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 [...]

ePub and other sacrileges on the Voyage and Paperwhite: Easy jail-breaks ahead?

By David Rothman
June 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nathan ran a great write-up on the challenges of rooting the Kindle Voyage, the Paperwhite and other recent Kindles. He was following up on a how-to video on taking the Voyage apart. Meanwhile, at MobileRead, buzz persists about hacking the recent-model Kindles. Remember, Kindles are little [...]

Exactly how waterproof is the Kobo H2O e-reader? Find out before you hit the beach

By David Rothman
May 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Several decades ago Arthur C. Clarke reminded a friend and me that e-book devices might develop amnesia if dropped in the bathtub. Well, time passes. I myself own a dandy waterpoof case for my Kindle Paperwhite. And I keep up with the Kobo world through a waterproof Aura H20. But wait! Exactly how [...]

Cheap blind-friendly E Ink Kindles with read-aloud and audio nav capabilities: A how-to for Amazon

By David Rothman
February 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

I hope that Amazon’s CEO never becomes a blind visionary. But if Jeff Bezos’s eyes should ever go downhill in a serious way—a risk for millions of aging baby boomers—he could still enjoy e-books on inexpensive E Ink Kindles. All he has to do is follow advice from Shaun K. Kane, the [...]

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities

By David Rothman
February 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Text to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With all the laws on the books, can’t Washington stop this dissing of people with disabilities? In one [...]

Want read-aloud in Kindles and other readers? Use FCC’s easy online form by Jan. 9

By David Rothman
January 3, 2015 // 13 Comments

Update: See the most recent version of the LibraryCity post with mention of an unofficial Jan. 9 deadline and a link to the FCC’s easy comment form. You need to submit formally. Please e-mail the FCC ASAP. The agency deals with accessibility matters and will soon make an important [...]

Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kobo Aura H2O. Concerns about eBook quality?

By Joanna Cabot
September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs Kobo Aura H2O (GoodeReader) In this video comparison we look at the flagship Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 and the Kobo Aura H20. This two e-readers have fairly similar technology, as they are both rocking  e Ink Carta, which result in faster page turns. *** Liberio [...]

Weekend Roundup: eReaders and Readers Galore!

By libertyc
October 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

5 eReaders I Wouldn’t Buy Again (The Digital Reader) I was browsing an old thread over on MobileRead Forums this evening and I was reminded just how many bad ereaders I have seen over the years. *** Review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 (GoodeReader) Amazon has just released the second [...]

What's Wrong With This Picture?

By libertyc
October 7, 2013 // 4 Comments

I thought if anyone would appreciate this goof, it’s the readers of TeleRead. This came up in a Google search earlier today when I was looking for Kindle Paperwhite reviews. Anyone see the problem? And now back to your regularly scheduled important digital publishing [...]

Morning Roundup: eBooks Soar in New Zealand, Magazine Apps Headed for Oblivion, Kindle Paperwhite Getting Rave Reviews

By libertyc
October 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Why Tablet Magazines are a Failure (GigaOM) Dedicated magazine apps for tablets may look good, but I fear they’re headed straight to oblivion. *** Book Sales in New Zealand Fall 15% While eBooks Soar (GoodeReader) The New Zealand Book industry has fallen by over 15% in the last six months as [...]

E Ink releases Carta: Reboost for e-paper?

By libertyc
September 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

E Ink, the technological progenitor of the Kindle revolution, has released a new generation of e-paper called Carta, “the next generation of electronic ink display technology that sets a new standard as the whitest and highest contrast ratio display in the industry,” as the E Ink [...]

New Kindle Paperwhite Now Available for Pre-order: Should you upgrade?

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 2 Comments

We’ve thought it was coming soon. Paperwhites were going out of stock, and it was getting close to the time Amazon typically releases new devices. They are now available for pre-order. So the question is, as always, should I upgrade? While it looks like a nice device, and it is the same price [...]

Ouch! Text to speech is also AWOL from this year's Amazon Paperwhite

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 15 Comments

Drat! The newest Kindle Paperwhite E Ink reader from Amazon is still missing text to speech—among the features Jeff Bezos touted when he unveiled the second Kindle in 2009. Doubt me? Just look at the Paperwhite users guide and see what’s AWOL. Click here for a better view, with a list [...]

Liquavista positions Amazon to trounce tablet market?

By libertyc
August 8, 2013 // 3 Comments

An article by Christopher Mims on Quartz, “Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match,” is claiming that … well … Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match. His article buffs the credentials of Amazon as a technology [...]

Quick Links: Amazon in the news

By libertyc
November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

It’s an Amazon roundup! Here are some Amazon stories from the last few days that might not deserve full pieces by themselves, but are nonetheless interesting tidbits. Wired reports Amazon has released a firmware update for the Paperwhite that will allow readers to enlarge panes in manga [...]

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