Sunday, September 27, 2020

Calibre 5.0 Released with Highlighting & Dark Mode

calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager. It’ll allow you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal e-book software. This year calibre takes a major change. The newly released calibre 5.0 supports highlighting in the E-book viewer and dark mode. Besides, calibre has now moved to use Python 3.

New in calibre 5.0

Welcome back, calibre users. It has been a year since calibre 4.0. The two headline features are Highlighting support in the calibre E-book viewer and that calibre has now moved to Python 3.

There has been a lot of work on the calibre E-book viewer. It now supports Highlighting. The highlights can be colors, underlines, strikethrough, etc. and have added notes. All highlights can be both stored in EPUB files for easy sharing and centrally in the calibre library for easy browsing. Additionally, the E-book viewer now supports both vertical and right-to-left text.

calibre has moved to using Python 3. This is because Python 2 was end-of-lifed this year. This should be completely transparent to calibre users, the only caveat being that some third party calibre plugins have not yet been ported to Python 3 and therefore will not work in calibre 5. For status on the various plugin ports, see here. This effort involved porting half-a-million lines of Python code and tens-of-thousands of lines of extension code to Python 3. This would not have been possible without the help of Eli Schwartz and Flaviu Tamas.

• Highlighting in the E-book viewer

• Dark mode support

• Enhanced search in the E-book viewer

• Backwards incompatibilities

calibre users have been looking forward to these new features for a long time. From the start, calibre has brought great convenience to our readers’ lives. We really want to thank calibre for every change they make along the way to make this all-in-one ebook management tool get better and better. 

Bonus tip: You can remove DRM from Kindle books by installing the De-DRM plugin to calibre

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Audible Escape will Be Shut Down on November 1

Audible Escape was launched in 2017 under the name Audible Romance, which was immensely loved by subscribers for giving listeners access to an immense library romance audiobooks in exchange for a flat monthly fee. However, last month, Audible introduced a new general interest all-you-can-listen plan called Audible Plus which has essentially replace Audible Escape. 

Audible Plus includes titles across multiple genres, including Romance, as well as shorter-form titles, podcasts, and Audible Originals.

On September 15, 2020, Audible sent out an email, informing authors and users that it is going to shut down Audible Escape subscription service on November 1. Here’s the email that was sent to users:

Audible Escape (formerly known as the Audible Romance Package) will end on 1 November per an email from ACX.

Since November 1, 2017, Audible Escape has provided avid romance fans with countless hours of entertainment and enjoyment, including your titles. We’ve learned so much about what customers are looking for in an unlimited listening membership, inspiring new offerings and services that present members a diverse selection of titles across a mix of formats (such as audiobooks, podcasts, and Audible Originals) as well as lengths and genres.

As of 1 November, Audible will no longer offer the Audible Escape subscription. This means titles will be removed from subscribers’ libraries on that date.

You will receive royalties for all Audible Escape listening of your titles, and qualifying creators will receive author/producer and title bonuses based on the full Q4 2020 bonus pool.

After November 1, all titles previously in Audible Escape will be available for purchase with cash or an Audible monthly credit. A selection of titles previously in Audible Escape will also be available in Audible Plus.

If you are sick of such behavior, you should back up your Audible books to your computer and take full control of your purchased property.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Microsoft Surface Duo Supports for Reading eBooks on Both Screens!

Today, Microsoft released its first Android smartphone -- Microsoft Surface Duo. It's a dual-screen, foldable Android-based device with each panel coming in at 4.8mm thin.

Unlike previous Microsoft products, which run an in-house operating system. Microsoft Surface Duo will run Android instead. Surface Duo can do everything you'd expect from a modern smartphone and tablet. For instance, you can use it to play with apps and make calls, and it can even fit in your pocket. However, Microsoft is reluctant to describe the device as a smartphone.

"We didn’t set out to combine two existing devices – the tablet and the laptop. We had a vision for how we could take the best elements of each to create something entirely new. To find that perfect intersection of hardware and software that unlocks a more intuitive way to work and create," said Microsoft Chief Product Officer. 

One particular detail might catch the eye of some of those that read Kindle ebooks. It turns out the Kindle Android app has been optimized for Microsoft Surface Duo to display two pages at once.

