Jon Jermey

The 5 Steps of Intelligent Proofreading

By Jon Jermey
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 time it’s become clear that not all typos are equal. After awhile, in fact, it became possible for me [...]

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

By Jon Jermey
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 a piece on Digital Reading in a Post-Apocalyptic World over at the Other Place that got me [...]

Tablets and E-Readers: The missing control

By Jon Jermey
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, and … And what? I don’t have a spare finger to press buttons or swipe the screen with, and [...]

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

By Jon Jermey
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, too. Nine months later, I’m still among the regulars, dragging my aging body along four or five [...]

The Man with 11 Androids on the Perils of Multiple Registrations

By Jon Jermey
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. My current total is four, of which one is out of commission and one is too slow to be much use for [...]

Why (and How) I Scan Old Books

By Jon Jermey
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 because I have The Best of Myles (1968), published in paperback by Picador, which I found second-hand at [...]

Android apps for reading PDFs

By Jon Jermey
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 many others. The basic functionality of all Android PDF apps is fairly similar, but there are some [...]

Review: Kobo for Android

By Jon Jermey
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. Not having a dedicated Kobo device to compare it with, I tested the app on its own merits … [...]

Review: Kindle for Android

By a TeleRead Contributor
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 all, we have the Kindle Cloud Reader as a browser extension for Chrome, Safari and Firefox, the [...]

Accessorizing Your Tablet Through eBay: A buying guide

By a TeleRead Contributor
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: They’re made of the same gooey material as stretchy kids’ toys, with one side flat and the other [...]

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