Friday, 29 November 2013

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Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day is Next Saturday

Posted: 29 Nov 2013 09:45 AM PST

BlackTakeYourChildToABookstorePin2[1] Friday is in full swing today and some are shopping up a storm, but you might want to set aside some of your gift budget for next Saturday, which is the 4th annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day.

“My hope,” said TYCtaBD founder and Cover of Snow author Jenny Milchman, “is that by drawing awareness to the pleasures of time spent in a bookstore at a young age, kids who take part will grow up to value and support bookstores in the communities of the future.”


This event has grown significantly since it was first held in 2010. 80 indie bookstores participated that year, and 3 years later over 600 bookstores are expected to take part, including more than one hundred Half Price Books locations as well as bookstores all 50 states, DC, 7 Canadian provinces, Australia, Germany, and England.

Many stores are using the occasion to encourage families to shop together during the holiday season. At Half Price Books, for example, the participating locations are planning special events to make the day memorable. The chain is also providing a coloring sheet for children who visit a store on 7 December.

I’m sure we all have fond memories of bookstores; it’s that place where (judging based on my last trip to B&N) one can go to buy music, games, toys, or an expensive cup of coffee, which also happens to stock a few books.



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Cybook Ocean eReader Delayed

Posted: 29 Nov 2013 07:54 AM PST

Bookeen’s newBookeen Cybook Ocean 8″ ereader won’t be coming out this year.

While French ereader maker Bookeen had originally planned to release the Cybook Ocean before Christmas, they recently announced that this device is going to be delayed by a few months, giving it a new launch date in the first quarter of 2014.

I must say, this is a lot of attention that no one has actually seen yet. No, seriously, all that Bookeen has released are a few clearly photoshopped images like the one below.

bookeen cybook ocean

According to Bookeen’s past announcements, the Cybook Ocean has an 8″ screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 (close to the same as on the latest 6″ screens). It comes with Wifi, a touchscreen, a frontlight, and 4GB Flash storage and a microSD slot.  Battery life is expected to be around 10 weeks, though it’s not clear whether that is with the frontlight on or off.

Of course, none of these details have been confirmed by any blogger, but this is what bookeen has stated on their blog.

The Cybook Ocean was supposed to have shipped by now, with a retail price of 160 euros.

Assuming that price has not changed, the Cybook Ocean will cost about 10 euros less than the Kobo Aura HD. With a 6.8″ screen, Aura HD has a smaller but much higher resolution screen. It is also unfortunately crippled by being tied to Kobo’s servers (registration and account setup required), so I am torn between recommending the sharper screen and decrying the virtual chains.

The Cybook Ocean also costs about 20 euros more than competing 8″ ereaders like the Icarus8, most of which do not have a frontlight or touchscreen.


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