A new freeware template for a classic book design in Adobe InDesign CS6.
New statistics on digital tablet use, from a report by the authoritative Pew Internet & American Life Project:
“For the first time, a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire — almost twice as many as the 18% who owned a tablet a year ago.”
Kindle Worlds has been announced. It’s a special fan-fiction corral, in which fans can publish and profit from works under official licenses. Currently it’s limited to Warner Bros. Alloy Entertainment’s girl titles. But more are promised in the future.
New research from the UK’s National Literacy Trust. They surveyed 34,910 young people aged eight to 16, and found…
* 39% of young people read daily using electronic devices including tablets and eReaders.
* Nearly all young people have access to a computer at home, and 4 out of 10 now own a tablet or a smartphone.
* 3 in 10 young people do not have a desk of their own.
* Screen reading is not always pleasant for long-form reading. Those who read only on-screen are three times less likely to “enjoy reading very much”.
A new WordPress plugin for your blog, Send to Kindle…
“The Send to Kindle Button lets readers enjoy your blog anytime, everywhere on their Kindle devices and free reading apps.”
There’s an interesting BBC Radio 4 documentary on the history of audio books, currently available on “Listen Again”.
Wikipedia has enabled a new ePub format ebook export option.
The UK is set to get a new Kindle on 25th October. The £109 Paperwhite is Amazon’s first backlit Kindle, and is a proper ebook ereader rather than a tablet. Looks good, and will be on my Wish List as a replacement for my existing Kindle 3.
ACX, a new (to me) Amazon/Audible service and marketplace for audiobook creation. Looks interesting, but I’d like to see it expand to the level of individual stories.
New USA statistics on ebook use, from Simba…
“24.5% of U.S. adults consider themselves to be e-book users, up from about 17.2% the year before”
That doesn’t mean they’re ebook purchasers, or even device users, since using searching Google Books via a Web browser could lead someone to consider themselves an ebook user.