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HIT Entertainment and RosettaBooks to Publish Bestselling “Rainbow Magic”(TM) e-Books in the United States

Posted by admin on November 23, 2010

HIT Entertainment, a leading provider of quality children’s entertainment, RosettaBooks and Amazon.com announced that the entire bestselling “Rainbow Magic”(TM) collection (nine 7-title series, plus one 10-title special edition series), and future series and special editions, are available exclusively in the Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). RosettaBooks, a pioneer in e-book publishing will launch these books; this marks RosettaBooks’ first foray into the children’s e-publishing space, and the first time these titles have been made available digitally. Seventy-three books in the “Rainbow Magic”backlist catalog are now available in the Kindle Store, and future books will launch in conjunction with the printed editions from Scholastic.

Introduced in the U.K. in 2003 andaimed primarily at girls 5-9 years-old, “Rainbow Magic” is a collection of more than 80 books that follow the magical adventures of Kirsty and Rachel, two young girls, and their interactions with different groups of fairies and other creatures in fairyland. A publishing phenomenon, “Rainbow Magic” has sold 20+ million copies in 31 languages worldwide, including over 6 million books in print in the U.S. The series of books are highly collectible and regularly featured in children’s bestseller lists.

“We are pleased to build on our tradition of bringing top selections to the dynamic e-book market with the introduction of all 73 titles in the ‘Rainbow Magic’ series,” said Arthur Klebanoff, CEO, RosettaBooks, “and to join with HIT Entertainment and Amazon in offering the collectible and popular ‘Rainbow Magic’ for the expanding demographic of young readers on Kindle in time for the 2010 holiday season.”

‘Rainbow Magic’ has achieved phenomenal success in publishing and built a huge fan base in the U.S. and around the world,” said Stacey Reiner, Vice President, Consumer Products, HIT Entertainment Global Brands U.S. “With leading e-book publisher RosettaBooks, we are confident that even more kids will discover the wonder and excitement of the world of ‘Rainbow Magic’ through Kindle.”

“We hear from our Kindle customers that they love to read to their kids on their Kindles,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content. “Series, including the ‘Rainbow Magic’ series, are hugely popular in our Books store, and we’re thrilled to be able to add ‘Rainbow Magic’ to the Kindle Store for children to enjoy on their own or with their parents. And because Kindle books are Buy Once, Read Everywhere, parents will never be without reading material to keep their kids entertained when they leave their Kindle at home.”

Kindle offers the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 750,000 books, including New Releases and 108 of 111 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 620,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 78 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle. Kindle lets you buy your books once and read them everywhere–on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android-based devices. Amazon’s Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off. With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books you purchase from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon, where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free, anytime.

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Source: Amazon.

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Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook Color earn CNET Editors’ Choice Awards

Posted by admin on November 23, 2010

Kindle 3[…] We felt that the Kindle–with its slimmer, lighter design, 4GB of internal memory, superior battery life (four weeks with the wireless turned off), slightly higher contrast “Pearl” display, and strong Amazon shopping experience–has the edge in the e-ink e-reader market. (Our Editors’ Choice Award extends to both current 6-inch iterations of the Kindle–the $189 3G/Wi-Fi model and the $139 Wi-Fi-only model.)

Nook ColorThat doesn’t mean the e-ink Nooks should be ruled out when you’re shopping for e-ink e-book readers. They offer better compatibility (EPUB support), the option to lend certain titles to fellow Nook users, and virtually unlimited full-book browsing when you log in from a hot spot within a Barnes & Noble store. If any of those features–or the LCD navigation screen–appeal to you, don’t hesitate to buy a Nook. But we had to pick one e-ink reader, and the Kindle is it.

As for color-display e-readers, […]the Nook Color stands out. Its interface is great, and its sleek design makes it more portable than the iPad. Yes, we’d like to see some more apps, but overall the Nook Color is a solid product that will improve with time–and a few software updates. As a result, we feel comfortable recommending it to folks looking for an affordable Android tablet that’s heavily slanted toward reading.

[…] If you’re shopping in the meantime, the Kindle and Nook Color are our top choices, depending on your price range and screen preference (e-ink versus color LCD).

Read more: CNET.

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Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

Posted by admin on November 23, 2010

Kindle edition

Oliver Twist is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens, published by Richard Bentley in 1838. The story is about an orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.

Oliver Twist is notable for Dickens’ unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives. The book exposed the cruel treatment of many a waif-child in London, which increased international concern in what is sometimes known as “The Great London Waif Crisis”: the large number of orphans in London in the Dickens era. The book’s subtitle, The Parish Boy’s Progress alludes to Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress and also to a pair of popular 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, “A Rake’s Progress” and “A Harlot’s Progress”.

An early example of the social novel, the book calls the public’s attention to various contemporary evils, including the Poor Law, child labour and the recruitment of children as criminals. Dickens mocks the hypocrisies of his time by surrounding the novel’s serious themes with sarcasm and dark humour. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of hardships as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens’s own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story’s development.

Oliver Twist has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations, and is the basis for a highly successful musical play, and the multiple Academy Award winning 1968 motion picture Oliver!.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Kindle How-To: Choose primary dictionary

Posted by admin on November 22, 2010

You can choose the dictionary you want to use when you look up words while you are reading. The default is “The New Oxford American Dictionary” included on your Kindle, but you can change your dictionary choice by purchasing a supported dictionary on the Kindle Store and then following these steps:

  1. If you are not already on the Home screen, press the “Home” button.
  2. Press the “Menu” button.
  3. Move the 5-way controller to underline “Settings” and press to select.
  4. Press the “Menu” button.
  5. Move the 5-way to underline “Change Primary Dictionary” and press to select.
  6. Move the 5-way to underline the dictionary you want to use and press to select.

And… that’s all folks!

Source: Amazon Help.

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Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

Posted by admin on November 22, 2010

Illustration by Theodor von Holst from the frontispiece of the 1831 edition

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen and the novel was published when she was nineteen. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France.

Through research it can be determined the many influences the author was under during the creation of the novel. She had traveled the region in which the story takes place, and the topics of galvanism and such other occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions. Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement, and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. It was also a warning against the expansion of modern man in the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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