Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Amazon Kindle Subscribers Get Free Access to the New York Times

Amazon Kindle Subscribers Get Free Access to the New York Times: "On March 28, 2011, the New York Times moved to a paywall. Which price option is best for Kindle users: Amazon's subscription or the Times' access options?"

Monday, March 28, 2011

Free NYT access with kindle subscription

(NASDAQ:AMZN)--Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that customers who subscribe to The New York Times for Kindle will be receiving access to The New York Times Web site at no additional charge. The date for Kindle New York Times subscribers' free online access is yet undetermined; subscribers will receive further communication via e-mail in the coming weeks.

"Customers love reading The New York Times on their Kindles," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "Given The Times' transition to a digital subscription model, we're excited to be able to offer Kindle subscribers online access to all the digital content available at NYTimes.com at no additional cost."

"The Times' digital subscription plan was designed to offer access to our high-quality journalism across a variety of platforms," said Yasmin Namini, senior vice president, marketing and circulation, and general manager, reader applications, The New York Times Media Group. "New York Times readers on Kindle are a very loyal and important audience, and we are pleased be able to include online access as part of their subscription experience."

The New York Times is the bestselling newspaper in the Kindle Store.

For more information and to order The New York Times for your Kindle, visit www.amazon.com/nytimes.

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Kindle gets Catherine Cookson exclusives

The majority of full-length novels from one of the most prolific and successful British authors of all time are available for Kindle and Kindle app customers.

SEATTLE, Mar 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

(NASDAQ: AMZN) - Amazon.com today announced that 91 titles from Dame Catherine Cookson are now available as e-books for the first time, exclusively in the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). The collection of titles, including some which are out of print, represents the majority of the full-length novels from one of the UK's most-read novelists. These books, which are published by The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust in conjunction with Peach Publishing, are available from $1.50-$5.99 and can be downloaded exclusively by Kindle and Kindle app customers. All 91 titles are available exclusively to U.S. and international customers on Amazon.com, and to U.K. customers on Amazon.co.uk.

Dame Catherine Cookson sold over 150 million books during a writing career that spanned more than 50 years. Translated into over 20 languages, her work was often adapted for the big and the small screen as well as for the stage and radio.

"Dame Catherine Cookson is one of the most popular British writers, and no doubt many American readers of mysteries or romantic thrillers are also familiar with her name," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. "We hope that her longtime fans and new readers will enjoy discovering her entire body of work, now available in the Kindle Store."

"For a long time, Dame Catherine Cookson was the U.K.'s most celebrated and successful novelist. Now, for the first time since her death in 1998, the vast majority of her titles will be available throughout the world," said Sonia Land of Peach Publishing. "We are delighted that both new and loyal fans can view, at a glance, the majority of the full-length novels that Catherine has written and buy one or more of her e-books in less than a minute."

Like all Kindle books, Dame Catherine Cookson's books are "Buy Once, Read Everywhere"--Kindle customers can purchase them and read them on the $139 third-generation Kindle device with new high-contrast Pearl e-Ink, as well as on iPads, iPod touches, iPhones, Macs, PCs, BlackBerrys, Windows Phones and Android-based devices. Amazon's Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off. With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books you purchase from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon, where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

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Exclusive: The King's Speech Digital Book Only Available for NOOK Customers

New York, New York - March 25, 2011 - NOOK Color, the award-winning, bestselling Reader's Tablet by Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) keeps getting better with additions to its expansive digital catalog including everything from interactive versions of Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine to exciting children's books featuring Barbie, Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse. Barnes & Noble, the world's largest bookseller, continues to enhance the NOOK Color reading experience, enabling customers to read even more of what they love in rich, beautiful color. The company offers one of the world's largest collections of digital content - which includes the only digital version of bestseller The King's Speech, an unmatched children's book collection, and more magazines and newspapers offered in color for subscription or single copy issue from one bookstore.

