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Amazon introduces Kindle Unlimited – a subscription service for book lovers

One of the perks of being a Kindle owner and an Amazon Prime member was the one free book you were allowed to “borrow” each month.  With only one free book, it could take you a long time to try out new authors you’re interested in without having to risk some of your book budget …

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Oyster, the unlimited book reading app and service, is now available on Android and Kindle devices

Last fall, we told you about the Oyster ebook lending service that gave you unlimited access to ebooks on your iOS devices.  At the time, they had 100,000 books in their lending library.  Now, they have more than 500,000 titles available.  They’ve made a lot of improvements in their reading app, too, with new typography, …

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Discover (or rediscover) great books, and get a free eBook if you act soon

Simon & Schuster created a new website, called Off the Shelf, that’s intended to help to maximize your reading enjoyment by helping you discover books – cult classics or best sellers – that you may have missed over the years.  It’s brought to you by “passionate editors, authors, and others inside the book business”, and …

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Amazon has launched the Kindle MatchBook service

A couple months ago, we told you about Amazon’s new Kindle MatchBook service, which will give you access to eBook versions of paper books you bought from them in the past.  Whether you bought them years ago or last week, you can get the eBook version for no more than $2.99, and some may be …

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Free in iBooks: Hubble Space Telescope Discovery eBook

If you have any interest in astronomy – backyard hobbist or more serious scientist – you need to download this free eBook to your iBooks app on your iPad.  (Requires an iPad using iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later.)  This is a huge book, almost 1GB, that’s chock full of informative text, …

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Read Your Nook Library from Any Browser with Nook for Web

Yesterday, Barnes & Noble introduced Nook for Web, “an innovative and free new browser experience that offers readers the ability to explore the hottest digital titles and bestselling books right from their computer – no sign-in, software download or NOOK account required to begin reading” on their PC or Mac.  With the Nook Cloud service, …

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It’s About Time! DoJ Sues Over E-book Price Fixing

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Justice filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group USA and Simon & Schuster.  (Note: Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have tentatively agreed to a settlement and, if approved, should be removed from the list of defendants.) In the past couple years our …

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Purchase (S)mythology in eBook or Hardcover and Donate to Breast Cancer Awareness

(S)mythology is the story of Sophie, a little girl with magical super powers, told as a whimsical, young-adult tale of true love that mixes pop culture with Greek mythology.  This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jeremy Tarr (the author) and the Keep a Breast Foundation have joined forces to raise money for breast cancer awareness.  For …

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OverDrive Media Console App for iPad Review

I’ve been a fan of ebooks for many years, starting with Peanut Press books on my Handspring Visor Deluxe back around 1999.   After writing code for 9 hours/day for many years, you can imagine my wrists were shot, and I loved ebooks because they weren’t as heavy and hard to hold as a physical book.  …

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Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor eBook Reader Review

I’ve been waiting for a dedicated eBook reader with a backlit color display since the early days of the original Sony Reader. During that wait, I found myself using my current smartphone as an eBook reader due to the fact that it is always with me and has a color display. The Barnes & Noble …

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Study Smarter, Not Harder with the B&N NOOKstudy Application

Barnes & Noble is introducing a free application designed to lighten your load this school year.  NOOKstudy works on PC or Mac (no nook required), and lets you instantly download eTextbooks and save up to 40%.  You’ll also have access to 1 million other books.  With Nookstudy, you can keep your textbooks, class handouts, and …

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Get Five Free eBooks from Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble is offering five free ebooks for owners of any device using Barnes and Noble ebook reader software.  Owners of the nook reader qualify, as do people using the B&N ebook reader software on their iPhone/iPod touch or Blackberry.  You just bring your mobile device in, show it to an employee, and you’ll receive …

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This is Read an eBook Week

Did you know that March 7-13, 2010 is “Read an eBook week“?  Since 2004, Read an eBook week has been registered in the Chase’s Calendar of Events.  The purpose of the week is to “educate and inform the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically. Authors, publishers, vendors, the media and readers world-wide are welcome to …

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