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Mobile Apps : Books, Video, Research & More : Toronto Public Library
BookMyne
BookMyne (developed by library vendor SirsiDynix) allows you to check your account, search the catalogue, and place holds

OverDrive
Use the OverDrive app to download ebooks and eaudiobooks directly to your tablet or phone.

OneClickDigital
Download and listen to audiobooks on your device

Zinio
Download full current issues of popular magazines to read on your mobile device.

Hoopla
Stream music, movies and television episodes through the Hoopla app, or download for offline viewing.

Naxos Music Library
Listen to streaming classical music and jazz through the Naxos Music Library app.

Mango Languages
More than 34 foreign language courses and 14 English as a second language courses
mobile_applications  libraries  TPL  e-books  streaming  digital_media  movies  television  magazines  audiobooks 
february 2015 by jerryking
The next page in your portable library: Getting the e-book version too - The Globe and Mail
MARSHA LEDERMAN
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 16 2014

BitLit was invented to alleviate. The idea behind the app, released earlier this year, is that if you already own a physical copy of a book, you should be able to get an e-book version for free, or at a deep discount.
mobile_applications  e-books  personal_libraries  BitLit 
october 2014 by jerryking
Wattpad's strategy is not exactly an open book - The Globe and Mail
ALEC SCOTT
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Sep. 25 2014
Wattpad  OMERS  authors  mobile  reading  writing  e-books  Toronto 
september 2014 by jerryking
Digital dilemma: Amazon pushes to package up more profit
May. 24 2014 |The Globe and Mail | OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER.

But if investor patience has in fact run out, as the reaction to the company’s last quarterly earnings may suggest, then Amazon will find itself under even more pressure to squeeze better margins from its content partners. And for a company as notoriously combative as Amazon, that process can sometimes get ugly.

Messy disputes

Earlier this month, Hachette Book Group (HBG), one of the smaller of the major publishing houses in North America, found that its books were taking an unusually long time to ship through Amazon.

Normally, customers could expect the retail giant to have many of Hachette’s titles on their doorstep within a couple of days. Instead, the wait times were closer to four weeks – and in the meantime, Amazon suggested they purchase similar titles from other publishers, which would be delivered much quicker.

“We are satisfying all of Amazon’s orders promptly, and notifying them constantly of forthcoming publicity events and of out-of-stock situations on their website,” a Hachette spokesperson said in a statement. “Amazon is holding minimal stock and restocking some of HBG’s books slowly, causing ‘available 2-4 weeks’ messages, for reasons of their own.”

Amazon’s disputes with book publishers have been well-documented and often messy. Four years ago, during a dispute with the publishing house Macmillan over e-book prices, the online retailer simply removed a user’s ability to purchase Macmillan titles from the Amazon website – a tactic that can have immediate and profound financial repercussions for the publisher, especially given that Amazon controls somewhere between a third and half of the book market in the U.S.

At stake in the Hachette dispute is not only the publisher’s own sales, but also Amazon’s ability to muscle better terms out of its publishing partners. Both companies are caught up in a bitter fight over e-book pricing terms, with Amazon trying to get the lowest prices possible from the publisher to boost its anemic profit margins. An Amazon spokeswoman refused to comment on the matter.

According to some observers, part of the acrimony between Amazon and some of its content partners is likely a result of culture.
Omar_el_Akkad  Amazon  e-books  digital_media  publishing  Hachette  Macmillan  e-commerce 
june 2014 by jerryking
Can You Hear Me Now? The New Explosion in Audio Books - WSJ.com
August 1, 2013 WSJ | By ALEXANDRA ALTER

The New Explosion in Audio Books
How They Re-emerged as a Rare Bright Spot in the Publishing Business
digital_media  e-books 
august 2013 by jerryking
How Japan Lost Its Electronics Crown - WSJ.com
August 15, 2012 | WSJ | By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI.
How Japan Lost Its Electronics Crown
Sony, Sharp and Panasonic Fixated on Hardware Breakthroughs; 'Sometimes, It's Easier to Run From Behind'

over the past 20 years for Japan's once-world-dominant electronics firms. Japanese companies have beaten rivals to the market with hardware breakthroughs—from flat-panel televisions to advanced mobile phones.

