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Ellen Harvey is the associate/digital editor of Book Business and Publishing Executive.

Bookmate, an ebook subscription platform serving emerging digital markets including Russia, Ukraine, and Singapore, announced yesterday that it is expanding its library of English language content. The service signed deals with six ebook aggregators -- Ingram, ePubDirect, Diversion Books, Head of Zeus, Legend Press, and Casemate -- to grow its English language collection to over 200,000 titles. This complements the several thousand English language books HarperCollins added to Bookmate last year.

For those lumbered with mobile devices without interchangeable batteries – like Kindles, for example – Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University has come up with what could be a very welcome innovation. According to the University’s press materials, a team there has “developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only […]

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Hunt Valley, MD - The Sheridan Group (Sheridan) and The OPUS Group announce the addition of Clays Ltd. as the newest member of the Content Delivery Alliance (CDA).  The CDA was created in 2011 to support the growing distribute and print need among international journal and book publishers. 

Just like the beloved snack cake Twinkies was rescued from the depths of its owner's bankruptcy, Borders, a longtime staple among retail book stores, is getting a new chance at life thanks to several global companies that snatched up trademarks and intellectual property rights at auction after the brand went bust in 2011. When it was announced recently that Borders would resurface in Singapore before the year's end, book lovers and sellers alike greeted the news with cautious optimism. After all, Borders Singapore-which had operated under the independent Borders

Call it phablet, phonelet, tweener or super smartphone, but the clunky mobile phone - closer in size to a tablet than the smartphone of a couple of years back - is here to stay.

A surprise hit of 2012, it is drawing in more users, more handset makers and is shaping the way we consume content.

"We expect 2013 to be the Year of the Phablet," said Neil Mawston, UK-based executive director of Strategy Analytics' global wireless practice.

Within a few years, Amazon.com’s creative destruction of both traditional book publishing and retailing may be footnotes to the company’s larger and more secretive goal: giving anyone on the planet access to an almost unimaginable amount of computing power.

Every day, a start-up called the Climate Corporation performs over 10,000 simulations of the next two years’ weather for more than one million locations in the United States. It then combines that with data on root structure and soil porosity to write crop insurance for thousands of farmers.

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