J.K. Rowling may have fascinated readers young and old with her magical wizardry, but her new novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” is a book written with the adult reader in mind. Set in the town of Pagford,the book looks beyond the tranquil surface of the town, to reveal the tension underneath, and the untimely death of a town council member makes the tension even more volatile.
Nelson DeMille’s “The Panther,” Is the newest book in the John Corey series. This installment sees the family posted to their most dangerous location yet: Yemen. Unsure of whom they can trust, Corey and his FBI-agent wife are thrust into the midst of a search for The Panther, the al-Qaeda terrorist responsible for the bombing of the USS Cole.
“The Twelve,” by Justin Cronin, is the second book in Cronin’s The Passage Trilogy. Set in modern times, this what-if series exploits our fears, with a story about government experiments gone horribly wrong.
For those who would rather leave the too-close-to-reality stories of espionage and intrigue aside, indulge in your romantic streak with Nora Robert’s “The Perfect Hope,” the long-awaited finale of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy.
Mitch Albom, the man who made us cry with books such as “Tuesdays with Morrie” and who inspired us with “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” has offered up yet another masterpiece with “The Time Keeper.”
Patricia Cornwell brings fans another infusion of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, her internationally–loved, mystery-solving medical examiner, in “The Bone Bed.” This time, Scarpetta is on the hunt for clues about what a paleontologist’s disappearance and how it connects to her closest confidantes.
If you’ve been starving for more lawyerly intrigue, you’ll be happy to know that John Grisham’s new novel, “The Racketeer,” will be out October 2012. Malcolm Bannister is a former attorney serving time in prison, but he has a pretty big bargaining chip: he knows who murdered Judge Fawcett.
No matter which book you choose to download, you can have instant reading pleasure at a touch of a button on your ebook reader. And if you’re not in the United States, with USUnlocked and a US Unlocked Card with a U.S. billing address, you can download great reads at a great price.
This is all part of the explosive growth in mobile conversation, learning, entertainment and exploration. One of the best indicators is found in the OnLine Media Daily magazine, which reports that demand for digital versions of popular magazines, has grown tremendously. It reports that as of November 2011 publishers such as Conde Naste and Hearst have added hundreds of thousands of iPad, Kindle e-Reader, and Nook Tablet users to their magazine subscriber lists.
That just reinforces the explosive growth in tablet sales, whether they’re dedicated e-readers or the more versatile variety of tablets. The need for reader apps is just as explosive, and providers are responding. For example, Zinio, besides being a major provider of digital versions of newsstand magazines, has reader apps that are compatible with the iPad and any Android-based tablet. Zinio.com even has an app that can turn your smartphone into a reader.
Of course you have all the standard readers and reader apps from providers such as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and the Apple Store too. They will gladly sell to you a dedicated reader that’s already equipped to accept most of the more widely-used formats. They will also provide the app that converts your tablet to a reader, while preserving the capability to surf, compute, and socialize.
Amazon.com might be the largest provider in terms of the publications they have available for download to the Kindle e-Reader , though perhaps not if you’re counting only magazines. Browsing the Kindle Store, shoppers find that they have 455 magazines and 194 newspapers downloadable for a nominal cost.
On the other hand, you can choose to go with an iPad or iPod from the Apple Apps Store . Combine one of them with iTunes and iCloud, and you can read, watch or listen to the thousands of books, videos, TV programs and music in their catalog. Texterity and Blue Toad, too, provide thousands of newsstand magazines in iPad format.
Perhaps a Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble is your dream machine, and it probably is, if you’re a dedicated Barnes & Noble customer, enjoying their huge catalog of downloadable publications. It is a tablet that shines as a reader and that has tried mightily to become a more competitive tablet by teaming with 3rd-party vendors to add capability beyond being an e-reader. As with any teaming efforts though, there may be rough spots as reported in The Verge.
Whichever form of reader you choose, you can’t go wrong, because there is truly a revolution underway, one that is transforming the way we inform ourselves, the way we learn and the way we entertain.
A year ago, eReaders were something you'd read about in Wired or Newsweek. Recently, I was traveling to San Francisco
and was amazed to see how many people were reading from their Kindles, Nooks and what not. Owning an eReader has become completely normal and mainstream.
Judging from the amount of eReaders we ship daily through US Unlocked to locations all over the world, I should not have been surprised.
Tons of eReaders go through our warehouse all the time so it is easy to figure out what the top 3 is for overseas users:
Were we first just shipping the devices themselves, now customers are accessorizing massively. Looking for a cover for your reader? The choices are ample.
Most brands are smart enough to have a their own line of covers and accessories. B&N even has names like Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler design covers for them and is launching the Lyra Book Light Case. The Lyra Book Light Case features LED illumination and pre-orders for $49.95.
Looking for a cover or accessory that is not necessarily of the brand of your eReader? Then Amazon is the place to be, the variety in style and pricing is endless.
M-Edge is a great brand that has covers and accessories mostly for the Kindle.
What else can you accessorize your eReader with? How about a booklight? The anti-glare technology of the devices make them hard to read from for example in bed. A handy light with adjustable arm helps overcome this problem. Still some glare or you just want to protect the screen? Get screen protector film, around $12-15 per set. Did we miss anything here? Rechargeable batteries, usb cable kit and adapters are the essentials for a long lasting reading experience at home or on the go.
And by the way: a new eReader is due to be launched in the US: the Kobo, pre-orders from Borders for $149.95.
All in all eReaders and their accessories also make great gifts. Just keep that in mind with graduations and Father's Day coming up!
Imagine a paperless briefcase while you have all your documents within reach with a touch of just one button. Utopia? No, this is the QUE (pronounced 'Q').
The QUE was presented this past week at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas by Plastic Logic as the world's first proReader.
The device, which is impossibly thin, was designed for the mobile business professional who needs to be able to have access to his docs at any time and in any place. The QUE works with any smartphone, pc and Mac through WIFI or bluetooth and can hold up to 35,000 documents (4 GB version) or 75,000 documents (8 GB version).
Besides access to files, the user also has access to his/her email, read news papers and magazines and can download (B&N) ebooks onto it. All of this is done by swiping and pressing that one button. "Don't print it, Que it!", is one of the slogans.
The QUE device is made entirely of plastic and uses unique trueVue technology for that richer and lighter reading experience.
The selling price is $ 649 for the 4 GB and $ 799 for the 8 GB and will be released April 15th (can be pre-ordered now).
The QUE proreader is only sold in the USA but US Unlocked makes it possible to own a QUE if you do not live in the US.
Here are the steps:
Firstly, if you haven't already: sign up with US Unlocked.
Purchasing a QUE:
1) Register your shipment on the Ship It page of the US Unlocked website to be provided with the US shipping address for this order.(you can also add purchases from other websites to the same shipment) 2) Choose the QUE that is right for you. 3) Use the address that was provided to you by US Unlocked for both the shipping AND the billing address on the B&N website, while using your own credit card data. 5) Submit the order and wait for your order confirmation (please forward to email@example.com) 6) You are notified of the receipt at the US Unlocked warehouse. After payment of the international shipping cost your QUE is sent to you. (the estimated shipping weight for the QUE is 4lbs).
Many users prefer to use the personal shopping service as well where US Unlocked simply pre-orders the QUE for you.
Check out this demo video
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