Why Microsoft Is Tying B&N’s Nook To Windows, Office And Bing

Why Microsoft Is Tying B&N’s Nook To Windows, Office And Bing

A new job posting from Barnes & Noble indicates that the Nook e-reader will be tied into the Microsoft platform, including Windows, Office and the company’s Bing search engine. It’s an indication that e-books mean more than just another item to sell; they’re now a broader part of the content ecosystem.

Why Book Highlights Are Anti-Social

Why Book Highlights Are Anti-Social

Continuing our Social Books series, today I’m looking at book highlights. The increasing popularity of e-readers, in particular the Kindle, has made it common practice to highlight passages and quotes within books. There have been various efforts to make those highlights social and today I’ll look at the two leading services. One is from Amazon…

Amazon’s Renaissance Of Reading

Amazon’s Renaissance Of Reading

“The only thing more perfect than reading is more reading,” declared Amazon in a TV advert for its new Kindle eReader device. At a self-hosted event in Santa Monica today, Amazon launched new versions of its eReader and tablet products. Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos spent over an hour on stage, extolling the virtues of the new hardware. But perhaps…

Why Senator Schumer Wants the Apple E-Book Pricing Lawsuit to Disappear

Why Senator Schumer Wants the Apple E-Book Pricing Lawsuit to Disappear

Charles Schumer is not pleased. The Democratic senator from New York wrote an impassioned op-ed in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week decrying the U.S. government’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple, which accuses the company of colluding with publishers to raise the prices of e-books. But wait: Wouldn’t cheaper books be good for consumers…

Can a Robot Have a Soul? Tech Theorist Kevin Kelly’s First Graphic Novel

Can a Robot Have a Soul? Tech Theorist Kevin Kelly’s First Graphic Novel

Kevin Kelly, the brilliant technology theorist and author of the seminal books “What Technology Wants” and “Out of Control,” has created his first graphic novel: “The Silver Cord” – and made it available as a free download. It takes the title of Ray Kurzweil’s bestseller “The Age of Spiritual Machines” at face value and asks, what will happen…

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Barnes & Noble

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble remains a big player in a growing industry, and until Google changed everything this week, it made fantastic hardware for the money. But as with Nokia, a changing market and financial problems are driving a proud Number Two into a subordinate role that threatens to choke it out of existence.

Reimagining Books: How Citia’s iPad App Compares to a Paper Book

Reimagining Books: How Citia’s iPad App Compares to a Paper Book

Kevin Kelly’s book What Technology Wants was one of my favorite non-fiction books of 2011. In my April 2011 review, I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. It’s fitting that Kelly’s book is the first to be turned into an iPad app on a new iOS platform called Citia. The result isn’t an ebook though, it’s more like a condensed summary of the book’s main ideas…

Antitrust Suit: Does Amazon Have a Right to a Price Monopoly?

Antitrust Suit: Does Amazon Have a Right to a Price Monopoly?

There’s no question that six major e-book publishers decided it was necessary to impose on retailers an “agency pricing” scheme – a set price that a reseller must agree to. Nobody kept this a secret – in fact, it may be the lack of secrecy here that federal and state attorneys-general believe may have contributed to the alleged collusion between…

With E-Book Ban, Apple’s “Closed” Nature Goes Too Far

With E-Book Ban, Apple’s “Closed” Nature Goes Too Far

It’s easy to take jabs at Apple for sometimes being too “closed.” From restrictions on mobile apps to the limited customizability of the iPad, it’s a reputation that the company has earned even as it sells millions upon millions of devices. Even the original Macintosh infamously discouraged tinkerers by requiring specialized tools to physically…

With E-Book Ban, Apple’s “Closed” Nature Goes Too Far

With E-Book Ban, Apple’s “Closed” Nature Goes Too Far

It’s easy to take jabs at Apple for sometimes being too “closed.” From restrictions on mobile apps to the limited customizability of the iPad, it’s a reputation that the company has earned even as it sells millions upon millions of devices. Even the original Macintosh infamously discouraged tinkerers by requiring specialized tools to physically open […]

[UPDATED] Amazon & Google Getting Impatient With Book Publishers

[UPDATED] Amazon & Google Getting Impatient With Book Publishers

All is not well in the e-book market. Amazon and Google have each scaled back some e-book programs in the past week because business was weaker than expected. Both e-book sellers are having trouble doing business with publishers.

Amazon has pulled more than 4,000 books from its e-shelves after publishers wouldn’t budge for lower prices. Google…