But in each case, foreign rivals have cashed in by delivering faster improvements, integrating the products with easy-to-use software and online services, and delivering a smarter marketing message....Now, Japan's device makers are an afterthought to Apple Inc., AAPL +0.27% Google Inc. GOOG +1.31% and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE +1.51%

Japan's current weakness is rooted in its traditional strength: a fixation with "monozukuri," or the art of making things, focused on hardware advances.

This concept, a source of national pride, pushed Japan's electronics firms to strive for products that were often the world's thinnest, smallest, or delivered other incremental improvement—while losing sight of factors that really mattered to people such as design and ease of use.

In the case of the e-reader, Sony was focused on selling devices, while Amazon was focused on selling books. As a result, the Kindle was more in tune with the raison d'être for purchasing the device: to buy and read books.

"Even though the first device definitely pointed the way to the future, it's a market that got away from Sony," said Mr. Gartenberg, research director at Gartner Inc. "Others have far more successfully capitalized."
Japan  consumer_electronics  e-books  Sony  Sharp  Panasonic  Toshiba  Samsung  e-readers  what_really_matters 
august 2012 by jerryking
On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library - NYTimes.com
August 9, 2012, 11:19 am24 Comments
On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library
By ANN CARRNS
libraries  e-books 
august 2012 by jerryking
Nicholas Carr on E-Books - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011 |WSJ | By NICHOLAS CARR

Books That Are Never Done Being Written
Digital text is ushering in an era of perpetual revision and updating, for better and for worse.

As electronic books push paper ones aside, movable type seems fated to be replaced by movable text.

That's an attractive development in many ways. It makes it easy for writers to correct errors and update facts. Guidebooks will no longer send travelers to restaurants that have closed or to once charming inns that have turned into fleabags. The instructions in manuals will always be accurate. Reference books need never go out of date.

Even literary authors will be tempted to keep their works fresh. Historians and biographers will be able to revise their narratives to account for recent events or newly discovered documents. Polemicists will be able to bolster their arguments with new evidence. Novelists will be able to scrub away the little anachronisms that can make even a recently published story feel dated.

But as is often the case with digitization, the boon carries a bane. The ability to alter the contents of a book will be easy to abuse. School boards may come to exert even greater influence over what students read. They'll be able to edit textbooks that don't fit with local biases. Authoritarian governments will be able to tweak books to suit their political interests. And the edits can ripple backward. Because e-readers connect to the Internet, the works they contain can be revised remotely, just as software programs are updated today. Movable text makes a lousy preservative.

Such abuses can be prevented through laws and software protocols. What may be more insidious is the pressure to fiddle with books for commercial reasons. Because e-readers gather enormously detailed information on the way people read, publishers may soon be awash in market research. They'll know how quickly readers progress through different chapters, when they skip pages, and when they abandon a book.
Nicholas_Carr  e-books  digital_media  shortcomings  protocols  unintended_consequences  abuses  digitalization  market_research  publishing  dark_side 
january 2012 by jerryking
Billionaire Mark Cuban Writes E-Book - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 21, 2011 |WSJ|By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG.

