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New Features E-book viewer: Allow the up and down keys to scroll past section boundaries calibredb: Allow specification of basic metadata on the command line when adding books. Driver for Samsung Galaxy Plus GT-I9001 KF8 Input: Support KF8 format Amazon book samples. When a new plugin is added to calibre for the first time, have…

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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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From Publishers Weekly: In a move the company described as a precursor to launching a new digital publishing platform, Medallion Media Group, an independent book publisher and multimedia entertainment firm, has acquired Triple Threat Mobile Development, a digital consulting firm specializing in creating games and custom applications for mobile devices. Medallion has also hired Triple…

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via OverDrive: The seven-book series in eBook and digital audiobook format will be available at 12 noon ET today to be added to the collections of more than 18,000 libraries and schools in more than 20 countries. To find a participating library or school in the OverDrive network or to launch a digital collection in…

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  • March 29, 2012
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From The New Zealand Herald: The Research NZ survey, commissioned by New Zealand Book Month, asked 505 people about their reading habits. The results, released yesterday, found 23 per cent of men hadn’t read a book in the past year, compared with only 8 per cent of women. Key Findings 84 per cent read at least…

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Part of this was released earlier at the Publishing Industry Conference. From the press release: Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. are leading the world in e-book adoption rates, according to Bowker Market Research’s Global eBook Monitor, The study tracks consumer attitudes to and purchasing of e-books in major world markets. Bowker Market Research…

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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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  • March 28, 2012
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The press release: Best-selling author Clifford Irving, once the most newsworthy writer in America, announced that a dozen of his books, including the notorious Autobiography of Howard Hughes, andJailing, his unpublished prison journal, are released through Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Nobles’s Nook book platforms. Irving’s books, long out of print, were transformed to digital format…

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Anyone who has looked at my On Today’s Bookshelf posts will see that I buy a lot of ebooks. And as I noted in the last On Today’s Bookshelf, my to-be-read pile of ebooks keeps growing, now numbering more than 500. But that doesn’t mean I am not reading ebooks; rather, it means that even…