What Special Reading Features Do You Actually Use on Your Devices?

By libertyc
September 6, 2013 // 3 Comments

The new Kindle Paperwhite, announced this week, has some interesting features. I hadn’t given much thought to the “extra” features my devices and reading apps offered beyond the basic dictionary lookup stuff lately, but some of this new Kindle stuff sounds interesting. On the [...]

New Kindle Paperwhite Now Available for Pre-order: Should you upgrade?

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 2 Comments

We’ve thought it was coming soon. Paperwhites were going out of stock, and it was getting close to the time Amazon typically releases new devices. They are now available for pre-order. So the question is, as always, should I upgrade? While it looks like a nice device, and it is the same price [...]

Dedicated E-Readers vs. Tablets: The ongoing discussion

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 14 Comments

I just read an interesting article by Ryan Cordell about why he’s started carrying his Kindle with him instead of his tablet. Obviously he can have the Kindle app on his tablet, so why just the Kindle when the tablet can do so much more? Well, that’s exactly the reason: Because the [...]

Ouch! Text to speech is also AWOL from this year's Amazon Paperwhite

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 15 Comments

Drat! The newest Kindle Paperwhite E Ink reader from Amazon is still missing text to speech—among the features Jeff Bezos touted when he unveiled the second Kindle in 2009. Doubt me? Just look at the Paperwhite users guide and see what’s AWOL. Click here for a better view, with a list [...]

A First Look at Indigo Tech!

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Indigo Tech is open for business! I snapped these pics today at my local store, and it’s about what I expected: a fancier Kobo kiosk, iPads and more! The various wall displays have headphones, speakers, health products such as the Fitbit, iPad creative accessories like a Crayola effects pad, [...]

My Kobo Wishlist

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 4 Comments

If you read yesterday’s Morning Roundup, you saw the news about the new Kobo releases—a new Glo-sized Aura, and two new tablets, one of them a 10-incher. Amongst the fine print were also refreshes of the bookstore (with a customized portal for kids and some rudimentary parental controls) [...]

Morning Roundup: Kobo launches a fleet of new devices

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Kobo Launches Fleet of New Devices, Kids eBook Store, Partnership with Pocket (Digital Book World) International ebook retailer and device-maker Kobo has launched a new fleet of e-reading and tablet devices along with an ebook store for children and a partnership with content aggregator Pocket — [...]

Waterstones has charitable pound covered with limited-edition Terry Pratchett Kindle cases

By libertyc
August 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Waterstones in the UK is doing more to explore the intersection of the physical and the digital, as well as capitalizing on its high-profile relationship with Amazon, by running two limited edition Kindle cases from star author and Alzheimer’s sufferer Terry Pratchett , including a special [...]

Disconnecting Completely For the First Time In Years

By libertyc
August 26, 2013 // 7 Comments

Everyone loves to write about disconnecting while on vacation, and about whether it’s a good idea or a bad one. (Uh, yes, I do put myself in the category of loving to write about it.) Anyway, my husband and I just got back from a week-long camping trip where we disconnected completely. [...]

Barnes & Noble makes UK blooper with promo deal ad censure

By libertyc
August 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Already under fire for its incoherent policy on tablets and e-readers and its continuing missteps versus Amazon, Barnes & Noble has just been formally criticized by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority over its recent promotion of discounts on the Nook e-reader to £29.00 [...]

Barnes & Noble's UK sales strategy is working better than I expected

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’m often highly critical of Barnes & Noble. Part of the reason for that is due to the fact that because I love their hardware, I cringe when they make what appear to be stupid and short-sighted decisions. I also want at least one strong Amazon competitor. I don’t think Amazon [...]

The cost of books, versus the cost of other things

By libertyc
August 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

Salon Magazine has an interesting piece by Kaya Genç, reprinted from the L.A. Review of Books, comparing the cost of reading to other things, following in the footsteps of George Orwell who in “Books v. Cigarettes” calculated that he spent £25 per year on books but £40 per year on [...]

Can e-books be made worthwhile for everyone?

By libertyc
August 10, 2013 // 4 Comments

On Studio Tendra, Baldur Bjarnason has been writing a series of posts on e-books relating to the missed opportunities that make e-books not as good as regular books. In his first two posts, about e-book silos (“silo” being the term for an ecosystem that locks the user in), he discusses the way [...]

Easy instructions for organizing Collections on Kindle Touch and Paperwhite

By libertyc
July 28, 2013 // 4 Comments

So maybe you like keeping Collections on your Kindle, but you think it’s a pain to organize them on the device. Or perhaps you have two devices, and you like to keep the Collections in sync. Fortunately, it’s easy, and I’m going to show you how. Note that if you have an older [...]

The bread machine effect: Why it doesn’t matter if most people prefer print

By libertyc
July 21, 2013 // 11 Comments

Is there an e-book backlash? A couple of polls have come out, one on the UK side of the big pond and the other in America, professing to indicate that most people still prefer paper books. The one from the UK is cited in an article in the Sunday Times, which I couldn’t read since it’s [...]

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