"We created NOOK Color for people who love to read everything - books, magazines, children's books and more - in rich, beautiful color, and are continually adding terrific new content our customers have asked for - from ESPN The Magazine and The Economist to children's stories featuring favorite Nickelodeon and Disney characters," said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products, Barnes & Noble. "With more than two million digital titles to browse, download and enjoy in seconds, NOOK Color customers repeatedly tell us how much they appreciate the ability to virtually turn the page on their favorite monthly, dive into a bestseller, and bring story time to life for their children - all using one device. And as always, Barnes & Noble will keep making NOOK Color better with new titles and featured enhancements for the best-in-class reading."

NOOK Color will get even better this Spring when a major update to the device's firmware will offer customers access to explore exciting new applications, email and many other requested features.

Having exceeded one million digital periodical subscription orders and single copy sales, NOOK Newsstand(TM) continues to grow with the addition of great titles in the last few weeks that include The Economist, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, ESPN The Magazine, Saveur and PC Gamer. Barnes & Noble customers can now enjoy more than 135 digital periodical titles including exciting full-color digital versions of their favorite print brands, all available by subscription and single copies. Current bestsellers in NOOK Magazines include US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, Reader's Digest and O, The Oprah Magazine.

There's also lots of new stories for Barnes & Noble's youngest customers. Recent NOOK Kids(TM) additions include titles featuring favorite characters like Barbie, Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, Disney favorites featuring Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Phineas & Ferb, Beauty & the Beast, Snow White and the fun, fast, four-wheeled friends from Cars. Kids continue to be enchanted by stories featuring Barnes & Noble's exclusive Read to Me(TM) feature, with Are You My Mother, Go Dog Go, I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track and Little Red Hen the current category bestsellers. With NOOK Kids, Barnes & Noble customers can choose from more than 300 titles in the world's largest collection of digital children's picture books, and more than 12,000 children's chapter books on NOOK Color, as well as the free NOOK Kids for iPad(TM) application (www.nookkids.com/ipad and www.itunes.com/appstore).

And for book lovers, Barnes & Noble offers the largest number of The New York Times bestsellers, offering the Academy Award®-winning The King's Speech only for NOOK customers. Among the recent bestsellers are Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, Toys by James Patterson and Neil McMahon, and Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. NOOK customers will also find more than 75,000 independently published works through Barnes & Noble's PubIt!(TM) digital platform, which add even more exciting self-published selections including current PubIt! bestsellers Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, Daniel's Gift, Switched and Spying in High Heels.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

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How to Use a SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Mp3 Player for Audiobooks: "People who listen to audiobooks more than podcasts or music might find that an iPod offers more than they need. To use an iPod, you need to use iTunes and be willing to pay Apple's price tag, and there are other options for people who want a simple, inexpensive mp3 player."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Barnes & Noble Announces Exclusive Partnership with Celebrated Children's Author and Illustrator Eric Carle

Exclusive Artwork and Content Available in Stores and Online at Barnes & Noble.com

New York, New York - March 16, 2011 - Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today announced an exclusive partnership with acclaimed children's author and illustrator Eric Carle and Penguin Group (USA). As a part of this partnership, Mr. Carle has created custom artwork featuring his beloved character the Very Hungry Caterpillar that can only be seen in Barnes & Noble stores and online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com). Fans of all ages will recognize Mr. Carle's distinctive artwork from his more than 70 books for children including beloved classics The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. Customers will also get a sneak peek at art from his new title The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse due to be released by Penguin this October.

This week, Barnes & Noble will begin to feature Mr. Carle's custom artwork in Barnes & Noble stores across the country and on Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/carle) just in time to celebrate "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day" on March 20. Artwork will be featured in Barnes & Noble store signage and displays, as well on the BN Kids pages on Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com) through July. A limited run of Barnes & Noble gift cards featuring the new artwork will also be available starting in April. And curriculum guides will also be distributed at BN Educator Nights. While books are the main focus, this four month-long promotion will also feature other products from The World of Eric Carle.

