Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Most Popular Kindle Skin 2018

Skins are the lightest, easiest, most colorful way to protect and personalize all your devices. How to choose a tailor-made Kindle Skin for your Kindle devices? And how to Turn your kindle into a good-looking objects to make you feel good? Here are some Kindle skin options for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Oasis, Paperwhite, and other models.

I have searched a lot of Kindle skin manufacturers and I came across the best skin providers with the most fabulous artwork—DecalGirl. Since 2003, DecalGirl has been manufacturing full-color, removable vinyl skins for laptops, cell phones, game consoles, iPods and other devices. Removable vinyl skins for a wide range of consumer electronic devices featuring artwork from talented designers worldwide. DecalGirl’s mission is to manufacture amazing looking skins while offering exceptional service. Below are some of the good-looking skin models.

Amazon Kindle Oasis Skins

Amazon Kindle Fire HD10 Skins

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Skins

Amazon Kindle Voyage Skins

Amazon Kindle Touch Skins

Well, a Kindle skin is more about style than protection. It lets you distinguish yourself from other Kindle users and get a little bit of scratch protection for the back of your Kindle as an added bonus.


Monday, September 10, 2018

List of The 2018 Hugo Award Winners


The Hugo Awards are a set of literary awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. The 2018 Hugo Award ceremony has just wrapped up at Worldcon 76, in San José, California. Here are the results of the 2018 Hugo awards, along with the winners that are in red.


Best Novel
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Best Novella
  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.Com Publishing)
  • Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)
Best Novelette
  • “The Secret Life of Bots,” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
  • “Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)
  • “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
  • “Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 15, 2017)
  • “Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
Best Short Story
  • “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)
  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
  • “The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (Tor.com, July 19, 2017)
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
Best Series
  • World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)
  • InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
  • The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
  • The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
  • The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
  • The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway US / Jo Fletcher Books UK)
Best Related Work
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoë Quinn (PublicAffairs)
  • Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce, and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
  • Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)
  • A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Best Graphic Story
  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
  • Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
  • Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)
  • Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
  • Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.)
  • The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
  • The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,” written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
  • Black Mirror: “USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow)
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
  • Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales)
  • Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios)
  • “The Deep” [song], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
Best Editor, Short Form
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheila Williams
  • Neil Clarke
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lee Harris
Best Editor, Long Form
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Navah Wolfe
  • Diana M. Pho
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Joe Monti
Best Professional Artist
  • Sana Takeda
  • John Picacio
  • Galen Dara
  • Victo Ngai
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Best Semiprozine
  • Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
Best Fanzine
  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  • Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
  • Galactic Journey, edited by Gideon Marcus
  • Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
Best Fancast
  • Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay William
  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch
  • Sword and Laser, presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
  • Verity!, presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
Best Fan Writer
  • Sarah Gailey
  • Foz Meadows
  • Mike Glyer
  • Bogi Takács
  • Camestros Felapton
  • Charles Payseur
Best Fan Artist
  • Geneva Benton
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Grace P. Fong
  • Maya Hahto
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
There are two other Awards administered by Worldcon 76 that are not Hugo Awards:
Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), illustrated by Lauren Henderson (Sofawolf Press)
  • In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
  • A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK / Harry N. Abrams US)
  • The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman (Knopf)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Jeannette Ng
  • Rivers Solomon
  • Katherine Arden
  • Sarah Kuhn
Above are the results of the 2018 Hugo awards. Congratulations to all of the winners.
Bonus: All the books are available on Amazon.com. If you want to liberate your purchased Kindle books, we suggest you try the Epubor Ultimate software which can help you decrypt the books and convert format. If you want to know more details about how to remove Kindle DRM, please read this post


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Evernote’s Premium subscription dropped in price as many executives depart



Evernote currently has three different monthly pricing tiers: free, Premium for $7.99 per month (which adds up to nearly $100 over a year), and Business for $14.99 per month. So this deal might be worth taking advantage of if you rely on the app. Premium does afford many more features than free — like up to 10GB of monthly uploads and the ability to scan business cards — but there are also several Evernote alternatives now that are cheaper like Google Keep, Microsoft OneNote and others.

