Books

Looking Back At 2011

This past week, the paidContent staff has analyzed the most significant developments throughout the year in the sectors we cover most. We’ve…

Film Makers Turn to iPad for Interactive Storytelling

The Louisiana-based animation studio Moonbot Studios published its first iPad app this week that turns an animated short film into an interactive storytelling experience. The producers shared some insights into iPad storytelling as well as exclusive behind the scenes footage of the animation process with us.

E-Book Sales Soar Over Hardcovers

New e-reader owners are apparently very busy buying e-books: The Association of American Publishers says that in January sales of e-books gr…

The Kindle Will (Finally) Get Page Numbers

Delivering on what has to be one of the most-wanted feature additions to the Kindle, Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) says it’s adding “real” page number…

Mixbook Buys Disney-Backed Scrapblog

Mixbook, a fast-growing site that lets users create and then order or share photobooks, has purchased more established rival Scrapblog. Fina…

The Morning Lowdown 01.13.11

»  The day after laying off 47 percent of his staff, MySpace CEO Mike Jones told the rest the social net-turned-social-entertainme…

Books Now Outnumber Games on the iPhone

Books now outnumber games in the iTunes app store for the first time since the iPhone was launched, according to a recent survey by mobile advertising firm Mobclix. The popularity of the iPhone as an e-book reader could help pave the way for the Apple iPad.

Graphic.ly Buys Comics Community iFanboy

Graphic.ly, which offers a digital content delivery platform for print comics book publishers, has purchased 10-year-old online comics book…

More Authors Signing Exclusive Kindle Deals

A growing number of authors are signing exclusive e-book deals with Amazon for the Kindle, attracted in part by the higher royalty rates the electronic retailer is offering. In the latest deal, author Gavin de Becker gave Amazon rights to two e-books for a year.

Video: The Debate Over Google Books

An excellent overview of the issues at stake in Google’s book scanning project in this PBS NewsHour clip. It’s especially worth watching con…

BookRenter Raises $6 Million In First Round

Another big, albeit much more down to earth bet on the online book rental market from VCs. Online book rental service BookRenter is announci…

The Kindle DX Vs. The Plastic Logic eReader

At least four companies, including Hearst and News Corp (NYSE: NWS). have big-screen e-readers in the works in the U.S. But only two, Amazon…

BookTour Raises $350,000 From Amazon

BookTour, an online directory of author events, has raised $350,000 in seed capital from Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), peHUB reports. The company’s c…

Amazon Plans Big-Screen Kindle

The next big thing in e-book readers: Larger screens. Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) is set to introduce a bigger-screen version of its Kindle e-bo…

The WSJ’s Kindle Kinks

News Corp (NYSE: NWS). CEO Rupert Murdoch wants to back an e-reader device to rival the Kindle. But the company has run into some delivery p…

Foxit’s eSlick Joins The eBook Reader Race

Competition in the e-reader market is heating up. Foxit Software’s eSlick is rolling out a digital reader with a $259 price tag ($229 at lau…

HarperCollins To Launch Author/Reader Community

Publisher HarperCollins will soon launch a website, Authonomy.co.uk, which “will allow unpublished authors to upload their manuscripts for o…

Google Book Search Rival Gets $1 Million Grant

“You are talking about the fruits of our civilization and culture. You want to keep it open and certainly don’t want any company to enclose…

Poetry For Your Pod

In a past life, a colleague showed me an arts project they’d worked on that involved sending a daily poem to people’s mobiles for a small su…