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  • Google versus Groovle

    Thu, 31 Dec 2009 05:24

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    A Canadian company behind a search engine called Groovle.com has won a case filed against it by online search giant Google (the BBC has the story).

    More details (below) from TechCrunch:

    Back in 2007, we wrote about Groovle, a site that lets you skin Google with your favorite image, and serves results through Google's Custom Search. It seems that Google wasn't much of a fan though: the search giant sought to take control over the domain name, alleging that it would confuse users. Today comes word that their request has been denied by the National Arbitration Forum, in what Groovle believes is only Google's second such defeat.

    Google initially sent Groovle an Email on July 29 demanding that they hand the domain over. In response to Google's initial complaints, Groovle modified the site design to make it more distinct and added a disclaimer to explicitly say it was not affiliated with Google, but that wasn't enough to placate them. It's not hard to guess why Google was concerned. Groovle, while not simply a typo away from Google's name, does share quite a few letters in common, and the primary purpose of the site is to search Google's index.

    Groovle's defense includes a number of arguments, but the one that resonated with the NAF is that its name stems from the words "Groovy" and "Groove", rather than "Google". It may not sound like a big difference, but those extra letters proved to be enough to win the case.

  • Wallace and Gromit are apptastic!

    Tue, 22 Dec 2009 07:16

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    Nice story from GalleyCat about Wallace & Gromit's continuing bid to take over the world!

    The claymation duo of Wallace & Gromit stormed televisions, movie theaters, and bookshelves with their adult and kid-pleasing adventures. Now they've cornered the iPhone market as well, scoring a half million downloads since a publisher featured them in a comic book app. The news caused eBook blogger Mike Cane to wonder: "FIRST eBook best-seller?!"

    Called 'The W Files,' the free app is part of a series of comics. The next issues cost 99-cents apiece in the app store. As of this writing, the free app is ranked number two in the "Top Free Apps" list in the App Store Books category. What do you think?

    Here's more from our digitally obsessed sibling, eBookNewser: "What are England's most popular exports? Well, number one has got to be Marmite, that almost unswallowable, tar-like spread that comes in a tiny jar and scares Americans. And number two might be Wallace & Gromit, that claymation pair... Ned Hartley, the editor of the comic, said, 'We've been amazed at how well our first app has done -- Wallace & Gromit is such a great brand, and iPhone users obviously love them as much as we do!'"

  • Grinch apps for Christmas

    Tue, 08 Dec 2009 07:10

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    I learn, via eBooknewser, that:

    iPhone app developer Oceanhouse Media has announced the release of three Seuss Enterprises-licensed apps based on the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Two are games -- 'Grinchmas,' a kind of digital snowball fight; and 'The Dr. Seuss Camera-Grinch Edition,' a greeting-card maker -- and are already available in the app store. The third, which the company says will be out in time for the holidays, is an e-book version of the book itself.

    The app features some nice enhancements: professional voice-over narration, words that highlight as they're read and zoom up when touched, background audio, and enlarged artwork. The audio can also be turned off for "traditional" reading (more...)

  • Costa Book Awards' shortlists

    Wed, 25 Nov 2009 08:57

    The shortlists for the Costa Book Awards have been announced:

    Costa First Novel Award:


    Costa Novel Award:


    Costa Biography Award:


    Costa Poetry Award:


    Costa Children's Award:

  • Each Monday, here on Editor's Corner, I'm going to take a look at some of the news that has been dominating the book industry in the preceding week.

    The news, as usual, is mostly gathered thanks to the excellent resources that are the Publishers Weekly website and the GalleyCat blog.

    • publishers "continue to marry e-books with information on the H1N1 epidemic. Little, Brown announced Monday that it will publish its first e-book only update December 1 when it makes available a 2,000-word piece on the subject in it's The Vaccine Book, written by Dr. Robert Sears and first published in October 2007. In the e-book exclusive, Dr. Sears has updated the flu chapter of The Vaccine Book to contain the latest information about this year's H1N1 and seasonal flu diseases and vaccines"
    • earlier this month, "Waldo Hunt, the founder of Intervisual Books and pop-up book champion, passed away at 88-years-old. He left behind a collection of 4,000 pop-up books he found over the course of his life"
    • three UK book distributors "have temporarily stopped supplying Borders UK amidst worries about the company's future. An anonymous sales director explained to The Bookseller: 'We really hope they can get through this, everyone will try to help them. But if we don't think we are going to be paid, we are going to have to stop supplying them'"
    • iMinds "which produces eight-minute downloadable audiobooks, has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with OverDrive. Since launching in September, iMinds has had 30 titles in the Top 100 AudioBook charts on iTunes. It has also doubled its catalog to 180 titles; and launched iMinds Juniors (five-minute tracks for children ages seven to 14) and six iPhone apps"
    • total sales at Borders Group "continued to sink in the third quarter, though the chain did better on the bottom-line. Revenue fell 12.7% in the quarter ended October 31, to $595.5 million, while the loss form continuing operations was cut to $38.5 million from $172.2 million in the third quarter of 2008"
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