e-reader

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 [...]

Requiem for the iPod Touch

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s funny how viewpoints change over time. Apple just introduced a new version of the iPod Touch the other day, with a faster CPU and better camera hardware. The price stays about the same, starting at $199 for 16 GB and topping out with a new $399 for 128 GB option. But the screen size remains [...]

What? Robots threaten ME? Here’s how I’d use one to write TeleRead posts

By David Rothman
June 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nate got it right when he said journalists should spend less time worrying about robots and more time figuring out how to befriend the silicon. Human/bot collaborations, anyone? He mentioned the use of robots to write up the basics when earthquakes struck L.A.—followed by in-depth reporting [...]

Exactly how waterproof is the Kobo H2O e-reader? Find out before you hit the beach

By David Rothman
May 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Several decades ago Arthur C. Clarke reminded a friend and me that e-book devices might develop amnesia if dropped in the bathtub. Well, time passes. I myself own a dandy waterpoof case for my Kindle Paperwhite. And I keep up with the Kobo world through a waterproof Aura H20. But wait! Exactly how [...]

Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 tells Adobe what books you’re reading

By Chris Meadows
October 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, Nate broke quite a story over on The Digital Reader about Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 sending information in the clear about the e-books you read. It got picked up by The Passive Voice, Ars Technica, GigaOm, TechDirt, Slashdot, BoingBoing, the list goes on and on. Congrats on the scoop, [...]

Smartphone size no obstacle to long reading

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2014 // 4 Comments

Hey, guess what? People read on their smartphones. That’s the thrust of a piece in Wired that talks about how the smartphone has been a godsend for long-form written journalism. Where people used to read their newspapers on the subway, now they read their smartphones—and despite the predictions [...]

Photos of Amazon 3D, 6-camera smartphone prototype surface

By Chris Meadows
April 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

There goes Amazon, changing the game again. I’ve noticed that when Amazon introduces its own spin on an already-established device, it likes to add some new and different feature from right out of left field to distinguish itself from the competition. With e-readers, it was the free 3G service to [...]

Jo Walton, converted e-reader skeptic

By Chris Meadows
March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

One interesting benefit of still being in the early days of the e-book age is that you get to see a lot of converted-skeptic stories. Holdouts are converting all the time. One of those is Tor.com’s Jo Walton, who picked up an e-reader a couple of years ago and writes about two major ways in which [...]

Google releases Chromecast SDK

By Chris Meadows
February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Ars Technica reports that Google has finally issued a public SDKpublic SDK (software development kit) for its Chromecast HDMI TV dongle, meaning that for the first time, coders of random audio and video playing apps for Android, iOS, or the Chrome browser will be able to incorporate Chromecasting [...]

Amazon ranked #1 in customer satisfaction again; knocks $30 off Fire tablets to celebrate

By Chris Meadows
January 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

In honor of being ranked #1 in customer satisfaction during the holiday shopping season for the 9th year in a row by the ForeSee Experience Index, Amazon has announced it is knocking $30 off all Kindle Fire tablets until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, January 11th. That would knock the base model 7” [...]

Baen’s new mobile site and app show promise

By libertyc
December 23, 2013 // 1 Comment

Today I was reminded that Baen has a mobile version of its website and mobile apps under development. I’ve been trying out the Android version, which can be found in the “Baen Mobile” forum on the Baen Bar. It offers some interesting features, but is a bit rough and unpolished as of yet—it [...]

UPS driver throws Android tablet away on delivery

By libertyc
December 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. CNet has the story of a UPS driver who was delivering an Archos 7 Android tablet to a house with a steep, iced-over driveway. Rather than attempting to walk up to the door and put it in a safe place, he left the tablet in the trash can at the base of [...]

iPad success secret: Building on the iPhone, and replacing laptops

By libertyc
November 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

Wired is running an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Fred Vogelstein, looking at how Steve Jobs made the iPad successful when no other tablet ever had been. There’s an interesting parallel with e-readers in this story. No dedicated e-reader had ever been successful before Jeff Bezos pushed the [...]

Barnes & Noble puts e-readers, Nook HD tablet on sale

By libertyc
September 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Speaking of Barnes & Noble sales, Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader points out that B&N is running a more general sale on its Nook hardware, this week only. The Nook Simple Touch is $20 off, as I already mentioned, but so is the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, now $80 instead of $100. [...]

Morning Roundup: Is Kobo's new e-reader already obsolete?

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

When Will We See Mass Adoption of Digital Classrooms? September 2014 (Digital Book World) To give you a sense of how big a market we’re talking about, in just the U.S., nearly $1 trillion was spent on education by the government, according to federal budgets and the Census. Some chunk of that [...]

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