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Social Ebook Reading Experience: @$99 from Copia

The recent Kindle announcement of a price drop might have you scrambling for your credit card and fill in pre-order forms. That seems fair enough since $139 for a Kindle is quite a bargain. But bargains never stop in this era of competition. Copia, a subsidiary of DMX Worldwide announced that it will release its own eBook reader, the Ocean Reader and The Tidal Reader. But the one who seems to be Copia’s champion on this year’s price war is the 5-inch, Wave5, priced at $99.

Copia Readers were set to hit the market this spring but the schedule changed for undisclosed reasons. Copia’s line includes Ocean Readers, Tidal Readers and Wave Readers.

Aside from the price hype, the only detail that seems to be clear about the Wave Reader from Copia is that it will have a colored display. Even with that it’s unclear if it uses color e-ink. Although, that might seem doubtful since Color E-ink technology is still in its infancy. E-ink technology on displays is known for its very low power consumption enabling users to maximize the battery life of their devices between charges.

Copia Reader’s success depends largely on how the market and other developers will take advantage of the social platform it is offering. A key aspect into this is convincing the public and soon to be partners that the technology is competitive enough to convince users that they still need the limited functionality of an eBook reader with their tablet pcs, smartphones and laptops already in tow.

Copia’s move was to adjust their pricing. It also promises a Copia Platform that lets you start conversations and connect with your kindred spirits—well when it comes to books, that is. If you’re up for an online book club, Copia Reader might just give you that.  The platform is also targeting other eBook reader, iPhones and smartphones, netbooks, tablet pcs and other devices.

First seen at the Consumer Eletronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas this January, Copia Readers have been marketed as the first “social reading” platform. The e-book reader will support social media integration allowing users to access their Facebook and Twitter accounts and its feeds. This can easily be done without opening another web browser and while users browse through their eBook library. They can also share notes, join discussions and give out book recommendations.

Ebook readers have been bent on a price war since Apple launched the iPad. There have been fears that eBook readers’ survival in the market is at stake with more multitasking tablet PCs invading the market this year. Each tablet PC that gets introduced aims to top iPad’ features and win the market with lower prices.

Copia has managed to win the price tug of war and add some interesting features, to boot. Well, at least for now.


Wave5 ($99.99) and Wave7 ($129.99)

  • 5&Prime or 7&Prime capacitive touchscreen LCD (800×480)
  • 64MB RAM and 2GB onboard storage
  • SD card slot
  • Mono speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Supports most audio and image formats, plus ePub, TXT, and PDF
  • 6.7oz and 12oz respectively

Ocean Color$299.99

  • 10.1&Prime 16:9 capacitive multi-touch LCD (1024×600, GPU accelerated)
  • 512MB RAM and 4GB onboard storage
  • SD card slot, 2 x USB 2.0
  • Stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks
  • Tilt sensor
  • Wi-Fi, browser, e-mail client, IM
  • Supports MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG-4 and WMV video, most image formats, plus ePub
  • 1.12lb (18oz)

Tidal ($149.99)

  • 6&Prime E-ink display (800×600, 16-stage greyscale, portrait or landscape mode)
  • 2GB onboard storage
  • SD card slot
  • Wi-Fi (optional, $10 extra)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Supports MP3, AAC, WMA, most image formats, plus ePub, HTML, TXT, PRC, PDF
  • 9.3oz

How To Format Your eBook for Kindle Sales

Do you have a passion for writing? Do you treasure your articles? Well, if you do then why keep them as a bundle of paper? You are welcome to publish your treasure be it a story, biography, journal or a novel for the Kindle eBook Reader. Your written data is electronically stored in the Kindle eBook Reader and is digitized in the form of eBooks or electronic books which can be read by different types of readers. The users usually download several books and stack them under desired titles in Kindle. Are you getting bored of carrying heavy books in your bag? Well, there is nothing to worry as you can organize and save your books in your Kindle which acts as a library. Kindle is easy to manage and carry as it is slim and weightless.

Format your eBook using Microsoft Word

Amazon’s Digital Text Platform shortly DPT offers you a wide range of audience for your eBook. When you place your eBook in Amazon for sale, the readers may buy and download it to their Kindle Reader. You just need to format it before you place it for sale in Amazon DTP. You can format it using Microsoft word and save it for web in HTML format. Open Microsoft Word and go to the “File” menu. Click “Open” and choose the location of your document and open the document. Scan for any spelling or grammatical errors and correct them accordingly. After scanning, save the document to its original name and get ready for the next step. Now, again go to the “File” menu, as the document is still open at the behind and click “Save as”. Give a new name to the document and choose location of saving as Desktop, as it is more convenient to locate your files instead of searching your entire hard disk.

