A 15th century Dominican church is no longer a place of worship, unless you really love books. Last July the Waanders In de Broeren store opened and it has over 3,000 books that are currently being sold, alongside other retail goods.
The new converted church bookstore is highly reminiscent of Selexyz Dominicanen, a similar concept in Maastricht, Holland with a multi-level black volume sitting lightly within the church's arches and vaulted ceilings. Where that structure was darker and more dramatic, this one is light and bright, complementing the original colors of the church.
The three additional floors were placed in the side wing of the church, between the original pillars. The central axis was left open so visitors can still appreciate the grand scale of the building, with views of the organ and a modern stained glass window.
I have always really appreciated non-conventional bookstores and this one is really captivating.
Netherlands Church Converted to an Amazing Bookstore is a post from: Good e-Reader
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
The Kobo Glo HD is a new e-reader and its purpose is to heavily compete against the Amazon Kindle Voyage. When we received our early review unit there was no evidence of an SD card to boost the internal storage, which alienated users who want to store more books. When we removed the back plate off of the Glo HD we did find an SD Card, but it comes with a catch.
The Kobo Glo HD does not have any internal memory, the entire operating system and proprietary Kobo files are stored on a 4 GB Sandisk SD card. We tried cloning the OS and put it on a 2 GB SD and a 16 GB SD and the e-reader failed to boot properly. We also verified that there were no hidden files preventing it from working, but all of the files are clearly visible.
Right now it does not seem very likely that users will be able to put their own SD cards into the Kobo Glo HD and have the e-reader function correctly. Instead, this is a boon for the hacker community that wants to write their own programs and software enhancements for expanded features.
It is very important to note that if you decide to take the back cover off your Kobo Glo HD, make sure there is no moisture or dust. As you can see from the picture above, there is an exposed circuit board and can likely result in device failure.
There has been mixed messages between Kobo and their various marketing channels. Some reference there is SD card support, while others fail to mention it at all. We have found there is an SD card, but the average user will not be able to take advantage of it and expand their memory.
It’s been almost a year since Studio Ghibli’s film ‘When Marnie Was There’ came out in Japanese theatres. Now, North American fans are getting the chance, as the GKids English dub of the movie is coming to select theatres starting May 22.
The film is adapted from the novel of the same name, changing the setting to Japan instead of Great Britain. It follows a girl name Anna, who moves up to a small seaside town to live with relatives. Tomboyish and shy, Anna soon makes a mysterious friend named Marnie, who lives in a house on the marsh that changes between dilapidated and abandoned, to vibrant and full of life.
The film holds a special place in the hearts of Ghibli fans. This is the last film produced after Ghibli announced their short hiatus, taken after the release of The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The hiatus, combined with the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, means that this could potentially be the last feature film by Studio Ghibli. Almost every child in the world has been touched by Ghibli’s films, from My Neighbour Totoro to Spirited Away. If this really is the last film of a company that reached so many lives, you should be sure to see Studio Ghibli's last hurrah.
Have a look at the theatres and dates below and see if ‘When Marnie Was There’ is coming around to a theatre near you!
Watch the GKids trailer below!
Bookshout has a novel business model, partner up with established companies to give away free e-books. The company has just ironed out a new literacy campaign with Cheerios to give away free titles from Karma Wilson, Frank Asch, Andrew Clement, Ashley Wolff, John Lithgow and Lenore and Daniel Jenneweinarma Wilson, Frank Asch, Andrew Clement, Ashley Wolff, John Lithgow and Lenore and Daniel Jennewein.
Since 2003 Simon & Schuster has put physical book titles inside Cheerios boxes for their Cheer on Reading program. This is the first time ever that 8.4 million e-books will be given away, which cuts down on production costs. The free titles can be read with Bookshouts line of apps for iOS, Android, Kindle or Nook apps.
The one big problem with this campaign is that physical titles can be kept, read and collected. S&S, Cheerios and Bookshout all assume that people have tablets or smartphone.If Bookshout were to ever go out of business, like so many other e-book startups, all of the digital books will simply disappear.
The Kobo Aura and Kobo Glo HD both have an illuminated screen. This allows you to read in the dark or other low-light conditions. The source of “comfortlight” as Kobo likes to call it is 5 LED lights on the bottom of the bezel that project light upwards. Today, we give you a sense on how these two e-readers perform.
