Saturday, March 1, 2014

Google Play Books Increases EPUB and PDF File Upload Limits

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Google Play Books has a little known feature that allows users to upload their own PDF and EPUB books from their PC or Android device to their Play account. This makes Play Books a fairly good little e-reader app, because you can load in your own books you downloaded from the internet or eTextbooks. Today, Google has announced that they have increased the file upload limits to 100 MB.

When it comes to PDF files, they are often large in size. This is due to lots of images and documents that can range between 500 and 100 pages. When we have reviewed various tablets over the years, we tend to always throw large files with a complex layout. We can really get a sense on how an e-reader or tablet can perform when we do things like this, such as the Kindle Paperwhite actually crashing when you load these in.

Google Play Books first launched an app to basically just sell users eBooks that Google had scanned themselves or resell from the publishers. It has matured into one of the premier reading apps with the ability to load in your own content. One of the most notable things people do is load in their digital textbooks from school or Role-Playing books or just books they pirated from the internet. Instead of relying on the thousands of indie apps out there like Moon+ or Aldiko, Google is seeking to be the definitive goto reader.

Google Play Books Increases EPUB and PDF File Upload Limits is a post from: Good e-Reader

Smashwords Announces Author Promo for Read an eBook Week

Pioneering self-publishing and ebook distribution site Smashwords made an announcement for all of its member authors and publishers today that tomorrow kicks off a week-long promotional event for books. Dubbed Read and eBook Week, a campaign that runs from March 2nd through 8th, the event offers authors the opportunity to reach out to readers with promotional pricing on their books for one week only.

While the marketing stands to benefit authors, Smashwords really bills the event as intended for readers, calling it “one week of unadulterated ebook gluttony.” Consumers will benefit from slashed prices on thousands of ebooks, and authors can take advantage of the promotion to extend their reader base.

Besides the option to promote their books, authors can receive hints and tips, banners and badges for their websites, and listing in the eBook Week catalog of special discounts. To sign up, authors need only log into their Smashwords accounts and click HERE.

Readers and writers alike can find the catalog of discounted books HERE, and can sign up to follow the RAEW Facebook page for updates.

Smashwords Announces Author Promo for Read an eBook Week is a post from: Good e-Reader

10 Free Kindle eBooks – March 1

So as you’ve likely noticed by this point in time, I’ve decided to discontinue the Daily Deals and Freebies posts. When I started them I’d hoped to include daily deals from more sources, but most ebookstores either make it impossible to locate current ebooks that are on sale, or are too unreliable. Just doing daily […]