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Why social reading apps are doomed to fail

I’ve been testing out some social reading apps on the iPad in recent weeks, and while I hope to post something more in-depth in the near future, I read some items today that corroborate a general disappointment I’ve been feeling. … Continue reading

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Apple gives book creators beautiful, golden handcuffs

Today Apple raised the bar on interactive textbook publishing, with the introduction of a revamped iBooks app for the iPad and a free textbook publishing app for the Mac. If you’ve got an iPad, a fairly new Mac, and a … Continue reading

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It’s the Day Against DRM; does anybody care?

Why isn’t the Day Against DRM a bigger deal among ebook consumers? Continue reading

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Kindle, Nook, Kobo iOS apps to be pulled in June?

The Digital Reader says it’s received off-the-record confirmation that all three major ebook sellers expect Apple to remove their apps from the iOS app store in June. Even if they wanted to (or could afford to) comply with Apple’s new … Continue reading

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Booki.sh launches Australian ebook store where you can’t download your purchases

It begins! The ebooks-in-the-cloud concept that I warned against earlier this week, the one publishers say is the ideal future marketplace (for them, not for consumers), is in private beta right now in Australia. It’s using the Monocle web-based ebook … Continue reading

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Figuring out sideloading on the updated Kindle for iOS app

Updated 12 Jan 2010 with corrections. It turns out that the best new feature of the updated Kindle app… After hearing back from others as well as from an Amazon developer, I re-tested all of my files on both an … Continue reading

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Don’t believe the hype about lending ebooks on the Barnes & Noble nook

B&N wants the world to think that you can loan your ebooks to friends on their Kindle competitor, the nook. The reality is that the feature is so restricted that it is barely usable at all. Continue reading

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Don't believe the hype about lending ebooks on the Barnes & Noble nook

B&N wants the world to think that you can loan your ebooks to friends on their Kindle competitor, the nook. The reality is that the feature is so restricted that it is barely usable at all. Continue reading

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