In E-Books, a New Player
Who Needs Publishers? Mark Cuban Courts Following Directly
Mark_Cuban  moguls  e-books  books 
november 2011 by jerryking
Snooping in the Age of E-book - This Life - NYTimes.com
September 23, 2011 |NYT| By BRUCE FEILER. How does one snoop
bookshelves in the age of e-book?...a bit of gumshoe in someone’s
cupboard or closet can reveal far more about them than an entire
evening’s worth of chitchat. “Places reflect long series of behavior,”
“If I have a conversation with you, I just get snippets of behavior.
Your books, your chairs, your wall hangings represent an accumulation
over many yrs. A space distills repeated acts. That’s why it’s hard to
fake.” …A perfect storm of clues is what makes bookshelf sleuthing so
appealing — and so difficult to replicate elsewhere in a home. “The
kitchen & pantry are pretty good,” …“But they don’t interest me as
much as a person’s bookshelf,” because the kitchen and pantry are
reflection of how the person eats, whereas the bookcase is reflection of
how he thinks.”… For all the benefits of snooping, the activity does
present certain ethical quandaries. Is it O.K. to look in someone’s
closet? Their medicine cabinet? Their iPad?
sleuthing  books  personal_libraries  e-books  artifacts  physical_place  primary_field_research  snooping 
september 2011 by jerryking
Harry Potter and the amazing exploding book industry — Tech News and Analysis
Jun. 23, 2011 | Gigaom | By Mathew Ingram. Despite the
obvious demand, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has adamantly refused
to offer electronic versions of her phenomenally popular series for
young adults — until now. As part of Thursday’s launch of an interactive
website called Pottermore, the billionaire writer also announced that
e-book versions of the novels will be available directly through the
site for all major platforms. In one fell swoop, Rowling has cut both
her publishers and booksellers such as Amazon out of the picture. Not
everyone has that kind of power, of course, but Rowling’s move shows how
the playing field in publishing continues to be disrupted.
books  publishing  Harry_Potter  authors  DIY  disruption  Mathew_Ingram  Amazon  e-books  hits 
june 2011 by jerryking
Delivering 'Decoded' in Multiple Ways - WSJ.com
DEC. 13, 2010 | WSJ |By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG. Random House
has come up with a host of other editions, including an application that
is expected to be available soon at Apple Inc.'s App Store for the
iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch. "We want to deliver content any way the
consumer wants to read it," Consumers will be able to purchase a
10-song version of the "Decoded" app for $9.99 with interactive lyrics.
If they pay an additional $24.99, they'll get 26 more songs with lyrics.
They can also listen to the actual songs if they have them in their
iTunes library—or buy them. The app will work only on Apple devices.
Enough? Not quite. Random House also is offering an enhanced e-book
edition for $35 that includes exclusive video interviews with Jay-Z,
plus 2 additional videos. This format is available via the Amazon Kindle
app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. So, one title, "Decoded," but
5 versions: the book, the digital e-book, the app, the expanded app and
the enhanced e-book. .
Jay-Z  e-books  mobile_applications 
december 2010 by jerryking
From Gutenberg to Zoobert - WSJ.com
AUG. 8, 2010 | WSJ | By L. GORDON CROVITZ . "Barnes &
Noble, whose more than 700 stores make it the largest bricks-and-mortar
book chain, put itself up for sale. Its market capitalization is less
than $1 B vs. Amazon's $55 B. This reflects both the better economics of
Web sales of print books and the increasingly uncertain future of print
books in an e-book world...Technology has made the physical scale of
B&N a liability...the iPad, with color and Web access, is pointing
the way to a new genre of e-books--called enhanced, multimedia or
"transmedia" versions of books, with video, audio and
interactivity...Textbook publishers offer e-books with video,
interactive testing and built-in research links...it's important to note
the costs...Lower sales of print books pressure publishers, which
usually get lower profits on e-books --> fewer opportunities for
aspiring authors until new business models emerge...it will take time
for book publishers and authors to find new revenues.
Barnes_&_Noble  creative_destruction  Johan_Gutenberg  L._Gordon_Crovtiz  e-books  publishing  textbooks  business_models  authors  bricks-and-mortar 
august 2010 by jerryking
Libraries Have a Novel Idea - WSJ.com
JUNE 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER.
Libraries Have a Novel Idea: Lenders Join Forces to Let Patrons Check
