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Good Editing = Good UX

Good editing is like good user experience design: When it’s really good, you shouldn’t notice it at all. Like good UX design, good editing will let …

Google announces Literata, its new e-book typeface

Google has announced a new typeface for Google Books: Literata.<p>Replacing Droid Serif as the default typeface for e-books via Google Books, Google says Literata is “<i>perfect for long reads on all devices</i>”.<p>“Europe's leading digital technology conference”It's happening, Join 15k digital minds to shape …

Judges question Apple ebook verdict and Amazon’s role

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: gdgt<p>In a new twist in the long running antitrust case against Apple, an appeals court on Monday cast doubt on the …

Content and Design Are Inseparable Work Partners

by Jared M. Spool<p>Sometimes, I wonder if we should screen usability testing participants based on their fashion sense. Certainly, this user wouldn’t …

Joe Wikert's Digital Content Strategies

The cost of scanning, converting and digitizing content seems to decline every year. As a result, we’re seeing all sorts of print archives being …

Amazon and Hachette have settled so there will be no big bang change in the publishing business model

It looks like Big Publishing will maintain its grip, which the most zealous of the indie author militia refer to as a “cartel”, on major authors and …

Does the Apple iPad Still Matter?

At the company's Town Hall this Thursday, Tim Cook needs to prove the answer is "yes."<p>When Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage this Thursday at the company’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, he will need to convince consumers that iPads are still relevant.<p>It’s easy to forget that just four years …

Adobe’s e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text [Updated]

Digital Editions even tracks which pages you've read. It might break a New Jersey Law.<p>Adobe’s Digital Editions e-book and PDF reader—an application …

Paperbacks and hardcovers still outselling e-books

According the latest survey from Nielsen, ebooks accounted for 23% of book unit sales in the first half of 2014. Hardcovers had 25% and paperbacks …

Books

Print Books Outsold Ebooks In First Half Of 2014

Fans of print books, who have long lived in fear that their neighborhood bookstore will be rendered obsolete by the ubiquity of ebooks in a matter of years, can take comfort in new numbers from Nielsen Books & Consumer showing that ebooks were outsold by both hardcovers and paperbacks in the first …

Today’s iPad Rumor: New iPad Announcement Event on October 16

Well, right about the time we’d expect, we’ve got rumors of a date for this year’s iPad announcement event. And that date is Thursday October 16, at least according to rumors reported by 9to5Mac and others yesterday. Now of course official invites have not yet gone out from Apple and we have also …

Is Apple Nearing 20 Million iPhone 6 Sales Already? Signs Point To Yes

The opening weekend for the iPhone 6 was Apple’s best ever for a new smartphone, with 10 million sold in just three days. But with those initial totals always benefiting from preorders, it typically takes a while before the company is able to double them. Though Apple hasn’t put out any official …

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Play Books update bring back ability to upload PDF and EPUB files

Version 3.1.31 of Google Play Books lets you upload PDF and EPUB files to your library to make them available from any device.<p>The feature was first introduced in update 3.1.17 at the end of last year, but apparently its debut was unintentional. Google quickly removed the feature in the following …

Apple Squandering Opportunity To Make Waves In Ebook Business?

There was no mention of ebooks or iBooks in today’s Apple iPhone 6 and Apple Watch unveiling presentation in Cupertino, Calif., despite the huge opportunity to capitalize on competitors’ woes and the release of two new products that are possibly the best for e-reading that the company has ever …