Weekly Tech Links
Keishon of AvidBookReader explains why the iPhone is her go to ereading device even though she owns and loves her Sony Reader.
Intel hopes to have wireless power charging available in the next 18 months. As someone who lugs around three items that need to be charged at all times, I can only say that 18 months cannot pass quickly enough.
Arnold Schwarznegger’s requirement for California to go digital in its textbooks could represent a huge financial loss for Pearson (parent company of Penguin). Because educational texts represent a major source of income for Pearson, it has responded rapidly to the Governor’s call for digital texts. “[T]extbook giant Pearson has responded with digital content to supplement California’s programs in biology, chemistry, algebra 2, and geometry.”
Kindle download limitations can be publisher initiated according to the blogger at Gear Diary. Apparently, publishers can license the right to only download a copy to one device but you don’t know until you try it because there are no DRM restriction warnings.
Wall Street Journal suggests that there will be Amazon Kindle price increases in the future because Amazon cannot sustain the loss leader pricing of $9.99 forever. (Only until the publishers cave is my supposition).
Apple has instituted ratings for apps for the iPhone and iTouch. I keep wondering if publishers have given any thought to this or not.
Finally, ScrollMotion has announced a partnership with LibreDigital to provide over 100,000 books to iPhone/iTouch users. You’ll be able to purchase the books via the new “in app” purchasing features which uses your Apple iTunes account. (the one click purchase is licensed through Amazon). It is unknown at this time whether this will be yet another DRM’ed format and what the pricing will be because ScrollMotion’s current pricing is way high. I personally hate the ScrollMotion application because it requires you to suffer through the animated page turn.