Yet Another eBook Device: Oaxis

September 1, 2009

Because the market hasn’t been flooded just yet.

Oaxis

Display
6 Inches Electronic Paper Display

Resolution
600×800 pixel (16bit Greyscale )

Processor
Samsung Arm 9 Core

Operating System
Linux 2.6

RAM Memory
64MB SDRAM

Battery
900mAh Li-ion Battery

I/O
High Speed USB 2.0

Expandable Memory
SD Card/ MMC

Text Format
TXT, PDF, EPUB, RTF, TCR, PDB, PRC,MOBI, OPF, OEB, HTM, HTML, CHM,FB2, DJVU, IW44, IW4, DJV

Supported Audio Formats
MP3 (32kbps-384kbps)

Supported Image Formats
JPEG, PNG, TIF, GIF, BMP

Language Supported
English (UK), English (US),Chinese (Traditional /Simplified),German, French, Spanish, Dutch,Portuguese, Italian, Russian

Dimension
178(L) x 128.4 (W) x 9.9(H) mm

Weight
228g


Google Books Settlement Notes #1

September 1, 2009

An author’s guide to the Google Books flap — if you have a book in danger, there are only two words you need to know: OPT-OUT. Period!

The Google Book Search Settlement Goes Meta

Symposium Report: The Google Books Settlement and Future of Information Access

The Library of Google

Germany: Google book deal violates copyright law


eBook Notes For Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009

iRiver’s new e-book reader ‘Story’ — at first glance, it looks like a K2 clone. But the buttons look flat, hinting at a touch-sensitive area below the screen (shades of Palm Pre’s Gesture Area!).

Pass the lubricant as we’re getting fucked by Apple too

Stories of developers being absolutely bent over the barrel and fucked hard aren’t new, but I’ve got no other recourse so I’m throwing Blunder Move’s story into the ring. What makes our story different? I’m lucky enough to personally know people at the iTunes store. People who actually work at Apple that I drink beers with. I’m guessing most iPhone developers are in a different boat, but it doesn’t matter (just look at the Facebook app, which was featured in an iPhone commercial, taking 10+ days to get approved) that I know people there. At least Apple are equal opportunity ass fuckers.

When is Apple going to grow up and start getting this corrected? Application updates should have their own Express Lane. Apple is opening itself up to lawsuits for contributing to the besmirchment of developers. They are ruining reputations.

Lookout Kindle, Here Comes CellStories.net

The future of digital reading, says Sinker, is the cellphone, not dedicated reading devices like the Kindle and the Sony Reader.

He’s right.

Nick Cave joins publishers’ push for phone ebooks

The novelist and music legend Nick Cave is sprinkling a little rock’n’roll glamour over publishing’s latest front in the battle for readers, by releasing an iPhone version of his new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro. The text, which scrolls downwards on chapter-length virtual pages, is accompanied by readings and music specially recorded by the author himself.

Try that with eInk.

E-texts roil market

“If it catches on, we’re doomed,” said Iowa Book manager Joe Ziegler.

You’re doomed.

Adobe makes mystery web buy

Adobe Systems quietly acquired web platform outfit Business Catalyst (BC) for an undisclosed sum on Monday.

The software maker has remained silent about the deal, but BC said that Adobe had bought Business Catalyst and its sister firm, GoodBarry, according to an official statement on the company’s site.

Business Catalyst, which was founded in Australia in 1997, offers a one-stop-shop to internet businesses that want a single platform for their developers to work on.

This sounds like B-2-B, but I think Adobe has something else up its sleeve here.

Japanese boffin boasts electrospray OLEDs

Displays created using self-illuminating organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology “could be manufactured as inexpensively as printing newspapers,” according to one of the researchers involved in developing the new manufacturing process.

Emphasis added by me.

That’s a claim we’ve heard over and over and over. When the hell does it actually happen?

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive: The Edmund Blunden Collection

Edmund Blunden was born in London on 1st November 1896, the eldest of nine children. When Edmund was four the family moved to Yalding, Kent, where he discovered the love of rural life and natural history that were to be a major influence on his writing.

100 Useful Online Libraries for Nurses and Nursing Students

UT Health Science Center (San Antonio): PDA Resources

The Great Web Site Die-Off: Why It Matters — not even the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is permitted to capture everything. History is being lost.

Despite changes, Wikipedia will still “fail within 5 years” — wikipedia becomes the new Politburo of the Internet. This is a story that should be read by anyone engaged in social media. There is a lesson here.

And to end this post on a cheery (yes, really!) note, go see this at Maud Newton’s blog: Scene from the era of the supposed Death of Reading


The eBook Bubble Coming To CES 2010

September 1, 2009

Oh is that eBook Bubble inflating, inflating, inflating!

eBooks TechZone Sells out for the 2010 International CES; Additional Space Added to Meet Customer Demand

“The eBook category is experiencing astounding growth, with more than one million units expected to sell in the United States this year,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences at CEA. “We have received overwhelming response from companies interested in exhibiting in the eBooks TechZone for the 2010 CES. In fact, the original space allocated for the TechZone has already sold out and we are adding additional floor space to accommodate our customers. This exciting new TechZone is sure to draw plenty of attention at the 2010 CES.” Consumer demand for eBooks continues to increase significantly, as eBook sales are expected to reach $317 million in 2009, with $647 million in sales projected for 2010. Additionally, shipments of eBooks are expected to increase by more than 100 percent in 2009, with 1.19 million units expected to sell.

Emphasis added by me.

Future exhbitors that make me wonder:

Onyx International, which has now set up an actual site for the Boox reader first seen at a recent tradeshow. A video at that site shows impressive PDF handling that’s clearly superior to what Sony has done. Also, the built-in web browser is based on WebKit. And although ePub compatibility is not mentioned, I’m certain if someone wanted this to be the platform for their branded device, such an arrangement with Adobe could be made.

OnyxBoox2

Entourage Systems, which has a sparse and very vague website that touts it’s aiming at the educational market.

Entourage

LiquaVista, which claims to have a revolutionary color eInk superior to the junk we’ve seen in the Fujitsu Flepia device. This screen has several display modes, which makes me wonder how it’d do against the Pixel Qi screen we’ve seen.

LiquaVista

Hanwang, whose hardware has been the basis for the ECTACO jetBook reader (ECTACO will also exhibit). They keep putting out new models — more than any other hardware manufacturer, it seems. Will all eBook hardware eventually be cheap and from China?

Hanwang

Freescale, whose chips power the Sony Reader. Hackers might be interested in this PDF datasheet for the Freescale MC9328MXL, which powers the Sony Reader PRS-300.

Ominously, Aiptek is also listed as having an eBook device. Aiptek does very low-end hardware. A $150.00 — or even $99.00 — eBook reader in 2010? Good luck putting the squeeze on Adobe, Aiptek, to get that Adobe DRM compatibility!

Finally, a company called Cydle is also listed under eBooks. Their product page is mainly GPS and HD radio hardware. Some of which is running Windows CE 5.x. What do they have in the wings?


Book Covers Turn To Bleh

September 1, 2009

Via a tweet from Maud Newton, I wound up at Alison Bechdel‘s blog and eventually came upon this post.

But since her Flickr item was designated All Rights Reserved, I had to go steal the covers from elsewhere. Which was better, as I came upon a third one.

LittleStrangeCover1

LittleStrangeCover2b

LittleStrangeCover3b

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think the most recent cover lacks character and is very generic. How many other covers sort of, kind of resemble that? Too many, I think! Some cover designs are just too full of themselves, imparting a gravitas that might not exist in the book itself (note that I don’t mean this book, which I haven’t read and didn’t know of til now).