Top 5 Blackberry Playbook Apps of the Week – July 18 2014

Today we look at a number of apps that currently work on the Blackberry Playbook that we either uploaded for the first time or recently updated. All of these apps are confirmed working on the Playbook and we have over 2,400 apps and games currently on our site. Badoo: Meet New People – Want to...

US Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Copyright Arguments over Sherlock Holmes

Most people don’t think of copyright law when they think of gripping drama and suspenseful twists and turns, but the truth is copyright is actually quite fascinating. Of course, no one is more fascinated right now than the litigants in a case involving copyright over Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes characters. To understand the...

Digital Publishing and e-Reader Gossip – July 13-19 2014

There are a ton of gossip in the digital publishing and e-reader sector that transpires every single week. Most of these short snippets simply wouldn’t do as a singular article. Today, we look at all of the little tidbits we have gleaned from interviews and research. Zinio is at a crossroads in the digital magazine...

Amazon Kindle Pleasure Reading House Opens in China

Amazon has opened their first the Kindle Pleasure Reading House in Shanghai, China. This is a temporary autonomous pop up store that will be open from July 18 to July 20th and then August 1-3 in Beijing. The premise of the new Reading House in China is to draw attention to their complete lineup of...

Podcast: All You Need to Know about Kindle Unlimited

Amazon prematurely unveiled Kindle Unlimited yesterday morning. This is a new subscription service that costs $9.99 and will allow you to read as many books as you want on a monthly basis. Kindle Unlimited will launch with 600,000 eBook and audiobook titles. Each title will be available to read on multiple devices, such as Android...

Icarus Refreshes Illumina e-Reader with Android 4.2.2

Icarus has refreshed their Illumina e-Reader with the same type of open Android ecosystem that Onyx Boox has implemented. Users will be able to install their own apps, which is a boon to anyone who wants more flexibility over the reading apps they want to install. The new Illumina e-reader changed the design a bit from...

Amazon Enters eBook Subscription Market with Kindle Unlimited

It’s rare that Amazon isn’t leading the charge in some aspect of the book industry, but news came out today that Amazon is experimenting with ebook subscription models. In the often-compared Netflix climate, this would allow consumers to read unlimited content for one flat monthly fee. GigaOm grabbed a link to the page for the...

Kindle Unlimited Goes Live with eBook, Audiobook Titles

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, the ebook and audiobook subscription service that lets members pay a flat monthly fee for unlimited access to its catalog, went live today, offering users a thirty day free trial and the option to pay $9.99 a month for the service. According to a press release issued by Amazon, the service is...

The Tolino Alliance Expands into Belgium

The Tolino Alliance was formed in 2013 and their mandate was to combat Amazon in Germany. This was the first time Thalia, Weltbild, Hugendubel, Club Bertelsmann, Deutsche Telekom banded together to forge a series of e-reading devices and launch an online bookstore. Today, the Tolino Alliance has now expanded to Belgium via Standaard Boekhandel. Standaard...

More Speculation on the Final Bill for Apple’s Price Fixing Problems

News was announced yesterday from the lawyers for the plaintiffs in one of Apple’s side lawsuits over ebook pricing that the grand total the company could have to pay out to consumers is $400 million. This amount was disclosed after the terms of the settlement were released following Judge Denise Cote’s approval of the settlement...

Kobo Adds Catalog of Dr. Seuss Titles

Kids ebooks have been slow to take off, despite the great content coming out from companies like iStoryTime and Scholastic. But Kobo, whose Kobo Kids’ Store offers younger readers a catalog of over 100,000 ebook titles, recenlty secured a deal that would add some of the most beloved children’s books of all time to its...

Sweeping Changes in UK Govt Could Have Impact on Digital Publishing

The Internet was buzzing this morning with the news of UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s intense reshuffling of people and positions in his cabinet, swapping roles for some of them and ousting others altogether. Of course, the headline grabber in the reordering is the loss of Michael Gove as the head of education, a change...

InkCase Plus Is a Secondary e-ink Screen for your Smartphone

We are starting to see a number of new devices hit the market with a secondary screen built into the phone or a case that has an optional one. The Yotaphone, Pocketbook and Pixel QI have all offered a wide array of concept pieces that have failed to takeoff in a meaningful way. A new...

Google Search Results Warn Against Sites With Flash Content

In the early days of the Internet, using Oh Flash was a sign that a website was ahead of the times. It was impressive and sought-after. These days it is akin to a technologically-transmitted-disease –we’ve all heard about Flash content and we all know of websites that feature it, but for the most part we...

Hearst Offers New Cosmo-Themed Digital Video Subscription Service

As more and more print publishers look for ways to stay relevant in the digital landscape, creative solutions to meeting their readers’ needs continue to evolve. This is especially true of print periodical publishers, as more consumers are turning to other sources to stay on top of news and entertainment. Hearst Corporation, who is arguably...

Scribd Launches Windows Phone 8 Reading App – Revises iOS and Android

Scribd has been in development overdrive the last few months, revising the core reading experience in their seminal iOS and Android apps. They have also been quietly refining their first offering for Windows Phone 8. All mobile applications now have a unified experience which will immerse users who have multiple phones and tablets in the household...

Google+ Lifts Display Name Restrictions

If you’ve been holding off on using Google+ because you couldn’t use the display name you wanted (or maybe you just found the rules a little annoying), starting today those restrictions have been lifted. Some are speculating that the changes to Google’s terms of service are related to the departure of Google+ lead, Vic Gundotra,...

Report: Amazon to Purchase Simon and Schuster

The publishing industry could be turned onto its head with a recent revelation that Amazon is in talks with big 5 publisher Simon and Schuster. No one seems to know what the discussions are about, whether it has to do with eBook pricing or if they are talking about an acquisition. If Amazon were to...