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Sony’s new Z5 Premium: Do you really need a 4K screen in your pocket?

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

How good a screen do you really need to read e-books? Ars Technica is carrying an Ars Technica UK article reviewing Sony’s newest smartphone handsets, the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium. The 5.5” Premium sports what may be the highest-resolution screen ever put to a smartphone—a fully [...]

Microsoft prototypes Surface keyboard cover with secondary e-ink touchscreen

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The original Nook e-reader demonstrated that a small secondary touch-sensitive LCD display panel could be helpful for navigation and other tasks on the e-ink device. In an interesting symmetry, Microsoft Applied Sciences Group has prototyped a keyboard cover with a secondary e-ink display built in, [...]

Intel and Microsoft work on two-in-one tablets

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two-in-one tablets seem to be the order of the day for Microsoft and Intel. ITProPortal has a story about Microsoft assisting developers creating dual-boot tablets that will run both Android 5 and Windows 10. So far, only Chinese manufacturers seem to be involved, though ASUS has shown interest in [...]

Stuff picks the best e-readers of 2015

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK magazine Stuff has an extensive review of the current crop of e-reader devices from all the major manufacturers available in the UK—the Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage, and basic Kindle, the Kobo Glow HD and Aura H2O, the Nook Glowlight, and the Bookeen Cybook Ocean. They put a good deal of [...]

How safe is it to leave Kindles, Kobos and other E Ink devices in the car? Or in the sun for a long time?

By David Rothman
August 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

The word from E Ink is apparently, “Very safe.” The company brags about “Comprehensive environmental robustness based on multi-year investment in sealant methods, moisture protection, UV block and mechanical protection.” So is it that way in real life? A MobileRead post raises questions, [...]

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 swappable 3,060mAh battery, the 802.11ac WiFi protocol, two SIM slots, a 2Ghz chip in the entry model, and [...]

Sony’s 13” Digital Paper business notepad: Not dead yet, apparently—and here’s how you can buy one

By Chris Meadows
August 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

Good E-Reader has a piece announcing the imminent demise of the Sony Digital Paper notepad. The problem is, Sony’s current online store for the U.S. knows of no such plans. We talked to the store. The real news is that the e-commerce site is shutting down August 28—not the discontinuation [...]

Will the next Voyage work with an optional solar-power case from Amazon? RUMOR alert!

By David Rothman
July 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

Will the next Kindle Voyage appear in November and offer a zippier chip for nicer page-changing and other amenities? I find the rumor to be plausible, at least. Now here’s some fun speculation, if you want to call it that, out of China. The next Voyage is supposed to work with an optional [...]

Want to enjoy e-books more and retain more from them? Here are my e-book literacy tips. Your own?

By David Rothman
July 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ned Ludd, the tech-hater, is dead. But critics of e-books live on, and they are not entirely wrong. Many people do not retain as much from e-books as from p-books, nor are they as comfortable reading them. But who says they can’t learn to love E and absorb more than ever? Up with e-book literacy! [...]

TeleRead Links: U.S. lags in E Ink reader development—why? ePub creation tips. Why Zuckerberg and Musk read utopian sci-fi.

By David Rothman
July 11, 2015 // 7 Comments

1. Why is there no e-ink innovation in the U.S. (MobileRead) The TeleRead take:  Why is the Kindle line—well, so meh? All kinds of E Ink goodies are on sale from companies in Asia and European (more information here). But from Amazon? Well, better screens, and we read plausible rumors of a [...]

TeleRead Links: New Harper Lee novel excerpt online for free. Exotic e-readers on Amazon. Wattpad as a sales-booster for writers.

By David Rothman
July 10, 2015 // 6 Comments

By popular demand, TeleRead Links will remain even if our links roundups won’t appear as often, or at a regular time. Our fare today: 1. This morning Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman finally reaches the public after 60 years (the Guardian). You can read the first chapter or hear Reese [...]

What e-reading gadgets and software should Sony crowd-source under the new First Flight program?

By David Rothman
July 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Liliputing and Nate report Sony is experimenting with crowd-sourcing in Japan. A remote control device with an E Ink display will be the first goody to come out of the experiment, if it goes into production. Here are details from Sony itself. In crowd-sourcing, I see a great opportunity for Sony [...]

ePub and other sacrileges on the Voyage and Paperwhite: Easy jail-breaks ahead?

By David Rothman
June 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nathan ran a great write-up on the challenges of rooting the Kindle Voyage, the Paperwhite and other recent Kindles. He was following up on a how-to video on taking the Voyage apart. Meanwhile, at MobileRead, buzz persists about hacking the recent-model Kindles. Remember, Kindles are little [...]

Cheap blind-friendly E Ink Kindles with read-aloud and audio nav capabilities: A how-to for Amazon

By David Rothman
February 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

I hope that Amazon’s CEO never becomes a blind visionary. But if Jeff Bezos’s eyes should ever go downhill in a serious way—a risk for millions of aging baby boomers—he could still enjoy e-books on inexpensive E Ink Kindles. All he has to do is follow advice from Shaun K. Kane, the [...]

The K-12 and economic cases for a national digital library endowment

By David Rothman
January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

President Obama wants expanded broadband, as indicated in his State of the Union address—a laudable goal. But what to use it for, beyond such purposes as, say, the faster downloading of YouTubes? Here’s the latest version of LibraryCity’s call for a national digital library endowment [...]

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