A Variety Of eBook Notes For January 7, 2009

Downloads boost 2008 single sales

The UK singles market grew by 33% in 2008 thanks to a growth in download sales, the BPI has said.

And with the iTunes Store now going DRM-free with music, there are lessons to be learned here for the dying dinosaurs of print.

30,000 eBooks for iPhones and iPod Touch from BooksOnBoard

Apple iPhone and iPod Touch owners will be happy to know that BooksOnBoard has released no less than 30,000 eBook titles for these devices. The eReader eBook format books include titles by Gena Showalter, Nora Roberts, Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Stieg Larsson, Susan Mallery, and Harlequin’s One Click Buy January Blaze Bundle.

All Romance eBooks Makes Thousands of Romance Titles Available to iPhone and iPod Touch Users with Lexcycle Stanza.

Palm Harbor, FL (PRWEB) January 6, 2009 — All Romance eBooks, an on-line bookstore that specializes in the sale of romance eBooks, and Lexcycle, the company behind the critically acclaimed Stanza electronic book reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, announced today that All Romance eBooks has made more than 6000 romance titles accessible via Stanza’s Online Catalog.

Stanza is the Little Software That Could. There will always be people who treat reading as a catch-as-catch-can thing, and those people will be satisfied with reading off an illuminated and relatively wee cellphone screen. But I see Stanza as being a great advertisement for devices such as the Sony Reader and the ECTACO jetBook.

Flickr Group: Book Cover Club — this can in via bookoven over Twitter.

Digital Editions: News, info and tips about Adobe Digital Editions
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ePubNow! Reader

ePubNow! Reader is a reading system that renders EPUB eBooks with XHTML vocabulary. It will soon be upgraded to read EPUB eBooks with DTBook (Digital Talking Book) vocabulary also.

Readers may use this online reading system for viewing EPUB format ebooks which are not encrypted. When you sign-in as a reader, you are offered few free EPUB format eBooks. You may like to upload your own inventory and access it on the Internet from anywhere, anytime.

It requires registration, which I won’t do, so I don’t know anything more than that. eCub is suiting me just fine right now, so I won’t investigate further.

ePub Books

Where to download ePub Books online

ePub is an eBook file format for both consumers and publishers that offers interoperability between software and hardware for reflowable digital books – you can think of epub as the book equivalent of mp3.

By owning your eBooks in the .epub format you will be able to read them using a wide range of software and eletronic book readers including the iPhone (using the Stanza eBook Reader application), the Bookworm web browser reader and the Sony Reader PRS-505. As the ePub format is fast becoming the preferred industry standard world-wide, we are now seeing more publishers, book stores and developers supporting this format – there’s no better time to explore the world of eBooks.

Below is a listing of all the current commercial and free eBook download sites offering ePub Books.

This is one everyone with a Sony Reader, ECTACO jetBook, and iPhone using Stanza should bookmark. There’s also a Twitter account: Follow ePub.

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