Friday, August 8, 2014

Amazon Kindle DX vs. Sony Digital Paper (DPT-S1)


The Amazon Kindle DX has been one of the most popular large screen commercial e-reader of all time. Its been out for a number of years, and has been getting a little bit long in the tooth. Today, we compare the DX against the brand new Sony Digital Paper (DPT-S1).

The Sony Digital Paper is aimed exclusively at the business sector, partly due its its singular nature of reading and editing PDF documents. The DX on the other hand is your gateway to making eBook and digital magazine purchases from Amazon. The DX lacks a touchscreen, which makes you totally reliant on the D-Pad and keyboard shortcuts. The digital paper features a capacitive touchscreen and accompanied stylus really gives you a ton of versatility.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies Coming to iOS


If the idea of playing a courtroom adventure game on your Apple device sounds appealing, stay tuned: Capcom Unity has released Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies into the Japanese App Store –and all expectations are that it will be delivered to North America and Europe very soon (and in full HD)!

Originally released in the Nintendo eShop for their 3DS gaming system, Dual Destinies carries the zany tone and fun feel that Manga is famous for. Set primarily in the courthouse and detention centre, the game is packed full of goofy characters and villainous suspects. Led by familiar characters like Phoenix Wright and Apollo Justice, each one adds a special quirk and twist that add interest and whimsy to the gameplay. While playing this game, you will be challenged to perform tasks like looking for discrepancies in behaviour (such as being happy when a bomb explodes) while trying to maintain a very dramatic feel.

There are very few details right now, so we don’t know an exact release date or price –but we are expecting the initial download to include 5 cases, with an additional case available to buy separately.

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Women Spending More Time and Money on Mobile Games


According to a new study by Flurry, industry leaders when it comes to mobile analytics, females spent more time and money on mobile games than their male counterparts.

To find their numbers, Flurry reviewed games that had an install base of 1.1 million devices or more participating in their ad platform. Based on those numbers, they learned that “women make 31% more In-App-Purchases than men. We also found that females spend 35% more time in gaming apps than males.” The study also showed that females are more loyal to the game that they play, with a 42% higher 7-day retention rate compared to males.

Flurry bases their numbers on a worldwide basis, but they claim there was little difference in the statistics when they reviewed US audiences on their own. They also didn’t limit their studies to any particular genre of games, though initial feelings that women preferred particular categories proved wrong, the numbers were much the same across 19 types. Males remained dominant only in card/battle games, strategy, tower defense, sports, and action/RPG.

These statistics are especially important to developers and innovators alike as they brainstorm and create the next generation of mobile games.

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DISH Anywhere Gets Facelift and Feature Upgrades


For DISH subscribers, the DISH Anywhere app has become indispensable. Using the app, you can watch every TV channel covered by your subscription on your Android devices –whether it is live or recorded, putting a full-featured DVR in the palm of your hands (literally). Thanks to an update, DISH Anywhere now looks even better on your tablet with a completely redesigned UI and new discovery features.

The new features of the app let you see recommended programs personalized for you, based on the shows you like to watch. A Recents option lets you see and resume multiple videos you recently watched (which is very handy, especially when the last program watched may be somebody else under your account). Creation of a Watchlist lets you tune in quickly to your favourite programs, or check out What’s Hot in order to find a new must-see show. Perhaps most handy, is the new remote control that allows you to control your DISH receiver (as well as your TV if you happen to also be a Hopper customer).

Other cable providers should pay close attention to the work DISH has done on this app –with the feature set they boast, it remains a solid reason to maintain a cable subscription to their service (instead of relying entirely on lower cost options like Netflix or Hulu Plus).

If you are a DISH subscriber, but you haven’t yet grabbed this app, download DISH Anywhere for free now.

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Readers in the UK own more Print Books Than eBooks


Readers in the UK have not been swayed by the rise of eBooks to give up on their print collections. According to a new report 84% of UK adults have a bookshelf full of books with the average being 86 titles.

