Monday, January 13, 2020

Amazon Launches Audible Suno App in India

Last month, Amazon just launches a completely free app Audible Suno for Indian user exclusively. Audible Suno is a free streaming service that gives you unlimited access to Audible 60 original and exclusive episodes in both Hindi and English languages. The service is completely free: no payment, no ads, no sign-up required. With Audible Suno, you can hear India's most famous voices. Such as Bollywood stars, TV celebrities, comedians, famous authors and more.
“Suno is our latest experiment and we see India as a first market to offer such services globally. We want to build a habit for audio entertainment in India and we want to create a new demographic appeal with this new experiment,” said Audible founder Don Katz, “Audible Suno is a world-first for Audible, and reflects our commitment to creating exceptional entertainment for our Indian customers.”
If you beomce Audible member, you will get access to over 200,000 Hindi and English audiobooks and exclusive members-only global shows.
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Monday, January 6, 2020

BOOX 2.2.2 Firmware Update Is Available Now

Onyx Boox, is a brand of eBook reader produced by Onyx International Inc based in China, has been making e-readers for 10 years and the company has a number of e-readers they are currently selling. Recently, they had released a firmware update which was available for all Onyx BOOX e-readers and E-Notes that run Android 6.0 OS, such as the Max2 Pro, Max2, Note Pro Nova Pro, Note and others. Good news is that this great update includes many new features which is dedicated to improving user experience.
According to BOOX Firmware 2.2.2 changelog, below are their new features: 
1. Allow scribbles for flow documents. The pages with scribbles can be exported from TOC (do not support embedding scribbles to original flow documents).
2. Support full-page translation, which can be activated via Menu — Split View — Page Translation.
3. Now PDFs also allow scribbles after reflow.
4. PDFs auto-fits the display width in landscape mode.
5. Flow documents support highlight across pages (PDFs do not support).
6. Added a zoom function (maximum zoom level: 16x) to the Note app, and adjusted the tool placement.
7. Added a language option on the AI interface.
8. Optimized the brush latency for gray colors.
9. Long-pressing on app icons for optimization is back now.
10. Added a language option on the handwriting keyboard interface, adjusted the placement for speech input.
11. Optimized the speech recognition interface, and add punctuation input.
12. The system contrast can be set individually on the drop-down menu.

So you can now edit ebooks in Onyx Boox devices after updating the BOOX 2.2.2 Firmware. Before, you can only scribble on PDF documents, but from now on, you can also edit epub, mobi, txt, and all formats you may use.
Bonus tip: if you want to read DRM protected Kindle books on your Onyx Boox reader, you can read this guide on how to read any Kindle books on Boox.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year 2019

On December 5, 2019, Barnes & Noble announced that booksellers around the country chose Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse as the winner of Barnes & Noble’s 2019 Book of the Year.
According to CEO James Daunt, he said that their booksellers chose eight brilliant and diverse titles for our inaugural Book of the Year prize shortlist and Charlie Mackesy’s extraordinary The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse was voted as the winner. “This is the book more than any other that has caught the magpie eye of our booksellers. Word of mouth amongst our booksellers has made this inspirational book the surprise bestseller of the year. We are very proud to name it now our 2019 Barnes & Noble Book of the Year.”

The other 7 Brilliant Books of the Year were:
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood;
The Food of Sichuan by Fuchsia Dunlop;
Mythos by Stephen Fry;
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides;
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout;
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg;
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Here are the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019

Goodreads has just announced the winners of the 11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards 2019, the only major book awards which is decided by reader. There are 4,659,701 votes cast in total. Let us take a look of the best books of the year!

1. Best Fiction
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
2. Best Mystery & Thriller
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
3. Best Historical Fiction
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
4. Best Fantasy
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
5. Best Romance
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
6. Best Science Fiction
Recursion by Blake Crouch
7. Best Horror
The Institute by Stephen King
8. Best Humor
Dear Girls by Ali Wong
9. Best Nonfiction
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
10. Best Memoir & Autobiography
Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness
11. Best History & Biography
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
12. Best Science & Technology
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty
13. Best Food & Cookbooks
Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski
14. Best Graphic Novels & Comics
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
15. Best Poetry
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
16. Best Debut Novel
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
17. Best Young Adult Fiction
Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
18. Best Young Adult Fantasy
The Wicked King by Holly Black
19. Best Middle Grade & Children’s
The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan
20. Best Picture Book
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers and Luke Flowers

Bonus Tip: all these books can be purchased on Amazon/Kobo/Google Play/Nook website. If you want to back up your purchased Kindle/Google Play/Kobo/Nook books, you can follow this step by step guide to remove DRM and save them to your local disk.
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Kindle Kids Edition Now Supports Audiobooks!

