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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Google has updated their Google eBooks web app for the Chrome web browser.
Google Chrome would now cache the eBooks for offline reading.
Google eBooks now supports offline reading in Google Chrome. Whether you are flying through the air, backpacking through the European countryside, or simply facing intermittent network connections, you can always read your Google eBooks in your Chrome browser or on your Chromebook.
This feature would only work if you have the Google Books web app installed in your Chrome browser and turned on the syncing functionality.
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 now offering borrowing of books from public libraries
Amazon has launched a new service that enables the owners/users of their Kindle devices/apps to borrow books from public libraries.
These books would be readable on any Kindle device or devices running the official Kindle app.
These books would feature all the usual features that are available on Kindle eBooks like support for Whispersync technology.
After the borrowing validity expires, user can ask for an extension on the borrowed book or even purchase a copy from the Kindle store.
Amazon claims that this service is now available from more than 11,000 libraries in the USA.
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