MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion

MacStories

Gabe Glick:

MacStories is pleased to announce their first eBook, MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion, for $6.99. With a detailed review of Mountain Lion, numerous sections covering its new apps and features in depth, and 30% of its proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, MacStories Features: OS X Mountain Lion is a great way to learn about Mountain Lion, support MacStories, and fight cancer all at once.

In my humble opinion, MacStories is easily one of the best Mac news resources available. Boasting a brilliant staff, a fantastic collective voice, and a penchant for testing the bounds of the publishing arena, the site continues to leap from strength to strength.

Today, some 27,000 words later, MacStories has published the entirety of its Mountain Lion coverage as a purchasable e-book. Beyond the fantastic coverage (and a foreword by Shawn Blanc), thirty percent of each sale is donated to the American Cancer Society.

You can (and should) buy the first MacStories e-book from E-Junkie.

System Extension

System Extension

Stephen Hackett:

I’m happy to announce System Extension, the new monthly e-book companion to 512 Pixels. Put together with iBooks Author, System Extension includes bonus content, an inside look at what I do here on the site, tips, tricks and more.

Amidst the recent discussions of weblog monetization, Stephen Hackett has just unveiled the latest perk for his paid members: System Extension. The first issue is available for your free perusal on 512 Pixels.

Regardless of the content, Stephen is providing a measurably unique service to his members. In an industry increasingly characterized by the uninspired duplication of business plans, the very sentiment of attempting something new — just as I wrote with regard to Ben Brooks — is of the utmost importance.

Moreover, as the first issue is available for free, the reader is able to make an informed judgment regarding the value of the membership. Such transparency is fairly rare, and I certainly applaud his experiments in this field.

For more information regarding Stephen’s membership model, visit 512 Pixels.

Nook Simple Touch with "GlowLight" Leaked

Nook GlowLight

Nathan Ingraham reports for The Verge:

We heard a few days ago that Amazon was readying a Kindle with a front-lit, E ink screen — now it appears that Barnes & Noble is ready to do the same thing with the Nook. The Digital Reader has just posted an image of what appears to be a Nook Simple Touch with a front-lit E ink screen that Barnes & Noble has dubbed “GlowLight.” While this is by no means guaranteed yet, these images do look fairly authentic, and these details corroborate an earlier report from The Ebook Reader. It sounds like the Nook will use a similar technology to what was described as being used on the next Kindle — a thin layer that covers the entire screen and evenly distributes light across it. While we’re not sure when we’ll see the latest Nook hardware, it wouldn’t surprise us to hear something very soon considering the info that’s starting to leak out.

In the past few weeks, due to a rather excessive amount of travel, I’ve repeatedly butted heads with the Kindle Touch’s lack of light. In most scenarios, purely for the sake of sanity and ease of use, I’ve accordingly gravitated toward the iPad for the vast majority of my reading.

Although the iPad doesn’t quite measure up to the quality of reading on an e-ink device, the ability to read without bounds is a liberating and important piece of functionality to boast. Rumors have indicated some sort of front-lit screen is making its way into the Kindle line but, as is the trend, it seems Barnes & Noble is going to beat them to it.

I actually have a Nook Simple Touch on my desk for testing. When held together with my Kindle, I’ve read comparably little on it but, having said that, I tend to think the device is actually superior in several respects.

Thus, if a Nook does materialize in the coming weeks boasting “GlowLight,” I feel rather confident that I’ll be keenly visiting a Barnes & Noble to test it out.

"Who Decides What Gets Sold In The Bookstore"

Seth Godin:

I think that Amazon and Apple and B&N need to take a deep breath and make a decision on principle: what’s inside the book shouldn’t be of concern to a bookstore with a substantial choke on the marketplace. If it’s legal, they ought to let people read it if they choose to. A small bookstore doesn’t have that obligation, but if they’re seeking to be the one and only, if they have a big share of the market, then they do, particularly if they’re integrating the device into the store. I also think that if any of these companies publish a book, they ought to think really hard before they refuse to let the others sell it.

Following Apple's rejection of his e-book, Stop Stealing Dreams, for linking to Amazon, Seth launches a compelling argument for the integrity of the open Internet.

Well worth a read.