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B&N Releases Upgraded Nook GlowLight E-reader
October 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

Barnes & Noble's Nook Media division is releasing a new Nook GlowLight with new lighting technology, increased storage, a higher res screen and “enhanced” discovery and recommendation features.

Apple Releases Upgraded iPad, iPad Mini
October 23, 2013 at 1:00 am

Apple unveiled new and upgraded versions of the full sized 9.7-inch iPad (now called iPad Air), and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Both devices have new price points--the new iPad Air will sell for $500, while the iPad Mini will sell $400--and will ship in November.

Scribd Launches E-book Subscription Service
October 1, 2013 at 1:00 am

Scribd, a digital distribution, document storage and book discovery platform, is launchng a subscription e-book service that will give users access to an unlimited number of books for $8.99 a month.

Amazon Releases Upgraded Suite of Kindle Fire Tablets
September 25, 2013 at 1:00 am

Amazon announced an upgraded suite of tablet devices that will include the new Kindle Fire HDX, an upgraded version of the Kindle HD tablet that offers an even higher resolution screen in two sizes (7-inch for $229 16GB; 8.9-inch for $379 16GB) and a new version of the 7-inch Kindle HD for $139 (8GB).

Kobo's Newest E-reader Hits the Shelves
September 16, 2013

Kobo, the Canadian e-reader maker, has launched the addition to its line-up today: the Kobo Aura. It is the latest attempt by the company to compete against Amazon's Kindle range in the e-reader market.

One of the device's chief points of difference is battery life, which at more than two months is longer than any other competitor.

Another is storage capacity. The Kobo Aura holds more books than other rivals with 4GB of storage, according to the company, and can expand up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Still Hot...or Not? Technology Firms Face Faster Product Cycles
September 12, 2013

Tablet sales showed their first sequential decline ever in the second quarter of this year, according to research firm IDC. Apple sold fewer iPads than expected in its most recent quarter. Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader sales fell 20% in the fiscal first quarter ended August 20, two months after the company announced it will no longer make color versions of Nook, only black and white ones. And analysts are worrying about whether smartphone profit margins can hold up as buyer fatigue sets in.

Kobo Teams with National Book Store in Phillipines
September 11, 2013 at 1:00 am

E-book retailer Kobo is teaming with the National Book Store, a 150 store chain in the Philippines, to introduce its suite of digital reading devices and its e-book retailing and self-publishing platforms.

Oyster App Brings Readers Unlimited Books for $9.95/Month
September 5, 2013

By now, we've all gotten pretty used to not owning stuff-at least in the traditional, hold-it-in-your-hands sense. If you're anything like me, your DVD collection stopped growing a few years back once Netflix and Hulu bolstered their offerings. And that CD storage stand (hell, even your iTunes account) has probably gathered dust thanks to Spotify and Rdio. But books? Turns out, we're still content to pay $10 for a paperless novel that we're not even certain we'll like or finish.

Amazon Debuts New Kindle Paperwhite with Goodreads Upgrade
September 3, 2013 at 1:00 am

Amazon announced plans to release an upgraded Kindle Paperwhite digital e-reader featuring the first integration of Goodreads, the popular book recommendation site Amazon acquired, into the Amazon digital reading platform.

2013 Meeting Guide: At the Trade Shows: Hope and Opportunity Spring Eternal
January 4, 2013

Where is the book industry going, what will my workplace and career opportunities be like, what do I need to know to keep up with the times? Or, in a more cosmic vein, what does the future hold?

In an effort to answer these questions, publishers have settled each year into a series of industry meetings of general interest. Each has a unique theme, as noted below. They make the effort to bring together a cross section of publishers, associations, service providers and media professionals to connect with audiences ranging from first-time aspirants to seasoned managers and executives in every channel and of every level of responsibility.

Following is my own overview of the events with which I have become familiar through the years. I would say that a judicious choice of BEA or ALA and any one of the others whose focus comes closest to your own would provide a more than satisfying menu. If I had to attend only one: (a) I would pick BEA or ALA if my interest was in authors, reading, content and publishing as an enterprise, and (b) if my primary concerns were business development and operating management, I would choose any of the others from whose quality of attendee profiles and lists of presenters, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors I would expect to learn the most.