Out Digital Scans of Shelved Book Collections.
e-books  libraries  novel 
june 2010 by jerryking
Digital Revolution Shakes Foundations of Book Retailing - WSJ.com
MAY 21, 2010 | WSJ | By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG. The digital
revolution sweeping the media world is rewriting the rules of the book
industry, upending the established players which have dominated for
decades. Electronic books are still in their infancy, comprising an
estimated 3% to 5% of the market today. But they are fast accelerating
the decline of physical books, forcing retailers, publishers, authors
and agents to reinvent their business models or be painfully
crippled....Even more problematic for brick-and-mortar retailers is the
math if sales of physical books rapidly decrease: Because e-books don't
require paper, printing presses, storage space or delivery trucks, they
typically sell for less than half the price of a hardcover book. If
physical book sales decline precipitously, chain retailers won't have
enough revenue to support all their stores.
competitive_landscape  e-books  retailers  digital_disruption  Barnes_&_Noble  Ron_Burkle  pricing  books  e-readers  bricks-and-mortar  digital_revolution 
june 2010 by jerryking
'Kindleocracy' cripples a pretty good e-reader
Nov. 18, 2009 | The Globe and Mail | by Omar El Akkad
Kindle  Amazon  e-books  e-readers 
january 2010 by jerryking
Barnes & Noble Challenges Amazon's Kindle
Jul 21, 2009 | Wall Street Journal pg. B.1 | by Jeffrey A.
Trachtenberg, Geoffrey A. Fowler. Publishers are placing hopes in the
transition to digital books to revive the stalled books industry, but
are also wary to dive into a technology that destroyed a once-profitable
business model for music labels. The battle to determine the future of
electronic-book retailing took a new turn Monday when Barnes &
Noble Inc., America's largest bookstore chain, opened an online
e-bookstore with more than 700,000 titles and said it has struck a
partnership with a company developing a possible competitor to
Amazon.com's Kindle e-book reader.
Amazon  e-books  e-readers  Barnes_&_Noble  publishing  Gadi_Prager 
november 2009 by jerryking
Bits of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 2
July 16, 2009 | ReadWriteWeb | Written by Bernard Lunn. In
Part 2, we try a bit of science fiction, speculating on how this might
play out for all participants: readers, authors, printers, publishers,
retailers, and e-book device vendors.
publishing  Gadi_Prager  technology  books  writing  Kindle  e-books  e-readers  creative_destruction 
november 2009 by jerryking
Wireless Carriers Look Beyond Phones For Growth - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by Jeffry Bartash.
Wireless networks are not just for cellphones and laptops anymore.
Carriers are striking deals to supply Internet access for electronic
book readers, a satellite-navigation device as part of a mounting
effort by wireless carriers to tap fresh sources of growth as the number
of Americans without mobile phones shrinks. Industry executives and
analysts believe an array of devices - some that already exist and
others not yet invented - will eventually be connected to mobile
networks. Some devices that might fit into the category include cameras,
digital photo frames, mobile game devices e.g. Nintendo DS or even
aircards for autos.

There's also ample opportunity beyond the consumer market in areas such
as health care or energy - what Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe calls
machine-to-machine services. Wireless utility meters or wireless health
monitors are two such examples. "This is a great growth opportunity,"
Howe said.
wireless_networks  wireless  carriers  e-books  growth  e-readers 
november 2009 by jerryking
Turning a page into the digital age
Jun. 26, 2009| Globe & Mail | Marina Strauss. Can
Markiter help (deploy its testing capabilities) to address the Indigo
problem of getting the right books onto the shelves?
Marina_Strauss  Indigo  digital_media  e-books  Markiter 
august 2009 by jerryking
Bits Of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business - Part 1 - NYTimes.com
July 15, 2009 | ReadWriteWeb via the New York Times | BERNARD
LUNN. In Part 1, we look at the three big waves crashing down on the
traditional book publishing business: Google Search, e-books, and print
on demand.
creative_destruction  books  publishing  content  Google  e-books 
july 2009 by jerryking
Books Unbound -- Printout -- TIME
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 TIME magazine article by Lev Grossman
Future of new publishing-- publishing isn't dying. But it is evolving,
books  publishing  e-books  self-publishing  writing 
february 2009 by jerryking

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