Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Podcast – New Nook and Kobo e-Readers Out Soon


Welcome back to another edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! Today on the show you will be informed about all of the new devices expected to be released soon, such as the Nook Glowlight 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 for Nook and the Kobo Touch 2.0. Also on the show is plenty of Amazon and digital library news.

E Ink reports 2nd Quarter Earnings for 2015


E Ink has reported earnings of $106 million dollars for the 2nd quarter of 2015 and the company has generated around $200 million for the first half of the year.

According to Digitimes “Amazon remained one of EIH’s main customers throughout the quarter seeking E Ink Carta EPD technology for its New Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. EIH also benefited from new developments with Ueberall, an experiential design firm, in which the two have announced eFLOW, an interactive sculpture consisting of 52 strips of E Ink Prism 16 feet long and formed in the shape of a large band of fibers. The technology uses motion sensing transducers to activate the Prism film, and through external sensory inputs, eFLOW comes alive by detecting and responding to the presence and movement of people in its vicinity.”

It is very likely that e Ink will generate more revenue as the year goes on with new e-readers hitting the the market. The Amazon Kindle Voyage 2, Kobo Touch 2.0 and Barnes and Noble Glowlight 2 are just a few of the new devices that will be available soon.

Amazon Underground Replaces the Free Daily Android App

Ever since Amazon first launched their Android appstore back in March of 2011, they’ve been giving away a free paid Android app each and every day. After nearly four and a half years, that has finally ended. Last week Amazon suddenly stopped doing the free app a day giveaways. Amazon didn’t give any official explanation […]

Amazon Kindle Unlimited Now Available in India


\The Amazon Kindle Unlimited program has just launched in India today for an introductory rate of 99 rupees until the end of the month and then it will increase to 199 rupees in October.

Kindle Unlimited is launching with thousands of e-book titles by indie authors and small publishing companies. Sadly, many of the worlds top publishers have yet to embrace what Amazon is selling, so you won’t find any of the New York Times perennial bestsellers.

Making Kindle Unlimited available in India also taps into a market with a lot of growth potential. According to Digital Book World, e-books currently account for just 2% of the country's $2 billion market, but that amount is expected to grow as smartphones and tablets come down in price.

"India is a very important market for us. Readers here are reading books across genres of literature, fiction, health, productivity, business and economics, biographies and children books on their Kindle devices and app," said Amazon Kindle Director Sanjeev Jha.

“For less than the average price of one hardcover bestseller, we've made the best digital library in the world available to every corner of India. Whether it is thrillers, romance novels, Sci-Fi or children's books, with Kindle Unlimited everyone will have the chance to discover not only well-established but also new authors of every genre," he said.

This is the first time Unlimited has expanded into the Asian market and many people are lobbying for it to come to Japan and South Korea.

Amazon Brings Kindle Unlimited to India

Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s ebook subscription service, has launched in India. It grants subscribers unlimited access to a library of over 1 million ebooks for a monthly fee. The introductory price is Rs.99 a month, but that goes up to 199 next month (even still that only equates to about $3 USD so it’s a lot […]

Get ready for Read an eBook Day at your library!


While every day here at OverDrive is read an eBook day, the official Read an eBook Day is happening again this year on September 18th. Launched last year as a celebration of modern storytelling, Read an eBook Day is a great opportunity to get the word out about your eBook collection to your library community. In the marketing kit available in the Partner Portal, you'll find a collection of resources to get ready for Read an eBook Day:

  • Web graphics to share on your website or social media accounts
  • "I love eBooks from my library!" stickers designed to be printed on Avery labels (Product #22806, Print-to-the-Edge Square Labels, available at office supply stores or online retailers.)
  • A selection of flyers encouraging visitors to share what they're reading for Read an eBook Day at and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or Pinterest using the hashtag #eBookLove. There are 3 flyer designs featuring different stock photo options that target various demographics.
  • A quarter sheet handout that users can sign, personalize and can then be displayed in your library to show support for Read an eBook Day. Encourage users to write their name, what eBook they are reading or both! These handouts can also be sent home with users as a reminder to borrow an eBook on September 18th. Check out the picture above for an example of how you could display these at your library or school, featuring a few "pledges" to read from OverDrive staff that have already committed to celebrate!

