Apolline & Leon – The Witch of The Tuileries, is a children’s book that has been ported to the BlackBerry PlayBook and made fully interactive. As you can see from the above YouTube video, you can touch various elements of each page and something happens. The book is ideal for young children from 3 to 8, as they’re bound to have fun shaking clouds, steering boats, throwing balls, playing music and more. The only potential downside of a book like this, is that children may spend more time playing than actually learning to read. So it’s important to still emphasize the words and meanings.
OverDrive Media Console is an app that lets you direct download EPUB eBooks and audiobooks and gives you access to more than 13,000 libraries worldwide. The app features a “Get Books” function that makes it easy to find a local library, browse for titles, check them out with a library card, and download directly to BlackBerry. Digital books from the library will automatically expire in the app, so there are never late fees. The app also features an orientation lock and custom bookmarks.
As a general rule, I tend to have at least two books on the go at any given time. Before I went in to marketing and copywriting, I worked in a large bookstore. The walls of my living room are lined with bookshelves that are overflowing with works of fantasy, biographies, cookbooks, atlases, encyclopedias, you name it. In short, I love books. They are and have been the cornerstone of society for many, many centuries.
But apparently it’s all changing. Last year, Amazon said that eBooks were outselling hardcovers. During my 45 minute bus commute to work every day, I see at least five people with their eyes glued to some form of eReader. I do still see people reading books the old fashioned way, but it seems that more and more often, I’m seeing electronic books.
I’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing some form of eBook reader or downloading eBooks for my BlackBerry for a couple of months now, but I’m still on the fence about it. Here’s what I know about eBooks:
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The guys at Made Simple Learning let us know about their latest book: BlackBerry Torch Made Simple. What’s interesting about this latest book, is that their usual publisher, Apress, has taken a pass on all BlackBerry books – except for the Playbook. According to the authors, Apress doesn’t feel the BlackBerry market is strong enough to merit future books on BlackBerrys. This seems like a strange reason to not publish the books considering the BlackBerry market continues to grow along with the greater smartphone industry. A more obvious reason is that print seems to be on the decline, and much of the information in the Made Simple Learning books for BlackBerry can be found online.
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How do you find reading a book on your BlackBerry? While it might not be all that great on a small screen, one could assume the eBook market will see a huge surge in activity once a BlackBerry Tablet is launched. We have heard the BlackBerry Cobalt Tablet will be more like a smartphone companion, making ideal for reading your eBooks (which are pretty easy to find for free on a BlackBerry due to the open nature of the platform).
The free Borders eBook Store is powered by Kobo, which also has its own eBook app for BlackBerry. While the app is available for download right now, it’s probably best to hold off because between July 9-11, anyone who downloads the free Borders app will get 5 free top-selling books. These free top-selling books include Frankenstein by Dean Koontz, One Shot by Lee Child, The Alchemyst by Michael Scott, Julia Child’s Kitchen Wisdom and Master your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels.
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S4BB have just released the Think and Grow Rich eBook for BlackBerry. The book was written by Napoleon Hill, one of the founders of personal success literature, who went on to be an adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-36. The eBook is available free for the fist 1,000 downloads so be sure to grab it asap.