Now under “Save as type” tab click the drop down menu and select “Web Page” format. Then click the “Save” button to exit from the dialog box. Now your file is ready for uploading.

Uploading your eBook

You have your book in HTML version now. Go to the Amazon DTP website and log in to your account with your user name and password. At the Amazon panel choose “My shelf” and then choose the “Add New item” option. Feed in the title of your eBook and give a concise narration on your book. Try to give keywords that are very close to the contents of your eBook, which will fetch you more readers to the site. Now, move on to the “Upload and Preview Book” part locate your HTML file document, which is in your desktop. You can use the preview button to check for mistakes that escaped while checking. Last but not the least, enter the cost price of your eBook and click “Done”.

You might find this procedure and its result to be demanding with Amazon DTP at the beginning. As you find lot of Kindle eBook readers scattered all over the world, you get an opportunity of showcasing your creativity in writing and this in turn will establish your readership.

A New Dawn for Literary Age: eBook and eBook Readers

Myriad amounts of eBook have already been uploaded on the Internet, and now to add to the flavor eBook Readers have started flooding the market. And they are throwing the hard copies to the dust bins, the number of book readers are constantly decreasing compared to the surge in the sales of eBook Readers.

An eBook reader or an E-reader is a electronic device specifically designed to read eBook. These electronic devices are very handy and are mobile also. These devices can be charged anywhere. These devices can hold our whole library and still won’t consume any space. And in this where mostly all the library are available in digital format, E-readers are the way to go.

A day before the launch of iPad, Sony announced the launch of a new eBook reader in Japan. Japan is also the home ground for Sony. Related to the eBook industry, Sony also announced to launch an eBook enterprise. Sony commented it is trying to tap in to the revenues from the eBook industries where in online stores would be made available which would contains libraries of digitized copies of many books which includes generals, comics, magazine, articles and even novels. Sony said that it is trying to create a industry in the basis of Music stores where in revenues would be generated, and Sony being the first major entrant would monopolize the market with its unprecedented expertise in marketing and service also. They are trying to create a market for domestic eBook readers.

On the lines of competition Sony’s eBook has to compete with Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Earlier Sony had tried to enter a new market into Japan, but all its attempts failed as the market was not ready to pay for eBook. Now when there are many other entrants providing enough competition, Sony has planned to storm in again. But this time it doesn’t want to lose on home turf.

Sony, along with three partners in Japan, each telecom operator KDDI, the newspaper Asahi Shimbun, and Toppan Printing have decided to become the largest EBook distribution service in Japan. All the four enterprises hold 25% stake in the venture.

HP Slate Leaked

Hewlett-Packard has recently announced that, it will be releasing a multi-touch tablet PC called HP Slate by June 2010. The device is expected to give a tough fight to a newly launched, iPad, as it focuses on music, games, web browsing, eBooks and video.

HP Slate PC aspires to be an iPad killer, as it gains advantage over iPad and other Netbooks in term of; graphics, connectivity, OS, audio, video and a dual camera.

According to the Mexican website, the only real problem with HP slate is that Windows7 takes a lot of time to load as compared to the iPad. However the hardware is fine, the slate is bit thicker to iPad and the screen, with the rare part appearing to be made of plastic, which gives it a sleek look. In comparison to the iPad, the HP slate has a low batterylife.

The Slate PC is also integrated with two cameras, one is a front facing VGA camera for video calling and other is a 3 megapixel camera at the rare of tablet. It also includes Flash, Google chrome, MS-office, two external ports- a USB and a dock connector, an extra port for audio jack. The Slate PC supports 1080 pixel video back and Broadcom crystal HD video accelerator to deliver high definition video playback.

However, if you are true lover of portable touch screen devices than I would suggest you to wait till the release of HP slate PC instead of stepping into the other expensive tablets.

