e-Sentral diberi penghargaan daripada PNM

Pada 31hb January 2013, sempena pelancaran Pesta Buku 1 Malaysia di PWTC, eSentral telah diberi pengiktirafan dan penghargaan oleh Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (PNM) untuk usaha mendirikan pangkalan eBuku untuk Malaysia. PNM telah menyampaikan penghargaan sebagai terima kasih daripada kementerian dan kerajaan atas memajukan industri perbukuan khususnya eBuku. Penyampaian penghargaan yang telah disampaikan oleh YB Dato’Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim, Menteri  Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, telah diterima oleh Puan Zafirah Hanoum, Pengurus Kandungan merangkap wakil eSentral. Dalam majlis tersebut, eSentral telah digambarkan sebagai entiti yang telah memberi landasan kepada penerbit-penerbit tempatan untuk mempelopori bidang industri eBuku. Terima kasih kepada PNM atas penghargaan ini, kami sangat terharu.



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Permulaan tahun 2013 telah bermula dengan semangat tinggi di e-Sentral dengan pelancaran majalah digital interaktif berbentuk sumber awam (crowd sourcing). Majalah yang diterbit dan dipakej secara digital ini telah dibangunkan oleh penerbit KarnaDya Solutions Sdn Bhd, dimana kandungan dan artikelnya telah disumbangkan oleh penulis awam dan blogger terpilih. Untuk edisi pertama, majalah digital Bahasa Melayu yang diberi nama Life is Beautiful (LIB) ini boleh diperoleh secara percuma di portal eBuku e-Sentral. Majalah digital Life is Beautiful adalah berkonsep gaya hidup wanita muslimah moden.

Antara ciri-ciri istimewa Life is Beautiful adalah kandungan yang boleh mendapat suapan informasi daripada Internet, bacaan interaktif, dan format EPUB yang ringan untuk pengguna peranti mudah alih. Pembinaan majalah digital ini telah menggunakan teknologi HTML5 dan EPUB3.0 untuk menjadikan kandungan interaktif lebih ringan untuk kemudahan muat turun pengguna, dan juga keserasian dengan semua jenis sistem operasi. Pada edisi pertama ini, kandungan interaktif disediakan untuk pengguna-pengguna iPad dan iPhone.

Pengguna boleh mendapatkan majalah digital Life is Beautiful daripada e-Sentral.com mulai hari 31hb January 2013. Majalah digital ini dijangka akan mengubah paradigma pembacaan digital serta kaedah pengeluaran majalah di Malaysia. Khalayak ramai boleh dapatkan majalah percuma ini di www.e-sentral.com/search/byid/3181.


Entry of BlackBerry 10

January 30th has been circled on our calendars for quite some time. It’s the day that Research in Motion (now known as BlackBerry) officially pulled the curtains away from its next-gen BlackBerry OS — aka BB 10 — revealing all of its secrets to the world after no less than 15 months of development. Don’t underestimate the importance of this move; this is just the beginning of BlackBerry’s battle to remain relevant in the mobile industry. Now that BlackBerry 10 devices are ready to spend time in the public eye, what does our editorial staff think about the products — as well as BlackBerry’s future? Engadget sounds off about BlackBerry 10 after the break.

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eSentral to prepare ebook packages for BB1M

The disbursement of BB1M (Baucer Buku 1 Malaysia) will begin end of this month starting with govt base universities and then private collages. For the first time too, BB1M in the year 2013 can also be purchased for ebooks. eSentral has prepared an initiative with publishers to prepare ebook packages to make available ebooks available for higher learning students to purchase ebooks using the vouchers very soon.

Along with this campaign, students with BB1M vouchers could also purchase coupons for ebooks in eSentral via publishers and agents at respective book fairs all around Malaysia.


Major Dutch Publisher abandons DRM


De Arbeiderspers/A W Bruna, the largest publisher in the Netherlands, has removed DRM from its e-books for the first time.

All of the publisher’s e-books, aside from those sold via the iBooks store, will be sold with a watermark attached rather than any DRM system.

Without Adobe DRM attached, customers will be able to download their e-books on to any device, including phones, tablets and dedicated e-readers. People will also be able to share books.

The watermark will mean that any copies of the book which are spread online can be traced back to the original source.

De Arbeiderspers/A W Bruna currently has 1,200 e-books available, and plans to digitise more of its backlist in 2013.

Paul Auster, Michel Houllebecq, Frederick Forsyth and Ian Fleming are among the authors with e-books on the publisher’s lists.

C.e.o. Joop Boezeman said: “Digital or paper books, we are proud of the story that is told within the book. This means that the digital form should also be an attractive offering. With watermarking, we are one more step in the right direction.”


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HMV collapse ‘inevitable’ – but music fans will miss the magic


THERE was a ray of hope today that some of the 230 branches of HMV could still be rescued from oblivion following the 92-year-old high street chain’s decision to call in the administrators. But most music lovers fear that music shops will now be a thing of the past.

Writing in The Independent, David Hepworth recalls his days working at HMV’s Oxford Street branch in the 1980s, when a new release would trigger excitement and long queues from the tills to the back of the shop.

“A download’s all very well, but it’s not magic,” he writes. “Record shops were magic.”

Neil McCormick of the Daily Telegraph says HMV’s predicament is another nail in the coffin of the record shop, a “holy” place where you can “luxuriate in longing and nostalgia, filled with the warm sense of being somewhere your musical obsession is treated as venerable and even sacred”.

It’s not just disappointing for music fans, says McCormick – it’s also bad news for the record industry because the end result may be an overall reduction in the amount of music that is purchased.

It’s possible the disappearance of HMV “may well suit” some small, independent record stores who will get some extra business, McCormick notes. But he adds that such “indie stores” are not in every high street and shopping mall, which means even more people will migrate to the web where “music is cheap or free” and can be obtained “at the click of a mouse”.

The Financial Times says the failure of HMV marks a “grim start to the year” following the closure last week of the camera retailer Jessops. But the paper says there is cause for hope because Hilco, the “retail restructuring group” that already owns HMV Canada, may be interested in acquiring “some HMV stores” in the UK.

The Guardian also says analysts expect a buyer for “at least a part of the group”. But Neil Saunders, managing director of research group Conlumino, spoke for many when he said HMV’s plight was “inevitable”. In an age when 73.4 per cent of music and film are taken directly from the internet, HMV’s business model had become “increasingly irrelevant and unsustainable”.

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San Antonio launching ‘bookless’ BiblioTech library in fall, places its eggs in digital basket



Hardbound books, apparently, are soooo 20th century — at least for the upcoming BiblioTech library in San Antonio, Texas’ south side. When the shiny, new public library opens its doors to bookworms this fall, visitors will notice something important missing: actual books. Instead, the facility will be serving up ebooks — about 10,000 digital titles or so — in an attempt to supplement the area’s traditional library system with some new-school cool. To help users partake in its content, BiblioTech will also carry actual e-readers for users to check out. Footage of the media event shows what appears to be a Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch as the facility’s e-reader of choice. Checked-out ebooks are also programmed to be accessible by the borrower for a two-week period. Going the digital route has certainly been a growing trend — 3M recently launched a Cloud Library lending service while one Austrian town kicked off its own unique e-book repository based on stickers equipped with QR codes and NFC chips. As ongoing issues involving Penguin show, however, digital lending sadly still has some hurdles to overcome.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Bexar County says that the Nook featured in the event was just a prop and not the e-reader of choice for the project. A request for proposals is now before the Commissioners Court and is awaiting approval on Jan. 15. The project will be going through a public bidding process to procure its e-readers.

By Jason Hidalgo, Engadget