Jon Jermey

An Appeal to Tablet and E-Reader Manufacturers: Standardize your power cords, already!

By Jon Jermey
January 16, 2013 // 9 Comments

Some things I collect avidly and with great pleasure, like detective stories. Others I accumulate reluctantly and with increasing distaste, like power supplies. As with most twenty-first century [...]

The 5 Steps of Intelligent Proofreading

By libertyc
December 21, 2012 // 3 Comments

Over the years I’ve scanned and OCR’ed many printed books into electronic form for Gutenberg Australia—most of the Edgar Wallace collection there is my work, for instance—and during that [...]

Post-Apocalyptic Reading: A short story from the end of the world

By libertyc
December 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

With the End of the World coming up on the 21st of December and all, we need to consider our reading options carefully. (Here’s a tip: don’t start the Wheel of Time series.) Nate Hoffelder has [...]

Tablets and E-Readers: The missing control

By libertyc
December 8, 2012 // 14 Comments

So I’ve stumbled out of bed and dragged myself to the breakfast table, propped up an e-reader on a stack of unused coasters, got a slice of buttered toast in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, [...]

Divided we stand, Unity-ed we fall? Why Microsoft should pay attention to the history of Linux

By libertyc
October 28, 2012 // 8 Comments

Here it is at last, folks—a brand new operating system for the iGeneration! Straight from the market’s leading software manufacturer, specifically designed for tablets and smartphones, it’s [...]

You too can have a body like mine — with e-books!

By libertyc
October 24, 2012 // 5 Comments

My wife had been a keen customer of the local women’s-only gym for several years, so after last Christmas, when they closed down and re-opened as a unisex establishment, I decided to go along, [...]

The Man with 11 Androids on the Perils of Multiple Registrations

By libertyc
October 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

The man with one clock, they say, knows what time it is; the man with two clocks is never sure. Where does that put me, the man with 11 Android tablets? I don’t actually have 11 tablets, of course. [...]

Cupcake, Gingerbread and Jelly Bean: A user's guide to Android's many different versions

By libertyc
October 7, 2012 // 3 Comments

One secret of Microsoft’s success is the rapidity with which they eradicate their older software versions when they bring out new ones. Just like last month’s copies of Playboy at the [...]

Why (and How) I Scan Old Books

By libertyc
September 24, 2012 // 11 Comments

It was Flann O’Brien, under his byline of ‘Myles na Gopaleen’ in The Irish Times, who wrote: “When I want to read anything, I usually write it meself.” I know this [...]

Android apps for reading PDFs

By libertyc
September 17, 2012 // 5 Comments

In earlier articles I’ve covered the proprietary Kindle and Kobo apps, and this time I want to turn my attention to PDF reading on Android tablets. I’ve covered four prominent apps, but there are [...]

Review: Kobo for Android

By libertyc
September 5, 2012 // 3 Comments

Last week I posted a review of the Amazon Kindle e-reading app for Android phones and tablets. This week I look at the other big(ish) name in e-book distribution to provide an Android platform: Kobo. [...]

Review: Kindle for Android

By libertyc
August 28, 2012 // 5 Comments

By Jon Jermey Wouldn’t it be ironic if, after all the hype surrounding the launch of the Kindle e-reader, Amazon ended up making more money via their free reading software on other platforms? After [...]

Accessorizing Your Tablet Through eBay: A buying guide

By libertyc
August 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

By Jon Jermey Q) What $1.50 accessory from eBay can just about double the usefulness of your iPad, e-reader or Android tablet? A) A non-slip sticky pad. You can see these in import shops now, too: [...]

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