Both of these e-readers have innovative ways to control the brightness of the screen. The Kobo Aura allows you to drag two fingers down on the center of the screen to adjust the minimum and maximum brightness levels. The Glo HD on the other hand recognizes a single finger dragging down on the left-hand side to adjust the brightness. These two things are certainly easier than constantly having to access the light icon on the settings menu.
|Since Kobo has little interest in the US market, I won’t be able to post a hands-on review of the new Kobo Glo HD, I wanted to up together a roundup of reviews from some of the European ebook reader websites that have already posted them. These reviews aren’t in English but you can use […]|
|This is just a quick note to mention that I won’t be posting a dedicated hands-on review of the Kobo Aura HD on The-eBook-Reader.com. I’ve posted reviews, video walkthroughs, tutorials, and comparisons of all the different Kobo ebook readers released up until now, but the Kobo Glo HD is where that ends. Kobo apparently has […]|
|If you are tired of paying high prices for ebooks that you later find out aren’t worth the time to read, then OpenBooks.com might be an alternative worth looking into. OpenBooks is an independent ebook store that lets readers download ebooks for free without commitments, and then you decide how much you want to pay […]|
Our old friend HomoFaciens (who has the best voice of any Raspberry Pi user we’ve met) has another fantastic piece of work to share. He’s recycled old optical drives for their stepper motors, and made a tiny plotter, controlled over WiFi, from those motors, a servo, four H-bridges and a Raspberry Pi.
HF has made a full writeup, including all the source code you’ll need, available at his website. As always, he’s also made the whole video and writeup available in German. HomoFaciens’ website is one of those bits of the internet you’ll find yourself wandering around for ages if you’re even slightly interested in this sort of thing. He’s got some fascinating stuff on there; I heartily recommend giving one of his camera-equipped robots a spin via the web interface they’re hooked up to. (No prizes for guessing which is my favourite.)
If you decide to make your own plotter, be aware that not all old optical drives have stepper motors – HomoFaciens’ hit rate was about 50% when he started pulling them apart.
We all know librarians love them some cats, but I have a confession: I'm a total dog person! The first book I ever checked out from the library was The Poky Little Puppy. Growing up, we always had dogs and they were treated as family (actually, they were treated better than family). They went everywhere with us; my dad's German Shepard, Junior, rode on the lawnmower with him. Once I moved out on my own, I was desperate for a furry companion but my apartment did not allow pets. I lived vicariously through my friends by spoiling their dogs and filling my phone with pictures of them (I even have a painting of my best friend's beagle, Betty Davis). On Halloween 2013 the timing was finally right for me to get a puppy of my own. I still remember picking up my sweet shih-tzu/pit mix, Fancy (pictured), from the Mineral County Humane Society. She immediately wriggled into my lap and covered my face in kisses. She is the best Halloween treat I could ever receive and I can't imagine my life without her now. Like other pet parents, I truly think of her as my child. If you're a fellow dog devotee, you'll love these titles:
Dog Shaming by Pascale Lemire – Based on the popular blog, this book lets us laugh at the embarrassing, shameful, and gross things our beloved fuzz butts sometimes put us through (like eating the tv remote and two replacement remotes).
I Could Chew on This by Francesco Mariculiano – If your dog had opposable thumbs and could write poetry, this book would be the result.
Shiloh – A young boy rescues a beagle from an abusive owner in this touching tale. Bonus: this book is set in my home state! Montani Semper Liberi!
Underwater Puppies by Seth Casteel – This collection of photos featuring submerged puppies will kill you by overload of cuteness.
Title availability may vary across platforms and regions.
Michelle Ross is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive and is the proud owner of the most adorable dog in the world.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Kobo Glo HD and Amazon Kindle Voyage both of front-lit display screens. Five LED lights are on the bottom of the bezel and project light upwards. Today, we compare these two e-readers side by side to definitely answer the question, which one is better.
The Amazon Kindle Voyage has an ambient light sensor that will automatically adjust the brightness of the screen, depending on your environment. Under the shade of a tree, or a dimly lit space, this works very well. In complete darkness though, such as a bedroom with all of the lights turned off, the screen becomes too dark to read effectively. Of course you can manually adjust it to your preference using the slider bar.
The Kobo Glo HD does not have a light sensor but they do have a very novel feature. You can drag your finger down on the left side of the screen to turn the light on or off, and adjust the different levels of brightness. Alternatively you can access the main slider bar from the settings menu.
When both e-readers are at 100% brightness it is very clear from our tests that the Kindle has a background that is pure white. This makes the black font really standout. The Glo HD on the other hand has a cloudy gray background.
In the video below, we demonstrate all of the light ranges so you can get a sense on how they compare against each other. Whether you are in the Amazon or Kobo camp, or just buying an e-reader for the best time, reading in the dark is inevitable.
Kindle Voyage and Kobo Glo HD Nighttime Reading Test is a post from: Good e-Reader
Oscar winning actress Reese Witherspoon has committed herself to narrating the upcoming Harper Lee audiobook, Go Set a Watchman.
"As a Southerner, it is an honor and a privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired by childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch," said Witherspoon, who won the best actress Oscar for the role of June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. "I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee's gorgeous prose can deliver," she told USA Today.
