Open Book: build your own eReader (soldering iron and a lot of patience required)

Developer Joey Castillo’s Open Book project is a set of hardware, software, and instructions for folks that want to build, customize, and write code for their own DIY eReaders. We first covered the project last year, when it was still in the early stages, and earlier this year the project won a contest that enabled […]

Kobo Forma targets the Kindle Oasis ($280 eReader with page turn buttons)

Kobo’s latest eBook reader is a premium device with an 8 inch, 1920 x 1440 pixel E Ink display, 8GB of storage, and a front light with adjustable color temperature. The Kobo Forma goes up for pre-order for $280 on October 16th and should be available in select stores a week later. The Kobo Forma also bears […]

Rakuten acquires library eBook, audiobook provider OverDrive

The company that bought retail portal in 2010 and eBook company Kobo in 2011 is expanding again. Rakuten has announced plans to buy OverDrive for $410 million. OverDrive is an eBook and audiobook distributor that makes digital media available to library patrons, school students, and others. You can use the OverDrive system to borrow or […]

Subscription eBook service Scribd adds 10,000 digital comics

Scribd is a sort of Netflix-for-eBook service that lets you access thousands of books for $9 per month. Now about 10,000 of those books include digital comics and graphic novels. The company has added titles from top comics publishers including Marvel, IDW/Top Shelf, Boom! Studios, and Dynamite. Titles include Spider-Man, X-Men, Transformers, the Dresden Files, […]

Amazon Kindle Touch now supports landscape mode, translation, more

Amazon has released a software update for the Amazon Kindle Touch that lets you hold the 7 inch eBook reader in landscape mode, customize the language settings, or access more options for sharing passages from eBooks. Kindle Touch software version 5.1 is available for download from the Amazon website, where you’ll also find instructions for […]

NOOK for iPad updated for Retina display

Barnes & Noble has updated its NOOK eBook app for the iPad to support the high resolution 2048 x 1536 pixel display on the new iPad. That means you can view higher resolution books, magazines, and newspapers on the iPad than on a NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color, or NOOK Simple Touch eBook reader — but […]