Ereaders, phones, tablets & reading apps

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 [...]

How to make your e-reader look like an antique p-book

By David Rothman
August 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

Rugged and maybe even water-proof—that’s how I like my own e-reader cases or those for my phones. I’m strictly utilitarian about cases and covers. But not everyone feels that way, and if you want your cover to look like an old leathery book, then check out Book Riot. For $40, Kindle [...]

An estimated cost breakdown for Google’s $50 smartphone

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has plans for a $50 Android One smartphone for the developing world, but how would such a phone be built? How much would they spend on each component? Engadget takes some guesses at the amounts and determines it can probably be done, but it may not be a very great phone. But then, any phone [...]

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 [...]

Karma Go LTE hotspot brings 4G speed and public Internet access to your pocket

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

After a long delay, my Karma Go 4G LTE wireless hotspot finally arrived. I was bemused to open the envelope and find it packaged in a resealable plastic pouch not too different from the pouches my Soylent meal drink comes in. Had I purchased a batch of “Instant Karma”? Happily, when I tore open [...]

Kindle Paperwhite, Voyage and basic model get 5.6.5 update for Bookerly font, etc. What tweaks do you want next?

By David Rothman
August 11, 2015 // 9 Comments

Own a 2013 Kindle Paperwhite? Well, you can finally enjoy the new Bookerly font optimized for readability, thanks to Amazon’s latest update, 5.6.5. Same if you own a deluxe Voyage or a recent basic model. The 2015 Paperwhite already includes Bookerly but will benefit from other features in the [...]

Erotica flourishes in e-books via Ellora’s Cave

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

The strong use of e-readers by erotica readers is not exactly new, but The Guardian has a story discussing the success of erotica publisher Ellora’s Cave and the huge numbers of erotica readers reading digitally. Ellora’s Cave was founded after no traditional publisher wanted to publish founder [...]

Finding the best EPUB reader solution

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 5, 2015 // 4 Comments

As some readers may remember, I recently plumped for a Lenovo A7-10 as my preferred ereading/writing platform. And since this has a microSD card slot for storage expansion, it made huge sense to store my library of EPUB books in the external memory. However, combined with the issue of finding EPUB [...]

WiFi, e-books and low-income people: Let’s connect the dots and learn from Bexar County

By David Rothman
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

A push to get WiFi into low-income people’s homes is happening right now, from the Obama Administration. Now let’s connect a few dots. The President has also launched a K-12 e-book initiative with disadvantaged children especially in mind, and let’s hope that it [...]

Stellar e-reader and Netflix viewer: 10.5″ 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By David Rothman
August 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s too late to buy a 10.5” 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S refurb for $330 from A4C, but a restock may be coming, and you can also look elsewhere. I know this one’s good, because I own the same model myself. The 10.5”  screen of 2,560 x 1600 pixels can do justice to anything from Moon+ [...]

The easiest way to break in your new tablet—for work, fun or mixes of the two

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

So you’ve bought that shiny new tablet and fired it up. Now what? You’ve got a bunch of app icons, and you know it should be a great tool. But how do you learn to use it? This article assumes you’re new to the tablet world. If you’ve changed operating systems, like moving from an iPad to an [...]

New smartwatch will put affordable braille e-reading on wrists

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

A new smartwatch, the Dot, is coming out, with timepiece, navigation, fitness tracking, and other functions—but instead of the usual smartwatch display, this one is a set of rising and falling pins to display in braille. With a 10-hour battery life, the watch is scheduled start taking pre-orders [...]

Better than a book cover: Geo-based P2P to let people know what you’re reading—and maybe even share content

By Joe Wikert
July 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The smartwatch movement inspired me recently, which is surprising because I haven’t worn a watch since I started carrying a smartphone many years ago. I’m about as far as you can get from being a fashionista and I liken a watch to other obsolete single-use devices like the GPS. I doubt I’ll [...]

TeleRead Links: Coffee and free NYT articles, anyone? Harper’s paywall. Soundtrack for reading? DMCA vs. anti-hacker tool to protect cars

By Chris Meadows
July 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Some New York Times Articles to Appear Free on Starbucks App (New York Times) Beginning in the first half of next year, Starbucks loyalty members will be able to read daily and weekend briefings from The Times, as well as other articles recommended by Starbucks, using the coffee company’s mobile [...]

TeleRead Links: Talking View-Master, Google Play Books gains note sync, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Electronic Talking View-Master Was the Original Oculus Rift (Gizmodo) Seen here in an ad dating back to February of 1983, the Electronic Talking View-Master used the same slideshow discs as previous versions of the toy. But they were embedded in a special cartridge alongside a tiny vinyl record [...]

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