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Save 35% off a 6-month subscription to Scribd
by Steven Parker
Today's highlighted deal comes via our Apps + Software section of the Neowin Deals store, where for only a limited time, you can save 35% off a 6-month subscription to Scribd. Access an unlimited* number of books, audiobooks, magazines and more anywhere.
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Stay informed, explore new worlds, and become your best self with a library of content that fits right in your pocket. For less than the price of a paperback each month, Scribd lets you access an unlimited number of bestselling and award-winning books and audiobooks, plus articles from leading magazines, newspapers, even sheet music. Whether you're riding the subway or relaxing at home, Scribd lets you enjoy your content anytime and anywhere via web browser or mobile app.
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A 6-month subscription to Scribd normally represents an overall recommended retail pricing* of $53.94, but you can pick it up for just $35 for a limited time - that represents a saving of $18.94.
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Microsoft is killing off the Books section in the Microsoft Store
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft is discontinuing the books section in the Microsoft Store, according to a support page updated today. The demise of the books tab is effective immediately, meaning you can no longer buy, rent, or pre-order books through Microsoft's platform.
The ability to buy books from the Microsoft Store, which you could then read using Microsoft Edge, was introduced with the Windows 10 Creators Update, about two years ago, so it's been a short-lived platform. If you have any books you've already bought or rented, you can read them until the end of the rental period, or until July 2019, when they will be removed entirely. On the bright side, you'll get a full refund of the original price of the purchase when they're no longer available. If you have pre-ordered any books releasing after today, your pre-order will be canceled and you won't be charged.
Microsoft's e-books were available through its Edge browser, which has some incoming major changes with the shift to Chromium engine. This, combined with the fact that the platform likely didn't gain a lot of traction, given the existence of well-established players such as Amazon, might have contributed to the death of the service.
Microsoft has given up on a lot of its services in recent months and years, including Groove Music, which has even lost the ability to stream songs from OneDrive recently, so this move shouldn't come as a huge surprise. If you'd like to keep reading your books digitally, you'll have to look elsewhere.
Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson would "love to do something with CDPR"
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
While the author behind The Witcher books is currently having a bit of a dispute with CD Projekt, a $16.1 million one to be exact, another fantasy author is interested in working with the company on a video game, even considering giving away the rights for free. The author in question is Brandon Sanderson, the mind behind the massively popular book series such as The Stormlight Archive and Mistborn, among various other works.
Brandon Sanderson The author is certainly a big fan of how CD Projekt RED handled The Witcher universe, with him expressing his thoughts on a Reddit post about Andrzej Sapkowski's demand. He said "I'd love to do something with CDPR," adding that "They've made by far the best book-to-video game adaptations ever. It's the sort of thing the rest of us salivate over--if for the simple reason that the entire genre (books, film, and games) benefit from something high-quality on the market like the Witcher games."
Sanderson goes on to say that he would even consider giving away CD Projekt the rights to his books for free, but still humorously added that "I suspect they're done dealing with self-important fantasy authors, and are likely more interested in creating their own new IPs."
Following another Reddit post regarding his comment that began trending on the website, Sanderson went on to elaborate on the situation a bit more, explaining that even though he has considered it, he hasn't reached out to the Polish developer through official channels yet for any projects. He did say he found Sapkowski's new demands to be absurd though, adding:
Although we don't know for sure if CD Projekt RED is even interested in jumping into another fantasy universe for a game, Cosmere and Sanderson fans would certainly love to have the studio's hands on the undertaking. Brandon Sanderson's complete thoughts on the matter can be found on the source links below, and at the time of writing, he still appears to be answering questions on the thread.
Source: Reddit 1, 2 | Images via BrandonSanderson.com
By Jay Bonggolto
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited comes to Apple App Store more than 5 years after launch
by Jay Bonggolto
While Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is among the popular entertainment and reading apps for kids, it used to be available only on Amazon's Fire tablets since its debut in December 2012; that is until May last year, when the app landed on Android handsets, leaving iOS users out in the cold. That changes today with the app's launch on the Apple App Store.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited offers kids aged 3 to 12 an unlimited access to more than 10,000 books, movies, and TV shows on iOS curated just for them. In comparison, FreeTime Unlimited for Fire tablets offers more than 15,000 books, videos, educational apps, and games. Content providers include Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, National Geographic, and Amazon Originals for Kids.
The subscription costs $2.99 per month, though Amazon pointed out to Neowin that customers who subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited through the iOS app will receive the family plan for $9.99 per month, offering up to four child profiles access to content across compatible tablets, phones, e-readers, and smart speakers.
For parents, the app features a dashboard that lets them review their kids' FreeTime activity over the past three months and see their favorite books, movies, and TV shows. It also includes discussion cards that provide parents insights into what their kids are reading or watching. However, as TechCrunch pointed out, the app's iOS version does not allow users to change its configuration in order to reskin the user interface.
The app allows parents to set up four different child profiles, with each profile having a specific age range to personalize the kid's experience. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is now available to download from the App Store, with a free 30-day trial period. Once a user subscribes to the app via iTunes, Apple will automatically renew the monthly subscription unless the user cancels the membership at least 24 hours before the renewal period begins.
Source: Apple App Store via TechCrunch
By Rich Woods
Apple announces that it's bringing iOS apps to the Mac
by Rich Woods
Apple held its WWDC 2018 keynote today, and among the next major updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, the company announced a new app platform that will bring iOS apps to the Mac. The news came following various shout-outs to refreshed versions of apps like Stocks, Voice Memos, News, and Home.
As you can see from the image above, Apple had to change how some UI elements behave when bringing touch-centric iOS apps to macOS, which doesn't support touch at all, at least at the moment. Things like trackpad and mouse input had to be added, and window resizing.
What's interesting is that this makes both platforms ripe for coming closer together. Many users have asked for touch support on a Mac, and other have asked for mouse support on the iPad Pro. These things seem more likely than ever, especially since Apple announced other macOs features today that allow users to draw on PDF files.
Apple said that the first tester for the new platform is itself, with the refreshed apps that it announced today. Third-party developers will be able to take advantage of the multi-phase project in 2019.