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New Onyx Boox Max Carta up for Pre-Order, Sports a Higher-Resolution Screen
by Nate Hoffelder
30 Mar 2017 at 11:05am

Released last summer, the Onyx Boox Max was a pricy but worthwhile alternative to the Sony DPT-S1. It ran Android 4.0 on a 1GHz CPU with a 13.3" screen, stylus, Wifi, and BT. As I pointed out in my review, it was not your typical ereader, but since it shipped with Google Play its functionality was limited only by the apps you installed (and by the CPU). But now it is getting a little better. eReader-Store.de is now taking pre-orders for the Onyx Boox Max Carta. This is an update to the Onyx Boox Max with a new higher-resolution Carta E-ink screen. But it has essentially the same guts, though, so there are arguments against paying the extra 45 euros at the register. Like its predecessor, the Onyx Boox Max Carta runs Android 4.0 on a 1GHz single core CPU (last year I misreported the processor as a dual-core CPU). It comes ith 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, stylus, Wifi, Bluetooth, a headphone jack, a card slot, and can be upgraded to Android 4.4. The one key difference between the Onyx Boox Max Carta and the previous model is that the Max Carta has a Carta E-ink screen with a resolution of 2200 x 1650, or 207 ppi. [...]


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Windows 10 Creators Update to Feature eBookstore in Edge Web Browser
by Nate Hoffelder
30 Mar 2017 at 7:57am

Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the next version of Windows 10 will include an ebookstore and reading app built into the Edge web browser. References to the reading app and store had been found in previous beta releases of Windows 10, and yesterday MS told us: With the Creators Update, we?ve added new features like advanced tab management to help you find, organize and open tabs you?ve set aside without leaving the page you?re on. You can now discover and get your favorite e-books in Windows Store and read them in Microsoft Edge across all of your Windows 10 devices. The Creator Update will be released on 11 April, but that is really all we know for certain at this time. Beta versions of the Edge browser have supported Epub since November, though the user reports I have heard suggest that the app is buggy and still only semi-functional. The store, on the other hand, was spotted in the code in a January beta release of Windows 110 mobile. It didn't work at that time, but we did get a screenshot of the storefront: Whether the store uses this layout remains to be seen.  


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Bonnier Launches New Digital Imprint, Bookery
by Nate Hoffelder
30 Mar 2017 at 5:54am

The Swedish publishing conglomerate Bonnier has launched an ebook subscription service and a self-pub service, but that doesn't mean they have lost sight of the legacy industry. Bonnier launched a new imprint this week as part of its growth strategy. Bookery will publish about 20 to 25 titles per year, both fiction and non-fiction, with the goal of attracting the digital book reader and listener. It will be led by Asa Selling, who had previously been the editor in chief at Wahlstrom & Widstrand. "The digital revolution creates great opportunities for storytelling and new opportunities to reach a large audience. With Bonnier Bookery, we will develop book publishing in the Swedish book trades and customize it to the digital reader and listener, " said Selling. image by ActuaLitté


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Morning Coffee ? 30 March 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
29 Mar 2017 at 8:55pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. Hardbound 3.0 Introduces Short, Visual Stories Based on Bestselling Books (MacStories) How the EU's imaginary "value gap" would kill user-generated content online (Boing Boing) No, You Can't Buy Congress's Internet Data, Or Anyone Else's (Techdirt) The Unglamorous Ordeal of Recording Your Own Audiobook (Literary Hub) Every weekday morning we curate the top stories in books, IP, self-publishing, and ebooks. Sign up here to get this post delivered right to your inbox. image by cdnorman


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Yahoo Japan Outsources its eBookstore
by Nate Hoffelder
29 Mar 2017 at 2:10pm

According to a press release Yahoo Japan has outsourced its ebook operations to a company called eBook Initiative Japan. The handover will take place on 1 April, after which eBook Initiative Japan will be responsible for all aspects of running the ebookstore and marketing its content. Coincidentally, the parent company Yahoo only controls a minority stake in Yahoo Japan; Yahoo owns about 35% of its Japanese subsidiary, while Softbank owns 36%. So Verizon, which is still in the process of acquiring Yahoo, doesn't quite own a Japanese bookstore. In any case, outsourcing operations made sense given the relatively small size and slow growth of the Japanese ebook market. According to Japan's Research Laboratory of the Publishing Science, Japanese ebook sales rose 13% in 2016, to 25.8 billion yen. In comparison, book sales alone accounted for 737 billion yen. image by abhisawa


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Amazon Inks Deal to Buy Souq.com
by Contributor
29 Mar 2017 at 1:17pm

