Jolicloud Drive is a powerful platform that lets you combine cloud storage from multiple services like Dropbox and Google Drive and access all your stored content from a unified interface.
The company already support streaming your stored music and watching videos. They have now added support for ePub format. This means you can now read your eBooks right from inside Jolicloud Drive in the web browser.
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Looks like B&N is cleaning out their stock of Nook branded eBook readers and tablets. The company has decided to keep the low prices on the various models for a longer time.
The prices were cut recently as part of the Father’s Day celebrations. And the company has now said that the prices would stay low for the near future.
Prices right now:
Nook HD 7” USD 129
Nook HD+ 9” USD 149
Both of these models are less than one year old.
We have already heard rumors that the company might discontinue their hardware products focusing on software and services market.
Nook Media already has Microsoft has a joint venture partner. Microsoft surely is not pleased to have Android based devices on this platform.
Google eBooks service launched in UK
Google has launched their Google eBooks service platform in the UK market.
It has already been available in USA for a while now.
The company spoke about their offering in the UK market:
Access all your ebooks wirelessly, no matter where you go. Google eBooks stores your library in the digital cloud, so you can read all of your favourite books using just about any device with an Internet connection. Google eBooks is compatible with Android-powered devices, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, web browsers and many supported eReaders. Whenever you open one of your books, we’ll pick up right where you left off.
Users in UK would now be able to buy books using their Google Accounts. These books would then be available on multiple platforms connected to this account.
Amazon wants to launch a digital library of eBooks!
Amazon is said to be in talks with book publishers to launch a subscription based eBook library which would provide access to tons of books for a monthly/yearly charge.
This would be similar to subscription based music and video delivery services like Rdio, Spotify and Netflix.
Currently, eBook reader owners have to either rely on free books or buy individual titles to read them on their devices.
This new service could make their Kindle reader and the upcoming Kindle Tablet a more lucrative purchase for the US based consumers.
Book publishers are not amused about this idea for obvious reasons. People would have less incentive to buy books and it would also hurt other retailers.
Amazon announces @author feature for their Kindle platform powered by Twitter!
Amazon is now working with several authors to let readers of their eBooks connect with them directly through Twitter.
The feature is named @author and it allows the user to send a message or a query to the author from the Kindle device itself.
The company revealed that several authors have already signed up for this new service platform including: Timothy Ferriss, Deborah Reed, Susan Orlean, John Locke, James Rollins, J.A. Konrath, Robert Kiyosaki, Steven Johnson, Scott Nicholson, Ted Dekker, C.J. Lyons and Brad Meltzer.
The messages posted would be delivered through Twitter so the user would need to have an account with the service.
Amazon spoke about @author:
@author is new feature in a limited beta release on Kindle and Amazon Author Pages that connects readers with their favorite writers and their books. It’s easy: Readers can ask questions directly from their Kindles, or post them to Amazon Author Pages. Anyone who has purchased items from Amazon.com can reply to an existing question or ask a new one, and all visitors to Amazon.com can read any current question or response.
Kno launches their own eBook reader app on the Apple iPad
Kno is the latest to offer an eBook Reader app along with thousands of eBooks on the Apple iPad platform.
Features of their iPad app:
• Reader – The best textbook and PDF reader ever!
• Journal – Create a digital notebook for any class that automatically transfers highlights, images, stickies, and more straight from your textbook into a well-organized & searchable notebook.
• Quiz Me – Turns any diagram in a textbook into an instant quiz.
• Course Manager – Organize your textbooks & PDFs by class and term
• Optimized Reading View- Kno’s unique feature that automatically auto-zooms a page layout for an amazing reading experience.
• One-touch highlighting with multi-color support
• Tap to Zoom – Double tap any image to enlarge
• Paging – The same page and chapter numbers clearly marked as a physical textbook
• High-fidelity pages with crystal clear text and pinch zoom capabilities
• Annotate with sticky notes or mark pages with a bookmark
• Portrait and landscape reading modes
• Ask questions, post comments or share your location with study buddies
• Preview the entire chapter and jump directly to any page
The company also has a web based reader that can be used on desktops to read the purchased eBooks.
Toys R Us stores to sell Amazon Kindle and related accessories
Toys R Us has announced that they would start selling the popular eBook reader Amazon Kindle and related accessories through their stores in the US market from next month.
OfficeMax too recently announced their decision to sell the Nook eBook reader from Barnes & Noble through their retail stores.
More and more retail stores are now carrying eBook readers which have become very popular in the recent times because of the convenience factor. EBooks are also generally cheaper than regular books so they turn out to be a good investment.
Amazon Kindle Textbook Rental program launched
Amazon has launched a useful new service platform named Kindle Textbook Rental.
Students can now rent textbooks on their Kindle accounts. The service would work on the Kindle device and all other platforms which are Kindle enabled. This include desktops, notebooks, smartphones and Tablet PCs.
This can save them good money if the books they are supposed to read are expensive.
Most students do not need the same books for more than a semester or a year so renting them turn out to be a good alternative.
Amazon highlights the benefits of the service:
Great savings: Save up to 80% off the list price of the print textbook
Pay only for the time you need: Choose a rental length between 30 and 360 days and pay only for the exact time you need a book. Extend your rental for as little as one day or convert to purchase
Rent once, read everywhere: Rent and read tens of thousands of textbooks on PC, Mac, Kindle, or your mobile device
Keep your annotations: Access your notes and highlights anytime, even after the rental expires, at kindle.amazon.com
iRiver Story HD to use Google eBookstore as its primary source of content
iRiver is set to launch their new eBook reader device named Story HD.
The device would be the first one in the market to rely on Google eBookstore for content.
Google eBookstore is already available as an option on other eBook readers… but this one has it deeply integrated as the default option.
The device features a 1024×768 resolution which is higher than most other products in the market (hence the HD label).
The company would sell it for around USD 140 in the US market. It comes with Wi-Fi support for data.
Consumer Reports believes Nook is better than Kindle now!
Consumer Reports has said in their latest report that they believe Nook is now a better product compared to the Kindle.
Until now Amazon Kindle has dominated their charts when it came to eBook readers.
Barnes & Noble recently launched the latest generation Nook which has taken the market by surprise.
The company has made Nook such a competitive product that Amazon had to launch an ad supported edition of Kindle to make it more affordable.
Consumer Reports said in its report that the new Nook “matches or bests — albeit modestly — its Amazon competitor in almost every aspect of performance.”