Monday, September 16, 2019

Microsoft Edge Won‘t Support ePub Files Anymore

Earlier this year, Microsoft removed the Books section from the Microsoft Store. Users can no longer buy new books and read their purchased books after July, but at least they can use the Edge Browser to read epub and pdf ebooks.

However, according to a new support page on Microsoft's website, Microsoft Edge will no longer support epub e-books. But Microsoft has collaborated with the DAISY Consortium to shortlist a few accessible ePub applications within the Microsoft Store.


Microsoft has confirmed that the end of support for this feature is coming with the release of the Chromium-based version of Edge. So you should be able to read ePub e-books in Edge for a while longer.

Tips: If you want to read ebooks on your favorite reader app for better reading experience, you can use Epubor Ultimate software to convert your Kindle/Kobo/Google Play/Nook ebooks easily.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Google Play Books Starts Renting eBooks

Google has rented textbooks for many years. Not long ago, it just launched a new section in Google Play Books that contains about 200 ebooks from Open Road Media you can rent. The rental prices range from $1 to $3 and the rental period is 3 days. And now the Google Play rental system is only available in the United States.
Google Play Rental Service is absolutely a good news for Google Play Books customers. At he same time, we are also going to bring you a terrific news, which is that Epubor Ultimate can help you get rid of DRM protection from purchased Google Play books. For more detailed information about decrypting Google Play Books, you can read this guide on how to remove DRM from Google Play Books.
As long as you remove DRM from Google Play books, you can backup and share the DRM free books with friends without restraint. 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What's New in macOS 10.15 Catalina?

macOS 10.15 Catalina is the sixteenth major release of macOS. It is the successor to macOS Mojave. Catalina is the first version of macOS to exclusively support 64-bit applications. It will be released as a free update between September and November of 2019. This operating system is named after Santa Catalina Island, which is located off the coast of southern California.

macOS Catalina New Key Features

System:

Project Catalyst -- Catalyst is a new platform making it easier for developers to port iOS apps to the Mac.
Voice control -- This new feature will allow users  to fully navigate and control their Mac using solely voice commands through Siri.
Sidecar -- Sidecar is a new feature that extends your Mac's display to a nearby iPad, both wired and wirelessly. With Apple Pencil, the device can also be used as a graphics tablet for software running on the computer.

Applications:

iTunes -- In line with iOS, the iTunes software is being split into Music, Podcasts, and TV applications.
Find My -- Find My Mac and Find My Friends are merged into a single application, called "Find My".
Reminders -- The new Reminders app features an updated design organized into four sections: Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged.
No More 32-Bit Apps -- Support for 32-bit applications is dropped. Only 64-bit applications can be run; older 32-bit ones will no longer run.

Bonus: how to remove Kindle DRM on macOS Catalina?

Right now all the existing Kindle DRM removal tools on the market are not compatible with the 1.25 and above version Kindle for Mac. So there’s only one way left to remove Kindle DRM, which is to export Kindle books from Kindle Cloud Reader as drm free azw3/pdf/epub directly. For more details, you can read this guide on how to export Kindle Cloud Reader books.
Here's a video guide on how to export Kindle Cloud Reader Books with ease.


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Deal is Done: Barnes & Noble Has Finally Been Sold!

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 627 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com. The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store. The NOOK Store features digital booksand offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps available for Android, iOS and Windows.

Earlier this year, there were rumors that Barnes and Noble has agreed to be sold to the Hedge Fund Elliott. At that time, the Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble unanimously approved the transaction considering the fact that its 5 CEO’s in the past 7 years and various turnaround strategies have all failed. On August 7, 2019, Barnes & Noble has been confirmed that it has been fully acquired by Elliott, the same company that purchased the largest bookselling chain in the United Kingdom, Waterstones.

Over the past few years, even in face of the relentless competition from Amazon, Barnes & Noble has managed to somewhat stabilize its business with revenue declines narrowing to a drop of 3.1% last year. So it might be a good thing for Barnes & Noble to sell the company.

