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August 02 2012


The Future of News As We Know It, July 2012: A new ebook collection from Nieman Lab

It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s time to reflect on what we learned in July. And that means it’s time for our second ebook collection, The Future of News As We Know It (*as of July 2012).

Just as we did last month, we swept up our most interesting stories from July into one easy-to-download package for e-readers. It’s designed to look best in Apple’s iBooks, on iPads and iPhones, but it’ll also work well on Kindles, Android phones, or desktop or laptop computers.

This was another good month at the Lab, with a nice mix of breaking news, analysis, and commentary, from our own staff and from outside contributors. (It’s a little bit shorter than June’s ebook — 263 iPad pages vs. 376 for June — but hey, we took a couple days off around July 4, okay? Stop pressuring us.)

As with last month, it’s available in two formats, EPUB and MOBI. EPUB is the best choice for everyone unless you want to read it on a Kindle — then you’ll need the MOBI. (Amazon’s stubbornly refused to get on the EPUB-as-standard bandwagon.)

Q: How do I install this ebook in my ereader?

A: For iBooks on your iPad or iPhone, any of these methods will work:

— Visit this webpage on your iDevice, tap the EPUB download link above, then select Open in iBooks.

— Email the EPUB to yourself and open that email attachment on your iPad or iPhone.

— Move the EPUB into your Dropbox folder and then open it from the Dropbox app on your iDevice.

For other EPUB readers (Nook, Sony Reader, etc.), follow the directions that came with it. You can probably load it via email or USB. If your device has a web browser, downloading it from this web page might work too.

For Kindle, you can load it onto a device by USB or by emailing it to yourself at your Kindle email address. All the options for iBooks will also work for the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad.

Q: I don’t have an ereader, iPhone, or iPad. Can I read this?

A: Yes! There are a number of good EPUB readers for other devices.

Desktop/laptop computers: There’s the cross-platform Calibre, which is available for Macs, Windows, and Linux. Barnes & Noble’s Nook has apps for Mac, Windows, and Android that will read the EPUB file just fine. Adobe Digital Editions works on Windows and Mac.

For readers interested in sharing: I rather like Readmill, which bills itself as “a curious community of readers, sharing and highlighting the books they love.” It lets you read share highlights within and comments about your EPUB books with other readers. It’s built around an iPad app and stores your books in the cloud.

In browser: You can also read .epubs directly in your web browser, using EPUBReader for Firefox or MagicScroll for Chrome. I’m sure there are others.

Android: There are also a number of EPUB apps for Android. I’ve heard the best is Aldiko.

Kindle apps: The MOBI version of our ebook will open in any of the various Kindle apps, including for Mac, Windows, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, Android, and BlackBerry — or on the web via the Kindle Cloud Reader.

Note that ebook readers are still a growing field, and different platforms choose to display books in different ways. If you do have an Apple device, iBooks will give you the best results.

July 19 2011


Video: Scribd Launches "Float," New Reading App for the Web and iPad

Scribd, the San Francisco-based document sharing company, has launched an App to read a variety of text files on the Web and on the iPhone, the company announced today.

Last week, we interviewed CTO and co-founder Jared Friedman about Float.  We interviewed him in Scribd's offices via Skype Video.

Below is a demo of Float provided by the company.

Andy Plesser

Tags: Books eReaders

June 26 2011


ABC News Teams with Vook for Multimedia Products for iPad, Android, Nook

ABC News is producing a multimedia offering of text and video reporting in the form of a video book, or "vook" for the Apple iOS devices, Android and Nook Color. 

ABC is working with the Emeryville, California based company Vook to create the publications around major news events including the capture of Osama Bin Laden and England's Royal Wedding.

Last week, we spoke with Vook's head of product Matthew Kavnar about the collaboration with ABC News and Vook's production platform which he says is simple to use, he likens it to a simple blog tool.

Based in Emeryville, the company is moving its headquarters  to Nw York this summer, Kavnar says. 

The company has raise $7.5 million in investment from Lehrer Ventures, Ron Conway and others.  Vook was founded by Brad Inman.

Andy Plesser

Tags: eReaders Media

September 16 2010


Nick Bilton: How the Porn Industry Leads the Digital Media Industry

Nick Bilton, the lead writer of The New York Times technology Bits blog, says that the porn industry has lead the way with digital media by first harnessing interactivity and more recently in pioneering multi-screen content delivery.

These are some of the topics covered in his book about technology, titled  I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works, published this week by Crown Publishing.

Before joining The Times editorial team, he was a developer in the paper's R&D unit.

We spoke with Nick this week about the book and his view on privacy, the Web and the media business.

Here is his article about the topics covered in his book from Sundays' New York Times.   Here is one of the book's first reviews by Jack Shafer at Slate.

First Book to Use QR Code

At the beginning of each chapter will find a QR code, a postage stamp-sized image which is scanned by a smart phone. Smart phone users will then be taken to related videos and Web pages.  

Nick says his is the first book to employ QR Codes.   He offers a demonstration in his video which we have included in our package.

Andy Plesser

Production Note:  We shot this interview at the Livestream studio in Chelsea.