Amazon has just released a software update for the new Kindle Kids Edition which came out back in October.
The new firmware version is which adds access to over 1,000 Audible books in the Kindle's kid-friendly library.
Though there’s no download link for the latest Kindle firmware in Kindle E-Reader Software Updates page, it says that this software update automatically download and install on your Kindle when connected wirelessly. And there’s no official announcement on the Kindle support pages that this update can support audiobooks.
The Kindle devices require you to use Bluetooth speakers or headphones to be able to listen to Audiobooks as the Kindle does not have built-in speakers or a headphone jack.
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Kindle Firmware Update 5.12.3 is Available Now!

Amazon just released a new firmware developed for several of its Kindle devices, which is version 5.12.3. Version 5.12.3 is available for all Kindles dating back to the Kindle Voyage, and according to the What’s New page:
• The update adds Library Badges to Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited books. Basically they put a label at the top so you can easily identify them.
• Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.

In addition to the above new features, Jhowell said that this update also fixed the widows and orphans bug introduced in the previous update.
His original post on Mobileread forum is:
Looking into the new firmware I see an unactivated feature, called KPP or kindle++ internally. It involves a redesigned "Aa" menu.
Strings include: "Some reading options have moved" and "Go to the Aa menu inside a book to find settings including Popular Highlights, Book Mentions and Word Wise."
KPP is likely undergoing internal testing and planned to be enabled for customers in a future firmware release.
If you are not sure whether your Kindle supports this new updated firmware version, you can have a check on Kindle Software Updates page.
If you want to update to the latest firmware version, you can go to Home > Menu > Settings > Menu > Update Your Kindle, and tap OK to initiate the installation. While upgrading, the device will show a Your Kindle Is Updating message on its display, and then reboot once completed.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Microsoft Edge Stops Supporting ePub Format Officially

Earlier this year, Microsoft has confirmed that the end of support for ePub file is coming with the release of the Chromium-based version of Edge. And on November 18,Microsoft Edge officially stopped supporting ePub files for good. So now you get one less tool to view your ePub files. In this post, we are going to introduce you to best 4 free ePub readers for Windows.

Calibre is one of the oldest and the best free Epub & open source reader for your Windows. It acts as an e-library and also allows for format conversion as well as e-book organizer and an integrated e-book viewer. The app is packed with features allowing you to do things like converting ebook format, manage metadata, etc. Calibre is not only good for reading normal Epub novels but also magazines, comics, and more. The software comes with a basic e-book reader that supports full screen mode for distraction-free reading and that lets you choose your preferred method of pagination and gives you the ability to bookmark pages. If you are looking for a good Epub reader for your Windows PC, Calibre is certainly the top contender for the job.

Icecream Ebook Reader is one of the best EPUB readers that transforms your computer screen into a convenient top-notch ebook reader. This ebook reader supports ePub, MOBI, Fb2, PDF, CBR, CBZ, TXT formats. The added books are organized in the program's Library. The books can be sorted by format, recently read. The custom categories creation provide the best way to organize the added books. One can highlight text and add notes to ePub, MOBI, FB2 and TXT ebooks. The text of the ebooks of the mentioned formats can be selected, copied and translated. It's possible to add bookmarks to the books and search for text in the ebooks.

Adobe Digital Editions is the first big-name free eBook reader which supports EPUB and PDF files. ADE offers an engaging way to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications. Organize your eBooks into a custom library and annotate pages. Reading with ADE is then fairly straightforward. There are a few basic viewing options, so you can display one or two pages on the screen at a time, increase or decrease text size at a click, and scroll through the book using your mouse or the keyboard. You get a simple text search tool, and the ability to create bookmarks on particular pages, and of course there's a print option, too.

Kobo Desktop for Windows is a free app that lets you read and buy eBooks. It lets you manage eBooks on your Kobo eReader, read books you've purchased from Kobo, shop for books on your computer and sync your eReader. Kobo desktop app has 9 different font sizes to choose from, and other features include table of contents, bookmarking and bookmark menu, jump to page dial, and there's a brightness adjustment dial. What’s more, it syncs all your bookmarks, so you can switch between your computer, Kobo eReader, tablet or smartphone and always pick up right where you left off.

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