Poland-based ArtaTech released the InkBook Prime and InkBook Classic 2 ebook readers. InkBook Classic 2 features a 6 inch Carta E-ink touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 600. It does not have a front-light, so you will not be able to read in the dark. You can download e-books from the internet via WIFI, but it does not have Bluetooth or a 3.5mm headphone jack. This e-reader is available on Amazon for $89.99. The InkBook Prime features a 6 inch e-Ink Carta touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 758. It also has a front-lit display with 8 LED lights, which should provide great illumination at night. This e-reader has WIFI, Bluetooth and Android 4.2.2. It retails for 139 €.
Amazon Prime Reading is a new program where you can read as many books as you want from a revolving pool of titles, you can think of it as a scaled down version of Kindle Unlimited. There are around 1,000 e-books and magazines on the platform and today you can now read them on the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. All of the e-books you read are totally compatible with Page Flip, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Goodreads.
Onyx Boox Kepler Pro is a new e-reader with 6 inch capacitive touchscreen display with an e-Ink Carta screen. The resolution is 1442 x 1072 and 300 PPI, which is on-par with most mainstream e-readers currently on the market. You will be available to read in the dark via the front-lit display. The Kepler Pro is running Android 4.04, which means you can install your own apps. There is no word on if this model has Google Play or not. There is an SD card slot that is capable of an additional 32GB of storage. It also has wireless internet access and Bluetooth. Onyx Boox Kepler Pro costs $232.87.
E-Reader Tolino Vision 4HD is available
Tolino released a new e-reader for the holiday season - Tolino Vision 4HD. This model raises the bar and brings a number of enhancements that are sure to impress. The e-reader features a six inch e-ink Carta display with a resolution of 1448 x 1072 and 300 PPI. The touchscreen interface is completely flush with the bezel, which makes interacting with it far more easier than a sunken bezel. The screen is also waterproof, which means you will be able to literally take it anywhere and read e-books to your hearts content. This e-reader is doing something different with their front-lit display. They have added in new technology called “smart light” which switches from cold light in the morning to warm light in the evening. This is the same type of blue light filtering system that Kobo developed with the Aura One.
Amazon launched Rapids - chat-style reading app for kids
Amazon has launched a new app for children called Rapids, which features “fun, engaging short stories told in a unique chat style.” The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and a subscription costs $2.99 a month. The Rapids short stories are illustrated, and what perhaps distinguishes Rapids from similar kids’ reading apps most is that its stories are told through characters speaking with each other one line at a time. Rapids comes with hundreds of stories, and Amazon will be adding dozens more each month. The stories span a wide variety of genres, including adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports.
EPUB - is the major hope of the ebook industry for the single ebook standard. It's recommended by Book Industry Study Group and supported by some main players - Google Books, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo. Besides, EPUB is the best alternative to PDF, because it allows to optimize book view for a particular display, show images and resize text, while also supporting fixed-layout content. If you ever read PDF books (usually these are textbooks, medical, scientific, technical literature, comics, illustrated books for kids) you know that they are uncomfortable to read even on large computer screens. Thanks God, there are EPUB versions of many PDF books, and you can take advantage of free EPUB reading computer programs. In this review we focus on e-readers for Windows PC, but there also some Mac alternatives.
Google Play Books has issued a small update to their Android app that allows users to gift e-books. You simply need to navigate to one of the books on your homepage or within the Play Books Store and click on the three dots. There is an option to gift the e-book to someone with an existing account and they will get instantly notified that you have sent it and gives them detailed instructions on how to read the book within the app.
Kindle - is the best and most popular ereader in the world. However, organizing books on this device - leaves much to be desired. From the very first model, Amazon has decided not to support folder structure for electronic books. Or rather, you can create folders and put ebooks to them, but on the device screen books still will be displayed in a single list (with no folders). Instead of folders Kindle offers collections to organize books. Ok, in some cases it's even better, as one book can be included in several collections, such as "What to read next" and "Adventure Books". Looks like everything is fine, but what happens in practice?
Google Books aims to offer a better challenge to Amazon’s Kindle app when it comes to helping you find new things to read. The new feature called “Discover” is a new section in the Google Books application that will help point users to new content, including both personalized suggestions as well as other recommendations based on what’s currently popular with the wider community. It will offer up new stories based on what you read on Google Books. However, it will also automatically suggest books that are mentioned in an article or mentioned in a video you watch, elsewhere in the app – like in the new “Weekly Highlights” section.
Amazon announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fund which is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide. The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations. In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also now working with Worldreader to help support its reading programs in the developing world.