Over the course of the last five years, audiobooks have become big business for publishers. World War Z hired 21 different voice actors, such as Simon Pegg, Common and Martin Scorsese. The title rode star power in order to be one of the bestselling audiobooks of all time.
Matthew Thornton explained a bit on how Audible embraces celebrities in order to sell more audiobooks."One of the ways we've worked to improve the overall customer experience of listening to audiobooks is in elevating the quality of audiobook performance—embracing A-List celebrities (among those who've recorded for Audible are Colin Firth, Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon) as well as up-and-coming young actors at Juilliard, Yale, Stella Adler and other acting schools where Audible offers narration workshops. We've had great success with celebrity-narrated projects like the Gyllenhaal-narrated The Great Gatsby, Ben Stiller performing The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. As importantly, high-profile narrators raise the visibility of these terrific listening experiences—something we liken to "theater in your ear"—and raise the visibility of this burgeoning art form."
The International Publishers Association is taking e-book piracy seriously and has started to target websites offering free downloads. A series of websites have been targeted that have a massive collection of pirated content from 16,000 different publishers.
The IPA has successfully won a judgement for $37 million dollars against Avaxhome and Avaxsearch which illegally provided access to digital copies of millions of books, as well films, music, games and other copyrighted content. The defendants acknowledged the suit but did not contest the case against them.
Jens Bammel, secretary of the International Publishers Association (IPA), said: “Online piracy is a massive, global problem, posing a significant threat to authors, artists, musicians, producers and publishers. Sites like these deprive creative artists of their livelihoods, destroying jobs and culture. The IPA and its members supported this lawsuit to highlight the scale of international online piracy and the dangers it represents."
The entire publishing industry brought in close to 12 billion dollars in 2012. Sales of eBooks reached $3 billion at the end of 2012, up from $68 million in 2008. Industry experts expect that by 2017, digital will be worth $8.2 billion. This is big money and pirates are starting to capitalize on the demand for free books by leverage advertising networks to rake in millions of dollars a year.
SPRINGTIME HAS ARRIVED! That means planting season is nearly here for gardeners. Soon gardens will be bursting with basil, overrun by hidden zucchini, and smelling like summer. But before you begin, take a look at these helpful books to help you plan, decorate, and grow your garden.
The Edible Balcony: Growing fresh produce in small spaces by Alex Mitchell – A companion to the urban gardener or those with little outdoor space for planting. This book discusses the right plants to use according to your space and how to maximize the impact of your plants.
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte – This is a classic gardening book and it is super cool! It's all about what plants do well together. For example, having problems with bugs in your tomatoes? Basil is a natural bug repellent so plant it beside your tomatoes for mosquito and fly free fruit.
Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart – Stewart's popular book about sinister plants and their dirty deeds is a delightful read for anyone wanting to learn what plants to avoid, some famous lore, or histories of dangerous dealings with poisonous plants.
Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Fossen Brown – Don't forget about your kids! Get them outside and playing in the dirt while also learning about how to make, maintain, and harvest their own garden. This book has many more fun activities revolving around nature as well.
Fairy Gardening 101 by Fiona McDonald – The ever popular miniature gardens made for fairies are a delightful craft for adults and children alike!
The Flower Gardener's Bible by Joseph De Sciose, Lewis Hill, Nancy Hill – Want to add color and beauty to your garden? Use this book as a reference point for all your flower needs.
Take a look at other great garden reads here!
Titles may have limited regional or platform availability. Check OverDrive Marketplace to find what is available for you.
Kristin Milks is a Collection Development Analyst with OverDrive
Why spend hundreds of quid on a Steam Machine when you can do exactly the same thing with a humble Raspberry Pi? (The B+ is available for $25, which is about £16, at RS Components at the moment, if you’re really on a budget.)
Here are the Possibly Unsafe guys to walk you through setup.
I’ve swiped the instructions below from their YouTube channel:
Possibly Unsafe’s a rather brilliant channel; I’m making their homemade Sriracha chilli sauce just as soon as I can get my hands on enough habaneros. You can support them via their Patreon if you like the things they do.
Recently, I attended an open house event for OHDELA (Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy), along with a few colleagues. At the event, parents and students met their teachers, learned about a variety of academic resources offered by the school, and also participated in a "scavenger hunt" for OHDELA's OverDrive digital library. Students that completed the interactive worksheet, along with other activities at the open house, were entered to win a Kindle eReader.
Since OHDELA supports students in grades K-12, OverDrive provided 3 levels of the "scavenger hunt" handout, each with age-appropriate activities designed to lead a student from signing into the digital library, to browsing/searching, and then borrowing and reading a title in OverDrive Read's browser-based format.
