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Google™ May Develop Its Own E-Book Reader, Multi-Platform E-Book Store

With the acquisition of eBook Technologies Inc. (ETI), a company specializing in electronic books-related technologies, both hardware and software, Google has now made an entry in the e-Book market. It has also launched a new e-book online store, a lot like Amazon, which though still is in its early stages.

In a statement by an official, eBook Technologies is excited to announce that we have been acquired by Google. Working together with Google will further our commitment to providing a first-class reading experience on emerging tablets, e-readers and other portable devices.

Up till now Google’s strategy had been to offer a web based platform for distribution of books without entering the e-book reader device market unlike Amazon which had introduced Kindle. Through its online bookstore opened last year it was catering to multiple formats and devices, but this recent acquisition signals Google’s entry into such devices. ETI had been developing 2 designs and software for a reader of its own before acquisition. With this acquisition Google instead of just providing books and using other readers will now make new advances into this industry.

The current Google store provided books in all compatible formats for tablets. It currently caters to approximately 3 million books but it is soon expected to grow up to 50 million books. Google with ETI on board could also be planning to enhance the eBook software on its Tablet influenced Android Honeycomb release. This is a multi-billion dollar market which Google will not want to lose especially with the increase in the student population’s usage of these readers, plus also with an entry in this market Google could further spread its ad business.

Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks, everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if in the coming months Google introduces an eBook reader bundled with its eBooks store to rival Amazons Kindle. Google’s eBooks store in a refreshing change from other online stores only caters to marketing of books unlike other websites which are a portal for sale of varied products. It also is providing quite a few of classics fro free on its online store to attract more people. Dedicated work on its portal, better reviews and Google might just pose a threat to Amazon.

Google as always is making new headways to capture the already present markets like it did with its Android platform and revolutionizing the phone OS market. What waits to be seen is how Google captures the eBook market, with new software for its Android HoneyComb enabled tablets or a new eBook Reader.

Google™ May Develop E-Book Reader and E-Book Store

With the acquisition of eBook Technologies Inc. (ETI), a company specializing in electronic books-related technologies, both hardware and software, Google has now made an entry in the e-Book market. It has also launched a new e-book online store, a lot like Amazon, which though still is in its early stages.

In a statement by an official, eBook Technologies is excited to announce that we have been acquired by Google. Working together with Google will further our commitment to providing a first-class reading experience on emerging tablets, e-readers and other portable devices.

Up till now Google’s strategy had been to offer a web based platform for distribution of books without entering the e-book reader device market unlike Amazon which had introduced Kindle. Through its online bookstore opened last year it was catering to multiple formats and devices, but this recent acquisition signals Google’s entry into such devices. ETI had been developing 2 designs and software for a reader of its own before acquisition. With this acquisition Google instead of just providing books and using other readers will now make new advances into this industry.

The current Google store provided books in all compatible formats for tablets. It currently caters to approximately 3 million books but it is soon expected to grow up to 50 million books. Google with ETI on board could also be planning to enhance the eBook software on its Tablet influenced Android Honeycomb release. This is a multi-billion dollar market which Google will not want to lose especially with the increase in the student population’s usage of these readers, plus also with an entry in this market Google could further spread its ad business.

Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks, everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if in the coming months Google introduces an eBook reader bundled with its eBooks store to rival Amazons Kindle. Google’s eBooks store in a refreshing change from other online stores only caters to marketing of books unlike other websites which are a portal for sale of varied products. It also is providing quite a few of classics fro free on its online store to attract more people. Dedicated work on its portal, better reviews and Google might just pose a threat to Amazon.

Google as always is making new headways to capture the already present markets like it did with its Android platform and revolutionizing the phone OS market. What waits to be seen is how Google captures the eBook market, with new software for its Android HoneyComb enabled tablets or a new eBook Reader.

Read before you leap!!!

Anyone who has used a computer must have installed some kind of software or signed up for an online service. This may seem a pretty simple and breezy procedure many people don’t realise what they are signing up for when they go through all the steps involved. You may vaguely remember clicking on the Agree button without reading anything stated above it. Well people that is EULA.

EULA or End User License Agreement is mostly ignored but highly important piece of documentation for any software or online service. This seemingly innocuous document is main legalese of any software. By clicking on the Agree button you could as well be signing up for regular viruses from a software company or give up your life savings to a person from another continent. An EULA is a binding legal document on the part of the user of the software and is the basis for settling any dispute. Many EULA have clauses that bind and prevent you from utilising the software the way you want to. For example, the EULA of Windows 7 beta had placed restrictions on benchmarking the software in its EULA. Bloggers then came out with visual graphs and pie charts instead of actual numbers to compare it with Vista and XP. There are also other EULA which prohibit posting of critical or derogatory remarks about any software.

