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May The Best eReader Win!

Kindles, Nooks, Kobos oh my! I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore! Continue reading

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Kindle Fire Ignites War Between The Booksellers!

B&N and BAM pulling DC Books off their shelves! Continue reading

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The “KINDLE FIRE” is here!

Sorry, I don’t have time to talk… I’m writing a letter to Santa because I want an Kindle Fire under my Christmas tree! Wow! Continue reading

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Amazon Grows Bigger!

Amazon offers more with their Prime Membership! New Android Kindle coming soon! Continue reading

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College Students Would Give Up Sex For eBooks!

Kelton Research recently completed a market research survey for educational software company Kno with surprising results! The survey was offered to college students during the period of 14-21 July, 2011, asking their preferences concerning digital learning over traditional textbooks. A … Continue reading

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Amazon Renting College Books!

The cost of going to college just  went down  a little bit! Amazon is starting a Kindle etextbook rental program which will save you up to 80% off the retail price of the printed textbook. As  you college students well know, some of the printed textbooks can cost a few hundred  dollars. With this program you can buy a Kindle, rent your  etextbooks, and still come out ahead (and the Kindle is yours to keep!).

You only pay for how long you need the etextbook. You can rent your etextbooks for as little as 30 days, or up to a full year.  You can extend your rental period for as little as one day if necessary.

You can read your rented etextbooks on your PC, Mac, Kindle, or mobile device. Amazon will even let you access your notes and highlights after the rental period expires!

To check out this offer for yourself, please “click here” to go there!

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The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Opens eBook Store!

Good news for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and students! The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in cooperation with Impelsys, a company dedicated to enabling traditional publishing companies to go digital, has opened an ebook store!

According to  information on the ASHP  eBook website, “When you purchase an eBook from ASHP’s iPublish Central, you can read your eBooks within iPub Central’s own online eBook reader using a web browser, or offline with the iOffline reader. ASHP eBooks will also be available for purchase soon on Amazon for use on the Amazon Kindle and Kindle app.

When you  want to read your eBook online, you simply go to the ASHP eBooks website using your web browser, login, click on Bookshelf, select the book you wish to read and click “Read It.” You will have the option  to change viewing options, make personal notes, bookmark pages, and make searches.

There are  currently 25 eBooks available on the site, with prices ranging from $21.00 to $260.00, arranged into eight categories with many more additions being promised this year.

If you would like to know more, please “click here” and go there!

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HarperCollins Wavering!

HarperCollins knew they were going to take some heat when they decided to make ebooks electronically vanish when they had been checked out 26 times, but apparently they misjudged how strong the reaction would be. Many libraries started a boycott against HarperCollins and the movement spread across the country and into Canada!

Personally, I think this is crazy! Assuming a library has a two week lending period for paper books, and no one ever returned one early or late, the 26th person would have to wait almost an entire year to finally get their hands on it! If the book became deteriorated during that time, the library would have the opportunity to sell it and use the money to help them buy a new copy!

On the other hand, a best selling HarperCollins ebook could be loaned out 26 times in one day and POOF… It just disappears! The library would buy the ebook, but have no chance to sell it. If you buy something, isn’t it a right of ownership that you also have the right to sell it? This also applies to individuals! If you buy an ebook, shouldn’t you also have the right to sell it? There all kinds of things going on here!

Anyway, Last Tuesday a HarperCollins representative told a large group of librarians that the number 26 was not set in stone. They said it was their number for now, but they wanted input from the libraries about how the number was working for them and HarperCollins was willing to listen. If you would like to read more about this, please click here and click here!

I think the boycott is working and HarperCollins is feeling the pain in their bottom line. The ebook industry is new and has growing pains. Many issues must be worked out to make ebook distribution fair for the author and the buyer. For the first time in history an author can write and publish their own book. Amazon, the largest bookstore in the world, is happy to publish almost anyone for a reasonable fee!  I think brick and mortar publishers are coming to grips with this and trying different things to stay in business.

This is good stuff! Let’s watch it together!

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Amazon Cloud Drive Has Arrived!

Yesterday morning Amazon launched Cloud Drive, its new cloud storage service, to the world. The really cool thing is Amazon is offering 5 GB of free online storage to anyone who signs up for it! You can Securely store your music, videos, photos, and documents online and access them from anywhere, anyplace, anytime you have internet service! Just think… I could have backed up my entire blog and recovered it all after I crashed… and crashed… and crashed again… This would also be a great place to back-up your ebook collection!

Wait, it gets even better! If you purchase an album from Amazon’s MP3 Store, they will upgrade you to 20 GB of free storage for up to one year! There are some stipulations with this offer, and you can read about them by clicking here.

This is a great deal… Check it out!

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Amazon Reports eBook Sales Top Paperback Books!

Amazon reports ebook sales pass paperback book sales. Continue reading

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