Tag Archives: ebooks

The Kindle Boondoggle

Eldritch Weaselsnake: So, when the Kindle store was first introduced, the prices were a breath of fresh air: finally some reality in ebook pricing. In-print hardbacks were never more than $10.00. Paperbacks were deeply discounted from list price (30 to … Continue reading

OPDS: Open Publication Distribution System (RSS for eBooks, basically)

An open distribution standard for eBooks? Count me in: Adobe and Lexcycle, the company behind the popular Stanza eBook application, announced today that they are working together with the Internet Archive on turning the Stanza online catalog system into an … Continue reading

Hearst to launch own ebook reader

Hearst, owner of dying medium, is to release an ebook reader in the same vein as the Kindle and Sony Reader. [Forbes]

Lazyweb: Getting public domain books out of Gutenberg en masse and onto a Kindle

I’m trying to figure out how to slurp down every single book in Gutenberg to throw on to a Kindle. It’s easy enough to download the Gutenberg archive, but everything comes down in .txt (with funky line breaks and no … Continue reading

Amazon to release two new Kindles by the end of the year?

Crunchgear has posted an intriguing insider rumor on what we might expect from Amazon in the Kindle 2.0, which their source says we should see by October. According to their source, two new versions of the Kindle will hit Amazon.com … Continue reading

iPhone App Store selling eBooks for a buck

Or rather, Mr. Tom Peck of AppEngines, LLC, appears to have repackaged several public domain novels into a reader software and is selling them for a dollar apiece. It’s a clever little business model and I wish him well; I … Continue reading

Foldable Readius eBook reader coming by Fall?

A few hours ago, savvy BBG commenter Stratosfyr — in a comment mostly spent complaining about his mother’s thriftiness and the terrorist applications of ebooks — mentioned another problem with the who ebook reader concept, especially when compared to DAPs: … Continue reading

English novelist Nick Hornby on eBook readers

Over at Penguin Books’ official blog, there’s a surprisingly excellent little post by English novelist Nick Hornby, in which he level-headedly points out all the little niggling problems that face ebook readers in gaining mass acceptance. Some of the points … Continue reading

College textbooks coming — slowly — to Kindle

Princeton University Press will be selling textbooks in Kindle editions, reports the Christian Science Monitor. That’s potentially good news for students: it’ll make carrying around a whole bunch of textbooks something besides a spine-compressing metaphor for their college loans. Not … Continue reading

This is what a broken Amazon Kindle looks like

I wish I could blame this on shoddy craftsmanship or a DRM snafu, but I’m guessing this is probably the result of my foot. All I know is that I put it in my bag one morning and when I … Continue reading