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E-Books Pick up Steam as Paperback and Hardcover Sales Slide

Americans are increasingly doing their reading on screens, according to the Association of American Publishers. From January 2010 to January 2011, e-book sales more than doubled, increasing by 116-percent to $69.9 million. By contrast, hardbacks and paperbacks fell by 11.3- and 19.7-percent, to $49.1 million and $83.6 million respectively. By our calculations, ten years from now, "turn the page"...

Classic Literature Converted to QR Codes for No Good Reason

Books2Barcodes is the brainchild of the jokers over at Wonder Tonic. The idea is to take the world's greatest works of literature, such as 'Ulysses' and 'Moby Dick,' and convert them into thousands of QR codes, each of which houses an 800-character chunks of the tome. Point your smartphone with a QR reading app like 'Google Goggles' at the screen, and you've got a tiny fragment of a classic...

New York Times Adding E-Books to Best Sellers List This Friday

The New York Times is finally ready to add e-books to its best seller list. In addition to the print best seller list, the Times will have a dedicated e-book list, as well as a third list that combines both print and digital sales. The lists will pop up on NYTimes.com this Friday, February 11th, and in the print edition of the Sunday Book Review on February 13th....

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...

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...

Google eBooks for Android: Hands-On

While we've been waiting for the iPad and iPhone versions of Google eBooks to land in the App Store, we put the Android version through the paces. While it's not the most feature-filled e-reading app available on Android, it is slick, polished and easily the best non-NOOK and non-Kindle e-reading app for the platform. There are some limitations, like the lack of simple bookmarking and the absence...

Google Launches eBooks for Just About Every Device, And We Don't Hate It

The rumors were true. Google eBooks has officially launched here in the U.S., and just about everything you've heard about the service, originally said to be called Google Editions, has turned out to be spot-on. Largely cloud-based and able to be synced across devices via your Google account, eBookstore claims to offer the largest selection of any electronic reading outlet, largely thanks to...

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...

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...

Booki.sh: An HTML5-Powered E-Reader for Everybody

The new HTML5-powered 'Booki.sh' e-reading app is entirely Web-based and, unlike Kindle, Nook or even Blio, can be viewed in any modern browser, regardless of platform. This means that PCs, Macs, Linux, Android, iOS and BlackBerry can all view content through Booki.sh. The app takes advantage of HTML5's rarely used offline storage to let you read without a wireless connection. As you can see in...

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....

Choose Your Own iAdventure With New 'U-Venture' iPhone and iPad App

When we were wee-little bloggers, nothing piqued our interest in books more than the Choose Your Own Adventure series. In retrospect, the series (which was launched in 1979) and its interactive storylines presaged the role-playing video games that would later engross millions. Having changed publishers' hands over the years, Choose Your Own Adventure has found a still newer venue -- albeit under...

Amazon Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Hardcover Ones

The Kindle may be facing stiff e-reader competition from Apple's iPad, but, when it comes to printed books, at least, Amazon's reader seems to be dominating the market pretty handily. The company says it sold approximately 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books sold over the past three months, and that gap is continuing to widen. Last month alone, for example, Amazon sold 180 Kindle books...

Amazon Threatening to Boot More Publishers From Kindle Store

Back in January, Amazon tried to strong arm Macmillan into abiding by its e-book pricing rules. When the publisher demanded the ability to set its own prices in the Kindle store, Amazon simply yanked its books off the virtual shelves. Macmillan held fast to its demands, however, and, in the face of an impending challenge from the iPad, Amazon relented. Now, other publishers have begun...

Forget Kindle, CellStories Has Free Short Stories for Your Phone

Aspiring authors, take note. In response to the popularity of Amazon's Kindle and the Sony Reader, a journalism professor from Chicago's Columbia College decided that books on the Net might help out the little guy, too. "Thankfully, the death of print meant discovering something much more valuable: mobile publishing," Professor Dan Sinker wrote on his site, CellStories.net. Sinker (who also,...