Amazon gives away 30 free Android apps June 27, 28

By Chris Meadows
June 27, 2014 // 1 Comment

If you’ve got an Android tablet and are looking for something fun to put on it, don’t miss this Amazon giveaway. Instead of just one app, today Amazon’s giving away thirty with a combined total value of over $100. And these aren’t some random apps you’ve never heard of, either. Gizmodo [...]

Morning Roundup: Audies-Oscars of audiobook world? Tour an Amazon fulfillment center

By Joanna Cabot
April 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

What Makes a Good App Great? (Teachers with Apps) This past week I had the pleasure of coming across a sensational new app and it got me thinking about what does an app need to make it an exceptional educational experience. *** How the Audies Literally Turned Into the Oscars of the Audiobook World [...]

Morning Roundup: Rise of mobile apps. Kobo for iOS updated and more

By Joanna Cabot
April 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Income vs. Expenses: How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living (The Billfold) Remember that this is pre-tax income. It’s also before Paypal takes out its fees, which add up. I wish Paypal were not the ubiquitous method of paying freelancers, but I did not create the system. *** The Rise of Mobile [...]

Morning Roundup: Compete with Amazon? Ten amazing book apps and more

By Joanna Cabot
March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

How do We Compete with Amazon? (Brave New World) It would be wrong to believe that they can be beaten on discounts, as the only winner in a discount war is the consumer and the one with the strongest nerve and deepest pockets. Wishing for a white knight may have been feasible ten years ago, but [...]

Whither the book app?

By Joanna Cabot
March 7, 2014 // 4 Comments

Juli sent this blog post my way, by indie writer L.R. Styles. In the post, Styles laments the cost and difficulty of producing book apps—not non-fiction interactive apps, but ones based on novels, with soundtracks and old-timey fonts and so on. From the post: “As an indie author, I love [...]

Android versus Apple apps: The time factor

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The vexed question of Android versus Apple apps has surfaced again, but this time it’s not money: it’s time. And those nice people at Crispy Codes have shared an infographic that helps make sense of this issue and map out project timelines. According to Crispy Codes, “Android [...]

How much would you pay for a phone installed with Flappy Bird?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Too much of a good thing can be tough to handle. Dong Nguyen the creator of the viral game Flappy Bird couldn’t handle the quick rise of popularity of his game – even though he was supposedly making a lot of money off ads – so he took it down. This has caused people to find alternative [...]

BARD Mobile app allows the blind to read on iOS devices

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

This is a fairly old press release, but it only came to my attention recently. Last year, the Library of Congress released an iOS app to allow access to NLS BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) accounts. I did a quick search of our archives, and it doesn’t look like we covered it. Since [...]

Amazon offers $5 Appstore credit for downloading any Android app, and another for buying a digital PC game

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 4 Comments

Have an Android device? You can get a $5 credit in the Amazon Appstore by installing it and downloading any application, even a free one. Amazon is offering this deal from 12/24 through 12/28. You just have to download the Appstore installer, then snag an app from it. See this page for details. [...]

Universal Marvin App Free For "Limited Time"

By libertyc
November 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Marvin released an upgrade today, and while the changelog wasn’t as impressive as some I’ve seen, there’s still big news. This was the last upgrade for Marvin for iPad. Going forward, all updates will be to the universal iPhone/iPad version. From a development perspective, that [...]

Mashable app list: Really making you a better reader?

By libertyc
November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Social media and technology site Mashable has grouped together “8 Apps to Make You a Better Reader” – and not just concentrating on e-reading, but also bringing in some apps that will be just as helpful for print reading as well. If they help. Because the premise for choosing some [...]

App Sale: SwiftKey is Half Off. Today Only

By libertyc
October 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve tested and reviewed many third-party keyboards for Android, and SwiftKey remains my go-to keyboard on my Nook HD. If you’ve been thinking about trying SwiftKey, today is a great day. It’s half off on Google Play (to celebrate 5 years of Android), bringing it to $1.99, which [...]

Apple allows old iOS devices to install ‘last compatible version’ of newer apps

By libertyc
October 6, 2013 // 2 Comments

This is a slightly old story, but I thought it was worth following up on when I had the chance. A few weeks ago, Apple quietly added a new feature to its iOS app store. It used to be that when you had hardware too old to run the latest version of an app, and you lost the version of it you had, you [...]

App Review: Afterword for Android

By libertyc
September 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sometimes I like an app that does one thing and does it well. Someone I know tweeted about Afterword, and I decided to give it a try. If you are an author on Kindle, the app allows you to look at your sales data. You can select which country to view, or the app can give you total sales across all [...]

Double App Review: MegaReader and QuickReader for iOS

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 4 Comments

I’m reviewing both of these apps together because they’re so similar; there’s just one feature difference between them. The developer was celebrating five million downloads and in honor of the occasion was offering free versions of the apps to bloggers. Lucky me! Anyway, at their [...]

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