Not My Review: New Grub Street by George Gissing (1891)


The link below is to a book review of ‘New Grub Street,’ by George Gissing.

For more visit:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/31/100-best-novels-new-grub-street-gissing

Entitle builds a bookshelf in the mobile universe, and North Carolina


Originally posted on PandoDaily:

bookshelf Entitle CEO Bryan Batten is an unlikely librarian. Gangly, tan and sea-worn, the Wilmington, N.C., native might seem more at home on the pro surf circuit than in back room meetings with New York publishing house executives or Silicon Valley investors. But as Entitle, his digital book subscription company, closes in on 200,000 available titles, Batten might be the most important biblio-curator in the land.

Entitle is one of a handful of recent entrants applying a subscription model to the digital book space. New York-based Oyster and San Francisco-based Scribd popped up at about the same time. But Entitle, which, headquartered half a mile from the beach in Wilmington and with just eight employees, is well positioned to take the lead in the field.

Last year it garnered a $5.3 million Series A round of funding, from a single unnamed investor. And it leapt ahead of competitors by being the…

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More Reading: Scribd Teams Up With MORE Magazine


Originally posted on The Scribd Blog:

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Scribd has been featured in the May edition of  MORE magazine . Copies hit newsstands on April 22nd, so mark your calendars - there’s a surprise waiting inside for all you for bookworms out there.

The feature kicks off Scribd summer reading with four new collections curated by the editors of MORE: Biographies and Memoirs, Noteworthy Novels, Classics Worth Revisiting, Food for Thought. Who knows – you could find your new favorite book!

Biographies and Memoirs

Spanning from funny to sentimental, from glamorous to utterly relatable, this collection of bios and memoirs sure is full of character.

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Noteworthy Novels

If you’re in the mood for a story so engrossing you could practically make a flip-book of the pages, this is the collection for you.

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Classics Worth Revisiting

Whether you remember reading these classics in high school or you remember reading their Cliff’s Notes synopses, each of these novels is definitely worth a second…

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Ebook Reading and ‘Digital Brain’


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the link between ebook reading and ‘Digital Brain’ syndrome.

For more visit:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/serious-reading-takes-a-hit-from-online-scanning-and-skimming-researchers-say/2014/04/06/088028d2-b5d2-11e3-b899-20667de76985_story.html

Not My Review: The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1895)


The link below is to a book review of ‘The Red Badge of Courage,’ by Stephen Crane.

For more visit:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/14/100-best-novels-red-badge-courage-stephen-crane

Authors Guild Appeals Google Ruling


The link below is to an article reporting on the latest chapter of the Authors Guild against Google.

For more visit:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/copyright/article/61844-authors-guild-hits-back-at-google-ruling.html

With Comixology, Amazon Acquires A Piece Of The Comic-Based Media Empire


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Amazon has purchased Comixology , and that’s a huge deal, because it means the largest bookseller in the world now owns the company that brought digital comics distribution to the masses, and essentially forced big publishers like DC and Marvel to get with it and start distributing titles on the same day in print and via digital channels.

It’s hard to understate Comixology’s role in digital comics and the transition of the medium from print to online, but that’s not the only thing Amazon gets through this purchase. They also acquire the relationships that Comixology has built with the major comics publishers, including Marvel and DC, and a direct line to the distribution of digital tie-ins for blockbuster film franchises like The Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men and more.

Comixology has tremendous value continuing on as it has been, and living autonomously from the Amazon brand, with direct sales through its iOS-based…

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Entitle Brings Its Subscription E-Books To E-Ink Readers, Including The Nook


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

When e-book service Entitle launched last December, one of the main selling points was the idea that subscribers truly own their books. Now the company says it has given users even more control by allowing them to transfer books to their Nooks, Kobos or Sony Readers.

Until now, it seems that subscription e-book services have focused on the big app ecosystems (namely, iOS and Android) and on tablets, rather than e-ink readers. For example, Scribd offers apps for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices, and can also be accessed through mobile browsers, while Oyster is currently limited to iOS.

However, CEO Bryan Batten said e-ink support has been the biggest request from Entitle’s initial users. Apparently, transferring Entitle content to these readers has been possible for a little while, but Batten said he wanted to make sure everything was working smoothly before making an announcement.

The transfer requires the installation…

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