Some of the features of HP Slate PC are as follow:
• 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor
• 32 GB of flash storage
• 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM
• 8.9” WSVGA 1024*600
• Ambient light sensor
• Pen/digitizer support
• USB and a dock connector
• Windows 7 compatibility
• HDMI output
• 802.11b/g + Bluetooth Combo Enabled
• More than 5 hour of battery life
• Intel UMA graphics
• SIM card slot for optional 3G modem

Pricing & Release Date
According to HP, the Slate PC is expected to hit the market by June 2010. The device starts around with the price tag of $549 with the base configuration of 8.9” Capacitive muti-touch screen and a 1024*600 pixel resolution.

Kindle 2: Surviving the iPad buzz

Steve Jobs’ announcement of Apple’s newest iBooks store and iPad’s eBook capabilities made a ripple of doubt for Kindle’s survival in the eBook reader industry. Although iPad’s performance in the global market remains to be seen, iPad vs. Kindle debates has barraged the Internet these days.

Things go differently though if we throw in the Kindle DX, with its 9.7 inch screen in the mix. Even the iPad non-3G model priced at almost $500 could beat the almost $480 of an impossibly ambitious eBook reader. So Kindle 2 will remain as the eBook reader that refused to be trampled by a giant.

This debate, however, is for naught since iPad is entirely a new breed of its own. Let’s not forget that Kindle did just that a few years back when it also created and launched the arena for the eBook readers. But this is not a question of who first thought about what. It’s about how these two trend setters have come face to face. Forget the fact that they are Like Manny Aquino and Muhammad Ali about to fight for a weight class that they both don’t qualify for. The public has deemed it and so they must have a face-off.
Price being the first thing that you would at look at, having to shell out almost $500 for a gadget that is not even a full powered computer might be a bit straining for your pockets. You might admit that iPad’s features look impressive for such a portable device. Whereas Kindle’s much humbler designs and features

To be fair, iPad does have multimedia capacity to handle videos, games and a lot of other formats. In this case what counts is that it has support for many data formats that any other eBook reader can access and much more. It has a colored 9.7 inch Multi Touch screen that makes reading an eBook an engaging activity. Turn a page and the only thing that’s missing is that crisp whisper that comes with it a sheet of paper flicking in the air. Whilst in Kindle, buttons do it all for you. Using a LED-lit screen has limited iPad to a maximum of 10 hours continuous reading (or other multimedia pursuits). Like any other apple device, the battery of iPad remains inaccessible to its users. Kindle’s batteries can be replaced by the users themselves. It can stay up to 7 days with its wireless turned on. The LED-lit screen also makes reading on iPad a lot more straining for the eyes than reading with a regular eBook reader. Kindle’s no back-lit screen will need a source of light, much like you will need in reading a real book.

The new iBooks store also opens up the ‘book stand’ to its users. Kindle also has Kindle store where readers could purchase eBooks online. However, don’t expect book sales for less than a dollar through these online stores since these stores are tied by their—ehem—by the publishing industry that wouldn’t sell anything below $10 any of their eBooks. Through your Kindle account you can send other formats like MS Word and RTF to your Kindle wirelessly. However this would cost about .10c per conversion. But converting your files vie the email and your PC is totally free. You can load this up through syncing Kindle with the USB cable.

Kindle has gone global and has partnered with Telecom companies to let readers connect to their store via Whispernet, Amazon’s technology that lets users connect wirelessly without the monthly fees. This makes Kindle and Kindle store much accessible to the bibliophiles that can’t live without their books. This offer is limited to a list of 100 countries worldwide. On the other hand, the almost $730 iPad 3G’s tie up with AT&T has not been received in a good light by the public. It seems AT&T has yet to prove it can provide quality service to the American public. Other countries however will have to wait and see if Apple has tied up with their local Telecom for the service to be available to them.

As much as you would like to drool over iPad and its many new features, for eBook reading you might still go for Kindle. Kindle does dwarf in comparison to iPad. But then again the almost $629 for iPad to go 3G might seem ridiculous for a user not that confident with AT&T. To pick iPad while it is still testing the waters might prove to be risky. A breakthrough, yes, but this portable media station has still to prove its worth over the coming months. Truth be told, there will be no lack of better technology and cheaper solutions in the coming months.

Kindle 2 in all its simplicity and humble aesthetics, has never boasted of anything other than being an eBook reader and it only sells for about $250. It has marvelously proven itself in its genre and needs not run after another contender that’s just grazing the ring boundaries. It has much better things to attend to: like having more formats to support.

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