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Lendle Lets Kindle Users Share E-books

Lendle, an e-book sharing site that launched this week, allows Amazon users to borrow and lend select Kindle e-books, of which 821 are currently available, for two-week periods. All you need is at least one of the free Kindle apps for Mac, PC, iOS or Android (or a Kindle, itself). Besides that, you'll need an Amazon account and a willingness to share with others. Just make sure you return the bor...

Google Editions E-Book Service Launching Soon

The launch of Google Editions, the search giant's foray into the world of e-book retailing, is finally set to go live, according to the Wall Street Journal. Originally announced last year, and scheduled to launch this summer, Google Editions has faced a number of technical and legal hurdles (which, we would like to point out, aren't quite vanquished yet). The service, which would be linked to you...

Amazon Lets You Gift Kindle Books, Makes Holiday Shopping Even Lazier

Back in October, Kindle users got the ability to lend e-books to friends, and, now, just in time for the holidays, Amazon is introducing e-book gifting. Lazy shoppers, rejoice! You can delay your shopping until Christmas morning, and just purchase and send e-books gifts to anyone with a Kindle reader or app....

Copia, A Social E-Reading App, Quietly Launches

E-book reading platforms are a dime a dozen these days. (Don't believe us? Just do a search in the Android Market or iTunes App Store for "e-reader" or "books.") But Copia -- a new e-reading app/store/community -- stood out when it was announced at CES almost a year ago, thanks to the deeply social reading experience it provides. In addition to syncing your spot in a book, taking notes and highli...

Amazon Relents, Pulls Bestselling Pedophilia Guide From Kindle Bookstore

When a book offering guidance on how to be a pedophile inexplicably landed in the Kindle's list of Top 100 Paid Bestsellers, Amazon suddenly found itself at the center of a brewing national controversy. Thousands of users posted comments of anger and disgust, and many even threatened to boycott the retailer. Through it all, Amazon held firm, and steadfastly refused to remove the title -- until now...

NYT Sunday Book Review Will Include E-Book Bestseller List in 2011

Further cementing e-books' relevance to mainstream culture, the New York Times announced Wednesday that it will include e-book bestseller lists for fiction and non-fiction titles in its Sunday Book Review, beginning early next year. The Times, with help from data-tracking company RoyaltyShare, will cull sales numbers from publishing houses, big-box bookstores, indie bookstores, online retailers a...

Disabled Boy Reads by Himself for the First Time With Grandma's Gift iPad

Share As frivolous as new gadgets can often seem, the iPad has served a higher purpose in the Cain-Goldstein household of Brooklyn, where 7-year-old Owen, whose body has been long debilitated by a motor-neuron disease, is now reading books on his own. Watching as her son flipped through the pages of 'Alice in Wonderland' for the first time, Ellen Goldstein cried, "That is completely wonderful." S...

Kindle Singles: Amazon Announces Shorter E-Books at Smaller Prices

Long before the 30-minute time slot defined the TV show, and the 45-minute LP defined the album, aspiring authors were constrained by how many, or how few, words a publisher was willing to print. Such has largely been the case for our lifetimes, but, if Amazon has anything to do with it, it may not be the case much longer. Today, the company announced that it will begin offering shorter e-books...

Craig Mod's E-Reader Incompetence Checklist

"Can you copy text?" "Would a PDF actually provide a better reading experience?" Book designer and developer Craig Mod wonders why publishers are putting their products on e-readers if they don't look or act any better than they would on a Web browser. Mod provides a series of common-sense metrics that call much of the e-reader concept into question. (We disagree about the New Yorker app, but wha...

Barnes & Noble PubIt DIY eBook Platform Lets You Take on J.K. Rowling

Barnes & Noble is continuing to improve its e-book offerings and, with the launch of its PubIt! platform, is now offering writers and small-scale publishers the ability to make their works available through BN.com. You'll need a Barnes & Noble account to start, and then you'll need to register with PubIt!, which entails providing your tax and banking information. Once you're all signed up...

Scholastic Study: Kids Read Less as They Get Older, But Want to Use E-Readers

If you give a kid a Kindle, she's going to ask for more fun books. A study commissioned by Scholastic -- the publisher of the 'Goosebumps' and 'Harry Potter' series -- found that 57-percent of kids aged 9 to 17 were interested in reading on electronic devices. Their parents, however, believe that using electronic devices of any kind limits the amount of time they would actually read, do physic...

Amazon Kindle for the Web Improves E-Reading Previews

Amazon already has Kindle apps on the three biggest smartphone platforms and the two most popular consumer OSes, so what's left for it to conquer? (Besides Linux that is.) The Web, of course, and Amazon has staked its claim on that next frontier with the debut of Kindle for the Web. Kindle for the Web is not an online, feature competitive e-reader, though. Instead, it is used to display samples o...

Stephen Fry's 'myFry' App Turns Linear Narrative Into a Colorful Pinwheel

When Stephen Fry was putting together an e-reader version of his new autobiography, 'The Fry Chronicles,' he could've gone the traditional route, slapped his text onto an iPad app, added a few graphics, and/or garnished his book with a Hugh Laurie voice-over narration. Instead, he decided to reinvent the narrative wheel. Literally. Available for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, Fry's new 'myFry' ap...

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Admits Paper Days of the New York Times Are Numbered

Perhaps like the executioner with axe in hand, we bloggers have, for some time, been grimly certain of print's inevitable demise. Still, our heads hung yet lower today following New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.'s concessive words: "we will stop printing the New York Times sometime in the future." While Sulzberger wouldn't speculate as to when that day will come, the axe is most cer...

The Best e-Readers Compared: Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Reader Throw Down

Share With Amazon's recent announcement that digital e-books outsold hardcover books for the first time, and paperbacks destined to a similar fate in the near future, we can safely say the e-book revolution is upon us. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that the devices upon which we read those books -- digital e-readers, tablet computers, smartphones -- are anywhere near their final form. L...