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Smart bookmark lets authors tweet at readers who have neglected their novel
Authors writing traditional novels have always had to work hard to attract readers, but the job is made even more difficult in the age of the internet attention span. Smartphones and the web serve as a perennial distraction from reading, contributing to entire shelves of books left abandoned at chapter 3. Argentina-based publisher Eterna Cadencia has in the past printed books with vanishing ink to add a sense of urgency to completing them, and now the Tweet For a Read campaign is using a bookmark that can detect if readers haven’t opened their novel recently and tweets a reminder to pick it back up. READ MORE…
Crowdfunded ebooks become copyright-free once they’ve reached their target
Writers want their work to be read, but restrictive DRM ebooks are currently the only way to release a book digitally while ensuring they get remunerated for their effort. unglue.it is a crowdfunding platform that enables authors to charge for their ebooks until they’re happy enough to release them into the public domain. READ MORE…
These colorful boxes provide disconnected communities with books, e-readers and tablets
The luxuries enjoyed in the West are often taken for granted, but there are areas of the world where children can’t even gain access to a basic education. In the past, we’ve seen the Mobile Movies project bring cinema experiences to those who’ve never seen a film before, and now Ideas Box is a new scheme that aims to help communities disrupted by war and crises continue to learn with mobile boxes containing educational, creative and cultural resources. READ MORE…
Augmented book enhances the story with tactile sensations
The publishing industry is one that has been hit particularly hard by the advent of digital, but the technology can bring new experiences to reading. In the past we’ve seen Poland’s Elektrobiblioteka offer extra digital content when readers turn the page, and — hoping to enhance the emotional experience of reading — now the Sensory Fiction project coming out of MIT has developed a harness that delivers haptic feedback at relevant points in the narrative. READ MORE…
Project turns URLs into book synopses to promote reading
Web URLs can often be a mess of letters and numbers, which often prompts businesses to use shortening services such as Bitly to make them more presentable — and tweetable. However, a new project believes that the short nature of online communication is killing people’s desire to read. Turning URL shortening on its head, URLITERATURE is a service that lengthens any web address with text from popular books. READ MORE…
Discovery app stops readers from judging books by their cover
While platforms such as Oyster are using the Netflix model to help readers find new e-books to read, a new app called Uncovered is working to avoid the disappointment consumers feel when a title doesn’t live up to its cover, title or author — using only short excerpts to entice readers to purchase. READ MORE…
In Japan, public libraries embrace digital tech with NFCs
In a world of ebooks and Wikipedia, the role of physical book collections is diminishing, and we’ve even seen the launch of entirely digital public libraries such as the BiblioTech in Texas. Now the Hanno City Library in Japan is integrating its collection with digital tech, using NFCs to help visitors more easily browse the contents of each shelf. READ MORE…
Motivational audiobooks send joggers on a personal adventure
Many regular runners can’t go for a jog without a playlist to energize them to keep moving. But can audiobooks provide the same motivation? The Austria-based team behind the Runtastic app believe so, and have created Story Running — a series of exercise-length short stories designed to add an imaginative element to trips round the park and inspire joggers to keep going. READ MORE…
Oyster is Netflix for books
E-readers and digital books have become commonplace in today’s publishing industry, but companies are still trying to work the best model for monetizing them. We’ve already seen Israel’s Total BooX charge readers by the page, and now Oyster is using a Netflix-style subscription model to enable customers to read as many titles as they want for a flat monthly fee. READ MORE…
From Israel, kids’ book-mounted device plays readings from absent relatives
Kids have already been able to experience a more high-tech bedtime thanks to Smart PJ’s, the pyjamas that can be scanned to reveal stories. Now Israel’s Sparkup has introduced the Magical Book Reader, a device that clips onto any book and plays recordings made by the child’s family members as they turn each page. READ MORE…
Buy a physical book, get the ebook for free
Digital literature has disrupted the publishing industry for good and book companies are still looking for ways to stay relevant. While there have been options such as Total BooX, which lets readers pay for ebooks by the page, Canada’s BitLit is now offering another way – giving consumers companion digital versions of the physical books they’ve already bought. READ MORE…
Plug-in book offers digital content when the page is turned 
Physical books and new technology are often placed in contrast to each other but – as we have seen with projects such as Between Page and Screen – they can actually exist in harmony. Adding weight to this point, the Elektrobiblioteka, or Electrobook, contains sensors between its pages that generate extra, dynamic content for readers when the book is plugged into a computer. READ MORE…
Service charges e-book readers by the page
Pay-as-you-go models have proved popular for telecoms and utility firms, ensuring that consumers only pay for what they use. Now that books have gone digital, could charging readers for how much they read – rather than an upfront cost for the whole book – work for the publishing industry? Israel-based startup Total BooX believes it can. READ MORE…
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In Spain, second hand books sold by the kilo
We’ve already seen discontinued and other discounted designer goods sold by the kilo, so it wasn’t entirely surprising to hear of a similar approach applied to books. Sure enough, Spanish La Casqueria now sells secondhand books by weight rather than by individual title. READ MORE…