Good news is that Evernote is currently offering a sale on its Premium membership, slashing its yearly subscription price from $70 down to a much more reasonable $42. If you’re interested in grabbing the deal, it’s available now on Evernote’s site. It only applies if you pay one lump sum for the annual subscription.

Meanwhile, Evernote has confirmed that in the past month the company has lost many senior executives, including its CTO Anirban Kundu, CFO Vincent Toolan, CPO Erik Wrobel and head of HR Michelle Wagner. The company did not comment on a reason for the departures, but a source close to the matter said that “Evernote is in a death spiral... Paid user growth and active users have been flat for the last six years and their enterprise product offering has not caught on.”



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Kobo Update 4.10 Adds Overdrive Integration to Aura H2O2 and Aura Clara HD

Kobo has actually released new firmware update for Aura H2O2 and Aura Clara HD. But only adds library support for users in specific countries: Canada, UK, US, Australia, and New Zealand. So other Kobo owners will have to continue to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer library ebooks using a computer and a USB cable.

When Kobo launched the Aura One two years ago, they thrilled fans by integrating support for library ebooks, only to frustrate us by leaving the feature out of subsequent Kobo models like the Aura H2O2 and the Clara HD.

However, Kobo’s new firmware Update 4.10 for its current ereader models that give owners the ability to access their local public libraries directly to their devices. Once they add their library account to their ereader, they can search for titles, place holds, and download library ebooks from inside the Overdrive section of the Kobo store on the device.

For those people who can't update to the latest firmware automatically, you can go to github to download it manually. 


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Best 3 Tools to Help You Pirate Books

Although we have purchased ebooks or audiobooks, they are not truly owned by us because of the DRM protection. So we must get rid of the DRM protection to gain the full control of the purchased content. Below are the 3 powerful tools to help you back up your purchased content.
1. How to Pirate eBooks?
Epubor Ultimate makes it simple to decrypt ebooks purchased from mainstream books stores, like Amazon/Kobo/Nook/Google Play Books, etc. You can follow the guide to get rid of DRM.

Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer.

Step 2, download ebooks to your computer.

First you need to download Kindle books via Kindle for PC/Mac, or Nook books from Nook for PC or Nook Study, or Kobo books from Kobo for PC/Mac, or Google Play books via Adobe Digital Editions.

Step 3, run Epubor Ultimate to remove DRM.

Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect all of your downloaded books via Kindle for PC/Mac, Kobe for PC/Mac, Nook Study, Nook for PC and Adobe Adobe Editions.
So when you launch Epubor Ultimate, you will notice that all the downloaded books are displayed under respective Tabs in the left side-bar. All you need to do is to add the books to the right main window to remove DRM.


2. How to Pirate Audible Books?

With the help of Epubor Audible Converter, you can easily decrypt Audible books with the fastest speed. Follow the below steps to get rid of Audible DRM.

Step 1, download Epubor Audible Converter to your computer.

Step 2, add Audible books to Epubor Audible Converter to remove DRM.

You can upload your downloaded Audible books quickly by simply clicking the Add button. It will pop up a window contains all of your downloaded Audible books. And Audible books will be decrypted immediately as soon as they are added to Epubor Audible Converter.


3. How to Pirate eTextbooks?

You’ll get DRM free Epub or PDF files (depends on the book type delievered by VitalSource) after downloading your VitalSource eTextbooks with Epubor VitalSource Downloader.

Step 1, download Epubor VitalSource Downloader to your computer.

Step 2, click the book cover to start downloading the book to your computer.

With the 3 DRM Removal tools, you can gain the full control of the paid books, Audible books and VitalSource eTextbooks. 


