Rose FoxAndrew AlbaneseCompetition heats up in the e-reader/tablet market as Kobo introduces the determinedly “open” Vox reader, built on the Android 2.3 operating system. “[Kobo] has now made openness part of the deal,” PW’s Features Editor Andrew Albanese notes. “This is a big, big step for people who don’t want to be locked into the Apples or Amazons of the world.” Albanese also tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally about Worldreader, a new way into knowledge access for people living in developing countries. PW reviews editor Rose Fox cites a covey of new books featuring strong women, including Dayna Ingram’s Eat Your Heart Out, a tale of lesbians versus zombies, which a PW reviewer calls “ridiculously entertaining.”

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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