Saturday, 13 September 2014

The Digital Reader

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Kobo to Partner with Dutch Retailer

Posted: 13 Sep 2014 12:41 PM PDT

kobo bolReliable sources have told me that Kobo will be announcing a new retail partner soon. The deal isn’t scheduled to be revealed until Monday, but I have been informed that, a Dutch media retailer, is going to be Kobo’s newest partner. is described as the largest ebook retailer in the Netherlands and Belgium, by far, “with everyone else being 10% or smaller.” This will make them an ideal partner for Kobo, though it does raise questions as to what they will do with their existing store.

This retailer has been in ebooks and ereaders since 2009, and in that time they’ve built up quite the customer base. In the early years promoted Sony Readers (and other models once local ereader companies entered the market), and they have been selling ebooks for the past 5 years. They’ve even released their own branded reading apps for Android and iOS (developed by Bluefire), though neither app has been updated since January.

Even though we don’t yet know what will be happening with’s existing ebookstore, all signs point to the deal going forward. has uncovered a product listing which promises 2 free ebooks with the purchase of a Kobo Aura. Given that doesn’t yet sell the Kobo Aura, it’s going to be rather hard for anyone to take advantage of the deal.

On a related note, there’s also a new product page for the Kobo Aura H2O; it’s not available either.

The latest figures put the Dutch ebook market at about 4.7% of the Dutch-language book market, with around 32 thousand titles available from CB Logistics, the main distributor for Dutch-language books in the Netherlands and Belgium.

In addition to several local ebook retailers, the new partnership will be competing with Amazon, B&N, Google, and Apple. The latter three companies have local ebookstores in the Netherlands, and Amazon has shown interest in the market (and already supports Dutch in the Kindle Store).

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The Right Way, the Wrong Way, and the Best Way to Install Amazon Instant Video

Posted: 13 Sep 2014 07:13 AM PDT

(This is a test of the WP standard format system. beeeeeeep. This is only a test)

When Amazon finally released their instant video app for Android earlier this week i thought they had made my workaround post redundant. Alas, no, that hasn’t happened.

I’ve tried the new streaming video app on a couple Android tablets and it really didn’t work very well. In my experience the app crashed more and offered a lower resolution stream than the unofficial workaround (which required Adobe Flash and Dolphin Web browser).

With that in mind, I’ve updated my set of instructions on how to install the service, and added a section for the new apps – and left all the instructions for the unofficial workaround intact. I would recommend trying both, and using which ever one works best for you. Juli Monroe of Teleread thought that the official route was better, and it might be better for you as well.

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