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Happy April Fool’s Day! Check the date and think twice before believing what you read on the Internet for the next few days. This is the day when people try to trick you into believing something ridiculous. As I wrote last year, April Fool’s Day really ought to remind us that we should be reading…

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Readability has lately found itself plunged into some of the same hot water as aggregators Flipboard and Zite. Originally conceived as a reformatting service to let people read articles on the web in clear, easy-to-read formatting, without distracting advertisements, the service revamped itself and expanded into a subscription service to pay publishers for skipping their…

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The other day, I mentioned a survey showing that the growth of e-books has reduced the overall value of the book publishing market in the UK, and wondered what the figures might look like for the US. While the figures don’t measure precisely the same thing, Laura Hazard Owen reports on PaidContent that some figures…

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  • March 30, 2012
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Publishing Trends has an interesting article looking at the problem of manga scanlation, which a number of manga publishers feel is retarding the potential international market for their product. Scanlation, the manga equivalent of fansubbing, has been around for a while, but really kicked into gear around 2007. (I covered this in detail a couple…

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  • March 30, 2012
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The Bookseller reports on a Bowker UK survey that the overall value of consumer book purchases in the UK has dropped 9% since 2008. Bowker blames the decrease on the rise of e-books—even though people are buying more e-books, the price of the e-books tends to be lower (especially since so many of them are…

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  • March 29, 2012
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Amazon is shortly going to push an over-the-air update to upgrade all Kindle Fire users from version 6.2.2 to version 6.3. The upgrades will include a number of performance improvements such as faster reconnection to wifi after the Fire has been asleep. It will also be adding the ability to highlight and share passages from…

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PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after apparently settling for an undisclosed amount. The publisher is…

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Here’s another story of a developer railing against used video games. Although it may not seem to have relevance to e-books at first, I think this story demonstrates the way the gaming industry and the publishing industry are struggling with some similar issues in the digital age. In an interview with GamesIndustry International, Silicon Knights…

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The iPad can be great for letting people read, but it can be just as good for letting certain people speak. As I’ve previously mentioned, autistic, nonverbal, and otherwise disabled people who have trouble talking can make use of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) apps to say the words they can’t say for themselves. However,…

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On ReadWriteWeb, Alicia Eler reports on Cowbird.com, a site meant for telling stories that are too long for social networking. Sounds an awful lot like a blog to me, but Eler explains the site has broader ambitions pertaining to storytelling in general: What Cowbird is really trying to do, however, is something much bigger than…