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text 2018-04-07 17:25
Czytniki serii Reader Book znikają z rosyjskiego rynku

 

Firma PocketBook ma silną pozycję na rynku rosyjskim. Obecna tam była do niedawna także w postaci serii czytników sprzedawanych pod nazwą Reader Book. Wprowadzono je ponad dwa lata temu (wpis: „Nowe PocketBooki na horyzoncie? Na razie tylko w Rosji...”). W założeniu miały być to urządzenia tańsze, mniej zaawansowane ale bardziej przystępne cenowo. Chyba się jednak nie sprawdziły. Modele z 2015 roku właśnie zostały wycofane z oficjalnego sklepu producenta, nie doczekawszy się następców.

 

Pierwsza oferta czytników Reader Book (źródło: reader-book.ru)

 

W listopadzie 2015 roku na rynek rosyjski wprowadzono dwa modele. Pierwszy z nich to Reader Book 1, obsługiwany przyciskami i wyposażony w sześciocalowy ekran E-Ink Pearl o rozdzielczości 1024x768 pikseli (212 ppi). Drugi model (Reader Book 2), z ekranem dotykowym E-Ink Pearl miał mniejszą rozdzielczość, bo tylko 600x800 pikseli (166 ppi). Początkowo Reader Book 1 wyceniono na 6 tys. RUB a Reader Book 2 na 7 tys. RUB (później ceny były stopniowo obniżane).

 

Ogłoszenie o wyprzedaży czytników serii Reader Book (źródło: pocketbook.ru)

 

Na początku bieżącego roku firma ogłosiła promocję cenową dotyczącą modeli omawianej serii. W czasie wyprzedaży można je było kupić nawet 40% taniej. Promocja się skończyła – a czytniki całkiem zniknęły z oferty na stronie oficjalnego sklepu PocketBooka. Wciąż jeszcze są dostępne u zewnętrznych sprzedawców (odpowiednio po ok. 4 tys. RUB i 5 tys. RUB).

 

PocketBook Basic Lux na rynku rosyjskim oferowany jest za niemal 8 tys. RUB (źródło: pocketbook.ru)

 

PocketBook ma w Rosji ugruntowaną pozycję. Widać to choćby po cenach oferowanych tam urządzeń. Niektóre czytniki są nawet droższe niż w Polsce. Przykładowo (niedawno recenzowany przeze mnie) PocketBook Basic Lux obecnie sprzedawany jest przez polskiego dystrybutora za 360 PLN a w Rosji wyceniono go na 8 tys. RUB (ok. 475 PLN).

 

RoverBook Omega (po lewej) i Tesla Crypto TFL6.0 (po prawej) mają zadziwiająco podobne oprogramowanie (źródło: youtube.com)

 

O ile wśród droższych modeli, na rosyjskim rynku konkurencją dla PocketBooka jest Onyx Boox, to chyba trochę inaczej wygląda sytuacja, wśród najtańszych czytników. Znaleźć tu można całą gamę chińskich klonów oferowanych pod różnymi markami. Gdy raz na jakiś czas przeglądam ofertę rosyjskich sklepów internetowych, często znajduję coś nowego. Niestety, najczęściej tylko z nazwy. Takie marki jak Ritmix, Tesla, Gmini, Digma, Texet, Rover czy Nautilus czasami trudno od siebie odróżnić. Bywa, że nie oferują niczego nowego, poza swoim logo. Choćby dzięki temu firmy te mogą walczyć o rynek, oferując niską cenę co niestety idzie czasami w parze z jeszcze niższym komfortem korzystania z czytników. Odnoszę wrażenie, że walkę na tym polu PocketBook przegrał, pozostając jednak w grze o przyciągnięcie uwagi czytelnika z wyższymi wymaganiami.

 

Digma e652 (po lewej) i Tesla Script (po prawej) też wyglądają całkiem podobnie (źródło: youtube.com)

 

Czy zniknięcie marki Reader Book wpłynie na polski rynek? Nie sądzę, choć w sumie może to oznaczać przegrupowanie sił i przeznaczenie ich na rozwój produktów PocketBooka sprzedawanych pod własną marką... Oby!

 

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review 2018-01-27 05:18
MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN TEMPLE (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures - Thailand #1)
Mystery of the Golden Temple (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures - Thailand 1) - Lisa Travis,Adam Turner,Janelle Diller

A 2018 MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY BOOK REVIEW. THANKS TO REBECCA FLANSBURG, PROJECT MANAGER/MCCBD, VALERIE BUDAYR, MIA WENJEN, AND ALL THE MCCBD 2018 CO-HOSTS. SPECIAL THANKS TO LINDA TRAVIS, WHO SENT ME A PAPERBACK COPY OF THE BOOK TO REVIEW.

 

Mystery of the Golden Temple (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures - Thailand #1)

 Linda Travis (Author),                   

 Adam Turner (Illustrator)

Paperback, 118 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by WorldTrek Publishing
ISBN  1936376091 (ISBN13: 9781936376094)
 
 ****I received this book from the Author for Multicultural Children's Book Day (January 27th, 2018). ****
 An enjoyable book. The main character is a girl, Nona May, and she uses some of her Thai language throughout the book which is really cool to see and read. She and her American friend, Jess, solve a mystery about a special family treasure. Lots of action, lots of fun through the book. The writing is simple; but that allows the eagerness and determination of the girls to be the focal point in solving the mystery. Linda Travis wrote her girls as strong, active, spunky, and tenacious. I would definitely recommend this book and series to girls.
 
