Phabulous for e-books! 84 percent growth expected for 5.5”-to-6” phones in 2015

By David Rothman
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

My sister has switched from an iPad to her 5.5” iPhone Plus when she e-reads on the go, and a new study from the International Data Corporation suggests that Dorothy has lots of company. While [...]

Virgin Media plans to retrofit public WiFi to UK subscribers’ routers, hotspots

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wanting to retrofit Internet connectivity to your WiFi-only e-reading device in the UK? You may soon have another option—a free one, yet. The Telegraph reports that Virgin Media is planning to roll [...]

Best bargain phones for frugal e-book lovers? UMI eMAX a buy? $165. 441-PPI 5.5 inch screen

By David Rothman
August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

What are the best cell phone bargain out there right now for frugal e-book lovers? That topic came to mind when I wrote about Chinese vs. brand-name phones. Among Chinese phones, one standout just [...]

Should you buy a Chinese phone or a global brand name? An e-book lover’s perspective

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Chinese novelist, Cixin Liu, is a just-announced Hugo winner. Get set for more of the same in the book world (as I note in the accompanying TeleRead post). Now, what about an e-book-related area [...]

Xiaomi’s iPhone 6 Plus rival is a mere $125 in China—with a 5.5” extra-high-res screen (but read the fine print)

By David Rothman
August 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Xiaomi’s new iPhone 6 Plus rival could be catnip for e-book lovers, if it lives up to the ballyhoo. It comes with a high-res 5.5” screen, some 2GB of RAM, an eight-core 64-bit processor, a [...]

Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Everything old is new again. Jennifer Maloney at the Wall Street Journal has just noticed that more and more people seem to like reading on little tiny pocket-sized devices. Of course, those devices [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazon sales increase, update moves nVidia Shield features, phones that please their owners, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Amazon Reports 20% Increase in Net Sales (GalleyCat) Net sales at Amazon increased 20 percent to $23.18 billion during the company’s financial the second quarter, as compared to $19.34 billion in [...]

Mobile technology foments leaks at Comic Con

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ah, mobile technology. It’s giving people the power to e-read and consume other media pretty much anywhere—but it’s also giving them the power to record media pretty much anywhere, which is a [...]

Cell phone Internet comes to half the world

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

The digital divide is shrinking, TechCrunch points out. 94% of the world’s population receives a cell phone signal of some kind. 48% of the world’s population has cellular Internet service [...]

Smart phones : The dating and reading angles

By David Rothman
June 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

This  Atlantic video delves into the pros and cons of smart phones for daters and others. But what about phones for reading? Have smart phones in the end done more harm than good, through [...]

Latinos, e-books and the rest of the publishing industry: A Hispanic writer speaks out

By David Rothman
June 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Earlier today I noted the U.S. publishing industry’s disgraceful lack of diversity—this among a slew of other idiocies. Now, check out a trilogy of smart posts from Daniel Cubias, a Hispanic [...]

Greenpeace deluges Amazon Fire Phone with one-star protest reviews

By Chris Meadows
October 3, 2014 // 7 Comments

Wow, everyone’s piling onto Amazon these days. The latest fight Amazon’s picked with someone (or vice versa) is with, of all organizations, Greenpeace. Seeking Alpha reports that the [...]

Why library e-book posters should go on the walls of check cashing stores

By David Rothman
September 22, 2014 // 6 Comments

What if the walls of check cashing stores and other establishments serving poor people did not just carry the usual commercial ballyhoo? Suppose colorful posters also promoted cell phones as a way for the poor to find books to read themselves---or read to their children. [...]

How cell phone book clubs could help get young people reading and change their lives

By David Rothman
September 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Note: Although David Rothman posted the article, he says the author is really Bertel King, Jr., SF/fantasy novelist and a journalist. Read about Bertel at the end of his cogent essay. Go here to [...]

Aereo loses, cell phone privacy wins at Supreme Court today

By Chris Meadows
June 25, 2014 // 2 Comments

A pair of important Supreme Court decisions came down today—one disappointing and one critically important to anyone who uses mobile devices. The disappointing one is a 6-3 decision killing Aereo. [...]

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