Thursday, November 27, 2014

French Publisher Opens up New Digital Bookstore in US


Ebookezvous is a French distributor who has been involved in the eBook space since 1999. The company has just opened up a digital store in the US with over 170,000 titles from 400 different publishers.

The new store is available online and has a English and French UI, to allow prospective patrons to browse their selection of books. You can read them by using Adobe Digital Editions to load them in your Kobo or Nook e-reder, but is currently incompatible with the Kindle. The company has also issued a new Android App, which can be used to buy and read. Word has it, a iPad variant is under construction and will likely be available in the new year.

According to Denis Zwirn, President of Numilog “Ebookezvous is designed to be a digital ambassador of French literature. I hope this site and associated reading applications allow many Americans, French or Francophone cultures lovers, to finally have immediate access to a supply of very large selection of French books.”

There is a large selection of eBooks in eBookezvous catalog. It has thousands of classics, all the way to the latest bestsellers. The companby is betting that they can find a place in the French Immersion programs at private and public schools all over the US. The bookseller also intends on rolling out English translations of French authors within the next year.

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Chapters Offers Kobo Aura for $99 and Autographed Books


Chapters Indigo, the largest bookstore in Canada has just unveiled their Black Friday campaign. It is being spearheaded by the Kobo Aura, with a massive $40 savings, bringing the total cost to $99. There is also a free sleep cover being thrown into the deal to make this offer even more compelling.

The Kobo Aura is likely the best e-reader the company has ever produced. The screen is flush with the bezel, so it has the same design as your smartphone or tablet. The big sell, is that it has bleeding edge e-Ink tech, giving you over a months worth of battery life and one of the largest online bookstores in the world.

Chapters is also unveiling a “Signed by the Author” program that has thousands of books available in stores all over Canada by the authors themselves. You can buy a brand new copy of notable books such as Mr Hockey: My Story by Gordie Howe, Yes Please by Amy Poehler or even Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler.  If you are book shopping for someone this holiday season, an autographed title by their favorite author is a must buy.

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Lend Your Assistance to Good e-Reader with Patreon


Good e-Reader has been going strong since 2007, when the original Kindle came out. We have made it our mission to chronicle the e-Reader, eBook and digital publishing sectors. We have been completely bootstrapped, using our own funds to travel to bookfairs and tech events to bring you all the latest trends in the industry. Additionally, whenever a new e-reader or tablet comes out, we certainly aren’t getting them for free. Some devices like the Sony Digital Paper e-reader ended up costing us $1400. To help balance things out and to keep us operational we need your support with our new Patreon Campaign.

Patreon is a crowd funding platform that allows you to pay a monthly subscription to us, in exchange for some tremendous benefits. Not only do you guys keep us writing 2-6 articles a day, generating YouTube videos or reviewing the latest and greatest gadgets, but you get some subscriber benefits. We have some tiers that have us doing a video streaming session once a month, ask anything you want. Want to know if you should hold off buying that new Kindle now, because something is even better on the horizon? We can answer it live. We also get a ton of custom content ideas, does the Sony Digital Paper handle sheet music or is the Kobo H20 good for PDFS? Before you spend the money, we can answer your question with a custom video made just for you.

For the last eight years Peter and Michael have basically just been basically just using their own funds to pay hosting fees, travel all over and buy everything they review. Google Ads help pay for the core fees, but doesn’t leave much left over to buy every new Kindle, Nook, or Onyx e-reader that comes out. Certainly when it comes to giving you the latest trends and forecasts travelling is essential, and all of these fees add up.

Good e-Reader would love your support for our first ever Patreon campaign! This sort of thing is completely safe to use and they handle all of the financials on their end, we don’t have access to your private information. Apparently they are processing millions of dollars a month for blogs, web-comic artists and designers. Help keep Good e-Reader as the #1 independent news sites out there.

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Weekly eHighlights: Video edition

This month you'll find that a great selection of classic films have been added to Marketplace. These movies feature some of the best stars from Hollywood's Golden Era: Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Vivien Leigh, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlon Brando and more! In addition to the classics, you'll also find some new holiday titles have been added. Get ready to be merry!

Click here to view the full list in Marketplace.


Feature Films

1984 | Echelon Studios – Drama

The 1956 adaptation of George Orwell's novel about a totalitarian future society and one man's struggle to rebel against it. Starring Michael Redgrave and Edmond O'Brien. eBook & audiobook also available.