Following the close of the transaction, Elliott will own both Barnes & Noble and Waterstones, and while each bookseller will operate independently, they will share a common CEO and benefit from the sharing of best practice between the companies.

In the near future, should we expect a brand new Barnes & Noble or should we start buying books from the biggest ebooks distributor -- Amazon? By the way, the ebooks that we purchased are not totally owned by us, which means that someday they can be removed from our ebook library without any permission. So it’s high time to us to backup purchased contents. What’s more, all Kindle ebooks can be decrypted with Epubor Ultimate software. If you are interested in backing up Kindle books, you can read this guide on how to remove Kindle DRM.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Big Sale for Kindle and Google Play Books!


Starting from August 1, Google Play offered a one week sale for audiobooks and ebooks. On their ebooks’ promotion page, all the books are sold under $4, including many popular ebooks. And all the audiobooks are sold under $10 on the promotion page.
While on August 4, the largest audiobook and ebook retailer-- Amazon also released a goldbox sale, where they are offering hundreds of bestselling ebooks, starting at $1. The majority of these books are bestsellers.

Bonus tip: if you want to backup Kindle books, you can try Epubor KCR Converter to export and convert Kindle Cloud Reader books to DRM free epub/mobi/azw3 books directly without installing any app. If you want to backup Google Play Books or you want to backup both Kindle and Google Play books, you can use Epubor Ultimate software to remove Kindle and Google Play DRM effortlessly.
























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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Major Upgrade for Kindle Cloud Reader Converter!

Kindle Cloud Reader is a web app that allows you to read Kindle ebooks instantly in any compatible web browser - no Kindle device or app required. While the latest released Epubor KCR Converter is the perfect companion for Kindle Cloud Reader, which can help you export and convert Kindle Cloud Reader books to DRM-free epub, mobi, azw3 books with simply one click. Let's follow below steps to export Kindle Cloud Reader books to DRM-free books.


Step 1, visit Kindle Cloud Reader on Google Chrome Browser. Then sign in to Kindle Cloud Reader with your Amazon account and Enable Offline Reader.
Tips:
1. If you fail to enable offline reading after updating to the latest version of Google Chrome browser, please add Kindle Cloud Reader Chrome Extension to Chrome browser and you'll be able to Download & Pin Book.
2. Google Chrome is the only browser that can work with Epubor KCR Converter.

Step 2, right click the Kindle book and select Download & Pin Book.

Step 3, download Epubor KCR Converter to your computer.
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All Kindle books downloaded & pinned from Kindle Cloud Reader will appear on the main interface of Epubor KCR Converter automatically.




Tips: Whenever you download & pin any new Kindle book from Kindle Cloud Reader, you need to relaunch Epubor KCR Converter in order to upload all of your pinned books to the main interface of KCR Converter, or the new pinned Kindle books won't be detected.

Step 4, convert Pinned Kindle books to epub/mobi/azw3.
First, tick the box in the front of the book title that you want to convert. Then select epub or mobi or azw3 as the output format. At last, click on the convert button to start conversion.

Once the conversion is completed, a folder containing all the converted Kindle books will pop up immediately. If you also need PDF files, you can convert the DRM free files to DPF with many online free ebook converters or freeware calibre.


As you can see, Epubor KCR Converter can export your Kindle books from Kindle Cloud Reader in the easiest way by far. If you want to back up Kindle books or read your Kindle books on any device without restraints, Epubor KCR Converter is absolutely the best choice you can have. 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

The Kindle Firmware 5.12.1 is Available Now!


On July 9, Amazon just released a new Kindle firmware update for all new Kindles and older Kindles dating back to the 2nd generation Kindle Paperwhite. The new version is 5.12.1.
According to the changelog this is a relatively minor update, besides the usual “performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements,” there’s only one noted change with the new update.
Here’s what’s new:
• Read Now: In the coming weeks, you will be able to read items that you own with a single click from the ‘Before You Go’ dialog.

You can now manually download and install a software update 5.12.1 here. Or you can wait the software updates automatically download and install on your Kindle when connected wirelessly.

Suggest Reading: 
How to Convert Kindle KFX to Epub/PDF/Mobi with Calibre