Check out the 20 Free eBook Apps Of The Week

AppsBooks apps. We will surely start seeing more and more apps for smartphones and tablets that are derived from the publishing industry for both avid and casual readers. It is no surprise that iBooks leads the way in this category. AppData tracks the top apps of the past week and here are the top 20 book apps.

No Angry Birds need apply

A Look at the Classroom of the Future

Surprise. Textbooks, notebooks, pencils and pens may soon be obsolete in most classrooms around the country.

Some schools are downloading all of their texts for each student into E – books and in Fairfax County, VA school leaders are opting for online Social Studies textbooks starting next year.

“More futuristically speaking my expectation is… [READ MORE]

Columbia’s Publishing Course Impacted by E-books

college courseThe success of e-books is affecting all aspects of the publishing industry, recently leading to a change in the material discussed at Columbia’s Publishing Course, a annual six-week summer session to educate college graduates on book editing, sales, cover design and publicity. 

This year, the course focused on “The Digital Future” of publishing and the transition to e-books.  The course… [CLICK HERE]

A New Way of Reading [USA Today feature]

Ipad as a reading device

The New Way

Brian Leung, novelist and professor of English at the University of Louisville, said that having your entire library with you wherever you go was pretty extraordinary. “It’s having all your books in your pocket, and having all your magazine subscriptions in your pocket.”

Although Leung has a strong preference for physical books, he has started to think about buying ebook versions of things he’s likely to only read once. He recently read Tina Fey’s memoir, “Bossypants,” and cited it as an example. “It’s something that I wouldn’t go back to,” Leung said.

Like Leung, some readers who would never give up physical books have started to opt for ebook versions of one-time reads. James Bickers, the morning host for WFPK, is one. “It’s largely a clutter thing,” Bickers said. “I don’t let a book into my house if I don’t think I’m going to read it more than once.”  [READ THE USA TODAY STORY]

E-Reader Adoption Crushing Tablets

E-reader ownership among U.S. adults has surged in the last six months, doubling from 6% to 12%, according to a survey released today by the Pew Research Center. That remarkable rate of adoption surpasses even tablets, which are owned by just 8% of adults 18 and older.

That’s great news for Amazon and Barnes & Noble, whose e-readers, the Kindle and Nook, are flying off shelves (e-shelves, rather). But it might also come as a surprise to consumers inundated with ads for the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Motorola Xoom that e-readers are outpacing tablets. [read the full story]