Technology

Aptara and VitalSource Make Publishers’ Digital Content Accessible to Readers with Disabilities
May 28, 2010

Falls Church, Va.-based digital publishing solutions provider Aptara has partnered with VitalSource, an Ingram Content Company, to make publishers’ content accessible to readers with disabilities. By providing content development and conversion services that now include tagging specifically for Section 508 of the Federal Accessibility Guidelines, Aptara’s publishing customers can utilize VitalSource’s new Bookshelf e-textbook platform.

Barnes & Noble Introduces BN eReader for iPad
May 27, 2010

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today launched its free BN eReader app for iPad(TM), offering the most personalized and easy-to-use eReading experience for Apple iPad owners. The free app offers users access to the company's expansive eBookstore featuring more than one million digital titles in addition to their personal Barnes & Noble Digital Library. It is the only iPad eReading app that allows sharing eBooks with friends.

CyberWolf Download Service Enables Publishers to Sell Adobe DRM Protected Content
May 20, 2010

(Press Release) Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 18, 2010—CyberWolf Inc., an Adobe Content Server Solution Provider, announces offering that enables publishers to sell Adobe DRM secured content directly from their own ecommerce sites.  Adobe Content Server DRM has been adopted by a number of major players within the publishing industry and, via the new CyberWolf Download Service (CDS), is now available to most any publisher.

LibreDigital Secures $8.1 Million in Funding to Accelerate Delivery of E-books
May 20, 2010

(Press Release) Austin, Texas, May 20, 2010—LibreDigital Inc. today announced that it has closed an $8.1 million Series C funding round led by new investor S3 Ventures with participation from existing investors Adams Capital Management and Triangle Peak Partners. The company's other key investors include HarperCollins Publishers, The New York Times Company and Noro-Moseley Partners. The new capital infusion will be used by LibreDigital to expand e-book services for publishers looking to capitalize on the unprecedented demand for e-books, which is being driven by the release of new devices like the Apple iPad. In addition to being a top Apple e-book aggregator, LibreDigital also powers the delivery of content to other digital devices and marketplaces, including Barnes & Noble NOOK, Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Google Editions and many more.

Fujitsu Plans To Unveil Improved Color E-paper Screen With 3X Higher Contrast
May 11, 2010

The future of electronic paper (e-paper) is looking brighter. Fujitsu has enhanced its color e-paper so that it now features the world's highest-level of color image quality. By redesigning the panel structure and image re-write methods of the company's previous-version of color e-paper, Fujitsu has improved the contrast ratio of its color e-paper by threefold.

Aptara Announces New Platform for Rapid, Low-Cost E-Book Production
November 19, 2009

This week, Aptara announced the release of eGen − ePub conversion software that can generate large volumes of content that is e-book compatible, less costly than other available conversion solutions and ready for distribution to multiple e-book readers.

Plastic Logic and Barnes & Noble to Debut First E-reader for Business Professionals
October 30, 2009

Plastic Logic and Barnes & Noble have announced a distribution agreement involving the 2010 debut of Plastic Logic's e-book reading device, the QUE proReader. The device is touted by Plastic Logic as "the first e-reader designed to support the lifestyle of modern business professionals." It also is unique for its shatterproof, plastic display with the largest touchscreen available.

E-books: Reading Like It’s 1999
October 1, 2009

In a classic, 19th-century short story, Washington Irving’s character Rip Van Winkle wakes up after being asleep for 20 years to find that the world has changed all around him. People he loved, including his wife, are no longer alive, and the country itself has—in the intervening two decades—gone through the massive trauma and upheaval of the Civil War. For Rip Van Winkle, it seems like only a few peaceful hours have passed; all he did was close his eyes. But in what seemed to him a short amount of time, everything around him had irrevocably changed.

E-Reader Evolution—Should We Think Beyond Ink?
October 1, 2009

Common in the history of technology products is the pattern that devices with multiple functions generally take market share from earlier, single-purpose devices. A classic example can be found in word processing: Dedicated word processors, such as those from Wang and IBM, gave way to PCs that could be used for a wide range of applications, among them word processing. Dedicated, wired, e-mail-only devices likewise gave way to the general-purpose PC.