 
 A 2017 Literary Classics Gold – Best Series – Young Reader
2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Silver - Best Chapter Book Series
A 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner - Best Chapter Book Series 
 
 About the Author: Linda Travis
"Lisa Travis dreamed of faraway places ever since she was a little girl who explored National Geographic magazines every month. Looking for ways to discover the world, Lisa studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany, traveled the USA in a Volkswagon camper, and lived and worked in South Korea. She currently finds ways to pack and go by creating global executive leadership programs that take her to cool places like Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Prague. Her experiences around the world inspired her to create Pack-n-Go Girls. Lisa lives, bikes, and skis in Colorado with her husband, two kids, and two dogs." http://www.packngogirls.com Twitter-packngogirls , https://www.goodreads.com/lisa_travis 
 
About the Illustrater: Adam Turner
Adam Turner is an illustrator, living in Surprise, Arizona with his wife and daughter. He has been illustrating commercially for almost 30 years and has been creating dot to dots for about 10 of those years.
 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5 th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

 

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

 

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild
PLATINUM: Scholastic Book Clubs
GOLD: Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright
Books, Worldwide Buddies
SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press
BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal
Bowe, Gokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg,TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

 

2018 Author Sponsors

 


Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina, Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, AuthorKathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan
and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes
Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim

 

 

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts thebook review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

 

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and
crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

 

http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party- great-conversations- fun-prizes-
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Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom- empathy-kit/
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review 2016-01-10 12:34
one of my all time favorite books of his
The Stand - Stephen King

about the author:
Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.
Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.
He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines.
Stephen made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.
In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels
website:
http://www.stephenking.com

book synopsis
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail -- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.

Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic.

For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.

my rating: five stars
challenges I used this book for:
The Life of a Book Addict
Reading Group Challenge 2016
12+4 alternates ( it was one of my 4 alternates)

Around The Year In 52 Books
The 2016 List
Around The Year In 52 Books
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't

2016 Choose Your Own Challenge Challenge
1: A book you meant to read in 2015 but didn't

what did I think of the main characters: I loved how each character inter acted with each other , how you got to see the different sides of the character , and how it even made you like the ones that you was to hate,

what did I think of the book:
this is actually one of my all time favorite books of his, and the biggest one that I've read this year, can't believe it took me this long to reread it or even pick it up, those something about this book that just had me hooked from the start of it, what can I say I think its one of his best books , and if you haven't picked it up what are you waiting for

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text 2015-08-26 23:55
Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 257 pages.
The Writer / The Book / The Reader - Aleksandar B. Nedeljković,Zoran Živković

The writer:

what does a writer need?

Divine influence?

Power emanating from one's darkest thoughts?

The advice of a friend?

A Sight?

What does a writer really need in order to write?

How can each person find what boosts their writing capacities? 

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text 2015-02-08 17:20
Kindle 7 można ponownie najtaniej kupić w niemieckim Amazonie

 

W niemieckich księgarniach trwa licytacja, kto przedstawi lepszą ofertę na czytniki z okazji Walentynek. Najpierw Weltbild zaproponował zestaw dwóch czytników Tolino Shine za 149 EUR, wkrótce potem podobna oferta pojawiła się w Thalii. Tam z kolei, dwa czytniki Tolino Vision 2 można nabyć za 222 EUR.

 

Kindle 7 (źródło: amazon.de)

 

Nie trzeba było długo czekać na odpowiedź niemieckiego oddziału Amazon. I oto podstawowy model Kindle znowu został przeceniony na 49 EUR (wersja z reklamami). Wersja bez reklam została wyceniona na 69 EUR (przecena z 79 EUR). Reklamy, które wyświetla czytnik nie są agresywne. Pojawiają się jako wygaszacz ekranu i jako pasek wyświetlany w dolnej części ekranu startowego. Można je dość łatwo usunąć. Samą procedurę opisałem przy okazji wyłączania reklam w moim czytniku.

 

Przy okazji promocja cenowa objęła też tablet firmowany przez Amazon - Fire HD 7. Jego najtańszą wersję z kolei wyceniono na 99 EUR (przecena z 119 EUR). Natomiast Kindle Paperwhite 2 (z oświetleniem) wciąż oferowany jest w „napromocyjnej” cenie 99 EUR.

 

Promocyjne ceny Kindle 7 i tabletu Amazon Fire HD 7 (źródło: amazon.de)

 

Kindle 7, oferowany w promocji, to podstawowy model czytników rodziny Kindle. Jest on prostym w obsłudze urządzeniem, posiada bardzo dobry ekran dotykowy (E-Ink z papieru elektronicznego) o przekątnej 6 cali (15 cm), łączność wi-fi. Czytnik waży 191 gramów, wyposażono go w 4 GB pamięci wewnętrznej.

 

Promocja trwa do 18 lutego 2015 r. (źródło: amazon.de)

 

Promocja obowiązuje do 18 lutego 2015 r. O tym, jak kupić czytnik Amazon Kindle 7 w Niemczech napisałem szczegółowo tutaj. Jest to obecnie najtańsza oferta z dostawą do Polski (przy pomocy firmy maiboxde.com przesyłającej zakupy do Polski). Obecnie najtańsza przesyłka Kindle 7 (0,45 kg) to 5,24 EUR nieubezpieczoną przesyłką Czeskiej Poczty (plus 2 EUR za pośrednictwo). Przesyłka przy pomocy niemieckiej poczty to 6,66 EUR (przesyłka ubezpieczona + 2 EUR za pośrednictwo).

Zapraszam do lektury poradnika na temat zakupu czytnika w amazon.de.

 

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