I may have been a little opinionated this week… I got a little upset about people declaring the death of books and James Patterson pimping his latest book that he didn’t write.
I’m calm now. Well, as calm as I ever am which isn’t actually calm – more like not frantic? Anyway, I thought maybe you would be interested in a little audio book news update, seeing as this is a news column.
Half Price Audiobooks
There is an awesome deal at Audible UK right now. They are offering discount audio books titles for summer reading at 50% off . This sale only runs until July 13th at 11am, so you’d better get shopping. There’s a little something for everyone in the eclectic mix that is being offered, so go on over and check it out.
On the eBook front, Borders has joined the fray with its new eBook store. Borders are offering a variety of eReaders and not one dedicated device (like Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s nook). The Kobo eReader, Libre eBook Reader, and Sony Touch and Pocket are the devices they are promoting.
It seems that the Kobo is model most encouraged – Borders is offering a $20 gift card and double Borders Bucks (their membership reward program points system) if customers buy the Kobo.
Borders have released free eReader software for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, PC, and Macs. The downside of the app is that it doesn’t sync between devices as the Kindle and Apple devices do – meaning you will have to find your place if you switch between devices. The Border app allows for book purchases from within the app, without having to launch a separate browser. It’s too early to see how Borders will stack up to the competition, but it’s worth checking it out.
In fact, with the free apps, I have downloaded the Kindle, B&N, and intend to download the Borders app. This way, I can shop around and buy the title I want for the best price. Many books are comparable, but the market is bound to get competitive. I would rather have that extra $5 in my pocket…
Our Brand New iPad!
My big news: My husband I have purchased an iPad! That’s right… we decided to buy one to share as our joint birthday gifts for this year! We just got it last night, and I set it up an hour ago. I plan to download a book to the iBooks app to check it out this weekend. I will let you know next week what I think of it and will include some photos of the app for you!
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