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Kobo has announced that it will no longer be offering PDF files to download from their online store by November 1st 2017. This change will only affect self-publishers and legacy content that was only made available in the PDF. In these rare cases Kobo will be automatically converting PDF files to EPUB/KEPUB. If there are specific titles that cannot be formatted correctly, Kobo will be sending out an email and provide a breakdown of the books that failed the conversion process.
Pocketbook has announced two new e-readers that will begin shipping out in the next few months. The Basic Lux and Basic 3 are two entry level devices that will not cost very much and will be competing against the Kindle Basic and Kobo Touch 2.0. PocketBook Basic 3 is the new entry level e-reader with a 6-inch E Ink screen (800×600) and inbuilt Wi-Fi module. Pocketbook Basic Lux features a six inch E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1024×768 with 212 PPI. It has a front-lit display to read in the dark and physical page turn buttons if you do not want to rely solely on the touchscreen.
Google Play Books app for Android has undergone a major revision and it now simplifies the reading experience. The Library page went through some significant changes, four of the five tabs have been removed and there are just two: Shelves and Books. The new Shelves system provides bright and bubbly covert art that shows you books that you have not begun to read yet and underneath that are books you are in the process of reading. The third row is devoted to books you’ve finished. Everything provided by the removed tabs can now be found in the Books tab. All of the previous tabs were basically filters on the books on your account. The new Books tab contains a full list of your books, but you can hit the filter button at the top right of the page to now the list to your uploads, purchases, or those in the family library.
Alfa.NetSoft released the new version of its popular ebook management software Alfa Ebooks Manager 7. The new version features advanced Web Reader, that is available in software's web interface. It allows to open and read pdf, epub, mobi, fb2, djvu, txt ebooks in browser in your local network. It supports also mobile browsers, so you can read from your phone. The Web Reader bookmarks the last opened page for each book in browser's cookies. It also provides familiar options like text size, font, line height and others. And TOC is also available. The other new features include new Web interface and Autoupdate.
O’Reilly is closing its digital bookstore
O’Reilly is closing its online digital bookstore Safari Books and is going sell all of their new content and distributing it via Amazon and and other retailers. O’Reilly will continue to offer 400,000 e-books on their site, but you now have to purchase a monthly subscription for $39 per month or $399 for the entire year to read them. They already have a ton of enterprise customers such as Facebook and Microsoft. Maybe O’Reilly noticed that more people were buying their e-books on Amazon or iBooks and not through their own site and it did not make sense to continue to run their own ecommerce site.
Amazon is changing definitions: Kindle eBook and Kindle Edition become Digital Book or eBook. Removing the word Kindle from e-books informs users that they do not need an e-reader to read e-books, but there are now many different mediums Amazon employs for people to read or have books read aloud. For example you can now have e-books read aloud to you with the Amazon Echo and Alexa.
Google Books - is the biggest online library on the Web. It allows to search, preview and read online millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide. But reading books on Google Books (online) is hardly comfortable. You can't even add bookmarks. Besides, Google Books doesn't allow to save books and read them offline on your tablet or e-reader like Kindle, Nook or Kobo. You can’t print Google Books and read them in bed, but need to sit in front of desktop screen that harms your eyes. Besides, if you use a ebook management program, where you use to organize all your ebook library, you want to download Google Books to your hard drive. But, ok, there are 3 ways to download Google Books to your desktop:
Sony revamps its Digital Paper tablet
Sony’s mammoth 13-inch Digital Paper tablet gets significant improvements with a new model. The screen itself, built with E Ink’s Mobius display tech, has been upped from 1200×1600 to 1650×2200, which should make text considerably clearer (206 DPI — pretty good). The increased resolution doesn’t seem to have affected the battery life, though: like other e-paper displays, it’s super-long, at least a week or two. The touchscreen layer has been improved, as well, and the texture of the surface; e-paper displays aren’t very responsive, so anything that can be done to improve that experience is welcome. This has presumably enabled the new note taking and annotation features the device has.
Pocketbook unveiled their second generation waterproof $141 e-reader, the Aqua 2. This device features a six inch E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1024×768 with 212 PPI. It can carry a massive library of e-books with its 8GB of internal storage and you can listen to audiobooks with the built in 3.5mm headphone jack. It has a built in front-light so you can read in the dark and it is also waterproof and dustproof (IP57 standard). The Aqua 2 connects to the Internet via WIFI. E-Books can also be sent directly to the device via the Dropbox connection and the Send-to-PocketBook service . For reading foreign-language e-Books, a number of Abbyy-Lingvo dictionaries are preinstalled.
Onyx showed it's new product for authors - Boox Typewriter, which is a two-in-one laptop with an E Ink display. It has a detachable keyboard and has support for a stylus, so you can make notes and highlights when it is in tablet mode. The Onyx Typewriter might not see the light of day, the company is trying to see if there is any interest in this type of product. It has a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display,runs Android, has Bluetooth and wireless internet access. It has 25 days of battery life when in use and around 50 days in standby mode. It looks like Onyx is trying to compete against the Freewrite and other e Ink enabled typewriters.