Gadgets and apps for e-reading

Is there an e-book generation gap?

By Chris Meadows
October 8, 2015 // 5 Comments

Last night I re-posted a great essay from my good friend Eric Burns-White of Websnark (we wrote for the same Internet fiction writing circle during our college days). In his essay, he responded to another essay by his niece Hadley Gibson about how much better paper books are than e-books. Both [ on]

The Intangibility of Books: The Digital Bibliophile

By Eric Burns-White
October 7, 2015 // 9 Comments

Hadley Gibson is one of the newest bloggers at Cambridge Editors’ Blog, a house organ and mouthpiece for Cambridge Editors, which perhaps not shockingly is an editorial service for hire. 1 They offer line editing, critiquing, proofreading — in short, all the services that a writer might [ on]

What to expect from Android Marshmallow

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s that time again. Marshmallow is starting to roll out. OS images for those Nexus devices still being supported are already available, for those who don’t mind wiping their devices to install the new operating system. Those who want to keep their setup the way it is will have to wait for the [ on]

Type Machine will let you rescue typed text from app crashes

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Have you ever spent long minutes painstakingly tapping or swyping out a message in an app on your Android phone only to lose it all when the app crashes, or you accidentally tap the wrong thing and go back to your home screen only to find your hard work gone when you get back? Or maybe you just [ on]

Why are e-books still stuck in neutral?

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2015 // 7 Comments

On, Craig Mod posts a long and thoughtful essay about how he fell into and out of love with the Kindle that’s worth giving a little attention. Mod explains that he was originally attracted by the Kindle’s compelling promise of a digital future for literature, but gradually embittered by [ on]

Amazon bans Apple TV, Chromecast sales on Marketplace

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bloomberg Business reports that Amazon has emailed its marketplace sellers to announce that it will no longer accept new listings for Apple TV and Chromecast products, and as of October 29, it will remove existing listings. Amazon explains that the devices don’t work with Prime Video, and it [ on]

The Fire’s SDXC slot may be its most compelling feature

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch opens its review of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 by admitting that it’s silly to make such a big deal out of removable memory, but it actually is one of the most compelling features of Amazon’s new Fire tablet line—it can support up to a 128 GB SDXC memory card. (Update, Oct. 2, 2015: [ on]

Someone is right on the Internet: xkcd turns 10 years old

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

As Engadget pointed out, yesterday Randall Monroe’s Hugo-award-winning stick-figures-and-science webcomic xkcd turned ten years old. A mainstay of geeky humor, to the point where visiting an explanation wiki is sometimes necessary for laypeople to get the jokes, xkcd has provided fodder for a [ on]

Paperwhite is what you read in the dark

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 4 Comments

I can already tell that this Kindle Paperwhite is going to be bad for my insomnia. Or good for it. Either way, it can do something my old Kindle Touch never could: read in bed, at night, with the lights out. Yes, it’s a little thing, and it’s something I could do already with my tablets. But it [ on]

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