eBook Notes For Friday October 16, 2009

German Parliament to Bulk Purchase Hanvon E-book Reader

Hanvon also welcomed some special guests on the opening day — staff from the German Parliament. They were satisfied with the quality and functionality of the Hanvon e-book reader after successful demonstrations. They plan to purchase Hanvon e-book readers in bulk for their MPs. According to Hanvon staff, the German Parliament is going to invite Hanvon sales and R&D staff to parliament to give them a detailed introduction to the e-book reader. The cooperation will be fulfilled later.

I wonder if they will actually purchase them?

Inflate that eBook Bubble, baby:

Netronix preps Cookie, Grace and Swiftie ebook readers

A Taiwanese company called Netronix has a few new ebook reader models coming that might just appeal to those that want more than the ablility to read books on their ebook reader.

Really, save your money. The way things are going you’ll be able to buy two eInk devices for US$99.00 this time next year — as failed overstock on eBay.

Beginning Ruby Author: Publisher Wouldn’t Let Me Give eBook For Free… So Pirate My Book (Sorta)

… he begged his publisher, Apress, to offer the ebook version for free, believing (strongly) that it would promote sales of the paper book. He even notes that the original version’s ebook barely had noteworthy sales, so it seemed reasonable to offer up the ebook for free to drive more attention. No dice. Even though Apress has done that with other similar titles, it wouldn’t agree. So, his response is to tell people that he doesn’t mind if you download unauthorized copies of the book…

The Power of Perseverance

Although I got many requests for full reads and lots of kudos on my writing style and the story, every interested agent said, “This is beautiful, but I can’t sell it.”

Go read.

And now some Android:

Schmidt: “Android Adoption Is About To Explode”

“Android adoption is about to explode,” declared CEO Eric Schmidt, explaining that all the “necessary conditions” are set for growth: There are now 12 Android phones out there (most recently the Motorola Cliq) across 32 carriers in 26 countries.

Android seems to be gaining traction while the Palm Pre lacks recent excitement (at least in the US: it’s just been released in the UK).

Archos 5 Internet Tablet: It Doesn’t Suck!

After reading and Watching Chippy at UMPCPortal.com review this device, I immediately wanted it. I’m on AT&T in the USA, and so far, there are no Android phones available on my carrier. Here was a device with a nice screen for viewing videos, a nice size flash drive for loading on music, plus a web browsing tablet and an ebook reader. I was hooked.

This is worth a read. It had several bits of info I’d not seen elsewhere.

My source at Archos provides more information on the new stable Firmware

According to forum reports (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), the new firmware update 1.1.01 that Archos released this past monday (changelog) fixes a lot of the bugs that were present in the early firmwares. Those early firmware bugs probably also caused that temporary freeze of orders on Amazon has been reported by some blogs since my guess is early users complained to Amazon about the bugs, but those should now be mostly fixed.

I’ll need at least one more firmware update to be kicked out before seriously thinking of putting out money for this. I need to see that Archos is really committed to this device.

PHOTOS: Acer Liquid A1 — go look. They show it in delicious red. This could be the best Android phone yet. I’d really like to see this in person.

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