ereaders, phones, tablets & reading apps

Intel and Microsoft work on two-in-one tablets

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two-in-one tablets seem to be the order of the day for Microsoft and Intel. ITProPortal has a story about Microsoft assisting developers creating dual-boot tablets that will run both Android 5 and Windows 10. So far, only Chinese manufacturers seem to be involved, though ASUS has shown interest in [...]

The pros and cons of buttons on e-readers (for page-turning)

By David Rothman
July 5, 2015 // 17 Comments

Text to speech isn’t the only AWOL feature on the newer Kindles and many other devices. Full-sized controls for page-turning would also help, and at MobileRead, button boosters are debating the apathetic and the antis. No, the Kindle Voyage‘s pathetic page-change sensors, shown in the [...]

Morning Links: Instapaper Opens API. Gaming the System

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Instapaper Opens Its API, Gives Free Users More App Options (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instapaper announced on its blog yesterday that it was loosening a restriction on the Instapaper API, finally making it possible for free Instapaper users to use any 3rd-party app which supports Instapaper. [...]

Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August

By David Rothman
June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s [...]

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)

By David Rothman
June 6, 2015 // 10 Comments

TeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats even though companies like Amazon make them hard to avoid. Proprietary formats remind us of the [...]

Morning Links: Captain Ahab and Cinderella as games fodder. Onyx Boox i86 FINALLY up for pre-order.

By Joanna Cabot
June 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

The Surprising Games People Made with Public Domain Works (Boing Boing) The recent Public Domain Jam has spawned a whole bunch of new works…about Captain Ahab, Captain Hook, Cinderella, Dorian Gray and lots more than any fan of classics might like to peruse. The TeleRead Take: I love this story. [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links: Amazon killing it in subscriptions. Profitable comic book movies?

By Joanna Cabot
May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

What Are the Most Profitable Comic Book Movie Franchises? (GalleyCat) Marvel’s Spider-Man is the top grossing movie franchise based on a comic book, according to 24/7 Wall Street. *** Amazon is Killing it in the Subscription eBook Market (Ink, Bits & Pixels) If you were hoping that new [...]

eReading while cruising

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

When I mentioned to Chris Meadows that I was leaving for my first ever cruise, he suggested I write something about ereading while cruising. I wasn’t sure how I’d approach that, until I’d been on the ship for a couple of days. It was interesting to walk around the decks and see [...]

Mintel research shows ebooks encourage reading

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 17, 2014 // 1 Comment

A just-published research study from Mintel, the London-headquartered consumer market research organization, demonstrates that ebooks are driving up reading levels in the UK. “One in four (26%) consumers who have bought an e-book in the past year say that they read more than they used to [...]

Morning Roundup: iPhone 6 review. Worst eReader of 2014?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
September 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

iPhone 6 review: The little things make it a real star (InfoWorld) The larger design is very welcome, but there’s much more to the iPhone 6 than a bigger screen. *** First Impressions: The Pocketbook 640 Ultra is a Prime Candidate for Worst eReader of 2014 (The Digital Reader) Alas, the [...]

Oxford pixel density breakthrough points to ultra-hi-res ereader displays?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

A technological breakthrough by Oxford University scientists, just announced in Science Daily, apparently “will make it possible to create pixels just a few hundred nanometres across that could pave the way for extremely high-resolution and low-energy thin, flexible displays for applications [...]

IDC reins in tablet sales forecast amid phablet explosion

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

International Data Corporation (IDC) has reduced its forecast for 2014 worldwide sales of tablets plus similar 2-in-1 convertible devices – due largely to the surge in demand for phablets, which appear to be blurring the line between smartphones and tablet devices and snatching an ever [...]

eReader trade-in program offer from Amazon

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Been thinking about upgrading your old reader to a new Kindle, like maybe the Kindle Paperwhite? For a limited time, Amazon is offering a tempting trade-in program. You’ll not only get the trade-in value for your reader; you’ll also get a $20 credit toward a Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite. [...]

Reading words per minute test: How do you score?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 5, 2014 // 3 Comments

Staples has posted a fun little reading words per minute test. It gives you snippet of a popular book and then asks three questions to ensure you retained what you read. Then it will tell you how many words per minute you read. I got 541 words per minute, which put me someplace between [...]

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