The summer may be winding down, but poolside and beachgoing ebook readers just got a late-in-the-season gift from Kobo, in the form of a new waterproof ereader.
The Kobo Aura H2O is an upgraded, dustproof and water-resistant version of its popular Aura HD, a surprise success last year for the Toronto-based ebook retailer and device maker.
By building an ereader suitable for the hazards of outdoor reading, Kobo isn’t aiming at the masses. Michael Tamblyn, the company’s President and Chief Content Officer said the Aura H2O is meant to appeal instead to people for whom ebook “reading is at the center of their lives” and want a premium experience.
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Penguin Random House Claims Half the Week’s Best-Sellers (DBW)
It’s been a strong summer–and, indeed, year–for the world’s largest trade publisher as If I Stay continues its run at the top of the Ebook Best-Seller List.
Publishing Pay Creeps Upward (PW)
According Publishers Weekly’s latest salary survey, publishing employees earned an average of 2.8% more in 2013 than they did in 2012. Then again, that’s the same percentage increase as the previous year.
Ebook-Only Campus Library Opens Its Doors (Engadget)
A new university in Florida launches a library with no printed books on its shelves. Its catalog is essentially crowdsourced, with students buying for the entire school any title that’s browsed more than once.
Mobile-Friendly K-12 Platform Launches in Latin America (PubPerspectives)
EducaTablet bills itself as a digital content platform for the K-12 education market that allows students to access e-textbooks in Spanish as well as English and comes with a mobile app.
Capstone Buys Engage Literacy Program (PW)
The children’s publisher adds a trove of print and digital K-3 educational resources to its catalog, with an eye toward expanding them.
Open-Source Textbook Program Expands (The Digital Reader)
OpenStax, an open-source textbook initiative based at Rice University, plans to add ten titles to its catalog in the next three years, hoping to offer students less expensive digital alternatives to print materials.
EBSCO and Choice Help Librarians Vet Quality Ebooks (PR Web)
The ALA-affiliated magazine teams up with EBSCO to aid librarians in acquiring digital content reflecting the highest quality in research and scholarship.
Related: Digital Book Awards Recognizes Quality and Innovation in Ebooks
Whom Does Kindle Unlimited Serve Best? (SiteProNews)
One observer adds her vote to those preferring public libraries to Amazon’s subscription service, but her account of the service breaks down which sorts of readers it appeals to and why.