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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:31:12 GMThttp://s.mobileread.com/upload/news/2016-10/MobipocketLogo.gifAfter being moribund for several years, Amazon is finally going to close Mobipocket.com at the end of October. The annoucnement on the Mobipocket home page (http://www.mobipocket.com) reads: "The Mobipocket website & its services will be permanently shut down on Oct 31st, 2016. Prior to that date, please ensure: You have downloaded copies of all the ebook content you've purchased through Mobipocket. Please re-download any ebooks you need prior to October 31st. You have activated all your Mobipocket CDROMs. You can activate CDROMs by clicking here (http://www.mobipocket.com/en/activate/coupon_download.asp)." I think I only ever bought one book from the actual Mobipocket.com web site, and trying to download that now just gives a server error. But if you had used Mobipocket in the past, and you don't have current backups, it might be worth seeing if anything is recoverable from your account before the end of October.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:00:08 GMTIt was the week that was. Here's what MobileRead's been talking about since last Sunday: *E-Book General - News* * Amazon removes Kindle app from Windows 10 store (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=279512) * Bookeen announces two new ebook readers (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=279531) * Japan-only 32GB Kindle Paperwhite announced. (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=279547) *E-Book General - Reading Recommendations* * November 2016 Book Club Nominations (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=279566)
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:28:33 GMThttp://s.mobileread.com/upload/news/2016-01/History02b-Herodotos.pngHelp us select the book that the MobileRead Book Club will read for November, 2016. The nominations will run through midnight EST October 26 or until 10 books have made the list. The poll will then be posted and will remain open for five days. The book selection category for November is: *History*. In order for a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third). How Does This Work? The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On the last week of that month a discussion thread is started for the book. If you want to participate feel free. There is no need to "join" or sign up. All are welcome. How Does a Book Get Selected? Each book that is nominated will be listed in a poll at the end of the nomination period. The book that polls the most votes will be the official selection. How Many Nominations Can I Make? Each participant has 3 nominations. You can nominate a new book for consideration or nominate (second, third) one that has already been nominated by another person. How Do I Nominate a Book? Please just post a message with your nomination. If you are the FIRST to nominate a book, please try to provide an abstract to the book so others may consider their level of interest. How Do I Know What Has Been Nominated? Just follow the thread. This message will be updated with the status of the nominations as often as I can. If one is missed, please just post a message with a multi-quote of the 3 nominations and it will be added to the list ASAP. When is the Poll? The poll thread will open at the end of the nomination period, or once there have been 10 books with 3 nominations each. At that time a link to the initial poll thread will be posted here and this thread will be closed. The floor is open to nominations. Please comment if you discover a nomination is not available as an ebook in your area. *Official choices with three nominations each:* *(1) Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East* by Scott Anderson Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18810222-lawrence-in-arabia) | Amazon US (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BH0VSPI/) Print Length: 618 pages From Goodreads: NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY New York Times • Christian Science Monitor • NPR • Seattle Times • St. Louis Dispatch National Book Critics Circle Finalist -- American Library Association Notable Book A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th century history – the Arab Revolt and the secret “great game” to control the Middle East The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War One was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow.” Amidst the slaughter in European trenches, the Western combatants paid scant attention to the Middle Eastern theater. As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Prüfer was an effete academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo, whose clandestine role was to foment Islamic jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Syria. William Yale was the fallen scion of the American aristocracy, who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in the sands of Syria; by 1917 he was the most romantic figure of World War One, battling both the enemy and his own government to bring about the vision he had for the Arab people. The intertwined paths of these four men – the schemes they put in p[...]
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:26:46 GMTIt seems that Amazon Japan are launching a special version of the Paperwhite that has 32GB of storage. Apparently this is for use with (large) graphic novels. News from The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/10/18/13314932/kindle-paperwhite-manga-model-announced-amazon-japan).
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:53:53 GMTAs reported by The Digital Reader (http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheDigitalReader/~3/vr8x36e5ysQ/), Bookeen have announced two new ebook readers: * Muse Light: 166pi (600x800) Carta screen with frontlight, 4GB, microSD and wifi for €89.90 * Muse HD: 300ppi (1072x1448) Carta screen with frontlight, 8GB, microSD and wifi for €129.90 See also the Bookeen blog announcement (http://blog.bookeen.com/the-family-of-bookeen-ereaders-expanding-two-new-models/)
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:41:40 GMTAmazon removes Kindle app from Windows 10 store (https://tweakers.net/nieuws/116859/amazon-haalt-kindle-app-uit-windows-store.html) A translation of the Tweakers.net article: ---Quote--- Amazon has announced that it will be removing the Kindle app from the Windows 10 store on October 27. The company refers users to the desktop version of the application. Nothing was said about the app for Windows 10. Amazon simplifies it's ebook applications, and will focus its attention on the desktop application. Amazon reports that the app will keep functioning after the removal from the store, but it can't be reinstalled. The company has put a help page online, to help users migrate to the desktop application. People who use Windows RT are referred to the Amazon Cloud Reader, which is a webapplication that offers the same functionality as the store app. There is no information with regard to a universal app for Windows 10 as well as Windows 10 Mobile, which is the way Microsoft wants companies to develop new applications. Amazon does have a mobile app. That one looks like to still be available after October 27. The choice to cancel support for the application is striking. Microsoft has been encouraging developers to use the store, for example by giving them the possibility to easily convert 'old' applications to a version that can be put into the Windows store. ---End Quote---
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:01:30 GMTBendable electronic paper displays whole color range (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161014092118.htm) Image: https://images.sciencedaily.com/2016/10/161014092118_1_540x360.jpg They don't say how it works, just that it's got gold and silver in it so it's bound to be expensive.