Nexus 6P will offer longer battery life: Bring on ‘War and Peace’!

By David Rothman
September 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

A big gap still exists between the battery lives of E Ink e-readers and cell phones, and in particular the Nexus 6 is not as thrifty with juice as it could have been. But Google has caught religion, kind of. The Nexus 6P will feature a 3450mAh battery to power the 5.7-inch screen and the rest. The [...]

Stave off long-trip boredom with your smartphone or tablet

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

What can you do if you’re about to take a long air trip and don’t want to suffer the pangs of boredom but don’t want to buy overpriced airline Wi-Fi either? Gizmodo has some great advice, but I think they’re thinking too narrowly. The advice they give for smartphones in air travel could [...]

How to snorkel with an iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPhone or Apple Watch

By David Rothman
September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

“The world’s first fully waterproof case for Apple iPad Pro” will keep your tablet safe in up to two meters of water, according to Catalyst. Ah! Good enough for snorkeling—or maybe reading an e-book while floating on an air mattress.  No need to worry about stray splashes. [...]

Pew report suggests most people don’t use library e-books

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 3 Comments

Pew Research has a report out on how people interact with libraries. InfoDocket has a summary of some of the more interesting findings. Of particular note, more people now know their libraries lend e-books (38%, up from 31% in 2012) but 46% of library patrons 16 or older don’t know if their [...]

A power strip to help e-book lovers stay ahead of the fire marshal

By David Rothman
September 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

Who says dried-up old paper books are the only fire hazards? E-book readers, tablets and cell phones pose their own threats. Same for desktops and laptops. And let’s think beyond possibly dodgy power supplies. Fire marshals and others also warn against daisy-chained extension cords—a real [...]

Do digital media harm our brains? Don’t be so sure

By Chris Meadows
September 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

Does digital media harm our intelligence? Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield has been making claims to that effect for some time, especially with regard to children. She’s written a number of books on the subject. But such claims tend to be of a piece with the worries of every generation about [...]

Is there ‘too much’ television like there are ‘too many’ books?

By Chris Meadows
September 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

At an industry conference, the head of NBC Universal has expressed the perhaps controversial view that there is now too much scripted television. Between the broadcast networks, the cable networks, and now streaming video companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, there is simply “too much” of a [...]

Diane Duane releases new Young Wizards novel, Lifeboats

By Chris Meadows
September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I interviewed Diane Duane on the TeleRead podcast in July, she was in the process of finalizing her latest Young Wizards work, the final story in a “transitional trilogy” set between the most recent Young Wizards novel and the one that will come out next year. It was supposed to be ready [...]

Maybe Booktracks can enhance reading after all

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve poked fun at the idea of Booktrack before. Creating a music-and-sound-effects soundtrack to play along while reading an e-book just seemed so silly and unnecessary. But a blog post on The Creative Penn has me possibly rethinking that a little now. Joanna Penn points out that she often sees [...]

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