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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Amazon has been toying with the idea of a physical brick and motor store for quite awhile. The Seattle based company is taking the first few tentative steps towards retail by opening a temporary pop up store on 34th Street in Manhattan across the street from the Empire State Building just in time for this year’s holiday season.
The experimental pop-up store will function as a small warehouse, holding limited inventory for same-day deliveries only in New York. If a customer orders a product online, they can visit the store and pick it up in person.
The store also intends on showing off the complete modern lineup of Kindle e-Readers, tablets, smartphones and Fire TV. This will give customers a chance to play with the tech in person and have experienced reps to walk people through the key features. Amazon will also be selling the hardware and running daily contests.
Amazon has been experimenting with temporary retail locations since December 2013, when it ran one in San Francisco. During the summer of 2014 Amazon took the show on the road to China and went to a series of locations in Shanghai and Beijing.
If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, says the old adage. Media and customers will likely be flocking to this retail outlet to gain insight on how Amazon does brick and motor.
Kobo has experimented with many iterations of Android driven tablets, but has decided that their primary focus is going to be e-readers and apps.
The brand new Kobo H2O waterproof e-reader started shipping last week and CEO Michael Tamblyn said had achieved the highest rate of pre-orders of any other Kobo device. However, he also revealed tablet devices were no longer a focus area for the company. Instead, it will concentrate on three main e-reader models, the Kobo Touch, Kobo Aura and the new H2O.
Kobo has been developing tablets since 2011, with the advent of the Kobo Vox. The Toronto based company has done a number of followups, such as the Kobo Arc, Kobo Arc 7 and Kobo Arc 10 HD. Increased competition from notable vendors such as Apple, Amazon Samsung and Sony have relegated Kobo branded tablets to a novelty and not a must buy.
Tamblyn verified the exit of the tablet market by confirming “The tablet devices we already have out there will continue to be sold, but we are not at this point planning any new tablets.”
Kobo scored a major coup de tat when it reached an agreement with Sony to take over their digital book business. This resulted in over 25,000 new customers coming over to the Kobo ecosystem. Going forward, Sony has promised that their new smartphones and tablets will have the Kobo reading app pre-installed.
The future of Kobo looks bright. The company is focusing their energies on marketing their complete line of e-readers to international markets and refining their apps for Android and iOS. There really isn’t any need anymore to spend a copious amount of money, trying to compete against the big boys, when all you need is to have an exciting ecosystem and compelling apps.
Welcome to this month's eHighlights newsletter for kids and teens. Check back on the second Thursday of every month for a new edition listing some of the best new youth titles added to OverDrive's Marketplace. The featured titles below are some of the best picks, but don't miss the complete list of 200 titles! Click on the link below to see these and even more great purchases conveniently placed for you into a Marketplace cart.
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Kami Garcia – Unmarked– YA – Hachette eBook and Blackstone audiobook
Chris Van Allsburg – The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie– Houghton Mifflin Harcourt eBook
Roger Mader – Tiptop Cat – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt eBook
Fiction for Early Readers
H. A. Rey – Curious George: Windy Delivery – Ages 5-6 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Joyce Sidman – Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold – Ages 7-8 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Middle Grade Fiction
Melissa de la Cruz – Stolen – Ages 12-14 – Penguin eBook
Gail Carriger – Waistcoats & Weaponry– Ages 11-14 – Hachette eBook
Carrie Ryan and J. P. Davis – The Map to Everywhere – Ages 9-11 – Hachette eBook
L. A. Meyer – Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber– Houghton Mifflin Harcourt eBook
Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Ally Carter, et al. – My True Love Gave to Me– Macmillan eBook and Books on Tape audiobook
Bella Thorne – Autumn Falls – Random House eBook and Books on Tape audiobook
Ben Tripp – The Accidental Highwayman – Macmillan eBook and audiobook
Dana Walrath – Like Water on Stone – Random House eBook
Laura Hillenbrand – Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) – Random House eBook and Books on Tape audiobook
Albert Marrin – Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty– Ages 9-15 – Random House eBook
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We were directed to a Facebook page from Hong Kong this week. It’s been set up by one of the people involved in the peaceful demonstrations that are being called the Umbrella Revolution, protesting about Beijing’s insistence on vetting and controlling the list of candidates for they city’s Chief Executive, effectively preventing free elections in Hong Kong.
Our very own Dave Honess is in Hong Kong this week (nothing to do with the demonstrations – he’s gone to see some Hong Kong friends for a holiday that’s been planned for a long time). He tweeted these pictures on arriving:
Eben and I were also in Hong Kong a little while before the demonstrations started, talking to some components suppliers after our press and community tour of China and Taiwan, and visiting friends – the mood was sombre, and many of the people we spoke to were expressing grave concern about what’s next for Hong Kong. Hong Kong is much on our minds here at Raspberry Pi at the moment, and we wish all our friends in the city the very best.
So then. Why am I blogging about Hong Kong? It all comes back to that Facebook page I mentioned up at the top: it’s been set up to host time-lapse footage of the enormous pro-democracy crowds that have been gathering in Central since September 26. And that footage has been collected using a Raspberry Pi and a webcam, all set up in a biscuit tin and secured with duct tape.
Here’s one of the videos taken by the apparatus last week.
This footage is incredible – you can see more videos from the biscuit tin on Vimeo.
What more can we say? This sort of application of the Raspberry Pi, which is as simple as anything (you can learn how to make your own time-lapse camera here in our learning resources section), is an extraordinary leap from what we originally intended the Pi to be – a device to teach school kids computer science. Making technology cheap and accessible has some applications that go way beyond education.