Category Archives: ebooks

Blloon-in’ marvellous

A new reading app aimed at young adults launched in Britain a few days ago. The app, called Blloon, is the product of a Berlin startup company and follows a freemium model. You can download the app now for free and you are given 1000 pages worth of credit to start reading with straight away. After the 1000 page trial is up, you can gain more credits by reviewing books that you’ve read and by sharing books on social media platforms, or by paying for them.

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‘Get a free ebook today!’

It is a common misconception that ebooks are cheap products, and are less valuable than their printed counterparts. To the consumer, it perhaps seems that all a publisher has done is copy and pasted the text of a printed novel into a piece of software, saved it, and uploaded it to an ecommerce site. What the consumer might not realise is that there are costs involved in the publishing of ebooks, just as there are costs in making a physical product (have a look at this article on The New York Times’ website for some information about the costs of publishing an ebook). The misunderstanding that the price of an ebook is mostly profit for the publisher is problematic, and it needs to be addressed. Continue reading

The Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

There is lots of discussion about Amazon, the publisher, and the author. It is generally thought that Amazon is not fair to the publisher or the author but by being unfair, monopolising competition, and underpaying the author, Amazon is great to the customer, and can provide products at a low cost because of this. I find it unusual, therefore, that the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library is a service which, in my opinion, sounds like a good idea but just fails to deliver. Continue reading

My top reading devices for students

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I might be on the lookout for a Kindle. Since then, I’ve realised perhaps that a tablet would be a better choice than a simple ebook reader. For either the same price or a little extra, I could get a tablet and download various ebook apps (and also be free from guilt in class when we inevitably end up discussing evil Amazon and their publishing takeover with an Amazon product in my bag!). I still love buying books and borrowing them from the library, but, as I said earlier this week, it makes my commute a lot heavier. I also think that, as I read a lot of out of copyright books, I could save a small fortune by making myself a free digital library instead of purchasing print copies. I thought it might be interesting to do a little round-up of what I think are the best devices to read on from a strapped for cash student’s point of view. Continue reading

Reading on a mobile?

I’m a little shocked at an article I found on the FutureBook blog about ebook reading habits on mobile phones, a topic that is being discussed this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The article summarises the results of a survey taken by 3000 consumers in the US and the UK by Michael Cairns and Publishing Technology, and describes how many people use their phones to read ebooks. Continue reading