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Oyster “Netlfix for ebooks” is shutting down soon

Oyster “Netlfix for ebooks” is shutting down soon

Sometimes, it takes an upstart startup to shake up an industry and force spur moving giants into action. But sometimes, those startups don't get to fully experience the fruits of their herculean labors. That might be the case of Oyster, popularly nicknamed the Netflix for books as its founders announced on the company blog that they will be sunsetting the service in several months. Speculations point to a yet to be confirmed hiring by Google of some of Oyster's staff, practically assimilating the service into its own Google Play Books.

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NASA Graphics Standards Manual available to download in PDF

NASA Graphics Standards Manual available to download in PDF

The NASA logo of the '70s was called "the worm" and I can see where that name came from. The font used for the letters in the logo looked like a fat earthworm twisted into the letters needed to spell out NASA. As a high tech space agency, it comes as no surprise that NASA has a manual for just about everything.

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Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

Apple’s e-book price fixing suit appeal fails

The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has decided that Apple's "conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices" verdict will be upheld. The trial began all the way back in June of 2013 as brought about by the US Department of Justice. As a result of this ruling, Apple is expected to have to pay $450 million in damages, most going to consumers who've purchased e-books over the past several years. At this time it would appear that Apple's lawyers are seeking additional means for appeal.

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Oyster launches eBook store to take you beyond subscriptions

Oyster launches eBook store to take you beyond subscriptions

Those who like to read digitally have likely heard of Oyster, the monthly subscription service geared towards avid readers. At $9.99/month, getting the most out of Oyster is easy if you read one or more books monthly. If you don’t, you might have wondered why you’re subscribing — why not just buy books as needed? It’s a crossroads many have found themselves at, but you no longer have to leave Oyster if you’re not interested in subscribing. Today, Oyster is launching an eBook marketplace, where you can buy digital copies of books.

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Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Idea to App book review; first base for iOS app creation

Building an app starts with a concept, and idea, a vision. If you don’t have a guiding light in mind, you’re just doing. That isn’t necessarily creating. Idea to App: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Making iOS Apps is a new book from Megan Holstein, who is also responsible for the website of the same name. Her book promises not to be a rehashing of the website, though; it’s billed as one that is full of fresh ideas, and a better walk-through of how to get from idea to app. To see if it accomplishes that, I decided to give it a read.

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“Becoming Steve Jobs” book excerpt leaked by Amazon

“Becoming Steve Jobs” book excerpt leaked by Amazon

If you thought, Steve Jobs had been gone long enough that the movies and books about him were over, you were wrong. We already know that Sony is working on a movie about Jobs' life, even though the first film about Jobs with Ashton Kutcher didn’t do well. The official biography about Jobs has also been printed.

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Fight Club 2 — first 6 pages of graphic novel now available

Fight Club 2 — first 6 pages of graphic novel now available

If, like Tyler Durden (or Narrator), you’re no fan of rules, please continue reading. We’re about to snap the first two rules of Fight Club clean in half. Rather than follow Fight Club up with more words on paper, Chuck Palahniuk is keeping with the medium that made the book such a runaway hit. There’s no second movie, but we are getting our hands on visuals via a graphic novel that picks up where Fight Club left off. Fight Club 2 finds Durden, Marla, and their son in suburban hell.

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Goodnight Lad ‘augmented reality’ book comes alive

Goodnight Lad ‘augmented reality’ book comes alive

Digital books offer things a paper book can't, not the least of which are both interactive and animated elements. Still, there's nothing quite like a physical printed book, particularly when it comes to kids who like to handle a physical object and flip through pages. A new children's book called "Goodnight Lad" aims to be the solution, striking an even mixture between the two storytelling mediums by merging technology and paper into what is being called an "augmented reality" book.

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Doctoral student develops ‘Where’s Waldo’ search algorithm

Doctoral student develops ‘Where’s Waldo’ search algorithm

Remember all the time you spent as a kid trying to find Waldo (or Wally, if you're outside the U.S.) in the Where's Waldo books? Well, like almost everything else these days, computers have turned us humans into chumps when it comes to that activity. We can now thank a doctoral student in computing for developing an algorithm that optimizes the search process and identifies the best places on the page to find the striped shirt and glasses-wearing character.

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Special Edition James Patterson book self-destructs in 24 hours

Special Edition James Patterson book self-destructs in 24 hours

I like to read, but I like to read cool stories with lots of action that I can take my time with. I've been known to mow through a book in an afternoon if it's particularly good. However, I wouldn't want to HAVE to read the book in 24 hours or it disappears. That is exactly what is happening with James Patterson's latest book.

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Barnes & Noble buys back the Nook it sold

Barnes & Noble buys back the Nook it sold

This week the folks at Barnes & Noble announced that they'd be buying back the shares of Nook they'd sold over the past several years. This began with an October 2012 investment by Microsoft of $300 million dollars to create Nook Media LLC. Two months later, British education and publishing company Pearson purchased a stake in Nook for $89.5 million. Both companies have now sold their shares back to Barnes & Noble, and Barnes & Noble once again owns 100% of the ereader brand they created in the first place.

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Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

Harry Potter’s Facebook page full of Halloween hints

It’s that time of year again, when ghouls and goblins come asking for treats at the doorstep. Scary movies are plentiful, too. Over on the Pottermore Facebook page, curious things have been going on. It seems JK Rowling is cooking up a treat for Harry Potter fans. Or is it a trick? We’re not certain, but a series of clues and riddles hidden in plain sight suggest something significant is coming tomorrow, possibly a new revelation in the new Harry Potter story.

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