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Sony Reader app for Android now available

Sony had promised an Android companion app for its eBook store in January 2011, and it's delivered. You can now find Sony Reader in the Android Market, ready to pocket-size your digital tomes previously purchased from the Reader Store. Like other eBook apps, Sony Reader allows you to adjust the font size and brightness, and supports bookmarking and highlighting. Tap the bottom of the reading...

Amazon Kindle for Windows Phone 7 now available

After having announced plans to deliver tablet-specific versions of their Kindle app for both Android and Windows earlier today, Amazon's Windows Phone 7 app has quietly appeared in the Zune Marketplace. As is the case with Kindle on other mobile platforms, Kindle for WP7 supports in-app purchases from Amazon's extensive catalog. To customize your reading experience, you can choose five...

Apple updates iBooks with folders and PDF printing and emailing, Canadian books are coming soon

Apple's iBooks has received an update today, pushing it to version 1.2. New in the app are a few features that have long been requested by iBooks fans. First off, iBooks now has support for folders. These work in a similar fashion to iOS folders, only they're called 'Collections.' The two default collections are Books and PDFs. Of course, you can create your own, name them however you like, and...

Amazon unveiling new, better Kindle Web app tomorrow

When we first got a look at Amazon's Kindle Web app, it wasn't too exciting -- the embeddable viewer offered only one-chapter glimpses at select titles. Tomorrow, however, Amazon will release an update to Kindle for the Web, and it's going to offer a much-improved reading experience. The new Kindle for the Web will compete directly with Google's new eBookstore, which just launched in the U.S....

Kobo e-book reader gets newspaper and magazine content and subscriptions

Aside from Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook, there's a third, often overlooked, e-reading device+service combo out there -- Kobo from Borders. And while it doesn't get in the news anywhere near as much as the other two, it's still a decent offering. One glaring omission so far has been lack of subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. Kobo now finally has newspaper and magazine...

Amazon unveils Kindle for the Web

You can already read Kindle books on a whole host of devices besides the Kindle itself -- like your iPhone, Blackbery, Android device, PC, or Mac -- but Amazon's not stopping there. The mammoth ebook seller has unveiled Kindle for the web, an embeddable reader which is capable of displaying book samples right in your browser. In my testing, however, I didn't have much luck -- I tried to embed...

Kobo desktop app released, not quite up to Kindle or Calibre standards

The Kobo eReader doesn't get quite the same level of attention as Amazon's Kindle, but it's still a nice little device. Now, there's an equally nice desktop companion app, which supports not only the Kobo, but just about any other e-reader on the market. Like the Kindle desktop software, Kobo lets you make purchases and read your e-book collection. The Kobo bookstore has loads of titles for...

Kindle for Android will arrive this summer, with in-app book buying

Amazon's getting ready to go to war with Apple and the iPad in the e-book market, and it's about to bring out the big guns. Kindle for Android will reportedly launch this summer, with a feature that other mobile Kindle apps (including Kindle for iPad and iPhone, ahem) don't have: the ability to buy books directly from the app. The iPhone and iPad apps would have that ability, too, but Apple...

Kindle jumps onto social network bandwagon with Twitter and Facebook features

With Kindle 2.5, Amazon has tossed its popular eBook reader onto the social networking bandwagon. In case you're someone who can't read without sharing what you're reading, you'll now have a few ways to Twitterize and Facebook up your book experience directly from the Kindle: tweet about interesting passages, or post them on Facebook. I don't know how useful these features are going to be to...

Amazon's Kindle for Mac arrives, but it's not pretty

Amazon hasn't really made a big deal out of its Kindle for Mac launch today, but rest assured that you can download the app today and start reading your eBooks. The featureset is basically identical to the other apps in the Kindle family -- it's got Whispersync and page bookmarking, for example -- but Kindle for Mac is kind of the ugly duckling of the bunch. There was a lot of potential to...

137 years of Popular Science Magazine now online

A special shout out to our tipster @RussHogg who told us the entire 137 year archive of Popular Science Magazine is now available for online free browsing. You can view the entire collection's issues as they appeared at time of publication. It's definitely fun to go back in time and view cutting edge science throughout the years. Right now, you can search by inputting key words in the search...

Ibis Reader now available for iPhone, Android, and desktop browsers

Back in November Jay told us about an ebook reader called Ibis Reader that would get around Apple's app store by being built as a web app rather than a native iPhone app. Well, Ibis Reader is now available, and the implementation is beautiful. As expected, Ibis Reader is not a native iPhone (or Android) application, but rather is a mobile-optimized web application that makes use of HTML5 offline...

Macmillan's DynamicBooks offers editable digital textbooks

Macmillan has just announced a new tool called DynamicBooks that allows professors to edit the publisher's massive repository of textbooks and provide them to classes in a digital format. I couldn't dig up any info on whether the format is proprietary, open, or uses an existing eBook standard, but Macmillan says its books will be viewable on computers and iPhones, with iPad and Android versions...

Stanford signs Google Book Search agreement and brings millions of old and out-of-print books to our fingertips

Back in 2008 Google secured a landmark settlement with authors and publishers in the U.S. Both The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers agreed to the deal, opening up a truly vast number of books and periodicals and other written materials. The settlement received a lot of flak from authors, and Google paid $125 million to resolve a lot of claims made by troubled writers. ...

Rejoice! Apple's iBookstore will be using the international standard EPUB format

Our fantastically white-and-shiny sister blog, TUAW, has just published a guide all about the EPUB ebook format. This will be of most interest to Apple fans who are planning to buy an iPad, because it's the file format that the iBookstore will use. Even if you're not planning on getting an iPad, EPUB is the format used by all major ebook readers (except the Kindle), so the guide is probably...