5 Cool Instances of BBM Integration in BlackBerry Apps


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BlackBerry Messenger is a really powerful platform. It’s also incredibly disruptive when you consider that 100 billion BBM messages are sent each month. Consider how the carrier must view that. BBM is taking 100 billion messages away from the carriers that would have otherwise been done over SMS. We’ve been talking about the BBM Social Platform a lot lately because it’s a natural progression of BBM to bring more users together and bring apps into the fold. Here are 5 companies and apps doing cool stuff with the BBM Social Platform:
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The Reader’s Medium – The Pros and Cons of eBooks


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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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Kobo unveils BBM-enabled eReader for BlackBerry PlayBook


A special social version of Kobo eReader software was revealed today at DevCon during the BlackBerry PlayBook announcement. Kobo for BlackBerry PlayBook is an industry-first social eReading experience, with lots of BBM flavored sharing and communications options.

New features include shopping for books with a friend, reading with a group, exchanging passages and discussing books in real time. These new social features will reinvent the book club with slick BBM connectivity.

There are at present about 2 million titles in the Kobo store, as well as thousands of free classic books available for download.
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Borders Launches Free eBook Store with Free Books Upon Download


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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KOBO and Borders Group launch eBook service for BlackBerry



Borders Group have launched an eBook reader and service with KOBO, a spinoff of Indigo. The service is available on your BlackBerry, where you can easily download eBooks and read them on your device. The KOBO service plans to offer 1.8 million free books and another 200,000 at $9.99.

With a clean UI, a simple downloading process and a clean font, this app makes reading books on your BlackBerry very easy. To use the KOBO app, you must have OS 4.5 or greater.

To download head over to the kobobooks.com/blackberry and enter your email. You will promptly get an email with OTA links.