BookExpo America is upon us, and all the talk at the New York publishing fair is of booming e-book sales and where that leaves hardbacks and paperbacks.
Barnes & Noble, the bookstore chain whose digital prospects helped encourage John Malone to make a $1bn offer last week, is marking the occasion by unveiling a new model of its Nook e-reader on Tuesday morning. Kobo got in a day early with the launch of a new touch-screen version of its 6-inch e-ink reader on Monday. Read more
It was back in 1980 that IBM committed the tech industry’s most famous mistake: hiring a little company called Microsoft to write an operating system for its first PC. Now, with Big Blue’s stock market value once again surpassing that of Microsoft in intraday trading on Monday, it can finally turn the page on a less-than-glorious chapter in its 100-year history. Read more
Brad Keywell is an intense character, his shaved head and direct gaze giving an impression of coiled purpose. The weekend before we met, he told me, he had been canyoneering, scrambling up and down mountain canyons. Read more
Russia’s biggest internet firm is about to pull off the world’s biggest dot com float since Google, if its target share price is anything to go by. Yandex has raised price guidance to a range of $24 to $25 a share from a previous $20 to $22, Reuters reports. But is this company really Russia’s Google or is it all just market chatter, reminiscent of that surrounding the IPO of Renren, aka China’s Facebook, a few weeks ago? In other words, is this just more froth in the global tech sector?
Tech news from around the web:
- Apple has reportedly signed up Sony Music to its cloud-based online subscription music service, paidContent reports. Sony has joined EMI and Warner Music as partners in the service – probably to be called iCloud – which will be run from Apple’s a new data center in North Carolina and involves a streaming subscription service for mobile devices.
Livescribe is making its digital pen technology easier to share and afford, with new software that will convert notes to common formats inside popular services and the launch of a budget version of its Echo pen. Livescribe Connect will allow notebook pages to be exported easily in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format that includes both handwritten pages and the embedded audio recording made by its Echo smartpen, which will now be available in a $100 (£100, €130) 2Gb version. Read more