HBO, which has been losing subscribers at a steady pace over the last few years, just made a subscription a little more appealing with an app for iPhone, iPad, and Android that allows you to watch every episode of ongoing and past HBO series. The selection ranges from new hits
At the Amazon annual shareholder meeting yesterday, CEO Jeff Bezos said that the Kindle targets "serious readers," while the iPad targets a broader range of users. Bezos later added that 90 percent of households are not serious reading households. This begs the question, is 10 percent of households a big enough audience for a specialized device to a company as large as Amazon? Also, does this explain why Amazon has declined to state sales numbers for the Kindle?
Today Barnes and Noble announced that they are working on an iPad-specific version of their eReader software. What makes this of interest is that the eBooks you buy will be associated with your Barnes and Noble account, a departure from current iPhone app which tie your purchases to the app. This will allow Nook owners the option of moving their entire collection of eBooks to the iPad.
The app is scheduled to be released on April 3. This is a smart move for Barnes and Noble. By working with the iPad instead of trying to fight it, they have the potential to sell more eBooks, putting them ahead of Sony and making them a better competition with Amazon.
Barnes & Noble's new ebook reader, the Nook, has a handy feature for iPhone users that isn't getting much attention. According to a press release released recently, the device will have a "reading now" feature that will let you save your place in a book across devices, including the B&N eReader app for the iPhone [App Store, Free].
Classics, a new kind of eBook reader for the iPhone and ipod touch, was released today by developer Tap Tap Tap. The new app offerers a more realistic book-reading experience. The interface uses graphics and sound effects to mimic the sensation of browsing through a real book shelf to find a book and turning through pages of real paper. The app is available at an introductory price of $2.99 in the App Store.