Anna Karenina | Echelon Studios – Drama

Vivien Leigh (best-known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara) stars as the tragic title character in this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel. *eBook & audiobook also available. *

At First Sight | Echelon Studios – Drama, Romance

A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life. Starring Val Kilmer & Mira Sorvino.

The Christmas Candle | Cinedigm – Drama, Holidays

Based on the book by best-selling author, Max Lucado. Legend has it every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights the Christmas Candle will receive a miracle.** Features Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle. eBook & audiobook also available.**

The Little Princess | Film Chest Media Group – Drama, Children's video

A girl becomes a servant when they hear her father died. Starring Shirley Temple. eBook & audiobook also available.

Night of the Living Dead | Film Chest Media Group – Horror

George A. Romero's time-honored film of undead terror. A must-watch for all zombie fans. OverDrive staff favorite.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians | Film Chest Media Group – Sci-Fi, Holidays

Santa Claus is kidnapped by Martians because they have no one to give presents to their children on Mars. This film will appeal to kitsch-lovers. Featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. OverDrive staff favorite.



Casper & Wendy's Ghostly Adventures | Echelon Studios – Animated video, Children's video

Everyone's favorite ghost is back! Join Casper & Wendy in 10 ghoulishly fun animated adventures.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | MPI Media Group – Drama, Mystery

Relive Holmes' most famous cases with this highly-detailed television series.


Documentary & Instructional

20,000 Days on Earth | Cinedigm – Documentary, Music

An inventive, lyrical ode to creativity featuring musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. 2014 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award & Editing Award winner. 2014 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee.

Bellydance Fitness for Beginners | Cerebellum Corporation – Instructional, Fitness & health

Join Veena & Neena Bidasha for a wonderful introduction to the extraordinary benefits of bellydance!

The Dog | Cinedigm – Documentary

A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for the Oscar Nominated film Dog Day Afternoon.

Machine Gun Preacher Documentary | Vision Films – Documentary, Drama

Follows the raw story of a man who overcame a life of drugs and violence to become a rebel of hope, waging a 13 year war to free enslaved children.

Marina Abramovic:The Artist is Present | Music Box Films – Documentary, Art

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. 2013 Peabody Award winner. 2012 Sundance Film Grand Jury Prize nominee.

Click here to view the full list in Marketplace.


*Please note that title availability may vary by geographic location and platform.

Michelle Ross is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.

Training at Barnardo’s Hub Construction Skills Centre

A few weeks ago Dave and I ran a workshop at the Hub Construction Skills Centre in Stepney Green. It was great: the young people were engaged, learned some basic computing skills and saw why it’s important to know how computers work. And that might normally have been a tweet or two from us but this workshop was a bit special…

programming in Scratch

Firstly, the project was one of the first recipients of a grant from our education fund and is a partnership with Barnardo’s and UK2. The project will provide space, equipment and expertise for young people to learn and develop skills in computing and IT. It ticked all the boxes for us in terms of outreach and learning and introducing young people to the world of computing and tech.

minecraft on the raspberry pi

Secondly, the Hub provides training to young people for whom school is not necessarily an option. It runs after-school sessions aimed at improving attendance and encourages involvement in education and community life. It also supports those at risk of social exclusion and young mothers completing their education. This is important stuff.

There’s a revolution going on in English classrooms at the moment due to the new curriculum as well as a continuing campaign in the UK to teach computing and at the Raspberry Pi foundation we’re proud to be a key part of that change. But education doesn’t just happen in schools and the school system doesn’t suit everybody. Places like the Hub have a huge part to play in vocational education and training, as well as informal education, by providing a supportive environment with access to equipment and expertise.

programming gpio in scratch on raspberry pi

We’re currently working with the Hub on a few projects and also on how we can provide support and training. We’ll blog about it here as the project progresses — we think that it has huge potential and could also serve as a useful model for similar organisations.

As for how the workshop went — UK2 blogged about it and saved me a job. Thanks! :)

Black Friday Deals List for Kindle eReaders & Fire Tablets

As expected, there are a number of good deals to be had on Kindle ebook readers and Fire tablets this Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. The good news is the sale prices can be had online so there’s no need to wait in line at retail stores. Feel free to post more deals in […]

75% off Popular eBooks at Google, Amazon Price-Matching on Kindle

Google has a list of popular bestselling ebooks marked down by 75% for Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. Like usual, Amazon is price-matching most if not all of them over on the Kindle Store as well. The books are all highly-rated bestselling titles, and the prices are considerably lower than usual, so there’s no […]