Not Biting My Tongue Yet, Colligan!

January 8, 2009

I’m still studying all the information coming in about the new Palm webOS and Palm Pre phone.

It’s contradictory and nonsensical and I can’t make sense of any of it yet.

I do think it’s the first CloudPhone — and that would have been a better name for it than “Pre,” which Twitter wags have stated:

Click = big

And while they did not announce any sexy mini-tablet, this is a Social OS, as I stated. And it is the axis around which the Internet revolves. It is a phone for the Nerdi.

I have absolutely no idea what app development for this will be like and so have no clue how this will impact on eBooks. We’ll have to see which developers announce support for it. Fictionwise/eReader, MobiPocket, Stanza? Hello?

Second Free Suze Orman eBook Via Oprah

January 8, 2009

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Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan

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A New Version of eCub Is Released

January 8, 2009

eCub – a simple to use EPUB and MobiPocket ebook creator

Version 1.02, January 8th 2009

* Corrected initial image browser directory from documents directory to Templates.

* Added preflight checker option.

* Added first-line indent and paragraph spacing options to CSS generation, and added styles to the CSS for TOC heading, TOC entries and chapter heading.

* Fixed poor cover image quality problem on Windows.

* Document now marked as modified when changing level and ordering in Files tab.

I’m taking today off from converting The People of the Abyss by Jack London into an ePub eBook using eCub. Monitoring CES news!

Awaiting Today’s CES News!

January 8, 2009

There’s at least one big announcement due today, possibly two.

The first …

… is Palm introducing its still-unnamed new operating system, formerly known under the code-name of Nova.

To remind everyone, it was the original Palm Pilot that gave birth to mass-market eBooks, with the creation of Fictionwise and the original Peanut Press (now eReader, and owned by Fictionwise).

I’m hoping this new OS will be the “breakthrough level of innovation” Ed Colligan has claimed it will be.

I want to see Palm succeed again. I want this new OS to inspire Stanza to port to it and allow ePub eBooks to be read on it.

The second news is possibly from ECTACO. I’m hoping for word of a WiFi-enabled jetBook and a demonstration of its upcoming upgrade that will support both MobiPocket and ePub books.

A WiFi-enabled jetBook would be serious competition to the Sony Reader. Remember, the jetBook uses a non-backlight LCD screen. This would provide superior web access than an eInk screen.