipped me to the news that Sony's second epaper writing slate is now available online at B&HPhoto. The  DPT-RP1 features a 13.3" Carta E-ink screen, Wifi and BT, and retails for $699. Sony's DPT-RP1 is the king of all epaper writing slates. It's built around a flexible 13.3" Carta E-ink screen, and packs in not one but two touchscreens (capacitive and electromagnetic stylus). Its screen resolution is 1650 x 2200, a nice upgrade from the last model. It runs a closed version of Android on a quad-core 1.2GHz Marvell IAP140 chip with 16GB storage and a microSD card slot. Other improvements on the last model include an integrated NFC chip which enables users to unlock their device simply by tapping their smartphone on a certain spot on the DPT-RP1. The DPT-RP1 also has Bluetooth, although it's not clear whether you will be able to pair it with BT accessories, and Wifi, which you can use to access the internet. The new device also gains several useful software features missing in the old model, including a split-screen mode where you can have two documents open at once. You can find out more in the following videos. B&H Photo


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Boyue T62 Mega eReader up for Pre-Order ? Android 4.2, 300 ppi Carta E-ink Sc...
by Nate Hoffelder
24 May 2017 at 7:33am

Chinese ereader maker Boyue (aka Boeye) has released an updated version of its T62 ereader. The T62 Mega, as it is being called on Banggood, features what, for 2017, counts as a retro look. It's up for pre-order on Banggood for $120, and is expected to ship on 22 June. Like earlier T62 models, the Mega has protruding page turn and action buttons on either side of a recessed 6" Carta E-ink screen. It runs Android 4.2 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 8GB storage, and Wifi. In terms of software, the Mega supports Epub and PDF natively, and you can listen to music through its headphone jack. Since it runs Android, you can install apps. Its 6" screen comes with a frontlight and touchscren, and according to the product listing it has a 300 ppi screen resolution (the actual resolution is not named, just the sharpness). The Mega measure 10.5mm thin, and packs a 2.8Ah battery into its soft rubberized shell. In many ways the mega is as up to date as the Boyue T63, which Banggood sells as the T63 JDRead. There are a couple key differences, however; the T63 doesn't have audio, and it has a  slab-like design with a flush screen and recessed page turn buttons. Me, I prefer the protruding buttons, but [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 24 May 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
23 May 2017 at 8:55pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. When tweeters attack: why do readers send authors their bad reviews? | (The Guardian) What Happens When a Robot Tries to Name Paint Colors? (The Atlantic) Scribd says it has over 500,000 subscribers paying $8.99/month for ebooks, audiobooks, and now news (Nieman Journalism Lab) image by liveoncelivewild  


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