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

By Chris Meadows
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 [ on]

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

By Chris Meadows
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. [ on]

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

By Joanna Cabot
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 [ on]

On Being Married to a Nonreader

By Joanna Cabot
August 26, 2013 // 1 Comment

This fun little blog post hit my inbox this morning; a woman named Kellee writes about being married to a “nonreader” and what she’s learned from this. The article struck a cord with me. The Beloved is not much for fiction books, and while I am sure he would appreciate the new [ on]

Is the Smartwatch Trend Heralding a New Type of E-Reader?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Excitement over the new trend toward smartwatches seems to be reaching a crescendo, with Apple’s rumored iWatch supposedly due to debut in 2014, while Sony brings out the latest generation of its less-than-rhapsodically-received Android SmartWatch series, startup Pebble retails its own [ on]

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?

By Joanna Cabot
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

I posted earlier about the computer shopping that’s been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved’s mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a historical fiction novel she plans to take on an airplane with her, and I commented that it would be so [ on]

Infographic: E-Reader vs. Octopus Tech Battle! Which is Better?

By Juli Monroe
July 5, 2013 // 3 Comments

No, honest, that’s not a linkbait title. Or, well … not too much of one. My husband found this absolutely awesome infographic on Livescience. Source: LiveScience Check out the image of the cephalopod skin vs. an e-reader display. Kind of creepy how close they are? (And why [ on]

E-Reader Price War Breaks Out in UK as Kobo Chases Nook Down

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 17, 2013 // 2 Comments

WHSmith, the UK high street bookstore and stationery chain, has hit a new low in e-reader retailing—price-wise—with a deal on the Kobo Mini e-reader for just £29.99 ($47.07), down from its original £49.99 ($78.45) retail price. WHSmith, known to Brits as just Smiths, is also handing out [ on]

Hey everyone … it's a Kindle Torture Test!

By Juli Monroe
June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Now that it’s summer, and we want to take our e-readers to the beach, this is perhaps a good time to review what are (and are not) good ideas for how to treat our devices. CNET put the Kindle Paperwhite through a beach torture test to see how it would do. Here’s the video. Fair warning: [ on]

Amazon calls all change to Kindle across German stations

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Following my earlier report on Barnes & Noble’s plans for the German market, Amazon now seems to be taking up the challenge with a new ad campaign, according to Germany’s The news and information portal of the principal magazine for the German-language book market shows a [ on]

B&N decides Deutschland über alles with German market entry

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 7, 2013 // 4 Comments

German book press has picked up on the news that Barnes & Noble is still pressing on with its launch plans in Germany. According to the original article, “Barnes & Noble still wants to expand to Germany this year,” this follows on the establishment of Barnes & Noble GmbH in Berlin [ on]

Kobo Aura HD: First Impressions

By Joanna Cabot
April 29, 2013 // 4 Comments

Spotted my first Kobo Aura HD this weekend! My local Indigo had added the new 30-percent larger 6.8 inch reader to its in-store display, and I got to play with one for a few minutes. And my first impression? It was fine. That’s it. That’s all I can really say about it. It’s bigger [ on]

Want to Compare E-Readers? Try Reader Rocket

By Juli Monroe
April 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

Buying an e-reader has become more complex, with several solid options, both in E Ink and tablet-like lines. So how do you choose? That’s where a brand-new, just-launched-yesterday website called Reader Rocket wants to come in. The site is simple. Put two different e-readers head-to-head, and [ on]

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