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Onyx Boox unveiled three new devices. The Onyx Boox MAX2 is a 13.3 inch flexible e-ink Carta note taking device, the 10.3 inch Note is going to compete against the Remarkable, and the Canvas is 9.7 inches. These devices all feature dual touch, which means you can use a stylus or your fingers. The devices are running Android, so they will support apps from Google Play.
Amazon is updating its flagship e-reader Kindle Oasis, and in a radical way. It is Amazon’s largest Kindle e-reader ever - with 7 inches screen. It’s also the company's first waterproof device. It’s incredibly, almost paper-thin on one side (0.13 inches) and then fattens considerably to a third of an inch on the other to accommodate the battery. Amazon also increased the number of over-the-screen LED lights to 12 (it was 10) for more uniform lighting. The other big change is the integration of the Audible Audio Book service. Amazon owns Audible, but it’s never been part of the Kindle. Now you can browse and buy Audible Books on the device. The other change is that the starting price of the Kindle Oasis is now $249 with 8 GB of storage.
Kobo updated firmware for its e-readers. The update added Manage Books feature: under My Books, you can now select several books at once, mark them as finished or unread, remove them, or add them to collections. My Books section got a cleaner layout of information, including the Filter and Sort menus. The reading experience was also improved. Now you can tap the middle of your page to open reading menus, access the Table of Contents, or adjust Reading Settings. Your screen will refresh after every chapter instead of every six pages.
Apple released an update to its ebook creation software iBooks Author that adds the ability to add images and videos from Photos, the Mac photo management app. There are some other minor changes, such as support for wide color gamut images. Many people have moved on from iBooks Author to other digital publishing apps. This is because this program is only compatible with Apple products and does not work with Amazon, Google and other online retailers. People have accused Apple of giving up on digital publishing in general. Its latest iOS update killed off the subcategories inside Magazines & Newspapers rather than fixing them, and so makes finding new digital edition apps next to impossible.
Inkitt - reader powered book publisher
Inkitt bills itself as the world’s first reader-powered book publisher. The Inkitt online community consists of a forum to post writing work in-progress and get feedback, and to solicit support for things like editing and plot development. However, a major focus — and key to the startup’s unique publishing model — is the beta readers section. Here Inkitt members are encouraged to post full manuscripts to be read by the app’s over a million readers. This is a way to get reader reviews and further feedback, but can also lead to a publishing deal with Inkitt itself if the reader engagement data the company collects points to a potential best-seller. In addition, since Inkitt employs Facebook log in, the service has demographic data on its readers and this puts it in a position to be able to make decisions very objectively.
Kindle - is the best and most popular ereader in the world. However, organizing books on this device - leaves much to be desired. From the very first model, Amazon has decided not to support folder structure for electronic books. Or rather, you can create folders and put ebooks to them, but on the device screen books still will be displayed in a single list (with no folders). Instead of folders Kindle offers collections to organize books. Ok, in some cases it's even better, as one book can be included in several collections, such as "What to read next" and "Adventure Books". Looks like everything is fine, but what happens in practice?
Kobo has launched an audiobook bookstore that sells audiobooks individually and also provides them on a subscription level basis. Their entire audiobook catalog is powered by Overdrive and this is the first time they have ever been involved in an audiobook subscription scheme. Kobo has updated their app for Android and iOS and have brought over a fully functional audiobook player. You can make purchases and listen to your content on Android, and with iOS you can only listen to titles you have already bought or have used a credit on. The Kobo audiobooks service is available today in the US, UK, Canada, Australia for $9.99/mo.
Kobo has announced that it will no longer be offering PDF files to download from their online store by November 1st 2017. This change will only affect self-publishers and legacy content that was only made available in the PDF. In these rare cases Kobo will be automatically converting PDF files to EPUB/KEPUB. If there are specific titles that cannot be formatted correctly, Kobo will be sending out an email and provide a breakdown of the books that failed the conversion process.
Pocketbook has announced two new e-readers that will begin shipping out in the next few months. The Basic Lux and Basic 3 are two entry level devices that will not cost very much and will be competing against the Kindle Basic and Kobo Touch 2.0. PocketBook Basic 3 is the new entry level e-reader with a 6-inch E Ink screen (800×600) and inbuilt Wi-Fi module. Pocketbook Basic Lux features a six inch E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1024×768 with 212 PPI. It has a front-lit display to read in the dark and physical page turn buttons if you do not want to rely solely on the touchscreen.
Google Play Books app for Android has undergone a major revision and it now simplifies the reading experience. The Library page went through some significant changes, four of the five tabs have been removed and there are just two: Shelves and Books. The new Shelves system provides bright and bubbly covert art that shows you books that you have not begun to read yet and underneath that are books you are in the process of reading. The third row is devoted to books you’ve finished. Everything provided by the removed tabs can now be found in the Books tab. All of the previous tabs were basically filters on the books on your account. The new Books tab contains a full list of your books, but you can hit the filter button at the top right of the page to now the list to your uploads, purchases, or those in the family library.