Amazon patent that would allow for the re-sale of digital goods. Specifically, the Amazon patent filing was calling for an “electronic marketplace for used digital objects.” Of course, those objects could be anything from audio and video to ebooks and maybe even apps. The key here, it now looks like this idea has gotten some additional support. Not necessarily direct support for Amazon, however support for the idea as a whole.
Amazon patent filing suggests that the company is working on a method that will allow you to sell your used ebook. And while that may seem a bit silly to use the term used in reference to something digital, this could have some perks for those who tend to read a book only once. The catch here, this is simply a patent approval and Amazon has yet to actually announce anything.
announced that Google Books will now be available for pre-order. The "New and coming soon" section will now show upcoming books before they hit the store, and users anxious to virtually flip through those pages can pre-order and get it right on release day.
Android users have been frequenting the Google Play Store in a big way, with Google announcing that the store has hit 25 billion downloads. That may not seem like a big deal when you remember that the Apple Store hit 25 billion downloads earlier this year, but it's important to keep in mind that back in 2010, the Google Play Store was only at 1 billion downloads. That's a pretty significant jump in user activity (and, by extension, consumer adoption of Android), so it's only fitting that Google kicks off a new promotion to celebrate this milestone.
tools will be available for developers to easily convert their texts to 'standard-compliant' eBooks. At first glance, this seems to only benefit the iOS adopters out there. But when considering the tech world as a whole, why can't publishers take their conversions where they please?
Paid Content, popular novels like the Harry Potter and Vampire Diaries, as well as titles from Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell. Google promptly removed the books after being alerted, but not before thousands of illicit copies were downloaded. The apps were free from a publisher calling itself "UKER", and presumably hoped to make money off of advertising.
we reported on last week. According to this hands on, done by Laptop Magazine, the photovoltaic screen will be included in new smartphones within a year and promises to only add about $1 to existing cellphone prices. The hands on shows a smartphone mockup with an amp-meter attached to it, showing the fluctuating voltage as the device moves in and out of exposed light. Wysips also says that the solar film isn't only being developed for for smartphones, it'll have applications for tablets and eBook readers as well.
Financial Times' sources. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, HTC is apparently hiring content editors for an online store; that team will begin with a small number of Taiwan-based staff, but is expected to grow to around 100 people spread around the world. HTC will only say that the company is "growing very fast" and that it is "hiring for a variety of positions including marketers, developers, technical writers and many others. We are always exploring new areas we can add value to our customers but we can’t comment on our future plans." The latest version of HTC Sense, as on the Desire HD and Desire Z, includes the HTC Hub, a download-style store with various wallpapers, themes, ringtones and other content. [via Recombu]