Tags: eReaders Media

March 23 2010


Apple's iPad to Crowd Amazon's Digital Book Business

With Apple's iPad hitting the market in a matter of days, the computer giant's entrance into tablets and eReaders is expected to give the digital book business a boost.

In this week's New Media Minute I report that according to a recent eMarketer study, the eReader market in the United States will reach 6 million units this year and will rise to about 19 million units in 2013.

How will the beleaguered magazine and newspaper industries fare on tablets? They face an uncertain future, and for more details on why, tune into this week's episode. 

You'll also learn about how the market share for Amazon will shift now that Apple's come to play.

Daisy Whitney

Editor's Note:  Daisy's New Media Minute is produced and sponsored separately from Beet.TV.  We are pleased to publish her segment regularly here.  AP

February 13 2010


2010 Will Bring Some Exciting New Technology to EReaders

2009 has been an exciting year for ereaders and the readers who love them. Not only did we have a variety of new models with ever improving features and technology, but also it has been a year in which the ereader has really started to make its presence known to the mass consciousness. We have also seen prices driven down by the ever-increasing competition in the ebook reader market.

2010 promises even more technical advances and increased adaptation by the general public. I will take a quick look at what I feel are some of the new technologies that will make the most impact on ereaders in 2010.

Faster Chips

Faster chipsets for ereaders will mean faster page turns and quicker and easier library management and navigation. Marvell has developed a new System-on-a-Chip that is much faster than the chipsets that current ereaders are using. Marvell’s Armada 166E SoC will not only triple page turning speeds when compared to today’s ereaders; it also will help lower manufacturing costs, as it integrates features including WiFi, Bluetooth, a 3G modem and other features onto one SoC. This should help to continue bringing the prices of ereaders down.

Marvell’s Armada SoC is also designed to make fast renderings of high-resolution PDF documents, so we can probably expect to see improved PDF handling in next-gen ereaders.

Marvell has partnered with e-Ink, which makes ereader display screens, to integrate their products. A few ereaders have already been announced that make use of the Armada 166E SoC. These include the Plastic Logic Que, Spring Design’s Alex and the enTourage eDGe. I would also expect the next generation of Kindle ereaders to make use of this new chipset.

Flexible Displays

Flexible display technology as applied to ereaders probably doesn’t mean something that you can wrap around your wrist (though someone will probably make that too); rather I’m referring to shatterproof plastic based displays instead of the relatively easily cracked glass screens found on today’s ereaders.

A more durable display is necessary to bring ereaders to children, Kindles for Kids and to usher in the widespread use of ereaders in schools.

Several manufacturers are working on flexible ereader displays, including e-Ink and even Bridgestone. Plastic Logic’s Que ereader will have a shatterproof screen and is due out in the first part of 2010.

Color eReaders

There are a number of manufacturers that are working on color display technology for ereaders. I don’t expect any of this tech to be in production until the third or fourth quarter of 2010, and it remains to be seen whether or not color ereaders can actually make it to market by Christmas 2010.

E-Ink, which makes most of the displays for the ereaders currently on the market, is working on color but has said it will probably be 2011 before it can bring a color product to market. Perhaps one of the most interesting color display technologies and one with the best chance of making it to market by holiday season 2010 is Qualcomm’s Mirasol. This technology, which was apparently inspired by the iridescence of butterfly wings, also has very good video capabilities.

Pixel Qi

Pixel Qi is based on LCD technology, but has the ability to switch between transmissive (like a regular LCD) and transflective (like e-ink) modes. Production has already begun at the end of 2009, but devices using Pixel Qi displays have not been announced as of yet. Probably there will be a few at CES.

It remains to be seen if any dedicated ereaders will use Pixel Qi, but this type of display could serve to turn netbooks, notebooks and tablets into very viable ebook readers. While using an LCD screen for casual reading is fine, the backlighting can cause eyestrain and discomfort when used for longer periods of time. Pixel Qi should have the capability to solve this problem.

We should see more multifunction and convergent devices with ereader capabilities introduced in the coming year, and Pixel Qi displays will probably play an important role in this type of device.

An Increasingly Crowded eReader Market

Consumer demand for ebook readers will be increasing next year, and consumers will likely be barraged with a flood of me-too ereader clones with few standout features to differentiate themselves from the competition. While perhaps being confusing to the consumer, this increased competition between devices should help to bring prices down even further and continue to drive innovation.

If you will be in the market for an ereader in the coming year, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind.

First of all, an ereader is primarily for reading books – so if you are a serious reader you will want a non-backlit display that you can read for long periods of time without eyestrain. You also don’t want a device that keeps distracting you from your reading. Multipurpose devices are great, but in many cases they don’t perform as well at particular tasks as do devices designed for dedicated purposes.

Also keep in mind that an ereader is only as good as the ebook stores that it is tied to. Most ereaders will have a good supply of public domain ebooks, but what about DRM’ed current titles? Currently I think that Amazon’s Kindle store has the widest selection and best ebook prices, but that could change.

For more ereader news and reviews please visit me at www.findebookreaders.com.

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