How to use a Kindle as an oversized fridge magnet

By Chris Meadows
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Do you have an old Kindle sitting around and a handy Raspberry Pi? Then you might consider putting it up on your fridge door and using it to display emailed-in messages. This clever hack on github provides all the code you need to set it up so that your Raspberry Pi checks a given Gmail account and [...]

TeleRead’s Q. & A with Echo—on working conditions at Amazon

By David Rothman
August 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

The humans at Amazon can be famously mum on questions they don’t want to answer. But last night, I woke up with a solution. Who needed Jay Carney, the ex-Obama press secretary now on Jeff Bezo’s payroll as a senior VP handling PR and policy matters? In line with Amazon’s passion for robots [...]

‘Guilty pleasures’ and ‘the Kindle closet’: ‘The real book versus ebook list’

By David Rothman
August 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

Will e-books be the death of Lit, capital L? The Luddites love to complain that even E Ink displays aren’t the equal of paper. But could the Luds be right for another reason—namely, that typical e-book readers and tablets do not display covers, so that you can read disreputable works with [...]

The best e-book app on iPad? Kindle, says one blogger

By Chris Meadows
August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

For years now, Apple has enforced a click-through requirement on e-book apps on the iPad—they can’t sell the books directly from their app without giving Apple a cut, so they have to send them to the Safari browser to make the purchase, then back to the app. So why is it that Amazon is the only [...]

How safe is it to leave Kindles, Kobos and other E Ink devices in the car? Or in the sun for a long time?

By David Rothman
August 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

The word from E Ink is apparently, “Very safe.” The company brags about “Comprehensive environmental robustness based on multi-year investment in sealant methods, moisture protection, UV block and mechanical protection.” So is it that way in real life? A MobileRead post raises questions, [...]

That’s not what a ‘Kindle bookmark’ is supposed to mean…

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

This dates back a couple of years, but I first ran across it in a Facebook re-blog yesterday. CAN WE ALL TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE MY MOTHER USING A KINDLE AS A BOOKMARK A photo posted by Riot Rogers (@rossmonstr) on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:13am PDT Ironic, isn’t it? The idea of using an e-book [...]

A ‘cool’ image: Amazon’s goal in the UK

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is the Kindle “cool”? Amazon sure wants to make it look that way with the new print and panel ads it’s running in the United Kingdom. The campaign, which also sees full-page broadsheet newspaper advertisements and extensive panels on both overground and Underground rail, has the slogan [...]

Kindle Paperwhite horror story shows risks of tweaks—and Amazon’s controlling ways

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 5 Comments

Want ePub for your Paperwhite? Or maybe a wider choice of fonts than the pitiful selection Amazon offers? In the past at least, Paperwhite owners could install tweaks. But Amazon has thwarted them with evil upgrades, and that’s not the only hassle. Here’s a warning from dpbmobi, a [...]

E-books from your desktop to your Kindle: The good ole Calibre e-mail method, revisited with GMX

By David Rothman
July 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

“Wappwolf Automator Lets You Email eBooks to Your Kindle From Box, Google Drive, Dropbox” is Nate‘s latest take on a pesky issue. Just how to get e-books from your desktop or laptop to your Kindle? TeleRead itself has told of BookDrop. But what about the classic [...]

What can we learn from a ‘Kindle Gold Rusher’?

By Chris Meadows
July 18, 2015 // 11 Comments

Here’s a story that’s been getting some play over the last couple of days. There’s a piece on The Hustler from a fellow named Sidd Finch who reportedly makes $150,000 a year by gaming the system on Amazon as a “Kindle Gold Rusher”. (Found via The Passive Voice.) He started out by looking [...]

E-reader bargains and others tomorrow at Amazon—and a chance to help TeleRead

By David Rothman
July 14, 2015 // 4 Comments

Below are some of the e-reader bargains and others at Amazon starting at midnight Pacific Time tomorrow, as part of Bargain Wednesday for Prime Members. Links may or may not lead to pages offering discounts, and quantities of discounted items may be limited. But give the linksa shot. They are [...]

TeleRead Links: U.S. lags in E Ink reader development—why? ePub creation tips. Why Zuckerberg and Musk read utopian sci-fi.

By David Rothman
July 11, 2015 // 7 Comments

1. Why is there no e-ink innovation in the U.S. (MobileRead) The TeleRead take:  Why is the Kindle line—well, so meh? All kinds of E Ink goodies are on sale from companies in Asia and European (more information here). But from Amazon? Well, better screens, and we read plausible rumors of a [...]

Kindle news: New iOS app update—plus rumor of Voyage 2 in November

By David Rothman
July 9, 2015 // 5 Comments

A Kindle update for the iPad and iPhone, version 4.10, is rolling out with an “About the Book” feature, according to Nate. The really, really fun news of the day is a rumor—passed on by Good E-Reader—about a Voyage 2 appearing in November with a higher-speed processor. [...]

Use mouse or physical keyboard with your next e-reader? Bluetooth could make it happen

By David Rothman
July 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

One of the great hits of TeleRead right now is Chris Meadows’ post on using a Bluetooth mouse with an Android tablet. I’m not surprised. But what about E Ink machines like the Paperwhite? As with text to speech, Bluetooth is missing from Amazon’s E Ink devices. Don’t know [...]

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 [...]

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