Cloud or external storage for your backups?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 10, 2015 // 4 Comments

Moved by the plight of a writer buddy who complained on Facebook about two external hard drives crapping out on him, and his laptop locking him out, I felt moved to raise the issue of what backup option works best. After all, a writer can lose reams of critically important work as a result of a [...]

Jolicloud Drive adds cloud EPUB reading capability

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Jolicloud was originally conceived as a web-based “operating system.” The web version of it showed the same home screen, with all the same web apps, that a user might have configured on the Ubuntu-based JoliOS operating system for computers or tablets. The problem was that apparently the JoliOS [...]

App Review: Google Play Books for Android

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 10 Comments

I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came [...]

Dropbox uses file hashes to comply with DMCA requests. So what?

By Chris Meadows
April 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Surprise! Dropbox has anti-piracy measures in place. You’ve probably seen the stories by now. When you right-click that file on your drive and ask for a public link that you can share so your friend can download it, Dropbox runs a hash on the file—it basically takes the file’s fingerprint by [...]

Ownshelf e-book sharing system seems pointless

By Chris Meadows
July 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

Mediabistro’s AppNewser has a report on a new service called “Ownshelf,” at which we looked briefly last December. The idea behind Ownshelf is that it lets you set up your own lending library for e-books you can share with friends. AppNewser calls it a “Dropbox for e-books.” Of course, [...]

Top 5 Apps for Writers

By Joanna Cabot
May 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

From MediaShift comes a roundup titled “The Top 5 Apps for Authors.” Such things are inherently subjective; of the five mentioned (bit.ly, Feedly, Scrivener, Tweetdeck/Hootsuite and Tweetwall) there is only one I personally use. And of course, there are apps I use often that this [...]

Five Useful 'Cloud Syncable' Apps for E-Book Fans

By Joanna Cabot
March 1, 2013 // 5 Comments

I started reading e-books back in the stones ages of plain text Gutenberg files on a handheld Palm device. My, how times have changed! Now, we can read on phones or tablets, in full glorious color—or on battery-efficient E Ink devices—books with sophisticated layouts and embedded [...]

Morning Links — Used e-books are getting closer

By Joanna Cabot
February 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

Project Gutenberg Adds Dropbox Support (Lifehacker) Sales of Used eBooks Getting Closer (Publisher’s Weekly) eBook Challenges in Japan (Good e-Reader) Amazon’s Digital Metamorphosis: eBooks Up 70% (The Verge) Kindle Daily Deals: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (and 3 [...]

Kindle for Android vs. Kindle for iOS

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 14, 2013 // 10 Comments

A common complaint about Android apps in comparison to iOS apps is that Android apps are often missing features or seem “unfinished” and not as polished. While I’ve found that to be true in some cases, the Kindle app is a particularly grievous example. While books in the Android version are [...]

Review: Quotebook for iOS

By Joanna Cabot
October 11, 2012 // 1 Comment

Quotebook is an app that came to me via the Genius suggestions in my newly updated iPad’s App Store. It’s an app designed for clipping and storing favorite quotes for future reference. Unlike other iOS quote apps, it does not come with a library of quotes pre-installed. You are meant to [...]

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