Better Than Books?

Okay, what’s better than settling down on a summer’s eve to read a book to the accompaniement of cicadas? The answer is settling down with that book and having ice cream!!! That’s exactly what the Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop has in store on Sunday, August 8th, 2010 beginning at 2:00 PM. Five authors will be on hand to discuss [...]

Digital Drops & Analog Shops

The news is chocked full of eReader news these days. Amazon’s dropped the Kindle’s price a whopping $100 from when it was first introduced. Sony’s been ahead of the game with significant price drops on hardware AND on eBook prices. Add to this fracas, brick & mortar giant Barnes & Noble, who promises to announce [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – All Things Big & Small

Literally the biggest news on the eReader front is the debut of the 9.7 inch Kindle DX – a large eReader geared to periodical and textbook markets. The announcement leaves me less than excited for a lot of reasons. First is the $489 price tag. Considering that our family just purchased a decent laptop for [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Google vs. The Librarians

Once again, the Google’s Gutenberg project is drawing ire – this time from the American Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries. The organizations state that Google won’t safeguard reader privacy and that it would hold a virtual (sic) monopoly on a wide variety of texts. I feel that both associations are crying sour [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – No Middle Ground

The Wall Street Journal reports two Kindle tidbits. The first is that the American Association of People with Disabilities and the National Federation or the Blind are raising cane (sic) over Amazon’s limiting of its text-to-speech feature. They were apparently insensed enough to show up at the Authors’ Guild Headquarters to stage a protest. The [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Upping the eReader Ante

All Things Digital interviewed none other than media mogul Rupert Murdock recently. The publishing giant told the reporter that his techies were mulling a 4-color eReader to enter the competitive fray led by Sony and Amazon. Add to that a similar move by Hearst Publishing and you have some new and unlikely players in the [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Ebook Wars Heat Up

When two sides enter a conflict, much can be told about each combatant by what they stockpile before a battle. Case in point is an Associated Press report stating that Google is making available over 500,000 out-of-copyright books in unencrypted EPUB format for the Sony eReader. (EPUB is the de facto industry standard for eInk [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – Amazon vs. Mobileread

Mobileread, a seller of eBooks, announced on one of its user forums that it received a nasty notice from book giant Amazon. Apparently, someone on the user forum posted a bit of hacking software that allowed Amazon Kindle users to purchase books from vendors other than Amazon – like Mobileread. Amazon invoked the Digial Millenium [...]

Gnus of the Whirled – 1st Edition

CNN reports that a signed, softcover, first edition “Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone” went for a cool $19k at auction – about 7k more than expected. May all of we writers 1st editions be worth thousands some day!!!

Gnus of the Whirled – eBook Wars

Two news items highlighting the intensifying campaign for the eTurf of Ebooks just broke this week. The first was that Amazon announced an Iphone App called, ‘Kindle for iPhone.’ (It must have taken weeks to name that app.) Anyway, the app allows Kindle owners to download books to their iPhone. I can’t imagine reading War [...]