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Kindle Fire HDs apparently can’t change line spacing …

By David Rothman
September 17, 2012 // 7 Comments

Kindle Fire HD tablets apparently can’t change line spacing when you’re reading an e-book. Is this part of a consumer-hostile niching initiative by Amazon to high-pressure my fellow Kindle addicts into buying more than one gizmo? Yes, I suspect—if we consider similar disappointments, such [...]

How to encourage Amazon to bring TTS to the Paperwhite

By David Rothman
September 16, 2012 // 6 Comments

After I raised the issue of the Kindle Paperwhite being developed without a text-to-speech feature, a reader asked how she, too, could get in touch with Amazon to voice her displeasure. Incidentally, I had in mind not just blind people, but also joggers and other sighted folks who enjoy the [...]

The Risks of Cloud-Based E-Books

By David Rothman
August 8, 2012 // 14 Comments

As keen as I am on library e-books, I’m as much a booster of the buyable variety. I want people to be able to own e-books for real, ideally without DRM. More and more of our books, music, and even personal files, however, are in The Cloud beyond our direct control. Not on our desktops, [...]

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