And the fun doesn't stop there. To kick off this wonderful collaboration, all Barnes & Noble stores will hold a nationwide Eric Carle Storytime event on Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m. The event will include a reading of Eric Carle's books, snacks and interactive activities including arts and crafts projects with which children will be able to create collages with multi-colored tissue paper in the style of Eric Carle's artwork.

There will also be exclusive content available online at the BN.com Eric Carle page:

- Eric Carle Online Storytime - During the month of April, listen to Eric Carle read The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the Barnes & Noble.com Online Storytime program. This is a rare narration of the story by Mr. Carle himself. The Eric Carle Storytime is part of the BN.com monthly online feature (www.bn.com/storytime), perfect for children ages two through six, and showcases favorite children's books read by well-known authors and celebrities. To enhance the Storytime experience, illustrations and artwork are brought to life through pan-and-scan technology.

- Exclusive Q&A with Eric Carle - Fans can read an exclusive Q&A between Mr. Carle and Oliver Jeffers, the popular children's author and illustrator who has received numerous awards including the Nestles Smarties Book Prize Gold Medal and the Irish Book Awards Book of the Year.

- Video of Eric Carle - Mr. Carle discusses his artistic vision and technique.

- Barnes & Noble Kids' Expert Circle - In the spirit of Eric Carle's desire to show children that learning is fascinating and fun, Barnes & Noble's Expert Circle (www.bn.com/expertcircle) is recognizing the importance of art in a child's development. In her article "Encouraging a Love of Art Through Reading," Barnes & Noble Kids' Expert MaryAnn F. Kohl, an award-winning author, publisher and educational consultant, outlines how authors like Eric Carle use art to develop a child's imagination in her most recent Expert Circle article. MaryAnn says, "What these creative people have given to children through their classic storybooks is more than stories to love - it's an everlasting open door to creativity and imagination."

"Barnes & Noble is so honored to collaborate with such an iconic and talented children's book author," said Mary Amicucci, vice president of children's books for Barnes & Noble. "Eric Carle's illustrations make a book come to life, which is clear in his wonderful story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We know that having his gorgeous artwork in our stores will not only be a beautiful addition, but will also inspire children to read and imagine."

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Monday, March 7, 2011

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Download Plays and Poems about Purim for Kids from Google Books

Download Plays and Poems about Purim for Kids from Google Books: "What is Purim? These free ebooks based on The Book of Esther were designed for teachers giving religious instruction to older children and young teens."

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The Exquisite Corpse Adventure From the U.S. Library of Congress: "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure' is written by major YA authors. It is an audiobook serialized through podcasts, and there is an online storybook to read."

Thursday, March 3, 2011

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Barnes & Noble Announces the 2010 Discover Award Winners

Barnes & Noble Announces the 2010 Discover Award Winners

Kim Echlin and David R. Dow Are 2010 Winners

- March 2, 2011 - Barnes & Noble Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today announced that Canadian Kim Echlin's nostalgic novel of a cross-cultural love story, The Disappeared (Black Cat), and attorney David R. Dow's spellbinding account of his efforts to defend the seemingly indefensible, The Autobiography of an Execution (Twelve), have been named the winners of the 2010 Discover Awards for fiction and nonfiction, respectively.  Each writer was awarded a cash prize of $10,000, and a full year of marketing and merchandising support from the bookseller. 

Eric Puchner's darkly hilarious novel, Model Home (Scribner), set in Southern California, and Rebecca Skloot's fascinating history behind the HeLa cells, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown), took second place honors, each receiving $5,000.  Debut novelist Nic Pizzolatto's Galveston (Scribner), and Siddhartha Mukherjee's engrossing biography of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scriber), won third place honors, each receiving $2,500.  The awards were presented this afternoon at a private ceremony in New York.

