Audiobooks.com announced its immediate availability on Sonos worldwide. Audiobooks.com subscribers can listen to their content of choice through Sonos speakers, offering high-quality sound in every room of their homes. To stream Audiobooks.com on Sonos, customers simply select Add Music Services from any Sonos controller app, scroll down to the Audiobooks.com icon, and login. This collaboration with Sonos is in addition to Audiobooks.com’s availability on Android Auto, CarPlay, tvOS, and select GM, Jaguar and Land Rover infotainment systems.
Microsoft is developing a digital bookstore
Microsoft is in the process of developing a digital bookstore and will soon be selling e-books. It looks like they will have a modest catalog of a million titles and will have a curated selection of bestsellers and editor’s picks. Customers will be able to read these titles in the EDGE browser, which gained EPUB support a few months ago. The new e-book store will be available this spring. You will be able to download free samples and buy the titles in a new section of the Microsoft Store, which already sells music, movies and apps. This will be a boon for people who have Surface Tablets and want an e-book experience that is crafted specifically for Windows.
Scribd is no longer offering digital comics on their platform and has removed over one thousand single issues and graphic novels. The company found it economically unfeasible to pay the large royalties for each comic read and decided to just suspend the service, rather than trying to make it work. Scribd is facing a number of hardships over the past few years, despite most of their competition exiting the field. They first culled over 225,000 romance and self-published e-books from their platform and then announced that they made cuts to their audiobook system because they are losing money. They ditched their unlimited audiobook package and subscribers can only listen to a single title per month. In 2016 they changed their business model from an unlimited service to a credit based one.
Findaway launched new audiobook app - Duobook
Findaway is the largest audiobook distributer in the world and they power the the collections of Nook Audiobooks, Scribd and hundreds of others. The company has just released a new app called Duobook, which blends the audio and e-book experience, which suggests the company might be pivoting in a new direction. At its core, DuoBook is an audiobook player and an eBook reader in one app, but its biggest feature is how it aligns the eBook and audiobook together, allowing you to switch between formats without losing your place in the story. You can listen for a while, maybe during your commute, and then at night maybe you prefer to read before bed — when you pick up the eBook, DuoBook puts you at the right page in the story so you can just pick it back up and continue seamlessly.
Poland-based ArtaTech released the InkBook Prime and InkBook Classic 2 ebook readers. InkBook Classic 2 features a 6 inch Carta E-ink touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 600. It does not have a front-light, so you will not be able to read in the dark. You can download e-books from the internet via WIFI, but it does not have Bluetooth or a 3.5mm headphone jack. This e-reader is available on Amazon for $89.99. The InkBook Prime features a 6 inch e-Ink Carta touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 758. It also has a front-lit display with 8 LED lights, which should provide great illumination at night. This e-reader has WIFI, Bluetooth and Android 4.2.2. It retails for 139 €.
Amazon Prime Reading is a new program where you can read as many books as you want from a revolving pool of titles, you can think of it as a scaled down version of Kindle Unlimited. There are around 1,000 e-books and magazines on the platform and today you can now read them on the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. All of the e-books you read are totally compatible with Page Flip, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Goodreads.
Onyx Boox Kepler Pro is a new e-reader with 6 inch capacitive touchscreen display with an e-Ink Carta screen. The resolution is 1442 x 1072 and 300 PPI, which is on-par with most mainstream e-readers currently on the market. You will be available to read in the dark via the front-lit display. The Kepler Pro is running Android 4.04, which means you can install your own apps. There is no word on if this model has Google Play or not. There is an SD card slot that is capable of an additional 32GB of storage. It also has wireless internet access and Bluetooth. Onyx Boox Kepler Pro costs $232.87.
E-Reader Tolino Vision 4HD is available
Tolino released a new e-reader for the holiday season - Tolino Vision 4HD. This model raises the bar and brings a number of enhancements that are sure to impress. The e-reader features a six inch e-ink Carta display with a resolution of 1448 x 1072 and 300 PPI. The touchscreen interface is completely flush with the bezel, which makes interacting with it far more easier than a sunken bezel. The screen is also waterproof, which means you will be able to literally take it anywhere and read e-books to your hearts content. This e-reader is doing something different with their front-lit display. They have added in new technology called “smart light” which switches from cold light in the morning to warm light in the evening. This is the same type of blue light filtering system that Kobo developed with the Aura One.
Amazon launched Rapids - chat-style reading app for kids
Amazon has launched a new app for children called Rapids, which features “fun, engaging short stories told in a unique chat style.” The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and a subscription costs $2.99 a month. The Rapids short stories are illustrated, and what perhaps distinguishes Rapids from similar kids’ reading apps most is that its stories are told through characters speaking with each other one line at a time. Rapids comes with hundreds of stories, and Amazon will be adding dozens more each month. The stories span a wide variety of genres, including adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports.
EPUB - is the major hope of the ebook industry for the single ebook standard. It's recommended by Book Industry Study Group and supported by some main players - Google Books, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo. Besides, EPUB is the best alternative to PDF, because it allows to optimize book view for a particular display, show images and resize text, while also supporting fixed-layout content. If you ever read PDF books (usually these are textbooks, medical, scientific, technical literature, comics, illustrated books for kids) you know that they are uncomfortable to read even on large computer screens. Thanks God, there are EPUB versions of many PDF books, and you can take advantage of free EPUB reading computer programs. In this review we focus on e-readers for Windows PC, but there also some Mac alternatives.