July 28, 2014

National Federation of the Blind Tells Secretary of State Clinton That Kindle Does Not Meet Needs of Blind/Print Disabled

UPDATE: Rob Pegoraro has tweeted that Wednesday’s Kindle Learning Initiative event at the State Dept. has been CANCELLED.  No reason given. We’ve contacted the State Department and had no info to share. They said a news release might be coming later. Last week we posted about a no-bid contract between Amazon.com and the U.S. State […]

An eBook Reader Will Be a Part of the Wii U Console (UPDATED)

UPDATE (June 5, 2012) Nintendo has refuted the claims made in the Nikkei story linked below. Today’s E3 presentation also made no mention of any ereading device. The Nikkei news service is confirming that the Wii U (formal announcement tomorrow at E3 Conference) will include an ebook reader. From the Nikkei Article: The Wii U […]

OverDrive Plans to Launch a Browser-Based E-Book Reader Later This Year

From OverDrive: OverDrive today announced plans to launch later this year a new eBook reading platform, “OverDrive Read.” Based on open standards HTML5 and EPUB, OverDrive Read creates a fresh, direct and immersive reading experience offering significant benefits for publishers, booksellers, libraries and schools.  Unlike eBook apps or devices, OverDrive Read enables readers using standard […]

Bowker: British Kids Read Their e-Books On a Bigger Screen & More UK Adults Buying e-Books

From the Bowker Announcement: British children aged 10 and under are reading e-books, but on laptops rather than designated devices like the Amazon Kindle.  Once they turn 11, they embrace the Kindle as their most widely used device for e-book consumption. These insights are courtesy of Bowker Market Research’s Understanding the Digital Consumer project, an […]

Audio: Public Radio Program Discussion About e-Books, e-Readers, and Bookstores

Earlier today WAMU here in Washington broadcast a one hour discussion about e-books, e-readers, and bookstores. The Kojo Namdi Show welcomed: David Pogue, NY Times Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project Bradley Graham, Co-owner of Politics and Prose Bookstore Direct to Streaming Audio (52 minutes) Text Summary and Video Extra See Also: Pew […]

National Federation of the Blind Assists in Litigation Against Free Library of Philadelphia

From an NFB News Release: With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit [complaint and exhibits embedded below) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are […]

Study: Tablets Growing in Popularity as “First Choice” For E-Reading

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From a BISG News Release: E-book consumers’ preference for tablets is accelerating rapidly as dedicated e-readers drop in popularity, according to the Book Industry Study Group’s (BISG) closely watched Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading survey. The second installment in Volume Three of the study shows that, over the course of just six months, consumers’ “first […]

Roundup: Microsoft Investing $300 Million in Barne & Noble’s Digital Reading Business

Official Announcement Barnes & Noble and Microsoft Form Strategic Partnership to Advance World-Class Digital Reading Experiences for Consumers Barnes & Noble Inc. and Microsoft today announced the formation of a strategic partnership in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary, which will build upon the history of strong innovation in digital reading technologies from both companies. […]

New Statistics: "No Surprise, eReader Use Continues to Grow"

From Harris Interactive: To some it may seem like we’ve always had them, but the world of eReaders is still fairly new. But, as Apple releases its 3rd iPad to the world, it seems like they are here to stay. This past summer, 15% of Americans said they use an electronic reader device such as […]

Canada: E-books High in Demand at Halifax Libraries, Having to Divert More Money into E-Book Purchases

From the CBC: Halifax public libraries have seen a huge spike in the number of people borrowing e-books, so the they’re now shopping for tablets and e-readers to train librarians to manage the demand. The libraries are shopping for 40 new devices — iPads, BlackBerry PlayBooks, and Sony e-readers. They’ll be used to train staff […]