Sunday, April 21, 2013

GoComics Launches Windows Phone, Android and iOS Apps


If you are a fan of the Sunday Funnies, then you will want to install the new fleet of apps released by Uclick’s GoComics. Lots of comics are here, plus their older archives. You can find such things as Calvin and Hobbs, Peanuts, Garfield, Ziggy and a ton more! There are two membership options free and pro, both providing e-mail subscription and personalized online access to new and classic comics. GoComics is also home to Comics Sherpa, the site where aspiring cartoonists can showcase their work and receive feedback from the comic community. GoComics is might provide a departure from the heroes and capes that permeate Marvel and DC.

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Kobo Aura HD Already Shipping to Customers


The Kobo Aura HD has a street date of April 25 – April 29th, depending on who you talk to. We have a number of confirmed reports that some units have been shipped early, and a number of customers all over Canada have already received their new e-readers. Kobo ships all of its devices from Mississauga, Ontario and many people in that Province have received them first. We also have reports that customers in the United Kingdom have started receiving their tracking information on Friday, but it seems its only from orders placed at WH Smith.

The Kobo Aura HD is the first 6.8 inch e-reader in the world and it also carries the highest resolution screen in the business. The front-lit display, in conjunction with the supremely excellent font augmentation options, make this a viable investment for newbie and advanced users alike.

Already have your Kobo? Drop us a line what country you live in and where you purchased it from, and we’ll update this list.

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Penguin Brings Perseus eBooks to India


This July, Penguin will begin distributing ebooks and books published by Perseus International to India. The Perseus Group's imprints include Avalon Travel, Basic Books, Basic Civitas, Da Capo Press, Da Capo Lifelong Books, PublicAffairs, Running Press, Seal Press, and Westview Press.

Penguin has been operating out of India since 1985 and is hoping to capitalize on the growing digital trend by bringing a number of hot titles, such as Tom Rath's StrengthsFinder 2.0, Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad Poor Dad, Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Shakti Gawain's Creative Visualization, and Kishore Mahbubani's The New Asian Hemisphere.

Penguin India's CEO and president Andrew Phillips said, “Penguin India is delighted to be working with Perseus, and we look forward to expanding the range of books available in India and introducing great new authors to Indian readers.”

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Good e-Reader Radio Show – April 21 2013


Welcome to another jam packed edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! Today we talk about the latest Amazon news, such as the new Comic Book Creator and also Amazon’s expansion of the App Store. We have the Kobo Aura HD in our gadget labs, and we dive into details on how these fair against the competition. Also, we get into the new Simon and Schuster pilot project with 3M and Baker & Taylor in New York. Finally, we talk self-publishing digital comics with the new initiative by DeviantArt and how rookie creators should tap into this to make connections and learn their craft. As always, I rant and rave about various issues, including my experiences as a Game Artist and Teacher in Vancouver, BC! If you love excellent music, I play all sorts of great tunes from the UK label Tru Thoughts, and also end the show with a few favorites from Kid Koala. A great show as always, so check it out.

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Archie Comics Goes Same Day as Print on Google Play

Archie in Google Play

Archie Comics just added a new platform to their digital offerings—and they are celebrating with some bargains.

You can already get Archie comics via comiXology, Comics Plus, the Archie app, and the Nook store, and the graphic novels are available via Kindle and iBooks as well.

Now, both single-issue comics and graphic novels are available via Google Play. Archie launched with over 500 titles, and many of them are priced at just 99 cents until April 30.

The best deal, in terms of pages per dollar, is the Sabrina the Teenage Witch 50th anniversary compilation, 354 pages of classic and modern Sabrina stories, including one that has never been published before. That’s a lot of value for your buck. If you like the characters, Sonic Super Special Magazine and Jughead: Slacker University are also good deals, at 124 and 100 pages, respectively. The Sabrina and Jughead books are digital exclusives; the Archie folks are certainly making good use of their massive back catalogue. At the same time, they are making new comics available on the service the same day they come out, as they do on the other platforms.

The Google Play listings note that the Archie comics are scanned pages and not suitable for small devices. They looked pretty good on my Nexus 7, though, and when I enlarged them with a double-tap they still looked good. There doesn’t seem to be any panel-by-panel view available on this platform, though.

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