Comparing to other Android-based smartphones, Microsoft Surface Duo is quite expensive - starting at $1,399 for the entry-level model. Would you consider purchasing a Surface Duo for reading ebooks? 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Audible Launched Audible Plus to Access Exclusive Content

Audible just launched its third unlimited subscription audiobook service called Audible Plus. It will cost $7.95 per month.

Audible Plus is a membership that offers full access to thousands of high-quality audio programs across different genres, lengths, and formats. The content included in the Audible Plus Catalog includes ad-free podcasts, exclusive podcasts, Audible Original titles, audiobooks and more. There is no limit to the number of titles in the catalog an Audible Plus member can listen to each month.

It includes a catalog where you can access so many titles. The Plus Catalog is an amazing collection of binge-worthy audiobooks and genre-bending Audible Originals. This catalog is a membership benefit for our Audible Plus and Premium Plus members, who can listen to all they want to any title included in the catalog. Audible Originals are created to be listened to and can’t be found anywhere else!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

New Kobo Software Update 4.23 Released

Kobo firmware 4.23.15505 has been released on August 10, 2020. Now, this new firmware update is available to the Kobo Touch A/B, Kobo Touch C, Kobo Glo, Kobo Glo HD, Kobo Touch 2.0, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Aura H2O, Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 v1, Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 v2, Kobo Aura ONE, Kobo Aura ONE Limited Edition, Kobo Aura Edition 2 v1, Kobo Aura Edition 2 v2, Kobo Nia, Kobo Clara HD, Kobo Forma, and the Kobo Libra H2O. It has not been released to the Kobo Mini. 

This update comes with some significant changes to the user interface.

New global bottom navigation for Home, My Books, Discover, and More. And the main list of menu items at the top left corner is replaced by a clock.

In the library view, there’s a scroll bar to help navigate through your ebook library. And there are some other design changes as well, such as new style for library tabs and no more pagination controls in the library views.

Now you can download the update from the Kobo Firmware Downloads page or you can wait for the update to automatically download, which may take a few weeks.

Kobo's release notes: 

Easier navigation

• Now, you can access and discover more books or go back to the Home screen with one less tap.

• Tap More to see everything else like reading activity, settings, and help articles. You can now scroll up and down your list of books.


• We’ve added a clock to the upper-left side of your screen

• Check release note information by going to Settings > Device Information > View release notes

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Onyx Boox Poke2 Color Just Sold Out

Onyx Boox is a brand of e-book reader produced by Onyx International Inc, based in China. Like most e-book readers, the Boox uses electronic paper technology.

On August 10, 2020, Onyx had officially released their first ebook reader that uses E Ink’s new color Kaleido screen technology. But they only produced 100 units and were sold out in a few hours. 

The Poke2 Color features a 6-inch E INK Carta HD Display with a resolution of 1072×1448 with 300 PPI. The color mode can show 4096 colors with 100 PPI to bring content to life. The Poke2 Color has a 2.0GHz octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It has a frontlight with adjustable color temperature and it supports dual band Wi-Fi and USB OTG. It has a 1500mAh battery and microUSB port. The device weighs only 150 grams.

Like Onyx’s other Android devices, the Poke2 Color runs Android 9.0 and is open to install apps, including the Kindle app, so that makes it a lot more versatile than a typical e-reader. 

Let’s wait and see if Onyx will continue to produce such color E Ink devices.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Amazon Removed Downloading Feature For Kindle Cloud Reader

Amazon has removed downloading feature for Kindle Cloud Reader for security reasons. From now on, you can never download Kindle books for offline reading or other purposes, such as convert Kindle books. If that so, is there an alternative method to pull Kindle books from Amazon platform to take full control of your Kindle books? The answer is yes. 
For Windows users, we suggest you follow this guide to use Epubor Ultimate to convert Kindle books.
For Mac users:
1. If you have a Kindle E Ink device, you can use Epubor Ultimate to convert Kindle books with the help of Kindle e ink device.
2. If you don't have a Kindle E Ink device, and your macOS is below than 10.15 Catalina, you can still use Epubor Ultimate to convert kindle books by downgrading Kindle for Mac to an older version(below version 1.23). However, if you don't have a Kindle E Ink device, and your macOS is 10.15 Catalina or higher, there's no tool on the market that can help you convert Kindle books.
Have you any problem regarding Kindle DRM, feel free to contact Epubor Customer Support.