Monday, August 13, 2018

Walmart teams up with Kobo to sell ebooks and audiobooks



On January 25, 2018, Walmart announced a strategic alliance with Rakuten, the number one e-commerce company in Japan.
Kobo is a global leader in eBooks and audiobooks with nearly six million titles from thousands of publishers – everything from children’s books to New York Times best sellers and indie titles.
The eBook and audiobook offering will be fully integrated into the Walmart online shopping experience, and customers will be able to buy these versions as well as the physical book while shopping for their favorite titles. 
All eBook content will be accessible through a Walmart/Kobo co-branded app on all iOS and Android devices, a desktop app and Kobo eReaders (which will offer online and in stores later this year). And the official launch of the digital bookstore on the Walmart website will be launched on August 21st.
Partnering with Rakuten for access to Kobo is one of the quickest and easiest ways for Walmart to enter the e-book market. While Rakuten has the chance to grow Kobo's relatively small US footprint, Walmart has a better chance of challenging Amazon with this partnership.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Best DRM Removal Tool for eBooks

The majority of eBooks purchased from popular eBook store comes with DRM protection. So have you even been troubled by the DRM limitation after you purchase the eBooks? For example, you can't share your books with your friends freely or back up your purchased books? If you do, this article is going to show you how to remove DRM from popular mainstream eBook stores using the best DRM removal tool for eBooks.

1. How to Remove DRM from Kindle Books

Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer.

Step 2, download Kindle books to your computer via Kindle for PC/Mac.

Step 3, run Epubor Ultimate, all of the downloaded kindle books are displayed in the left side-bar under Kindle tab. Then all you need to do is add the Kindle books to the right main to remove DRM.

Tips: After downloading Kindle books to your computer, Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect your downloaded Kindle books in the left side-bar. Epubor Ultimate can also detect your Kindle books downloaded via Kindle e-ink reader after connecting the device to your computer.

2. How to Remove DRM from Google Play Books

Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer.

Step 2, download Adobe Digital Edition to your computer and authorize it with an Adobe ID.

Step 3, go to Google Play store, click Books > My books on top-left of webpage. Then find ebook title you want to download, click the three dots icon on the top-right corner of ebook title. Next select Download EPUB or Download PDF from popup menu to start downloading the book.
Step 4, you will get a .acsm file instead of a Epub or PDF file directly. So you need to double click the .acsm file, then ADE will download the book automatically. After downloading the book to your computer, you can open and read it in Adobe Digital Editions.
Tips: you will only get an .acsm downloading link when you download EPUB/PDF from Google Play Books website. Then you must double click the .acsm link to download the content via ADE.
Step 5, all of your Google Play books downloaded via ADE will be displayed under Adobe tap in the left side-bar. Next add the books to the right main window to remove DRM.
3. How to Remove DRM from Kobo Books
Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer.
Step 2: download Kobo for PC/Mac to your computer and log in with your own account. Then download your Kobo books to your computer.
Tips: Kobo for PC/Mac must be downloaded from Kobo official website, or Epubor Ultimate can't detect the downloaded Kobo books automatically.
Step 3: run Epubor Ultimate, you will see that the downloaded Kobo books are displayed under Kobo tap in the left-side bar. Next add the Kobo books to the right main window to remove DRM.

Tips: Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect your Kobo books downloaded via Kobo for PC/Mac.
4. How to Remove DRM from Nook Books
Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer.
Step 2: download Nook books to your computer via Nook for PC or Nook for Study.
Step 3: run Epubor Ultimate, go to Settings > Nook, then input your Nook account and password.
Step 4: all the Nooks books downloaded via Nook for PC or Nook for Study are displayed under Nook tab in the left side-bar. Next you just to need to add the Nook books to the right main window to remove DRM.
Tips: Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect your Nook books downloaded via Nook for PC or Nook for Study.
The best DRM removal tools for eBooks can not only decrypt Kindle/Kobo/Google Play/Nook books, etc, it can also convert the decrypted book to Epub/Mobi/AZW/PDF/TXT.