Furor over Amazon review policy probably signifies nothing

By Chris Meadows
July 4, 2015 // 19 Comments

I love the smell of manufactured outrage in the morning. As posted on her blog and recounted in a Gizmodo story, writer and blogger Imy Santiago bought an independent novel, read it, and tried to post a review of it to Amazon. But Amazon rejected her review, and held firm on the rejection through [ on]

Gizmodo ranks 55 Android smartphones from best to worst

By Chris Meadows
December 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

If you’re considering investing in an Android smartphone as an e-reading and Internetting device, there are a confusing number of choices. In doing your research, you could do worse than consult this Gizmodo article ranking 55 such phones from best to what-the-heck-is-that-thing. While some of [ on]

The First Bookless Public Library is Coming to San Antonio

By Dan Eldridge
January 13, 2013 // 13 Comments

We knew it would come this … eventually. Did we not? Honestly, I figured we had a good five years ahead of us before libraries began opening their doors with nary a physical book in sight. Shows what I know. From Gizmodo this afternoon comes the half shocking, half predictable news that the [ on]

UPS Guy Steals an iPad Mini That FedEx Had Just Delivered

By Dan Eldridge
December 21, 2012 // 2 Comments

Just to be 100 percent clear from the jump, the infuriating bit of news in this post doesn’t directly have anything at all to do with e-books or e-reading. But I’d guess that the majority of us here have ordered expensive electronic devices online in the past—devices that have to be [ on]

Original iPod prediction: descendants might ‘replace the PC’

By Chris Meadows
October 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

Ten years ago, the original iPod came out, changing Apple inexorably from a snooty little computer company whose best days were seemingly long behind it to one of the greatest powerhouses of the consumer electronics industry. Today it seems likely Apple is going to kill off the last vestige of that [ on]

Quick Notes: Adobe Reader for Android, iPhone news, and more

By Chris Meadows
May 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Adobe Reader PDF viewer is now available for Android (requires version 2.1 or higher). I don’t use Android so I don’t know how well this reader works versus whatever PDF viewing capabilities already existed for the platform, but if any reader wants to send in a review we would be happy to [ on]

The iPad: Viewpoints pro and con

By Chris Meadows
May 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

It’s no secret that Paul Biba and I are both enjoying our iPads. I find it makes a great machine for e-book reading, web browsing, and Twitter, even if it is a little heavy. Even so, it wouldn’t replace my laptop for serious mobile computing needs, even if I had a Bluetooth keyboard to use with [ on]

Gawker reporter, Steve Jobs exchange e-mails over flash and porn

By Chris Meadows
May 17, 2010 // 3 Comments

Steve Jobs’s anti-porn and anti-Flash vendettas for the app store have been much in the news lately, and we’ve covered them here a time or two. One of the articles I came across last night brings them up again, in the form of an email exchange between a Gawker reporter and the normally-laconic [ on]

Dan Gillmor still worried by Apple’s implications for journalism

By Chris Meadows
May 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Gizmodo “4G” iPhone prototype story continues to get play in the blogosphere. Dan Gillmor posts a look at Apple’s behavior—apparently prompting a police raid on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house—and New York Times columnist David Carr’s editorial about it. Gillmor quotes Carr [ on]

Burst: E-book as word guessing game

By Chris Meadows
April 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Gizmodo has a piece on an author who is trying an interesting e-book promotional gimmick. Albert-László Barabási has put his new book Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do on-line—as a hidden-word guessing game. Unfortunately, thanks to the mention on Gizmodo and other websites, [ on]

The further adventures of the Gizmodo ‘4G’ iPhone prototype

By Chris Meadows
April 21, 2010 // 1 Comment

As I mentioned in a Quick Notes post the other day, Gizmodo lately acquired and posted photos of what turned out to be a prototype of this summer’s coming 4th-generation iPhone. But they did not stop there. Subsequently, Gizmodo actually revealed the identity of the poor schmuck who lost it—an [ on]

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