EULA may also contain details about how the user’s details can be collected and used. This may or may not include personally identifiable data which is sent back to the developers. Facebook too had irked many with its EULA or Terms of Service. The original statement of Facebook’s Terms of Service stated something like this: “You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any user content you post on Facebook”. Simply stated it means Facebook could as well morph your photos and post them or publish them in your local newspaper a couple of years after you have closed your account. This virtually gave Facebook unlimited rights over any personal information you upload on its servers. After a nasty fight Facebook finally altered its Terms of Service to less provoking ones.

In other cases EULA may also state how much control a company may exert over its products after their sale. Take the case of Kindle, an e-book reader. When Amazon had got involved in some copyright issues over George Orwell’s 1984, it retracted copies of the book from all its Kindles without user knowledge. Many people had no clue that that company had included such functionality in its device. Thus Amazon had the final say on what books a user could keep on the device.

On the other hand many EULA also try to escape from the possible losses that could be incurred by the use of problematic or badly coded software. There have been cases where such EULA has been challenged.

All that the user needs to ensure safety from a legal tangle is a little alertness and patience. A thorough reading of the fine print will tell what you are signing up for so be careful and do not take the EULA lightly.

Sony PRS 600 Touch Edition: For the Tech-Savvy Bibliophile

If you are a bibliophile, you might find it hard not to have a paperback safely ensconced in one of your bag’s pockets. You might have found it hard to read in the computer because it might not have a user friendly application. Using iPhone doesn’t offer that much comfort either because navigating its screen is a bit too tiny for reading lengthy passages of texts.

Don’t give up on you reading yet. You just might find your techie side bloom with Sony PRS 600 Reader Touch Edition. You know that feeling when you’ve come home from a long trip and you slowly sink into your own sofa? That would be something you would feel if you had an eBook reader like this.

Weighing only 10.1 oz, it is quite portable because it’s only about the size of a standard book. You could literally sink into your sofa and read books with it in as many positions you could muster. And that versatility is what an e-book reader should be about. Aside from the basic ePub and Adobe Digital Editions (for purchased eBooks), it also supports other formats like PDF, MS Word, RTF and Text files. This means that eBooks that you have kept from years back can be easily transferred through the eBook Library software. This software also allows you to sync your files, audio and notes with your PC. It also lets you have access to online eBook sellers.

The problem is it only has 512 MB of built-in ROM with 380 MB free for you to store your eBooks with. However, it does come with Memory Stick and SD card slots. With 16 GB of expanded storage space, however, you can maximize it and load your pictures and unsupported MP3 and AAC audio files.

Using E-ink Visplex Technology this Touch edition almost mimics the real book-reading experience without the glare to the eyes. Turning pages is a lot easier with its touch screen. It also has an integrated dictionary and note tool. You would appreciate this of you like catching up with your vocabulary and taking note while browsing through loads of information. That’s reading minus the bulk of a thesaurus at your foot and a highlight pen in your other hand. Although already with a 6” screen, it still offers the ability to increase the font size. With it having a touch screen though, there is a slight glare when it is exposed to brighter lights. This would be something that might irk you if your eyes easily strain or you have forgotten your eyeglasses somewhere else.

The battery life extends to two weeks of continuous reading. However, charging using the computer almost takes an eternity. Buying the optional battery charger will cost about $5 more on eBay. A bit disappointing since this should have come with the box accessories.

Compared to its predecessor Sony PRS 505, the Touch Edition has gone sleeker, thanks to the Touch screen. Navigation buttons are now at the button of the screen and accidental button clicks are less likely. You would love the option for other colors: red, black and silver.

This model, however, is for people who like the portability of small eBook readers. This Touch Edition does not have wireless or 3G connectivity to make its users rely less on their laptops or PC. Sony’s vamped up new PRS 900 BC Reader Daily Edition answers issues about the connectivity.

For now, the Sony PRS 600 Touch Edition deserves to have a space in your bed stand, a spot in your bag and a USB slot in your laptop. This eBook reader is also very competitive for a price as low as $250 on eBay, quite low for something that has more than ePub and an adequate online store to offer.

For sure every bibliophile would miss the feel of pages between their fingers. But who needs to haul tomes about if you can have a library within something this sleek. Although this movement of ePub will put the publishers into a quagmire, reading through eBooks is much more cost effective and green.

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