Amazon has almost no presence in the Middle East, andfor example it doesn't even sell ebooks in much of the region. But both of those details are bound to change with the purchase of Souq.com. Souq.com will expand its workforce and operations after Amazon clinched a deal to buy 100 percent of the Middle East online retailer, executives from both firms said. Amazon and Souq.com said earlier on Tuesday they had agreed on the takeover, despite an eleventh-hour bid by Dubai billionaire Mohamed Alabbar?s Emaar Malls EMAA.DU to cut in with an offer it said was worth $800 million. Executives have not disclosed the value of the Amazon deal, which adviser Goldman Sachs called "the biggest-ever technology M&A transaction in the Arab world". Sources with knowledge of the takeover said Amazon was paying less than Emaar's offer, making it lower than Souq.com's $1 billion valuation when it sought funding last year. One source said Souq.com would have broken an exclusivity agreement with Amazon if it accepted Emaar's bid at this stage. "Amazon is a great fit with us. We have a lot of common values and it is all about innovation, technology and the type of customer experience and thinking [...]


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Morning Coffee ? 29 March 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
28 Mar 2017 at 8:55pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. 25 Sure-fire Signs Your Publisher is About to Go Out of Business (WritersWeekly.com) Hachette launches The Future Bookshelf for underrepresented writers (The Passive Voice) How we made the typeface Comic Sans (The Guardian) What do you want to read? (adgeniusclub) Please Don?t Talk About Your Book (Nerdy Book Club) Why publishers might reject your next book, even if it's a good one (Scroll.in) Every weekday morning we curate the top stories in books, IP, self-publishing, and ebooks. Sign up here to get this post delivered right to your inbox. image by Bex.Walton


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Site Licenses, Er, Inclusive Access, Will Save Textbook Publishing
by Nate Hoffelder
28 Mar 2017 at 12:14pm

If you wait long enough, any idea, no matter how old, will become new again. Joseph Esposito proved that point with what he calls "inclusive access": I have been involved with a number of projects over the years to reduce the cost of textbooks, most of which focused on open educational resources (OER), which may be the topic of a future post. The more promising approach, however, may be what is being termed ?inclusive access,? a terrible phrase because it brings in a whiff of a political agenda for what is essentially a matter of business. In inclusive access, publishers work directly with institutions to come up with discounted digital versions of core texts. The institutions then license the books on behalf of the students, sometimes collecting money from the students, sometimes not. We are going to be seeing more of this, though the ultimate form of the model is not yet clear. But happen it will, as there are too many incentives for it to fail to move forward. Yeah, that's not a new idea. When I wrote about this topic five years ago the practice was known as site licenses, a system where institutions negotiate a reduced license fee based on [...]


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Amazon Launches Store-Pick Grocery Service in Seattle
by Contributor
28 Mar 2017 at 9:18am

The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Amazon's cashier-free convenience store may be struggling to keep track of which customer bought what, but their next brick-and-mortar operation won't share its problems with automation. Amazon.com Inc launched AmazonFresh Pickup at its brick-and-mortar grocery store in Seattle, as the online giant attempts to crack into the multi-billion dollar grocery market dominated by retail giants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. AmazonFresh Pickup, currently open only to employees, allows users enrolled in its Prime service, to drive in and pick up groceries from the company's grocery store in Seattle, which it opened last year. Amazon Prime members can place the order online and choose a time for the pick up, the company said on Tuesday. The company will keep the order bagged. The company also delivers groceries to homes under its AmazonFresh service. Amazon also has a physical bookstore in Seattle, as well as pop-ups at malls where it displays Amazon devices such as the Kindle. (Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)


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Morning Coffee ? 28 March 2017
by Nate Hoffelder
27 Mar 2017 at 8:55pm

Here are a few stories to read this morning. 7 Tips for Donating Old Books Without Being A Jerk (LitReactor) The 8 Worst Things About Working at a Bookstore (Book Riot) Booktopia ready for the Amazon attack (afr.com) March Fiction Prompts Culled from the News (ElectricLit) More Reading Devices = Less Reading (The CITE) The Zero-Gravity Toilet Of Adobe DRMed ePub (The Digital Reader) Every weekday morning we curate the top stories in books, IP, self-publishing, and ebooks. Sign up here to get this post delivered right to your inbox. image by wuestenigel


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Podcast: Exploring Amazon with Data Guy
by Nate Hoffelder
27 Mar 2017 at 2:23pm

The pseudonymous Data Guy was interviewed on the Self-Publishing formula podcast last Friday. If you haven't met with DG or heard how he got into confounding the legacy industry with stats that even Mike Shatzkin has been forced to accept, this is well worth your time to listen. And for those who need or prefer to read the podcast (there's an annoying buzz in DG's voice), you can find a transcript over on the SPF website.


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