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Archives: September 2013

Sherman Alexie Comes Around on eBooks, Partners With Open Road

ShermanAuthor Sherman Alexie has partnered with digital publisher Open Road Media to release his entire backlist of fiction in eBook form. Titles include: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, The Toughest Indian in the WorldFlightReservation Blues, Indian KillerTen Little Indians, and War Dances. The books will be available on October 15th.

The  news comes as a surprise, as the author has been vocally against eBooks. He explained his frustration with the new technology and why he came around in a video posted on Open Road. Check it out:

At the beginning my hate was sort of global—but now it’s modified a bit. I still have serious issues with the politics and economic philosophies involved in much of the electronic book world but I’m also vitally interested in reaching more of my readers and reaching a younger generation of readers who are more technologically savvy and tech addicted, and in order to reach them I have to do this. But I’m also very excited about the aesthetic and artistic possibilities. I have an iPad—I love my iPad. I love the idea of being a part of current culture.

FIFA 14 is Top Free iPhone App This Week

FIFAFIFA 14 by EA Sports joins the top free iPhone apps list this week at No. 1, according to research from AppData. The soccer game app lets users be real players from real teams around the world.

Below, we’ve listed the top free iPhone apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To support Mediabistro’s Media App Summit, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

‘The Rocket Garden’ is Free eBook of the Day

rocketgardenThe Rocket Garden by Eric Sennevoight is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The horror novel takes place during a zombie apocalypse. Check it out:

A harsh and restless look at the zombie apocalypse after everyone on Earth drops dead at the same moment. Trapped in a city-sized graveyard, the last survivor stumbles, bleeding through the chaos. Fires rage while the power fails and help is nowhere to be found. It’s getting darker, quieter. Then the corpses begin to move…

Amazon has the free download through 9/30.

For more free eBooks, check out our 10 Websites to Download Free eBooks list, as well as our Free eBook of the Day archive.

KEeReader Hopes to Make eBooks More Web-Friendly

keereaderKEeReader, a browser-based eBook reading platform that uses HTML5/ CSS/JavaScript, hopes to make eBook reading easier on the web and make interacting with the text more like flipping through a print book.

The app uses responsive design so it allows users to read browser-based eBooks on any device be it an eReader, a phone, a tablet or a computer, and have an optimized reading experience. The app also makes the books search engine optimized to make it easier to discover the book as part of a normal web search. Read more

MIXX Lets You Record Music Videos to Your Favorite Tune

mixx2Music and Film is a match made in internet heaven – it’s a great way to entertain friends or just enjoy your favorite tunes to some great visuals. Now, you can make your own, with the songs you already own using your phone’s camera and this iOS app, MIXX.

To help you get started, here are some quick tips:

  • You don’t need to register with a username or password – the app is a personal use app so you’re not going to be sharing directly from within the app.
  • Make sure you have your selected song uploaded into your device, and not just in the cloud. Read more