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Google Buys eBook Technologies to Provide Richer e-Reading Experiences on Tablets

eBooks and e-readers are big business these days. Amazon’s Kindle recently became the company’s best-selling product ever, and its competitors have done pretty well too. Now tablets are coming out of the woodwork to go head-to-head with Apple’s iPad, and these are also ideal for reading eBooks (some with Android).

Amazon Kindle Optimized for Android and Windows Tablets

It’s become crystal clear that Amazon’s Kindle is a hit, and though some of its competitors have been doing pretty well too, Kindle was recently revealed to be Amazon’s best-selling product ever

Give Kindle Books As A Gift Via Email
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Amazon.com said today people can now give Kindle Books as gifts to anyone with an email address even if they don’t own a Kindle.

"We’re making this functionality available in time for the holidays to offer an easy, stress free holiday shopping option for anyone – not just Kindle owners,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Amazon Kindle.

 

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Turning Your Blog Into a Book
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WebProNews recently spoke with Ellen Gerstein, the Director of Marketing at John Wiley & Sons, the publishing firm behind the "For Dummies" books among many others. She discussed the impact blogs and social media have had on the publishing industry and gave some advice for bloggers looking to get books published.

Amazon Says New Kindle Sales Better Than Last Year

Amazon.com today said its latest Kindle eReader is the bestselling product on its U.S. and U.K. Websites.

Without giving specific numbers, Amazon said sales of its new Kindle have already surpassed total devices sales from October through December 2009.

Apple Turns Down Apps for Requiring Registration?

According to the Next Web, Apple may be rejecting apps that require user registration first. The publication looks at an email a developer reportedly received from Apple saying:

Fairmont Hotels Offering Kobo eReaders

Fairmont Hotels said today it will offer its customers access to Kobo eReaders featuring content from new and bestselling Random House books.

Author Sells a Million Kindle Books

When Amazon released its earnings last week, some were disappointed, but it was still clear that the Kindle has been doing pretty well. Amazon sold three times as many Kindle books in the first half of 2010 as it did in the first half of 2009, and it was recently revealed that Amazon is now selling more Kindle books than hardcover books.

Amazon’s Earnings Show Kindle Doing Very Well for the Company
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Amazon sold three times as many Kindle books in the first half of 2010 as it did in the first half of 2009.  It was revealed earlier this week that Amazon is now selling more Kindle books than hardcover books. This was reiterated in the company’s earnings announcement today.

Barnes & Noble Looks to Build Digital Libraries, Gives Classic Books Away
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Barnes & Noble is encouraging customers to build their own personal digital libraries with a promotion called Barnes & Noble Classics.

Amazon Releases New KindleDX with Lower Price, Better Contrast

Amazon has introduced a new version of the Kindle DX with a lower price of $379 (down from $489) and 50% better display contrast.

Barnes & Noble Introduces Nook Wi-Fi (A Cheaper Version)

Barnes and Noble today introduced its Nook Wi-Fi device priced at $149. In addition, the 3G version of the Nook has been lowered to $199.

The company notes that the new Nook 3G price marks the first under $200 dedicated full-feature eBook reader that offers both free 3G wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also now has a new software update that is supposed to make it easier to connect in more places via Wi-Fi.


Visa is sponsoring a campaign for Children International called "Click for a Cause" that will give new books to kids in need.

The "Click for a Cause" campaign allows people to click a button to trigger a $1 donation from Visa to purchase books for children living in poverty. Visa will provide Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, up to $50,000 toward the purchase of books to be placed in Children’s International’s nearly 100 libraries serving children in 11 countries.


Visa is sponsoring a campaign for Children International called "Click for a Cause" that will give new books to kids in need.

The "Click for a Cause" campaign allows people to click a button to trigger a $1 donation from Visa to purchase books for children living in poverty. Visa will provide Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, up to $50,000 toward the purchase of books to be placed in Children’s International’s nearly 100 libraries serving children in 11 countries.


Visa is sponsoring a campaign for Children International called "Click for a Cause" that will give new books to kids in need.

The "Click for a Cause" campaign allows people to click a button to trigger a $1 donation from Visa to purchase books for children living in poverty. Visa will provide Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, up to $50,000 toward the purchase of books to be placed in Children’s International’s nearly 100 libraries serving children in 11 countries.


Visa is sponsoring a campaign for Children International called "Click for a Cause" that will give new books to kids in need.

The "Click for a Cause" campaign allows people to click a button to trigger a $1 donation from Visa to purchase books for children living in poverty. Visa will provide Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, up to $50,000 toward the purchase of books to be placed in Children’s International’s nearly 100 libraries serving children in 11 countries.

Barnes & Noble Launches Online Storytime For Kids
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Barnes & Noble has introduced "Online Storytime," a new monthly program featuring well-known authors and celebrities reading picture books for children ages two through six.

Each Online Storytime features pan-and-scan filming of the picture book with the author or celebrity narrating.

Google Analytics Book Earns Company’s Endorsement
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If you’re interested in marketing and Google Analytics, and have $27 and the time to read 450 pages to spare, Google thinks it knows of just the right book for you.  Yesterday evening, the search giant took the rather unusual step of endorsing a privately-authored paperback called Performance Marketing with Google Analytics.

Internet Archive Offers 1 Million Books To Visually Impaired

The Internet Archive said today it has made available more than 1 million books to those who are blind, dyslexic and visually impaired.

Online Book Piracy Nearing $3 Billion

Publishers could be losing between $2.75- 3 billion due to online book piracy, according to a new report from Attributor.

Google Gives Alex Over a Million Books

Spring Design, the makers of the Alex eReader device, announced it has entered into an agreement with Google, which will see it gaining access to over a million Google Books. Alex users will be able to read these books online or download them using the Android-integrated browser and search applications.