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Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Everything old is new again. Jennifer Maloney at the Wall Street Journal has just noticed that more and more people seem to like reading on little tiny pocket-sized devices. Of course, those devices are now smartphones rather than Palm Pilots or iPod Touches, but the principle remains the same. A [...]

Cell phone Internet comes to half the world

By Chris Meadows
July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

The digital divide is shrinking, TechCrunch points out. 94% of the world’s population receives a cell phone signal of some kind. 48% of the world’s population has cellular Internet service available to them. 28% of the world’s population has subscribed to that Internet service. Those figures [...]

Tor and BitLit offer discounted e-books to print book owners

By Chris Meadows
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tor has just announced it will be using BitLit to make DRM-free e-books of TorForge titles available at a discount to people who can prove they own the physical version of the book. It joins HarperCollins, which began using the program last year. BitLit is an iOS or Android smartphone app that [...]

Android is: The Dominator

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey – how about Fifty Flavors of Lloyd? Yes, if you want to see a dominant force cracking its whip over the supine global smartphone market, Android in IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker is the one you want to catch. According to the IDC [...]

Morning Links: Will Kindle Unlimited expansion cause more payment drops? We need social media

By Joanna Cabot
February 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

My Working (or Not) Relationship With Poetry (Book Riot) The task that I feel is going to be the biggest stretch for me by far is poetry. Not LGBT, not authors of color, or even books about indigenous peoples. Poetry. *** The Elephant in the Room is a Phone (The Scholarly Kitchen) According to my [...]

Ubuntu Phone sadly delayed yet again

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve been a loyal and – mostly – contented user of Ubuntu, the free open-source Linux-based OS produced by Canonical that’s one of the most popular Linux distributions available. And I have not been a casualty of the controversy and factional faceoff over its new Unity GUI [...]

Xiaomi heads for the big time with $1 billion capital raise

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Xiaomi smartphone looks like an increasingly safe bet for your next ereading device: the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has just scored $1 billion in a fundraising round that values the entire company at $45 billion, according to a source quoted by the Wall Street Journal. Participants in the [...]

The whole world gets smart as Gartner data shows smartphone market growth

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The latest data on the global mobile phone market from Gartner shows smartphones reaching new levels of penetration and cannibalizing other mobile phone segments in the third quarter of 2014. Against a background of overall flat mobile phone sales during the quarter, “sales of smartphones to [...]

YotaPhone 2 slated to debut soon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

YotaPhone recently tweeted news of a press event in London: “#YotaPhone2 will be presented December 3! We will celebrate with a by-invitation only event in London – stay tuned!” accompanying it with a beautiful picture of this now-almost-mythical device. Now almost mythical [...]

Vsenn can stand against Project Ara as a modular platform?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

A new modular smartphone project – albeit one based on vanilla Android – has emerged with the advent of Finnish startup Vsenn, whose mission statement is “to give everyone the power to create their perfect smartphone by using modular and upgradable hardware.” How far this [...]

Latest comScore rankings show Android has U.S. smartphone market in its pocket

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

The latest U.S. smartphone market rankings report from mobile comms metrics outfit comScore, Inc., covering September 2014, shows Android in the lead as the dominant smartphone platform “with 52.1 percent platform market share.” Apple, meanwhile, remained “the top smartphone [...]

Morning Links: Reading on a smartphone: availability bias? Resuscitating Enhanced eBooks

By Joanna Cabot
November 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

Is Reading eBooks on your Smartphone a Product of Availability Bias? (GoodeReader) Availability bias is a human cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate the probability of events associated with memorable or vivid occurrences. *** Social Media and Breaking News: Why Authenticity Trumps [...]

Morning Links: Want to assemble your own smartphone? The Percy Jackson problem

By Joanna Cabot
October 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Want to Assemble Your Own Reading Device? Google Shows Off Project Ara Modular Phone Prototype (The Digital Reader) The idea of assembling a DIY mobile device has long since fallen out of the mainstream, but if Project Ara is successful then that could change. *** Journalists Need a Point of View [...]

Morning Links: eBooks vs. Print. Best ereader is the phone in your pocket

By Joanna Cabot
October 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why Publishing on Your Own is a Very, Very Viable Option (Author U) Times have changed. With the Internet and today’s technology, traditional publishers are being turned on their heads, shaken up, forced into unheard of mergers and marriages, and vanity presses have morphed into new critters. *** [...]

Smartphone size no obstacle to long reading

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2014 // 4 Comments

Hey, guess what? People read on their smartphones. That’s the thrust of a piece in Wired that talks about how the smartphone has been a godsend for long-form written journalism. Where people used to read their newspapers on the subway, now they read their smartphones—and despite the predictions [...]

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