Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:22:16 GMT
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:04:59 GMTKobo is launching an ebook subscription service modeled on Kindle Unlimited version 1.0; payout comes from a pool funded by subscription fees and is triggered when the reader hits 20%. The digital reader blog has the news: http://the-digital-reader.com/2017/02/21/kobo-launches-ebook-subscription-service-kobo-plus/ ...And the Terms of Service on the publisher side: http://the-digital-reader.com/2017/02/22/kobo-plus-not-require-exclusivity-pays-shares-limited-funding-pool/ Lots of blanks (subscriber TOS for one) to be filled in but at last some news worth chewing on.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:08:59 GMT---Quote--- The 36,000-word Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, which was discovered last summer by a graduate student, is being republished online (http://ir.uiowa.edu/wwqr/vol34/iss3/) on Monday by The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and in book form (https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/) by the University of Iowa Press. A quasi-Dickensian tale of an orphans adventures, it features a villainous lawyer, virtuous Quakers, glad-handing politicians, a sultry Spanish dancer and more than a few unlikely plot twists and jarring narrative shifts. ---End Quote--- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/arts/in-a-walt-whitman-novel-lost-for-165-years-clues-to-leaves-of-grass.html
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:51:39 GMT*Amazon lowers its free shipping minimum from $49 to $35 (http://www.aftvnews.com/amazon-lowers-its-free-shipping-minimum-from-49-to-35/)* ---Quote--- A year ago, to the day, Amazon raised the minimum order total that qualifies for free shipping from $35 to $49. Now theyve reverted the change, so non-Prime members once again only need an order total of $35 once again to qualify for free shipping. This is no doubt a response to Walmart, which introduced a new policy a few weeks ago that provides free shipping on orders of $35 or more. Prime members are not effected by this change and book orders of at least $25 also still receive free shipping at Amazon. ---End Quote--- *Order with Free Shipping by Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=527692)* ---Quote--- All orders of $35 or more of eligible items across any product category qualify for FREE Shipping. Orders including $25 or more of eligible books also qualify for FREE Shipping. With free shipping, your order will be delivered 58 business days after all your items are available to ship, including pre-order items. ---End Quote---
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:41:31 GMTPhilip Pullman has announced that a new *Dust *trilogy about Lyra that he is calling an "equel" (as in not prequel, not sequel) will be released starting in October. Folowers of the MobileRead Book Club will remember that we read the first book in the original trilogy, *Golden Compass* (UK: Northern Lights) in January, 2015 (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=270008). Having waited 17 years for more about Lyra, I figure this qualifies as news. :) The original BBC article announcing the upcoming publication is here (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38978023).
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:31:25 GMThttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/375000-images-from-the-met-now-yours-for-taking-180962080/ ---Quote--- Its a milestone for the museum, which is one of the worlds most visited. Though many of the Met's works are in the public domain, its taken years for the museum to revise its open access policy and make those images accessible to users for free. As Barone reports, hundreds of thousands of artworks are now digitized, licensed under the Creative Commons Zero, and ready to download. Creative Commons Zero, or CC0, is the least restrictive type of copyright license. It allows the holders of content to completely waive their copyright and related rights. Though the works now being released by the Met are currently in the public domain, images of them havent been readily available. Nor has the database information that accompanies them. By adopting CC0, the museum has now made that information available to alland as the museum clarifies in its image policy online, its now making database information about images not currently in the public domain available using CC0 as well. ---End Quote--- http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection#!?perPage=20&showOnly=openaccess&sortBy=Relevance&sortOrder=asc&offset=0&pageSize=0
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:58:35 GMTI missed this news, I do not see nobody in the forum that spoke about. there are already some devices? http://www.eink.com/press_releases/e_ink_announces_advanced_color_epaper_05-24-2016.html
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:28:36 GMTI have received an email to say that Samhain Publishing will be closing and the site will go dark on 28 February 2017. The last of their new titles will launch on 21 February (?!) And another one bites the dust.... :(