It’s almost here! Pre-orders for the much-anticipated Apple Watch will begin on Friday, April 10 at 12:01AM Pacific Time. Apple updated the Apple Watch page of their online store today to reflect the pre-order date and time (and build excitement, which is something they are especially good at).
Pre-orders will go-live simultaneously in all of the first-wave launch locations:
If the past is any indication, Apple will likely take the store down at 9PM just prior to the first orders. If you would like to save time, hit the Apple Store ahead of time and check all of the possible configurations (when you click the heart icon next to the one you want, it will be in your account and ready for pre-order).
Apple Watch Pre-Orders Begin at 12:01AM PT on April 10 is a post from: Good e-Reader
Monday, April 6, 2015
Microsoft is full of surprises these days, the latest of which was delivered when their Surface team fielded questions during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session. Fans of the Surface tablet were curious whether there would be a model with 3G/LTE that wasn’t locked to a carrier –the official answer to which was yes (though the timeframe given carried the typical Microsoft ‘sometime in the future’ response). Regardless, this is good news for those who have been waiting patiently for an unlocked Windows tablet.
Nothing else worthy of mention came out of the AMA session –though when they were asked about plans for the (hopefully) upcoming Surface 4 tablet, their response was “nothing” (literally). If they have learned anything from Apple, this is a wise way to steer the course.
So far there hasn’t been an official announcement from Microsoft’s PR department on this unlocked Surface tablet news.
Kobo has a new e-reader that they are going to be releasing May 1st 2015. The device is being billed as the Kobo Glo HD and will be retailing for around $149. This device was designed to heavily compete against the Amazon Kindle Voyage, giving readers a reason to stick with, or switch to the Kobo brand.
The brand new Kobo Glo HD features a six inch e-ink Carta screen with a resolution of 1448×1072 and 300 PPI. It has the same front-lit display as the Kobo Aura H2O, so you will be able to read in low-light conditions or complete darkness.
I think Kobo is doing a great job with offering the same type of hardware as the Kindle Voyage, at a fraction of the price. The one thing Kobo has always done really well is make great devices that have basic options for the average users, but really extensive options for the more tech literate.
The Kobo Glo HD features the same dynamic home screen as prior models. It showcases the last twelve books you have purchased and gives you shortcuts based on the last 12 things you have opened, such as the internet browser. I really dig this feature, because commonly accessed functions are easily found, instead of being buried in sub-menus.
Kobo will likely be making a major announcement in the next few days, but the product is already available for pre-order in New Zealand and Australia. In addition there is a new product overview video produced by Kobo, you can check it out below.
At this weekends Sakura-Con, Yen Press had a vast list of manga licences to announce at their panel on Friday. A few of the popular titles include Wataru Watanabe’s Yowamushi Pedal, which will be released in a two-in-one omnibus as well as Izumi Tsubaki’s Monthly Girl’s Noazaki-kun. Other titles that will be released in print include Akira Haio’s Sakura no Himegoto, Tsuyoshi Watanabe’s Dragon’s Rioting and Olympus Knights and Pinake’s Aldnoah.Zero Season One.
Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-Kun
Sakura no Himegoto
But that’s not all folks! Yen Press will also be licensing 8 more titles as Digital only editions whose titles include:
An office comedy taking place in the health and welfare section of a ward office in a certain city. Newcomers Hasebe Yutaka, Yamagami, Miyoshi Saya and their supervisor Ichimiya Taishi go through the everyday quirks of working at the office.
Handa-Kun (Barakamon Spinoff)
The Royal Tutor
When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles (Mahou Tsukai Deshi ga Warau Toki)
It’s no surprise that EB White’s 1953 Newbery Honor title Charlotte’s Web was the number one pick. It’s a beloved classic in which good and animal love triumph, and has been adapted for both live-action film and animated feature, as well as enjoyed a sequel. But the rest of the list has caused more than a little head scratching, and some very insightful readers have explained wherein the problems lie.
The complete list includes (in order):
As you can see, it’s not hard to understand where the problem begins for many readers who criticized this list. First, there’s only one title(s) on the list that was published after 1990, and that’s Philip Pullman’s trilogy. This led to a lot of criticism due to the fact that adults are thinking back to their own early reading experiences and declaring their own attempts at learning to read and beginning to love books, then deciding that the way it all came together for them must make it the best.
What’s more telling is what’s not listed. Where are the Dr. Seuss titles? The Harry Potter series? Shel Silverstein? Patricia Polacco or Laura Numeroff? Kate DiCamillo and her entire canon of work? More than that, where are the more internationally diverse authors? If these books were nominated by critics around the world as the poll stated, how is it there were no books written by authors from anywhere other than the United States or Europe? Where are the books written and devoured by today’s young and emergent readers, books who’ve had the power to transform literacy education in the way that Seuss has, or have brought to light historical and human rights issues the way Polacco’s have?
One commenter on the Passive Voice blog post pointed out a very telling comparison to the formation of this kind of list and the current state of publishing, and that’s the “gatekeeper” mentality. These books were deemed worthy of the honor of best books for children, although admittedly it was based on the critics’ own opinions. That’s the unfortunate nature of traditional publishing, which is this opinion-based mechanism in which a small number of individuals have the authority to determine what the public will read. It’s a model that authors are turning away from, and hopefully readers will at least take with a grain of salt when determining which books are the best.
Recently we announced that the ability to preorder titles up to six months in advance in OverDrive Marketplace was now live. This provides your library countless new opportunities to be the first stop for your users when looking for their next great read. Here are our top ten reasons to start preordering titles today:
1. Be the Go-To Source for Upcoming Titles
2. Increase Your Circulation
3. Make Your Patrons Happy
4. Up Your Cred
5. Watch the Pudding
6. The Best and Busiest Libraries Do It
7. Save the Time of the Reader
8. You Don't Have to Worry about Changing Prices or the Budget
9. Align Your Print and Digital Purchases
10. Maximize Metered Access
Convinced yet? Check out these carts of the hottest titles to easily get started with Preorders:
Cindy Orr is a Digital Collection Advisor with OverDrive
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The Evolution of Mobile Online Casino Gaming in the US is a post from: Good e-Reader