Calibre Tries to Appeal towards eBook Creators

When it comes to converting eBooks from one format to another, you have likely heard of Calibre. It remains one of the most popular tools out there, and is deeply expansive. In the past, they have catered exclusively to users, but now that Sigil is not actively developed anymore, they are trying to appeal towards...

Boyue T61 e-reader Now Available in China

We have seen a massive new movement in e-reader operating systems in 2014, with the advent of open Android. This is a concept where instead of locking you down to a specific ecosystem and custom UI, we are now seeing the equivalent of a pure vanilla Android experience. Onyx and Icarus have both released numerous...

How PDF Editing Works on the Microsoft Surface 3 and Sony DPT-S1

Consumers and business customers often find themselves relying on PDF files in order to view and edit documents. We live in a world of Kindle Books, Nook Books and proprietary formats, but PDF’s have been the longest lived format in the digital space. Sony made the Digital Paper (DPT-S1) with the sole intention of reading...

Harvard Classics Available as Free eBooks

First published in 1909, The Harvard Classics is an anthology consisting of 51 volumes of classic works from world literature. Compiled and edited by Harvard University President, Charles W. Eliot, the goal of the publications was simple: provide a liberal education based on the number of books able to fit across a five-foot shelf (that...

Have e-Readers been Superseded by Multifunction Tablets and Smartphones?

In the last four years we have seen the entire publishing industry embrace eBooks. In 2013, Nielsen’s Books & Consumers survey shows that among U.S. buyers of adult fiction and nonfiction, 25% of book buyers bought an eBook and 31% of new books purchased in adult fiction and nonfiction were eBooks. e-Readers have traditionally been...

Valiant and Action Lab Go DRM-Free for Digital Comics

Image Comics was the first mainstream comic book publisher to embrace going DRM-Free and this has prompted Valiant and Action Lab to follow suit. Comixology is the top digital distributor of comics and their app is available on every major operating system. In July 2014 the Amazon owned company announced that it would allow publishers the...

Amazon Starts Selling Print Books in Brazil

Amazon has been selling Kindle e-Readers and eBooks in Brazil for the last two years. You might say the Seattle based company has digital locked up, but print titles have been non-existent, until today. Over 150,000 print titles in Portuguese are now available to be ordered on Amazons Brazilian website. If customers spend over R$69,...

Swift: Bytes for Beginners (Part II)

Last time a string was converted into bytes and then transformed from bytes back into a string. Following on from this, I'm going to start by creating two separate byte arrays: let strA = "Hello, "var buffA = [UInt8](strA.utf8)let strB = "playground"var buffB = [UInt8](strB.utf8)Note: I've simplified the construction of the byte arrays (aka buffers)...

Amazon Has 3.4M Titles… And Counting

News that Amazon’s catalog has reached 3.4 million records sounds like a good thing, for the retailer as much as for the customers searching for their next good read. Unfortunately, this may not be the case: when a new book is added every 5 minutes (an average of 12 titles per hour), how do you...

HarperCollins Experiments with a Humble Bundle eBook Campaign

HarperCollins has been one of the most forward thinking publishers of 2014. They have not only supported Vancouver startup BitLit, which gives you a discounted eBook if you prove you own the print edition, but also Bookshout. Today, HarperCollins has announced a massive new campaign that is running in conjunction with Humble Bundle. The essence...

Flappy Bird Sequel Swing Copters Available Now

If Flappy Birds wasn’t driving you crazy or taking up enough of your free time, Gears Studio has the answer with their sequel to the popular mobile game: Swing Copters. Best described as a cross between impossibly difficult and increasingly addictive, Swing Copters is the easiest game you will never master. If you want to...

Dutch eBook Market Increases by 18% in Q2 2014

The Dutch eBook market has seen excellent growth in the last two years and recent Q2 financial figures from the publishing industry has seen it increase by 18%. We now see eBooks accounting for 26% of all sales, but print books are still strong with 74%. The Netherlands has a different dichotomy than North America...

Amazon Offers $20 Discount on the Paperwhite 2

Amazon is hoping to steal a bit of the limelight off of the brand new Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook tablet by offering a $20.00 discount on the second generation Kindle Paperwhite. Starting today, the main Amazon website is discounting the WIFI only version to $139 and the 3G model for $189. Within the next month...

Icarus Illumina E653 vs Kobo Aura

Welcome to another Good e-Reader Comparison Video! Today we take a look at the brand new Icarus Illumina second generation and the Kobo Aura. The premise of this comparison is to take a look at ePub eBooks and PDF documents. Both of these devices handle these formats in completely different ways. The Kobo Aura does...

CB infographic: eBooks advance in Dutch-language market’s second quarter

“There is no flattening out yet over here in ebook sales” ..."Our country is quite unique in the diversity of its ebook landscape," says Timo Boezeman, a sales account manager in the digital division of the Dutch distributor CB Logistics. read more...