Don’t Trip: App Lets You Read and Walk at the Same Time

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

*+-By Hannah Johnson We all know what happens when you walk and look at your phone at the same time: accidents happen (seriously, click here to laugh). Well now, you can avoid running into things while you are reading e-books on your smartphone by using the MegaReader app. MegaReader announced a new feature, the “Heads Up Display”. This feature overlays …

The Atavist: New Publisher/E-Reading Platform to Launch Soon

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

*+-By Hannah Johnson What can you do with a 7,000-word article or essay? Magazines typically won’t run something that long; blog readers won’t take the time to read something that long, and book buyers won’t pay for something that short. Enter The Atavist, a new e-reading startup founded by two journalists with a lot to say and not enough space …

Richard Nash Q&A: Sneak Peak at Redlemonade, Discusses Reading, Personal History

In Global Trade Talk by Guest Contributor

*+-By Chris Kubica Last week, I asked my colleague, Richard Nash, founder of Cursor — a “Publishing 3.0” startup based in Brooklyn, New York, publishing consultant, and former editor and chief of Soft Skull Press — if I could have a public conversation with him about himself, his work and reading habits, all things publishing, and about Cursor. Graciously, Richard …

Enhanced E-books 5X More Popular than Conventional E-books, says Germany’s Textunes

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

*+-• Germany’s textunes reports that sales of its enhanced e-books have surpassed conventional e-books • Managing Director Simon Seeger credits the iPad with some of this growth By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin-based textunes announced last week that downloads of its e-books have doubled to the one million mark in the past six months, with enhanced e-books emerging as the most popular …

Social Entertainment Site GetGlue Launches IPhone App

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

*+-by Helen Gregg A growing social networking site focusing on books, movies, video games, television shows, and music launched its iPhone app yesterday, reported eBookNewser. The site, called GetGlue, allows users to ‘check-in’ (ala FourSquare) with what they’re currently watching, reading, playing, or listening to. And similarly to FourSquare, users receive stickers that reflect their interests, and are occasionally eligible …

Lining Up to Buy an iPhone 4

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

*+-By Hannah Johnson In New York City, people were already lining up by 9 pm to buy the new iPhone 4 at the Apple Store in Soho. The line stretched around the block, and people had set up chairs, tents, food and drinks to sustain them through the night. Pre-orders have already begun, but the device goes on sale at …

Digitizing Double Page Explosions: London Looks at Comics as E-books

In Europe by Liz Bury

*+-By Liz Bury LONDON: The Comics & Graphic Novels Pavilion, complete with Comics Café, made its debut at the the London Book Fair this year. The category has enjoyed an upswing in the UK in recent years, as products from the US and Japanese manga has tapped a growing market, and the new forum generated some of the biggest buzz …

Textunes Sold 50,000 E-books in Germany in 09

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

*+-By Siobhan O’Leary As in the US, there has been a disappointingly paltry revelation of hard figures in Germany when it comes to e-book sales. However, Berlin-based startup textunes, which teams with publishers to make e-books available for use on mobile devices (particularly the iPhone and iPod Touch), has just announced that it sold 50,000 e-books in the last twelve …