Books

IKEA “bookbook” spoof reminds us of life beyond digital

IKEA “bookbook” spoof reminds us of life beyond digital

Last week's IFA 2014 madness might have left you feeling bloated with gadgets and appliances. If so, then IKEA has the perfect medicine for you. Introducing the "bookbook", a revolutionary reading experience that offers you the best of tactile feedback, touch-based interfaces, wireless connections, and perpetual battery life.

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Google, Barnes & Noble will now bring you books on the fly

Google, Barnes & Noble will now bring you books on the fly

If you live in one of three major metropolitan areas of the US, and just happen to be an avid reader, we’ve got great news for you. Google is partnering with Barnes & Noble to bring you same-day book delivery. Those of us in Manhattan, West Los Angeles, and San Francisco (all of SF, it seems) can now start reading minutes or hours after placing an order.

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Comixology announces DRM-free copies for some titles

Comixology announces DRM-free copies for some titles

Avid comic book readers will be quite familiar with Comixology's digital library. They might also be well versed with how those copies are pretty much all "protected" by DRM technology. Comixology is now changing that status quo just a bit and is now offering DRM-free backups, in PDF and CBZ formats, but only for some select titles and publishers.

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The coolest comic you’ve seen yet is currently on Kickstarter

The coolest comic you’ve seen yet is currently on Kickstarter

Sometimes, the best part of a comic or graphic novel is seeing them come to life on the movie or TV screen. Actually getting an idea of what might have been the purpose of the printed page is fun, and one Kickstarter aims to bridge the gap. Combining the hand-drawn image with an app makes for a very intriguing concept.

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Barnes & Noble spins off Nook division

Barnes & Noble spins off Nook division

After sourcing outside entities to make their hardware, Barnes & Noble is now spinning of the Nook division from the company proper. They’re going to pursue having the Nook division spinoff into a standalone entity, effectively creating two companies. One has the potential to sustain the troubled waters ahead, while the other may not.

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Amazon details spat with Hachette

Amazon details spat with Hachette

Earlier this month, Hachette lobbed an accusation against Amazon, claiming the retail giant was meddling with its sales and causing book shipments to be delayed by many weeks. After weeks of rumbles over this, Amazon has confirmed the spat in a forum post, with the reason revolving around contract issues.

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All Norwegian books to be digitized in Norway

All Norwegian books to be digitized in Norway

In the US, when Google began its plan to digitize a huge number of books with its massive scanning program, authors in the US filed suit and mired the program in legal proceedings for a long time. While book digitizing in the US in uncertain at this point, the country of Norway is set to digitize all the native language books there are, all of them.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite gets Goodreads, FreeTime integration

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite gets Goodreads, FreeTime integration

Amazon today is rolling out a free software update to the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, adding Goodreads and FreeTime integration. The update will appear over the next few weeks for Paperwhite owners. Both integrations are designed to maximize reading time and minimize switching from one device to another while reading.

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Google Books wins court case with “fair use”

Google Books wins court case with “fair use”

The lawsuit filed by the Authors' Guild directed towards Google and their project Google Books has ended with Google the victor. According to US District Judge Denny Chin, the plaintiffs' suggestions that Google Books would hurt the market for the original work did not add up against what the project is actually capable of doing. The case ended up centering around "snippets" of books and the idea that Google Books search abilities would or would not result in prospective consumers of these books downloading rather than purchasing books in the Google Books collection.

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Internet Archive materials and equipment destroyed in fire

Internet Archive materials and equipment destroyed in fire

Nothing fills out a week full of things being on fire like the Internet Archive headquarters burning in a fire. The blaze, which took place earlier this week, was not catastrophic and no one was harmed, but the San Francisco nonprofit is asking for $600,000 in emergency donations from the public to pay for the hefty repairs and to help compensate for the loss of some physical archival material and equipment.

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Harry Potter spin-off films a go

Harry Potter spin-off films a go

Inspired by a textbook mentioned inside the Harry Potter novel series, "Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them" has been announced by author J.K.Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment to be appearing as a the first in a series of films coming soon (or soonish). This series of movies will begin by focusing on the adventures of the fictitious book's fictitious author: Newt Scamander, and will be neither a prequel nor a sequel to any of the Harry Potter books or movies.

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Google Play gets textbook category as Google dives deep into education

Google Play gets textbook category as Google dives deep into education

More and more tech companies are showing interest in education and helping out students by offering services and features to assist them during their studies. After all, the youth are the future. Google thinks so too and has introduced a textbooks category in Google Play where students can rent and buy digital textbooks.

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