Tagged with: Books

Too Busy to Read? ‘Rooster’ App Offers Episodic, Bite-Sized Reading

Too Busy to Read? ‘Rooster’ App Offers Episodic, Bite-Sized Reading

Finding time to sit down with a good book is challenging when you’re constantly faced with work deadlines, taking care of your kids or just dealing with life in general. But a new service called Rooster is looking to fix that by delivering novels in short installments that can easily be read during your commute, a coffee ...

Oyster Teams Up With Disney, Launches Standalone Kids’ Section

Oyster Teams Up With Disney, Launches Standalone Kids’ Section

Oyster, the New York–based startup that aims to be the Netflix for ebooks, has added about 100 titles from Disney Publishing to its service and is rolling out a new children’s vertical Wednesday. Oyster, which launched last September, charges $9.95 per month for unlimited access to a library of over 100,000 in-copyright ...

Report: Microsoft is Building an ‘Xbox Reader’ App for Windows 8

Report: Microsoft is Building an ‘Xbox Reader’ App for Windows 8

Microsoft has already built Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps for Windows 8, but the next target is books. A recent Microsoft job listing, discovered by Chinese Microsoft blog LiveSino, notes that the software giant is looking to hire a software design engineer to build "a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, ...

Sony Exits the North American Ebook Biz, Gives Customers to Kobo

Sony Exits the North American Ebook Biz, Gives Customers to Kobo

Sony, which is essentially a non-player in the U.S. ebook market at this point, is cutting its losses and shutting down its digital bookstore in the U.S. and Canada, the company reported Thursday. “Sony is withdrawing from the digital reading business in the United States,” Sony spokeswoman Maya Wasserman confirmed. The ...

Epic, the ‘Netflix of Kids Books,’ Launches on iPad for $10/Month

Epic, the ‘Netflix of Kids Books,’ Launches on iPad for $10/Month

The Netflix monthly subscription model is a hit for movies and TV, and is spreading to music with paid versions of services like Pandora and Spotify. In 2014, it looks like the model could finally catch on for e-books. On Tuesday, a company called Epic launched a service that offers children a monthly library of over 2,000 ...

Amazon Launches ‘Day One,’ a Weekly Literary Journal

Amazon Launches ‘Day One,’ a Weekly Literary Journal

Amazon on Wednesday launched “a literary journal for the digital age,” Day One (not to be confused with the journaling app of the same name), which will publish the work of one writer and one poet each week. An annual subscription will normally be $19.99 but is $9.99 for “a limited time.” Issues will be delivered ...

Amazon Matchmaker Offers Cheap Audiobooks for Your Kindle Titles

Amazon Matchmaker Offers Cheap Audiobooks for Your Kindle Titles

Amazon is playing matchmaker to help you find low-cost audio editions of your Kindle books. The retailer's new Matchmaker page scans your Kindle library to see which e-books have a corresponding audio version. The audio versions then pop up with discounted price tags. Simply click on the upgrade button for a specific book ...

Amazon’s ‘Kindle Worlds’ Offer Royalties for Aspiring Authors

Amazon’s ‘Kindle Worlds’ Offer Royalties for Aspiring Authors

Amazon announced a new publishing platform on Wednesday called Kindle Worlds, which will give both established authors and aspiring fan fiction writers the chance to earn royalties based on their work. Fan fiction is a rather murky topic, given that it often combines beloved characters and franchises in rather unusual ...

Barnes & Noble Offers Buy One, Get One Free on Select Nook Books

Barnes & Noble Offers Buy One, Get One Free on Select Nook Books

Well, this process seems a bit counterintuitive, eh? This morning, Barnes & Noble introduced a new scheme for getting Nook customers to visit the company's retail stores. The promotion nets you one free e-book when you purchase another, but -- and this is where the offer tripped us up a bit -- you can only make your ...

Done Not Done: Clean Up Your Movie and Media To-Do Lists

Done Not Done: Clean Up Your Movie and Media To-Do Lists

To-do lists and task managers are commonplace on the App Store, and it's sometimes hard for unique apps to stand out. But a recently launched app from Betaworks called Done Not Done surprisingly manages to do so. Don't let the name fool you, this app doesn't focus on the boring things you need to do, like picking up more ...