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E-Books May Turn Digital Divide Into a Reading Divide

Due to the rise in popularity of e-books and other digital texts, some worry that the digital divide may soon become a "reading divide." Low-income communities, particularly African American ones, have not only struggled to keep up in a world increasingly reliant on technology, but continue to trail their peers in literacy rates by a significant margin. The author Marita Golden told Reuters,...

U.K. Customers Are Getting Free Kindles. Will the U.S. Get Them, Too?

Two weeks ago, the Amazon announced that the Kindle would be sold in AT&T stores; it's already available at Best Buy, Staples and Target here in the U.S. Now the e-reader device will be popping up in Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse locations across the U.K. Both retailers will be offering the e-reader with an interesting twist: In addition to being able to purchase a Kindle at the regular...

'Forced Obsolescence': HarperCollins Makes Libraries Re-Buy E-Books After 26 Checkouts

HarperCollins has placed a restriction on the number of times its e-books can be checked out from a public library. After 26 checkouts, the expired title becomes locked in the library's virtual collection until a new digital copy has been purchased. The idea is that the physical copy of a HarperCollins book would be worn out after about 26 checkouts, and the library would then have to...

Amazon Continues to Rake in the Cash, Selling More E-Books than Paperbacks

Amazon's empire is continuing to grow, with the company reporting an increase in profits of eight-percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. That growth was a little slower than expected, but the really big news from Amazon's quarterly financial report is the fact that sales of Kindle e-books have surpassed that of paperbacks. It was only in July sales of e-books passed that of hardcovers -- making it...

Playboy Is Coming to the iPad, And It Won't Be Censored

Apple may have a strict and widely ridiculed policy on keeping "adult" material out of its App Store, but it's apparently willing to make an exception for Playboy. Yesterday, Playboy founder and world's greatest granddad Hugh Hefner cheerfully announced that his gentleman's magazine will soon be available on the iPad, in its entirety. "Big news! Playboy--both old & new--will be available on...

E-Books Outsell Printed Ones, To Nobody's Great Surprise

Ah, what unsurprising news a year can bring! Just as everyone predicted, e-books continued to nibble at the ankles of their printed forebears this holiday season, with between three and five million e-readers activated in the week after Christmas. Barnes and Noble claimed that it sold a million e-books on December 25th alone, while Amazon's been outselling print bestsellers with digital ones since...

Amazon Finally Lets You Lend Kindle E-Books

In October, Amazon announced that it would begin allowing Kindle owners to lend books to friends and family, so long as they use a Kindle (or the Kindle app), too. The company promised the feature would arrive before the end of the year and, while Amazon is cutting it pretty close with a December 30th launch date, it stayed true to its word. Users can now lend e-books for up to 14 days, although...

Kindle 3 Now Amazon's Best Selling Product Ever

The Kindle is officially the iPod of the e-reader world. It has its own locked media ecosystem and offers a best-of-breed user experience. And, this holiday season, the Kindle 3 offically became the best selling product in Amazon history, beating former top seller 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.' Amazon also set a single-day sales record on Cyber Monday, with orders for 13.5 million items...

Your Christmas Morning E-Book Shopping Spree Will Be 'Curated' by Random House

The New York Times states that, on Christmas Day, "hundreds of thousands of consumers are expected to unwrap new e-readers that they received as gifts, and quickly begin downloading books to read." No surprise there, really, since Christmas Day 2009 doubled as the Bataan Death March of the popular printing press -- the first time that Amazon sold more digital books for its Kindle reader than it...

Supreme Court Showdown: iPad v. Kindle

Forget Roe v. Wade. Forget Miranda v. Arizona. Forget 'The People vs. Larry Flynt.' They're all milestone cases, to be sure, but they all pale in comparison to the virulent ideological divide that's ravaging today's Supreme Court: iPad v. Kindle. In a recent interview with C-SPAN, Justice Elena Kagan confessed that she reads many of her court briefs on her Kindle, where, presumably, she can...

e-Book Anonymity Boosts Romance Novel Sales

Romance novels are enjoying a renaissance, largely thanks to the discreet power of the e-book reader. The tawdry books have always been popular among female readers, but many of the more self-conscious readers out there would be too embarrassed to read the books in public, in part due to their bodice-ripping covers, bearing long-locked Fabio clones and breathless damsels. But, since e-readers...

Steve Jobs, Rupert Murdoch to Launch iPad Newspaper

Rumor has it that Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch are joining forces to create the world's first digital "newspaper" designed exclusively for the iPad. The new publication, titled the 'Daily,' will be officially unveiled at the end of the month before launching sometime early next year. As the Guardian explains, the publication will combine "a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence," and...

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...

NOOKcolor E-Reader Targets iPad, Declares Reading the 'Killer App'

Earlier today at its Union Square location in downtown Manhattan, Barnes & Noble announced the latest addition to the Nook family of readers: the NOOKcolor. The seven-inch tablet packs a full-color touch screen, runs Android (though won't have access to the Android Market) and has Apple's iPad squarely in its sights. The $249 device has a reading-first focus, treating apps and Web-browsing as...

Colleges Save Students Cash by Forcing Them to Buy E-Textbooks

We've already heard about how students are clinging to printed textbooks despite many of the advantages provided by e-books. Sales of electronic textbooks are expected to increase in the coming years, but growth may be relatively slow, with optimistic estimates projecting a 15-percent adoption rate by the end of 2012. But a new report from the Chronicle of Higher Education claims that some...