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Last Build Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:21:43 GMT


Toronto Leads the Way in Digital Reading

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:47:04 GMT ---Quote--- Digital circulation tops three million, putting Toronto in first place among library systems. Toronto is a city of readers, and digital library lending is on the rise. In 2016, Toronto Public Library (TPL) cardholders borrowed more than three million digital books, putting us in first place among library systems worldwide. This is a 20% jump from overall 2015 digital lending rates, and a 40% increase in eaudiobook borrowing alone. “I am thrilled residents have made Toronto the top library system internationally for use of ebooks and e-audiobooks! It’s so interesting to see how our city’s reading patterns are evolving over time as demand for ebooks and e-audiobooks grows year over year, and kudos to our librarians who select and highlight titles that help meet that demand.” said Vickery Bowles, City Librarian. ---End Quote---

Canadian retailers will be able to offer discounts on ebooks by three major publisher

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:25:29 GMT

IDPF Close to Finalizing W3C Merger

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:33:20 GMT

*IDPF Close to Finalizing W3C Merger* ( ---Quote--- During a tense community meeting at Digital Book World on Wednesday, the executive board of the International Digital Publishing Forum announced that an agreement finalizing its merger with the Internet standards organization, W3C, was weeks away. Although IDPF executive director Bill McCoy continued to call the merger agreement "aspirational," he acknowledged that a final agreement between the two organizations was near. IDPF board president George Kerscher said the merger would assure that there will be no “fork in the EPUB standard, it will be a rock solid world standard maintained by the W3C and the publishing group within the W3C, and have more resources than we have at IDPF.” ---End Quote--- ---Quote--- Nevertheless, McCoy and the rest of the IDPF executive board face continued challenges to the merger by OverDrive CEO Steve Potash, founder of the Open E-Book Forum, the predecessor organization to the IDPF, who has mounted a campaign to block the merger. At the meeting, Postash continued to call on the IDPF to delay the merger for six months to search for what he calls an alternative plan. Board members declined to delay the merger and made pointed efforts to rebut Potash’s anti-merger claims. In particular, McCoy was forced to respond to accusations made that details about McCoy’s post-merger employment by the W3C and “six-figure salary” (including commissions based on individual IDPF members taking full membership in the W3C) were not communicated to members. ---End Quote---

This AI proofreader will make you a better copywriter

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:21:34 GMT Does this mean editors will be soon out of jobs. Joking aside I wonder how long before an AI is able to create images of scenes from books.

Dasung sold out all Paperlikes!

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:27:40 GMT

As per their Twitter: I think this is great news because it shows that there is a market for such devices and will encourage Dasung to work on new models. Selling all products for a start-up company is a really big deal and rare accomplishment. I am observing Dasung for some time noe and am considering buying Paperlike (I assume that some of their partners still have some units, e.g. Amazon was selling it) but I would like to see a better refresh rate in at least A5, ideally A16. For software developers like me, the current lagging (even in A2) is a show stopper. Of course I would like to see a mythical IMX7 in the next generation, but that's just a wishful thinking. Frontlight would be nice so the background look more white but I could live without it. Maybe their forthcoming e-reader will have some sort of a display port? That would be amazing!

[Leak/Rumour] Windows Store to sell ebooks (again)?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:05:30 GMT is that the addition of ePub support to Edge browser (still only in preview build I think?) has paved the way for this. Wonder if Edge offers (or will offer) offline mode for this content (as Kindle Cloud Reader does). I am not willing to install preview build of Windows 10 to find out, however. I just removed preview build from my Windows 10 Phone as half the apps I wanted to use stopped working...

FLAC Support Coming to Chrome and Firefox this Month.

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:01:30 GMT

I hope that this forum is the correct place to put a post like the one below. This post has to do with recorded music. Although there is a thread, "Media Deals (non-eBook/non-audiobook)," it is in the "Deals, Freebies, and Resources" forum," and this post doesn't really fall squarely under either one of those rubrics. The website ( made a post today that states that two major browsers, Firefox (from Mozilla) and Chrome (from Google) are adding support for the FLAC audio format this month. I am an almost complete ignoramus when it comes to music and electronics, so I am not quite sure that I know what that means. I use the Google Chrome browser and have had no problem playing FLAC-formatted music. However, I have always played them on external applications like Windows Media Player, iTunes, Groove, etc. after I have downloaded them. Perhaps this new development will allow FLAC music to be played directly in the browsers themselves? I didn't see anything in the ( post that would shed some light on this--I suppose that they assume that anyone who would actually visit their website would already know that information. Despite being musically- and electronically-challenged, I do know that FLAC is a very high quality format (one music publisher, at least, calls it "studio quality"). Part of the reason for the high quality, I think, is the fact that it is "lossless"--other formats (e.g., MP3) are "lossy," because they are compressed. There is some slight data (read: music quality) loss because of the compression. Anyway, if you'd like to read the whole article (it's not very long), you can find it at this webpage (