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Acer Enters EReader Race

When I see the name Acer, I think low-budget computers. With everyone and their brother producing eReaders, I should have seen this one coming. Acer is planning to release an E-Ink 6 inch reader called LumiRead in Germany in October.

Content will be available from Libri.de in Germany, B&N in the US, and Founder in China. Negotiations are underway for content in other countries. The device will offer 3G or Wi-Fi and will support eBooks and audiobooks.

An SD slot will allow users to expand on the 1500 book limit. Pricing has not been announced, but with Kindle and Nook prices dropping, LumiRead had better consider a low-cost.

eReaderEBook Title Outsells Print

Speaking of eBooks, another big milestone hit this week. Laura Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere sold 4,000 print hardcovers and 4,739 eBooks in its first five days. This is the first significant book that has sold more digitally than traditionally from Harper Collins. eBooks now account for about 8% of sales, up from about 4% this time last year.

Wizards of Oz

Random House Audio, OverDrive, and FirstBook took some time during the annual American Library Association Conference to record a “community sourced” audiobook of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. A mobile recording studio in an OverDrive Bookmobile drove around Washington DC and asked people to record a paragraph of the classic. Participants included some famous authors (Dennis Lehane, Cory Doctorow, and more) and many local folks and visitors to DC. The audiobook will be offered on www.firstbook.org/wizard and all proceeds will go to First Book, an organization that provides books to children from low-income families.

Fall Preview

I love Jon Stewart. Most nights I’m too tired to stay awake for The Daily Show, but when I do, it is always a treat. This fall, his new book, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race brings his humor to a look at how we will be viewed after the end of civilization.

Other Fall releases to watch for: The Reversal by Michael Connelly, a Micky Haller/Harry Bosch thriller; The Confession by John Grisham, an innocent man is sentenced to death and the real guilty party finds his conscience nine years later; Bad Blood by John Sandford, Virgil Flowers investigates a multifamily conspiracy. I suppose Patterson has something too, but I prefer not to think about it.

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