When it comes to book ownership the largest collections were held by the 55-64 age group, with an average of 118 books, while the smallest were those of 16-24-year-olds, with an average of 50 books each.

UK residents have not been embracing eBooks in great numbers, with average UK adults owning 19 digital editions. The largest number of eBooks were held by 45-54 year olds, who had an average of 22, while 16-24-year-olds had the smallest, at just 12.

When book ownership reports like this are released, its important to note the types of books the average person has. The statistical average would include all those strange girls who post YouTube clips of how many books they bought that month, usually multi-volume series, as well as anyone who was counting all their leftover kid’s books from when they were learning to read. Add in e-books bought on impulse and the modal average is likely 30 titles. That’s not the same as reading anything much on a day-to-day basis. Remember, ‘books’ doesn’t mean novels, so Jamie Oliver and Gok Wan might be disproportionately represented in their libraries.

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Read it and stream it

Was the book really better than the movie? Let your patrons be the judge. Adding streaming video to your digital collection makes it easy for users to compare and contrast. They can simply read the eBook (or listen to the audiobook), then stream the film version. Our staff librarians have put together a list of eBooks and audiobooks, along with their corresponding streaming video film adaptations to get you started. To view the list in Marketplace, click here.


Read It & Stream It List Highlights

Silver Linings Playbook | Starz Digital Media(streaming video, eBook, audiobook)

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jackie Weaver, Robert DeNiro, and Jennifer Lawrence

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.


Killing Them Softly| Starz Digital Media (streaming video, eBook)

Starring: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, and Ray Liotta

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.


Sarah's Key | Starz Digital Media(streaming video, eBook, audiobook)

Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, and Frédéric Pierrot

In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942.


Party Monster |Millennium Media Services, Inc.(streaming video, eBook)

Starring: Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin, Diana Scarwid, and Chole Sevigny

This is the true story of Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate.


Hick | Phase 4 Films (USA), LLC(streaming video, eBook)

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne and Rory Culkin.

A Nebraska teen gets more than she bargained for when she sets out for the bright lights of Las Vegas.


If you would like more suggestions, your Collection Development Specialist is available to help create recommended lists. Email for more information today!

*Some titles may have limited regional or platform availability.


Michelle Ross is a Collection Development Specialist at OverDrive.

Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Getting Unveiled August 20th

Samsung and Barnes & Noble have teamed up to sell a co-branded tablet called the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, and both parties have just scheduled an unveiling event on Wednesday, August 20th. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will be shown at the event, which is being held in New York. There’s […]

Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook to be Debuted August 20th


Barnes and Noble is holding a press event at Union Square in New York City August the 20th. They will be formally unveiling the two new tablets they are working on, in conjunction with Samsung.

In the past, Barnes and Noble always did their own hardware design and outsourced the manufacturing. They also developed their own skinned version of Android and ecosystem with apps, movies and games. This was too much for them to handle and gravitated their customer base into using Google Play for everything but books, magazines and newspapers.

Working with Samsung was a tremendous benefit to Barnes and Noble because they only have to be responsible for the software side of things. They will be using existing Samsung hardware, which should allow them to focus on a great user experience.

I am fairly excited to see what the new braintrust at Barnes and Noble has in store for us. Most of the old executives that oversaw the entire Nook product line have all left the company. With all of the new blood working to make Nook a success, it will be very interesting to see what the final product looks like.

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More QPU magic from Pete Warden

Back in June, we mentioned Pete Warden’s port of the Deep Belief image-recognition SDK to the Pi, which used the VideoCore IV QPUs to provide an accelerated GEMM matrix-multiply function. Since then, Pete’s been optimizing his code, and has reduced the time required to process an image to 3 seconds (versus 20 seconds for the baseline ARM implementation and 6 seconds for his original QPU version).

Classifying dogs and their balls

Classifying dogs and their balls

In the spirit of “leaving a trail of breadcrumbs through the forest”, Pete has written up an excellent summary of his experiences here. Head on over and check it out.