We want to see how your library or school is celebrating Read an eBook Day! Take a picture and share it with us on social media using the hashtag #eBookLove. We'll be sharing some of our favorite submissions throughout the day on the OverDrive for Libraries Facebook and Twitter accounts and we'll pick a few creative ideas to win content credit that can be used to build your digital collection! Check out more details (and a link to more resources, including a press release template) here.


Melissa Marin is Marketing Specialist with OverDrive

Thank you to our Digipalooza sponsors and attendees

Digipalooza 2015 has come and gone, and we would like to thank our library and school partners, as well as the conference partners and sponsors, who joined us in Cleveland to share information and best practices for delivering digital media to readers. It was a jam-packed few days of learning, networking, and of course, a little fun.

We created a short video that highlights the memories made at #DigiP15. Please feel free to share this with your coworkers, directors, and friends. Thanks again—we hope that you'll come back in 2017!

Goodreads Soon Available on Kindle E-Readers in the UK


If you live in the UK or Ireland I have some good news! GoodReads will soon be available on Kindle e-Readers and Fire tablets. Now you can highlight and share quotes with your Goodreads friends from inside the book or get inspired with personalized book recommendations.

In the next week or so there will be a firmware update that will automatically be pushed via WIFI for the complete range of current-generation tablets, Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, and Fire HDX 8.9, as well as previous-generation models Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX 7, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. If you have a Kindle e-reader, it will be available for all generations of the Kindle Paperwhite, as well as Kindle Voyage and the latest generation Kindle Basic Touch.

Goodreads is currently available on Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and now the U.K. and Ireland. There is no word yet when other European markets will be getting it.

MATLAB & Simulink Student Suite – Raspberry Pi Bundle

Today, a look at a speedy way for students to prototype, test, analyse and deploy sophisticated applications on Raspberry Pi, using industry tools: MathWorks’ MATLAB, a high-level programming environment for visualising and analysing data, computation, mathematical modelling, and algorithm development; and Simulink, which provides a block diagramming environment for modelling and simulating dynamic systems.

element14 recently launched a Learn to Program Pack consisting of MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite bundled with their Raspberry Pi 2 starter kit, which gives you a Pi 2, microSD card, power supply and case. The bundle provides students with everything they need to kick off their projects quickly using the same tools that professional engineers and scientists use day-to-day: you can use Simulink on your Raspberry Pi to describe, simulate and test your system, analyse it with MATLAB, then generate code from Simulink to deploy to a Raspberry Pi or another platform.

Here, Eben uses Simulink to program and test a robot with simple image processing and autonomous navigation:

There are endlessly rich possibilities here: how about getting your Pi robot to detect faces and behave accordingly? You’ll find lots more resources to help with using these powerful tools on the MATLAB & Simulink element14 community.

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ComiXology Now Offers Tons of Mainstream Manga

0d6b546ee0b65082daf17ec132c7049a_1378507301_largeKodansha Comics is well known in the industry for producing some of the most iconic manga. You may have heard of Sailor Moon, Akira, Attack on Titan or Fairy Tale. Well today, Comixology signed a deal with Kodansha to immediately bring 350 Kodansha titles with more to come.

Comixology has promised that new digital releases will be available the same time as print. Right now, Sailor Moon and Akira aren’t available, but you can get 10 volumes of Mushishi, 49 volumes of Fairy Tail and 16 volumes of Attack on Titan. You can also read emerging series such as Say “I love you”., Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, The Seven Deadly Sins, Sankarea, Love Hina, A Silent Voice, Inuyashiki, and My Little Monster, among others.

It is great to see Comixology branching out into digital manga, since there are scant options in North America aside from Crunchyroll Manga and Viz Media.