Books

Xbox

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

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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, which incorporates books, […]

Sony

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

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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 beneficiary is Kobo, which […]

Epic

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

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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 […]

Amazon Day One

Amazon Launches ‘Day One,’ a Weekly Literary Journal

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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 […]

Audible

Amazon Matchmaker Offers Cheap Audiobooks for Your Kindle Titles

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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 to make […]