The Disappeared, Kim Echlins novel, is a love story that spans two countries - Cambodia and Canada - and three decades, in the life of a woman who fell in love with a Cambodian refugee in the jazz clubs of Montreal as a teenager.  Fiction jurist John Dalton said, "The Disappeared is a powerful and affecting novel, one that's willing to consider the greatest devotion and the most terrible cruelty." 

Writers participating in this year's fiction jury panel included Peter Cameron, the author of numerous books including his most recent novel, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You; John Dalton, whose first novel, Heaven Lake, won the Discover Award in 2004; and ZoĆ« Ferraris, whose Saudi Arabian mystery series includes the novels Finding Nouf and City of Veils.  

The nonfiction winner, The Autobiography of an Execution, is David R. Dow's thrilling account of his efforts to give death row inmates a proper defense in a criminal justice system gone awry. Nonfiction jurist Terry Teachout said, "No matter how you feel about capital punishment - and especially if you support it, whether staunchly or uneasily - this book will bring you face to face with the arbitrary, often capricious way in which the death penalty really works. It's the most sobering book that I read in 2010."

Writers on the nonfiction jury panel included Eric Blehm, whose book, The Last Season, won the Discover Award in 2006; British journalist Christina Lamb, whose book, The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan, was a finalist for the Discover Award in 2002; and critic Terry Teachout, whose biographies include The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken, and Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

The Discover Awards honor the works of exceptionally talented writers featured in the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" program during the previous calendar year.  In 2010, the Discover Great New Writers program featured the work of 60 previously unknown fiction and nonfiction writers.  Previous Discover Award winners include Dave Cullen, Victor Lodato, Tracy Chevalier, Joshua Ferris, David Guterson, Chang-rae Lee, Anthony Doerr, Hampton Sides, Ben Fountain, and David Sheff.

Barnes & Noble.com Online Storytime March Exclusive: Rachael Ray to Read The Dr. Seuss Classic Green Eggs And Ham

Barnes & Noble.com Online Storytime March Exclusive: Rachael Ray to Read The Dr. Seuss Classic Green Eggs And Ham

New York, NY - March 1, 2011 -Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, today announced that celebrity author and chef Rachael Ray will read the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham for the Barnes & Noble.com March Online Storytime (www.bn.com/storytime). Barnes & Noble chose the Dr. Seuss favorite as the March selection to celebrate the March 2nd birthday of the beloved children's author. Ms. Ray, a fan of Green Eggs and Ham, is excited to participate. Beginning today, visitors can listen to the exclusive narration by Ms. Ray of the children's classic.

"Dr. Seuss Enterprises is thrilled to participate in Barnes & Noble's Online Storytime in March. And, it's timed perfectly with Dr. Seuss's birthday," said Susan Brandt, President, Licensing and Marketing, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. "We love seeing this classic Dr. Seuss story told to children by Rachael Ray in a new and energizing way. This interactive initiative makes reading fun for kids and their parents, which Dr. Seuss would be so pleased to see, and we wholly support."

Barnes & Noble.com will feature a Green Eggs and Ham page with a selection of Dr. Seuss books and toys (www.bn.com/storytime). Barnes & Noble.com customers will receive a 40% discount on select Dr. Seuss items and several Rachael Ray cookbooks, for a limited time. To celebrate the Online Storytime, Barnes & Noble stores will feature Green Eggs and Ham and other Dr. Seuss books on in-store displays for the month of March.

A monthly feature, Barnes & Noble.com's Online Storytime is perfect for children ages two through six and showcases favorite children's books read by well-known authors and celebrities. To enhance the Storytime experience, illustrations and artwork are brought to life through pan-and-scan technology. Previous selections have included Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly read by author Jane O'Connor; Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Ian Falconer's Olivia read by Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer; Where the Wild Things Are read by author Maurice Sendak; The Mitten read by author Jan Brett; and The Polar Express read by author Chris Van Allsburg.