Circulation jumped over 500% from the previous month after their event and usage of the digital library has continued to show steady growth. Some other event highlights include:
• Teachers showing students how to search for content by his or her Lexile level.
OHDELA used OverDrive's Simple Login to allow a group of students to log in to their School Digital Library and access OverDrive Read eBooks using one easy to remember User ID. Titles borrowed with a Simple Login are returned after 2 hours, thus making it the perfect resource for open house events, training, or short-term usage of digital content in the classroom.
You can host an event like this, too! eBook Exploration handouts are now available to download in the Marketing & Outreach section of the Partner Portal. Look for this new activity idea in the Best of K-12 Marketing Materials folder and under Programming & Events.
Are you interested in learning more about OverDrive Simple Login for your school? Check out the OverDrive Simple Login PDF in the "Best of K-12 Marketing Materials" folder and contact your Account Specialist today for more information.
Melissa Higey is an Account Specialist on the School Partner Services team at OverDrive.
In the past, Amazon’s travel offers relied on “flash” deals, meaning it was more like a warehouse for hotels to dump unused hotel rooms and try to spin a buck out of it. These deals enticed the last-minute traveler, but didn’t really have any focus. It was more like a one-time discount would pop across the customer’s screen, and if he happened to have time to go out of town that weekend, everybody would benefit.
Amazon Destinations is trying to make that effort a little more focused and mindful of consumers’ planning ability. One of the chief differences between this type of travel search and some of the more well-known names in the industry is the “near you” aspect to it. Amazon Destinations isn’t the site for you if you’re trying to book a trip to Europe next fall; it’s more like a site that wants to stay on your mobile phone so you can book a last minute fun trip in your state or region. It would be great if Amazon could go back to its roots and somehow connect its new travel focus with the lagging travel book industry, focusing on some of the more out of the way destinations that this site lends itself to.
Of course, the major difference between Amazon Destinations and sites like Orbitz, Expedia, or Travelocity is that lack of airline and other transportation options. That long-distance aspect isn’t Amazon’s focus, as they’re more interested in the “close to home” spur-of-the-moment getaways and how they can help consumer spend money closer to their regions. That’s why hotels and resorts are participating in this venture, along with the new reviews that Amazon is famous for offering on all of its products. But who knows…with the recent FAA approval of Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery tests, maybe drone travel is in the works? It’s crazy enough to be an Amazon idea, that’s for sure.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Kobo Glo HD has technology that allows you to read in the dark via an illuminated display. Traditional LCD displays have blue light that emits from behind the screen, causing eye strain for long reading sessions. Frontlight has 5 small LED lights at the bottom of the bezel that project light upwards, not into your eyes. How solid is Kobo’s new screen tech?
The brand new Kobo Glo HD features a six inch e-ink Carta screen with a resolution of 1448×1072 and 300 PPI. It has the same front-lit display as the Kobo Aura H2O, so you will be able to read in low-light conditions or complete darkness.
I think the lightning system on the Glo HD far surpasses most e-readers that are commercially available. It has pure white light that is distributed evenly across the screen. Unless you turn down the light to lower than 35% you will likely not notice any irregularities.
We’re going to go out on a limb here and make a sweeping prediction, one that hopefully will be ridiculed in fifty years: consumers do not buy books directly from the publisher. Why not? Because in most cases, they don’t know who the publisher is. In even more dire news for publishers, consumers also don’t care who the publisher is.
That truth hasn’t stopped Penguin Random House from being the latest publisher to invest heavily in a newly revamped website that hopes to entice readers with blog posts, upcoming releases, contests and challenges, and more.
But when is the last time a reader opened a browser and Googled, “Horse books for tween girls, published by Random House?” Seriously. When has that ever happened?
Instead, readers find books where they are, namely, in bookstores, whether those stores are real or virtual. A study presented at a publishing event by Goodreads’ Otis Chandler actually demonstrated that readers largely discover books based on word of mouth or by finding them on display on retailers’ shelves (even non-book retailers).
So why are publishers so intent on developing websites that will engage readers, when readers don’t even pay attention to who published the book?
One theory is that they’re working feverishly to oust Amazon and its bookselling clout by engaging directly with their customers. That might even be enticing if consumers had any brand loyalty towards a publisher. But as other publishing news outlets have pointed out, that simply isn’t the case. Readers may have a favorite author whose works they enjoy, but at the same time, many readers choose their books based on genre or content matter, not author and certainly not the logo at the bottom of the spine.
Interestingly, Penguin Random House’s new website doesn’t sell books. It actually requires several different clicks to even come across a Buy button, and then the button offers consumers several different retailers to choose from, including both Amazon and Indiebound. Whether the publisher will begin its own direct-to-consumer button in the near future remains to be seen.