A Universe Explodes is an unusual e-book in a variety of ways. Best viewed on a mobile device, it’s about 20 pages long and has 128 words per page. Only 100 people “own” the original version, though the book itself is free and can be read by anyone at any time. Each copy can be shared with up to 100 others, but first each owner must personalize it by removing two words and adding one to every page. Since each copy is subtly different, they are all considered “limited editions.” Owners are required to share the book with a friend once they’re done editing it — and each time the e-book is passed on, more and more words disappear until there’s only one left per page. READ MORE: This experimental e-book gets edited every time it changes hands | engadget
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The Digital Free Library is a fun project that will allow you to create your own electronic library to share with others. Similiar to a Little Free Library but digital. READ: Overview | Digital Free Library | Adafruit Learning System
Cool little digital library server project! You could also use the Calibre application but that’s too easy. In library school we developed digital libraries from scratch using Greenstone Digital Library OSS. Now that was a challenge!
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It’s hard to find good, legal reads online – unless you know where to look. There are several sites that offer classic out-of-copyright writing, or publishes new e-books online as promotions… READ: 4 Sites with LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don’t Suck | makeuseof
Digital books stagnate in closed, dull systems, while printed books are shareable, lovely and enduring. What comes next? READ MORE: Will digital books ever replace print? – Craig Mod – Aeon
Bestselling Japanese novelist’s responses to readers’ queries published as a lengthy ebook, with an abridged version available in print. READ MORE: Haruki Murakami’s agony uncle answers become eight-volume book | Books | The Guardian
Library Content Platform Hoopla Digital Adds DC Comics | Digital Book World
hoopla digital, the digital library content distributor, expands its offering of digital comics in a deal with DC Entertainment.
The platform has made a range of multimedia content available to library patrons since it was launched by Midwest Tape in 2013, including video, music, audiobooks and digital comics, all of which can be access by iOS and Android mobile apps. Ebooks, however, were a late addition, arriving in hoopla digital’s catalog only last month.
There’s no word on how many titles DC is contributing, but hoopla digital says its full content catalog now stands at 325,000 titles, and its user base has grown by more than 200% in the past year.
hoopla digital Introduces Dynamic eBooks and Comics Experience; Offers All-in-One App for… — HOLLAND, Ohio, May 19, 2015 | PRNewswire
HOLLAND, Ohio, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com), the category-creating mobile and online service for public libraries, today announced the rollout of its new eBooks and Comics offering to its library customers and their patrons in the U.S. and Canada. With thousands of titles at launch, hoopla’s eBooks and Comics selection features works across genres – from children’s books and comics to biographies and self-help – from publishers such as RosettaBooks, Chicago Review Press, Dundurn Press and Tyndale House Publishers. The eBooks and Comics content joins hoopla digital’s catalog of more than 300,000 movies, TV shows, music albums and audiobooks.
Are books your therapy? Do you prioritize reading over sleep? If so, you’re a true book lover, and you can likely relate to these literary truths. Here are 17 things that only book lovers will understand. READ MORE: Things Only Book Lovers Will Understand | BookBub Blog
In January of 2014, a Pew study showed that nearly a third of American adults had read an e-book in the last year, and 50% of adults owned some kind of tablet or e-reading device. Many of these readers are using the wide variety of Android devices on the market, which can present a problem for those trying to create a standardized experience for e-book readers. Google faced this challenge while designing their new font, Literata, which will replace Droid Serif on Google Play Books. READ MORE: How Google Designed An E-Book Font For Any Screen | Co.Design | business + design.
Vapor Communications, the Cambridge-based tech startup that debuted a technology last year allowing users to add scents to text messages, has come up with a way to add smells to e-books. The startup debuted “oMedia,” described as a way to integrate scent messages into a range of consumer products including e-books, songs and clothing that uses oNotes technology.
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The ebook distribution platform BookShout partners with Cheerios to serve select Simon & Schuster titles to breakfasting children across the U.S.
The publisher’s “Cheer on Reading” literacy program has placed free Simon & Schuster children’s books inside Cheerios boxes since 2003. Now, instead of stuffing print titles into cereal boxes, they’ll come printed with BookShout-provided codes offering free access to one of nine popular children’s ebooks. Each one can be downloaded and read online or through BookShout’s iOS, Android, Kindle or Nook apps.