Undoubtedly, one of the things that makes the holidays so enjoyable is the unadulterated joy seen on the faces of smaller children. Sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, cousins, you know… the ones who make the hassle of gifts, traveling, crowds, and overindulgent consumerism all worthwhile. Whether it’s seeing them tear through wrapping paper like Grant through Richmond or watching them laugh with family and friends, kids make the put the holidays in perspective — those of you with children in your proverbial posse know exactly what we’re talking about. So this holiday season, why not up your street-cred with the aforementioned bunch? ABCmouse.com has just released a series of interactive books for iOS that are perfect for showing the young peeps at your holiday celebration why you’re exponentially cooler than that whacky Uncle Norm. The latest series includes multiple titles from Aesop’s Fable’s, including The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Tortoise and the Hare. There is even a title with an interactive Zoo to navigate through. Each title is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad and available for $0.99 in the App Store. Imagine it: sitting by the fire, chestnuts (or some other obscure holiday nut) roasting, as you, like a modern day Pied Piper, command the attention of your audience with an interactive book reading. Burn Uncle Norm, burn. Not a bad way to buy your young compatriots affection, no? More →
Today, Google took the wraps off of its highly anticipated eBook store. With over 3 million books in its catalog, the electronic bookstore — simply named Google Books — is aiming to take a piece of an anticipate $1 billion business in 2011. As the press release reads:
We designed Google eBooks to be open. Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks—everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. With the newGoogle eBooks Web Reader, you can buy, store and read Google eBooks in the cloud. That means you can access your ebooks like you would messages in Gmail or photos in Picasa—using a free, password-protected Google account with unlimited ebooks storage.
Hit the read link to check out the official announcement from the Big G. More →
A report filed by the Wall Street Journal indicates that Google, Inc. will be opening an online eBook store in the near future. Scott Dougall, a Google product director, told The Journal that the new store “is set to debut in the U.S. by the end of the year and internationally in the first quarter of next year.” Independent booksellers around the U.S. are expected to play a fairly large roll in Google’s eBook ecosystem. As the WSJ reports: “Users will be able to buy books directly from Google or from multiple online retailers—including independent bookstores—and add them to an online library tied to a Google account. They will be able to access their Google accounts on most devices with a Web browser, including personal computers, smartphones and tablets.” The Google model heavily contrasts that of digital reading devices like the Amazon Kindle; the Kindle requires you to purchase books from Amazon’s store in the Kindle format.
Google Editions would also have a revenue-sharing model for third parties. Websites and blogs that talk about a particular book could link its readers to Google Editions to purchase the title and share in Google’s cut of the sale. Proponents of the service say it will provide authors an opportunity to sell their work anytime it is discussed on the internet.
Google’s passion for books is not new news by any means. The company has publicly stated its desire to scan all the world’s books (~150 million) into digital format and make the contents of the digital library available to its search engine users. More →
Target announced that the nationwide retail giant will be carrying the Amazon Kindle. No longer an Amazon online exclusive, the Kindle will debut on April 25th and will be available both online and in Target’s brick and mortar stores. The in-store launch will initially be limited to Target’s flagship store in Minneapolis and its 102 stores scattered throughout South Florida. Roll out of the Kindle will be gradual with additional stores receiving the popular e-reader later this year. This in-store presence is expected to boost sales of the Kindle as it will provide an opportunity for interested customers to touch and use the device before buying. Current pricing on the Kindle will remain the same with Target offering the device for a reasonable $259. Full press release after the break. More →
In the waning moments before Apple’s highly anticipated tablet event, a few last minute leaks are stirring up the excitement. First, we have some blurry pictures of a tablet device of approximately 9-10 inches in size running a version of the iPhone OS. The device is encased in a plastic housing, bolted down to a table and covered with a black drape. This cloak and dagger treatment is reportedly standard practice for any super secret Apple device so these images may indeed be the Apple tablet. Apple is also reportedly in last minute negotiations with book publishers and television studios to finalize pricing for its rumored tablet device. Apple is rumored to be pushing Hollywood to offer $1 per episode pricing on television shows in iTunes and is offering book publishers a pricing scheme that would set book prices at $12.99 to $14.99 for best sellers with a basement price of $9.99 for less popular books. Apple would reportedly take a 30% cut of all sales, leaving book publishers with a take home price of $10.49 or less. This could place them between a rock and a hard place with Apple offering a potentially larger audience with less revenue per book, or going with Amazon which offers greater revenue per book with its Kindle but may not have the reach and allure of this rumored tablet.
Nope, we’re not quite finished with this BGR giveaway series — we’re holding a brand new Sony Reader Touch Edition from Best Buy and it could be yours. Here are some specs followed by the official entry rules:
- 6″ touch-screen display
- 800 x 600 resolution and 5 adjustable font sizes
- Virtual keyboard
- 512MB internal memory
- Provides space for storing up to 350 eBooks
- USB port
- ePub, BBeB, Adobe PDF, TXT, RTF and Microsoft Word text format support. Also supports JPEG, PNG, GIF and BMP image formats and MP3 and AAC audio formats
- Weighs 10.1 oz. and measures just 0.4″ thin
All you have to do to enter is simply drop a comment below and that’s it!
- To enter, you must be over the age of 18 and reside in the U.S.
- Leave a comment below letting us know why you think you deserve to win –and we’ll randomly pick a winner– hey, you never know!
- The contest will run for one week.
- The winner will be picked at random.
- Official rules are located here. Good luck!