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Archives: January 2012

OverDrive Brings Library eBooks to the BB PlayBook

Everyone might expect the PlayBook to be pulled, but it looks like OverDrive doesn’t. They’ve just released a new version of their Media Console app.

With this app you’ll be able to search for and download eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive’s 18 thousand partner libraries. The OMC app also supports side-loaded Epubs, so you can use this app to read DRM free eBooks purchased elsewhere.

For a tablet that is supposed to be dead, the PlayBook has a surprising number of free reading apps. You can find an app for Wattpad, Adobe Reader, and Kobo, as well as several free ePub readers and apps that support other formats including FB2, txt, and more.

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‘Tom Sawyer Abroad’ by Mark Twain is Today’s Free eBook

Many have read Mark Twain’s classic novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (or seen a movie based on it). But fewer readers are familiar with the later novels starring Tom, and that brings me to today’s free eBook.

Feedbooks has more details:

Tom Sawyer Abroad is a novel by Mark Twain published in 1894. It features Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in a parody of Jules Verne-esque adventure stories. In the story, Tom, Huck, and Jim set sail to Africa in a futuristic hot air balloon, where they survive encounters with lions, robbers, and fleas to see some of the world’s greatest wonders, including the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Detective, the story is told using the first-person narrative voice of Huck Finn.


You can find this title on FeedBooks.

Watch Obama’s Complete Google+ Hangout with America [Video]


President Obama completed his first live Google Hangout on Monday, and the results were pretty good.  Google has put up the video, and you can see that whether you agree with the answers or not, the overall effect of having Americans from all over the country asking live questions to the President is a very effective way to see the President in a variety of situations.  Unfortunately, for this particular interview the questions were strongly moderated and the questions were a bit too vague — the whole interview had a positive vibe and some tough questions weren’t addressed.

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Is Social Recruiting Real? [Video]


Are recruiters using social media to recruit new talent?  The folks at the tweetMyJobs blog say yes, and have produced an intense video with a whole stack of statistics about the current state of social recruiting.  As they mention in their blog post, they try to focus on the specifics to deliver an honest appraisal of the current state of things, as opposed to many of the hyped up infographics of late.

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Nook Color Now $130 on Ebay

Barnes & Noble only puts the NookColor on sale on days ending in ‘y’, and that probably explains today’s offer.

B&N is selling refurbished NC on Ebay today for $20 off the regular price. That’s a decent price for this 7″ tablet, but it is also not the best price. B&N has put the NC on sale for as low as $99.



Open Road Teams With ProPublica

Digital publishing house Open Road Integrated Media has teamed up with investigative journalism non-profit ProPublica to publish its eBooks.

According to the press release, “Open Road will publish multiple ebooks featuring ProPublica’s award winning investigative journalism” and the relationship will be ongoing.

Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief and CEO of ProPublica, stated: “Ebooks are a very promising platform for publishing journalism with high impact, and therefore a critical venue for ProPublica.  We are delighted to be moving ahead in this new arena with Jane Friedman and her incredibly talented colleagues at Open Road.”

The first two eBooks from the two companies include: Presidential Pardons: Shades of Mercy, a story of presidential pardons based on ProPublica’s investigative series on originally published in the Washington Post, and Post Mortem: Death in America, an investigative report about problems in coroner and medical examiner offices in the U.S. which includes content from NPR and Frontline.


What to do With That Old Dead eReader

Have you ever had an old gadget die yet not be able to part with it? One sculptor’s got you covered.

Rodrigo Alonso has recently started  limited production of furniture made from old electronics. He’s made several stools so far, and all were assembled from a unique collection of electronic junk.

It would take an awful lot of personal gadgets to make one of these stools, so it might be better to simply provide your old gadgets as the centerpiece. I could easily see adding an original Kindle to one. In fact, there are some interesting artistic statements that you could make by leaving certain contents on the screen.

Would an excerpt from The Sheep Looked Up work, or would that be too obvious?