We are pleased to announce Bluefire Reader for iOS, version 2.4. With this release Bluefire Reader is now fully optimized for iPhone 6 and 6+. We’ve also added support for 64-bit rendering and native iOS dictionary definitions.
Bluefire Reader on iPhone 6+
Update today and let us know what you think!
Over the past few days we’ve received a number of questions about Adobe’s collection of user data in Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 (ADE 4.0). We’re writing today to address these questions.
For those of you who have not been following the issue, it has recently been reported that ADE 4.0 collects data about user reading habits and transmits the data to Adobe’s servers in plain text. It does so without any user controls to turn off or limit the data collection. Understandably, users have expressed concerns about the privacy implications of this feature.
Following the initial disclosure about the data collection feature Adobe issued the following statement:
We have been asked if we perform similar data collection in our free Bluefire Reader apps. The answer is No. While our apps are built on Adobe Reader Mobile SDK (RMSDK) versions 9 and 10, we are not aware of similar data collection by Adobe in these SDKs.
We do support an optional Bluefire developed sync feature that (when enabled by the user) sends anonymous, encrypted data to our servers. This data is used to sync the user’s reading location across the user’s activated reading devices. We also collect a limited amount of anonymous aggregated usage information. All of this is spelled out in our “Terms and Conditions” and “Privacy” statements.
We want you, our users, to know that we respect and value your privacy. While it is true that some technologies (like page location sync) require the transmission of user data, we believe that it is essential to implement these services in a manner that respects and protects the privacy of our users. We believe that our current apps meet this standard.
– The Bluefire Team
Attending the Frankfurt Book Fair? Visit us in Hall 8.0 at stand L140.
We will be demoing our latest releases. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to setup a time for a meeting.
Hope to see you in Frankfurt!
Just a quick note to let you know that we’ve released Bluefire Reader for iOS 8. This release includes a number of compatibility fixes.
Our next release will include optimizations for the new iPhones.
We are delighted to announce Bluefire Reader for Windows PCs, the newest addition to our family of Bluefire reading apps.
Our new Windows app features the clean, elegant design that we first introduced in our iOS 7 update. Dennis (our awesome designer) and Nelson (our amazing Windows developer) have crafted the best reading experience you’ll find on the Windows PC platform.
We’ve minimized distractions so that your focus is on the text
Bluefire Reader for Windows is ready for white labeling. The app includes flexible visual branding options and support for up to two customizable embedded web views. Integrate your store and user bookshelf and your customers will have a seamless download experience that eliminates the need to manually manage .ascm files.
Your branding flows throughout the app
We’ve also included support for our newly launched Page Sync and Analytics cloud services. The Sync service ensures that your customers can easily move between their branded Windows app and their branded mobile apps without losing track of their current page. Our Analytics service gives you essential insights into how your apps are being used and how your most popular titles are performing.
We’ve even developed our own application update service for Windows. The service makes it easy for white label licensees to keep their customers up to date with the latest version of their branded app.
Bluefire Reader for Windows supports PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8. (Please visit the download page for full system requirements.)
Click here to open the Bluefire Reader for Windows download page.
We look forward to your feedback!
Bluefire Reader for iOS just got even better! New in Version 2.1:
- Dropbox integration – Download books stored in your Dropbox account without leaving Bluefire Reader! Just tap “Library” in the top nav bar and choose “Dropbox” from from the menu. Login to your Dropbox account and browse all of your available EPUB, PDF, and ACSM files. Tap to download the files you want to add to your library on your device.
- Integration of the Open Dyslexic font set, created to help readers with Dyslexia.
- Updated themes, including support for sepia mode for PDF files.
- Integration of RMSDK 10 and the latest OpenSSL library code.
We hope you like it! Please remember to update your reviews. We appreciate your support.
Over the past few months we’ve been testing our new Sync services in Bluefire Reader. We’re pleased to announce that these new added-value services are now available to our white-label customers.
Our Page Location Sync service helps our white-label customers make their branded apps more competitive with the addition of one of our most requested user features. Page Location Sync makes it easy for readers to move from device to device and pick up right where they left off. The service works on both our iOS and Android white-label app platforms.
Bluefire’s new Analytics Service gives our white-label customers everything they need to start collecting and analyzing the key metrics that can help them develop a better understanding of how their apps are being used and what books are being read by their customers. The service includes an update of their apps that enables data tracking and collection. It also includes a personalized reporting site that they can access on demand to review and share their reports.
Sample Report: Reading Time Per Day
With our new Analytics service our white-label customers can
- Track their unique daily users to learn how and when your branded apps are being used;
- Monitor the devices and form factors their customers are using to make more informed decisions about your mobile web design marketing strategy;
- Monitor trending titles to measure the impact of marketing campaigns and price promotions.
Bluefire’s Sync and Analytics Services respect and protect privacy. Analytic data is aggregated and reported anonymously.
Interested in learning more? Contact us!
Attending the IDPF Digital Book Conference on May 28th and 29th in New York? Come see us in the exhibit area in the main hall on Wednesday the 28th.
We are available for appointments on Thursday, May 29th and Friday, May 30th. Contact us to setup a time.
We are also speaking at the conference. Micah and his fellow panelists will talking about what it really takes for publishers to sell direct. Join Micah, Doug Lessing (Firebrand Technologies) and Kristen McLean (Bookigee) on Thursday, from 11:50 AM to 12:35 PM in room 1E08.
See you New York!
Jason recently published a post on Auxiliary Tabs—secondary embedded web views that you can use for integrating blogs, book recommendations and more into your white-label apps. His post reminded me that I’d been meaning to write about a particularly well executed example a white-label embedded web view: Entitle.
Many of you may have already heard about Entitle—they are one of the leaders in the hot subscription service space. Entitle’s approach is closer to the traditional book club model than it is to “all you can eat” services like Scribd and Oyster. That said, Entitle customers get to keep their ebooks; Oyster and Scribd users don’t. Entitle customers choose a monthly plan that entitles them to download two books a month for $9.99 or three books a month for $14.99.
Here’s a screen shot of the “home page” embedded web view in their iOS app:
Subscribers can see the books they’ve already added to their collection (“Latest Cloud Books”), their wish list of books they’ve tagged, but not yet downloaded (“View Your Queued Books”) and Entitle’s recommendations of books they might be interested in (“We Think You’ll Love”). As you can see, they’ve done a great job of creating a visually rich user experience.
Another nice feature of their implemenation is the ability to sample content. The screen shot below shows the “more information” view for a currently selected title.
Again they’ve used the opportunity to promote related titles that might be of interest to the subscriber. When you click on the Sample icon you see the following:
It’s a preview of the book delivered through the same embedded web view.
Nicely done Entitle!
The Readium Foundation has just announced the results of its first board election and we are delighted to share the news that Micah Bowers (CEO of Bluefire) has been elected as a founding board member! The other new board members include:
- Pierre Danet – Hachette Livre
- Jim Dovey – Independent
- James English – New York Public Library
- Bente Franck-Saetervoll – Bokbasen
- Hadrien Gardeur – Feedbooks
- Bill McCoy – IDPF
Congratulations to all—and thanks for your commitment to making the Readium Foundation a success!
To learn more about the Readium Foundation, please visit Readium.org.
To learn more about Bluefire’s support for the Readium ePUB 3 Native Code project click here.