Walmart and Kobo launch Walmart eBooks, an online e-book and audiobook store

In January, Walmart partnered with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten on online grocery in Japan, as well as the sale of audiobooks, e-books, and e-readers in the U.S. Today, Walmart is capitalizing on that relationship with the launch of a full e-book and audiobook catalog on, alongside its assortment of physical books.
The new site, called Walmart eBooks, includes a library of over 6 million titles ranging from NYT best-sellers to indie titles and children’s books.
And similar to Amazon’s Audible, Walmart will also now offer a monthly audiobook subscription service.
However, Walmart is undercutting Amazon on pricing. While Audible subscriptions start at $14.95 per month for one audiobook, Walmart’s subscription is only $9.99 per month for the same.

In addition, Walmart aims to capitalize on its brick-and-mortar stores to help boost Walmart eBooks.
The company says it will sell nearly 40 titles in stores by way of digital books cards. These cards will be

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RedShelf raises $4M to shake up college textbook market

 Walk through a bookstore and you can see $5.99 paperbacks along one wall and omg-how-much? college textbooks along the other. E-textbook company RedShelf today announced it raised a $4 million Series B from Coniston Capital, with participation from existing investors, including the National Association of College Stores. Read More

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The Joy of Coding Humble Book Bundle Features Cheap Guides for a Variety of Coding Languages and Concepts

The Humble Book Bundle has released a new collection of books aimed at coders called The Joy of Coding. It comes packed with several books from No Starch Press that teach a variety of coding languages and concepts.Read more…

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Google Play Books e-reading app update brings new icon, much else?

Google Play Books appGoogle Play Books, still many ebook readers’ preferred EPUB reading app, has just upgraded to version 3.9. The most obvious change is to the app icon, which now sticks the old blue rectangular booklike thing inside a play button, consistent with the same motif that’s now appearing across many Google apps. Personally, I find this new design irritatingly unbooklike, but that’s me. Meanwhile, though, is there much new under the hood?

Well, as per the Google Play Store’s What’s New guidelines, “Read now highlights your books, and recommendations are easier to browse.” Furthermore, “Search remembers words you entered in previous searches” and “A notification now flags the arrival of new books by favorite authors.” Additionally, there sounds to have been some fine-tuning, as “Changes you make to display options are easier to see” and “Downloaded books open faster.”

So, no great leap forward in app capabilities and services to accompany the big jump in icon design – unlike, for instance, Google Play Music with its new podcast functionality. Google Play Books’ popularity is probably one sign that there’s no need to fix what ain’t broken. I do note, though, that some reviewers on the Google Play Store are also saying how they dislike the new icon. That’ll probably be a talking point until the next really significant upgrade comes along.

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How indexes could evolve with e-books

indexesarticleLast month I wrote how indexes seem to be a thing of the past, at least in e-books. I’ve revisited the topic and would like to offer a possible vision for the future.

Long ago I learned the value an exceptional indexer can bring to a project. A huge difference exists, for example, between simply capturing all the keywords in a book and producing an index rich in synonyms, cross-references and related topics. While we may never be able to completely duplicate the human element in a computer-generated index, I’d like to think value can be added via automated text analysis, algorithms and all the resulting tags.

Perhaps it’s time to think differently about indexes in e-books. As I mentioned in that earlier article, I’m focused exclusively on non-fiction here. Rather than a static compilation of entries in the book I’m currently reading, I want something that’s more akin to a dynamic Google search.

Let me tap a phrase on my screen and definitely show me the other occurrences of that phrase in this book, but let’s also make sure those results can be sorted by relevance, not just the chronological order from the book. Why do the results have to be limited to the book I’m reading though? Maybe that author or publisher has a few other titles on that topic or closely related topics. Those references and excerpts should be accessible via this pop-up e-index as well. If I own those books I’m able to jump directly to the pages within them; if not, these entries serve as a discovery and marketing vehicle, encouraging me to purchase the other titles.

This approach lends itself to an automated process. Once the logic is established, a high-speed parsing tool would analyze the content and create the initial entries across all books. The tool would be built into the e-book reader application, tracking the phrases that are most commonly searched for and perhaps refining the results over time based on which entries get the most click-thru’s. Sounds a lot like one of the basic attributes of web search results, right?

Note that this could all be done without a traditional index. However, I also see where a human-generated index could serve as an additional input, providing an even richer experience.

How about leveraging the collective wisdom of the community as well? Provide a basic e-index as a foundation but let anyone contribute their own thoughts and additions to it. Don’t force the crowd-sourced results on all readers. Rather, let each consumer decide which other members of the community add the most value and filter out all the others.

This gets back to a point I’ve made a number of times before. We’re stuck consuming dumb content on smart devices. As long as we keep looking at e-books through a print book lens, we’ll never fully experience all the potential a digital book has to offer.

Reproduced with permission from Joe Wikert’s Digital Content Strategies.

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Apps to Help You Study

It seems that spring has finally arrived. It’s time for sunnier weather and baseball, but also those dreaded final exams. If you’re already feeling burned out, you may want to try a new approach to refresh your study habits. First, check out our Study Aid Guide. CALI Lessons and Digital Study Aid eBooks are available […]

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Amber: How TeleRead and other sites can now bring back dead Web links, Lazarus fashion

amberyoutubeDon’t you hate it when Web links vanish?

But what if a visitor to TeleRead or another blog could perform a Lazarus act and bring back the dead ones?

Wish no more. We’ve just added the Amber plugin for WordPress and Drupal, from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. Check out the related video.

From now on, if TeleRead links to an external site and the link no longer works, you can see the page just the same. The “hover” option to see the page will show up after two seconds.

At least that’s our hope. Let’s see if Amber gets along ok with our other plug-ins. The fall-back pages will be stored at the Internet Archive, although we could also have chosen our own server. We’re talking Web pages here. But what if copyright law allowed similar technology for preservation of books, especially networked ones?

Sorry, but this service is only “from now on.” It won’t work with already-vanished links. What’s more, Amber will not preserve pages from sites that opt out. And the preserved pages may not be the most recent versions.

Needless to say, I’m highly in favor of anything that mitigates “link rot.” TeleRead goes back to the 1990s and is the world’s oldest site devoted to general-interest news and views on e-books. We’ve outlasted many and perhaps most of the sites we’ve linked to.

We’re still working on these matters internally, by the way. If you do get our 404 page because you couldn’t find a post you were looking for, you’ll see a reminder to use the search box in the upper right. The desired page may still be on our site—just not at the same Web address.

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