eBook Notes For Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Foxconn said to be tapped to make Apple tablet PC, shipments expected to begin in 1Q10

The sources indicated they believe the tablet PC features will focus more on e-book functionality rather than music, and that based on Apple’s marketing strategy, long battery life, quick Internet connectivity and an easy-to-use user interface will be key features of the device.

I really feel sorry for all those people who are requesting a Kindle for Christmas.

doubleTwist Unveils An Alternative To The iTunes Music Store, Powered By Amazon MP3

Today, doubleTwist has revealed what it means by that: doubleTwist now includes an integrated Music Store, powered by Amazon’s MP3 Store. But unlike iTunes, this app will let you transfer your files to non-Apple devices.


In fact, it’s probably safe to say that the new doubleTwist music store is actually easier to use to download music than iTunes is, simply because there’s so much less going on.

Apple really needs librarians. The entire iTunes Store is a complete mess.

QR Code Generator from the ZXing Project

ZXing (pronounced “zebra crossing”) is an open-source, multi-format 1D/2D barcode image processing library implemented in Java. Our focus is on using the built-in camera on mobile phones to photograph and decode barcodes on the device, without communicating with a server.

Although QR codes are for print, I’ve seen flyers stuck on lampposts in New York City that use them.

The Periodic Table of Typefaces

The Periodic Table of Typefaces is obviously in the style of all the thousands of over-sized Periodic Table of Elements posters hanging in schools and homes around the world. This particular table lists 100 of the most popular, influential and notorious typefaces today.

If such a table was done for eInk-based eBook readers, it’d be very, very small.

HTML5 assault on Adobe Flash heats up with ClickToFlash

ClickToFlash allows Safari users to isolate Flash content on the web so that it only plays when they choose to allow it. Flash content is replaced with a bounding box that enables the user to ignore the item (such as with ads) or to click the placeholder to activate Flash playback as desired.

Additionally, the plugin can convert requests for YouTube Flash videos into requests for higher quality H.264 videos, allowing desktop users to bypass Flash the same way the iPhone does, and simply play any YouTube videos using the browser’s own built-in HTML5 support for direct H.264 playback.

Just when you think the world has devolved into Apple vs. Google vs. Adobe, the users themselves jump in to kick everyone’s asses.

New app turns iPhone into psalm pilot

Just watch the video:

“EBook Publishing Site Sees Huge Growth in Submissions”

Books are submitted to abook2read as email attachments to admin@abook2read.com and are read and fully assessed within 28 days. If accepted, the author is then invited to get involved in the creation of their eCover for their eBook and write both the description and biography that appears on the site. There are no charges to any of our authors and they receive 30% of net publisher’s revenue, which on a Pounds Sterling 3.50 book after Pay-pal charges and V.A.T is 82 pence per down-load.


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