Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Discounted to $169

Barnes and Noble is offering a discount for online orders for the brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. US residents can order it directly from the Barnes and Noble website and get the tablet until September 14th for $169. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a stark contrast to all previous Nook tablets,...

New Barnes and Noble Website Planned for 2015

Barnes and Noble wants to change how they are currently selling books online by a massive effort to rebuild their website. They have been working at a feverish pace to insure the new design will make discovering and buying content easier than ever. In the latest quarterly filings, B&N cut its overall net loss to...

There is a Literacy Crisis in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is facing a literacy crisis of epic proportions as 1.5 million youth are unable to read properly. 11 year old’s were the focus of a new study and it proclaims that unless drastic action is taken, by 2025 the UK will be in dire straights.  A report by “Read on. Get on.” said...

Pirated Kindle Books May Hijack your Amazon Account

There is a vast segment of Kindle owners that download pirated eBooks from the internet. It is estimated that up to 20% of eBook downloads stem from bit-torrent or pirate sites. There is a new online threat that is targeting Kindle owners, that may hijack your entire Amazon account. Digital Books have a great deal...

Night of the Social Media: #PorterMeets Jonathan Maberry

"Your ignorance is stunning!"...That line got one of my Twitter followers muted recently. And she has stayed muted. And she will stay muted. I only regret that I have but one chance to mute her. Despite this follower's flattery -- I'd never speak of my own ignorance in such vaunted terms -- she is one author I will...

Swift: The rules of being optional (Xcode 6 GM)

In a regular Swift protocol every method and property that is declared must be used by any class, struct or enum that adopts the protocol. But this isn't the way it has always been. In Objective-C protocols have optional methods and properties alongside the methods and properties that must be implemented. With Swift these optional...

eBook Subscription Service Oyster, Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

The publishing industry has been trying to crack the Netflix for eBooks concept for a number of years. Oyster is one of the bright spots, offering 500,000 eBook titles and has established relationships with over 1,600 distinguished publisher partners. Today, Oyster is celebrating their one year anniversary and offers some key metrics on their ecosystem...

Samsung Launches Apple Bashing Campaign

Before I begin, let me assert: I do not hate Samsung and I do in fact like many of their products. Heck, in many ways I actually think that their new Galaxy Note Edge is prettier to look at than Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus. What I do find disappointing is that the day after...

Pocketbook Ultra Unboxing Video

The Pocketbook Ultra is the newest e-reader on the market and it breaks a ton of conventions. It has a rear facing 5 megapixel camera and page turn buttons that are on the back of the unit. Readers will dig the six inch e-ink Carta touchscreen display, which will provide faster page turns and less...

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Takes Aim at iPad

It almost seems like tablets can be lumped into two distinct categories these days: “iPads” and “other tablets”; so if you don’t have one, you have the other. Those in the know will tell you this isn’t true, and that there are plenty of quality contenders in the tablet game –whether you are interested in...

New Survey Looks at Digital Textbook Adoption

Vital Source  and the Ingram Content Group announced the results of its annual survey revealing how students and professors are embracing digital textbooks. The survey talked to 500 students and most are hopelessly addicted to their e-reader, smartphone or tablet. 45% of students said they usually do not go more than 10 minutes without using some form of...

HarperCollins Starts Selling eBooks in China

HarperCollins has struck new partnership with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export Corporation. Starting today, over 800 backlist eBook titles will be available in English. The Chinese publishing industry generated an astounding $42.89 billion in 2013 and should reach $57.74 billion in 2014. This is the first time HarperCollins has entered the market...

Young People are Reading As much as Adults

The Future of libraries and publishing looks bright, as young people are reading as much or more than adults. A new report by Pew gives us some new data on the reading habits of adults and millennials. The community and general media-use activities of younger adults are different from older adults. Those under age 30...

Dell Launches Ultra-Thin Venue 8 7000 Tablet

I’m impressed with any manufacturer willing to release a new product the day after a major Apple event. This go-around, Dell has announced that they have the “world’s thinnest tablet” in their new Venue 8 7000 device. Featuring an 8.4″ screen-size, the profile of the Venue 8 7000 is only 6mm thick (thin). There are...

#FutureChat: Alta Editions’ cookbook innovation recipe

Join The FutureBook community Friday in a live #FutureChat about innovation in publishing. Where do we see it? Where do we need it? We'll be on Twitter at...

Swift: The rules of being required (Xcode 6 GM)

Regular subclassingBefore we consider the role of the required modifier, let's begin with a regular class that has an init() methodclass MyClass { var str:String init(str:String) { self.str = str }}and consider what happens when we subclass that class and then create an instance of the subclass:class MyClass { var str:String init(str:String) { self.str =...

Swift: The rules of being final (Xcode 6 GM)

The final modifier is used to prevent the subclassing of a class. It is also used to prevent the overriding of properties, methods and subscripts within subclasses of a class that isn't itself final. The keyword is exclusively available to classes, because structs and enums can only inherit from protocols. And although protocols can adopt...

U2 Makes Musical History: New Album Launches Free to .5B iTunes Customers

Okay, it’s official –Apple not only knows how to generate hype for one of their signature product release events, they also know how to close out a keynote address: with a performance by a legendary rock band and the release of a major studio album… for free. As long as you are an iTunes subscriber...