Sony’s new Z5 Premium: Do you really need a 4K screen in your pocket?

By Chris Meadows
September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

How good a screen do you really need to read e-books? Ars Technica is carrying an Ars Technica UK article reviewing Sony’s newest smartphone handsets, the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium. The 5.5” Premium sports what may be the highest-resolution screen ever put to a smartphone—a fully [...]

Retro games market shows piracy doesn’t always win

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

Piracy might not be as bad of a scourge to business as some people make out. Or at least, that’s what Techdirt’s Timothy Geigner suggests, based on an article about price hikes in the retro video game market. Retro video games are some of the most easily-pirated, most often-emulated media [...]

Sony’s 13” Digital Paper business notepad: Not dead yet, apparently—and here’s how you can buy one

By Chris Meadows
August 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

Good E-Reader has a piece announcing the imminent demise of the Sony Digital Paper notepad. The problem is, Sony’s current online store for the U.S. knows of no such plans. We talked to the store. The real news is that the e-commerce site is shutting down August 28—not the discontinuation [...]

What e-reading gadgets and software should Sony crowd-source under the new First Flight program?

By David Rothman
July 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Liliputing and Nate report Sony is experimenting with crowd-sourcing in Japan. A remote control device with an E Ink display will be the first goody to come out of the experiment, if it goes into production. Here are details from Sony itself. In crowd-sourcing, I see a great opportunity for Sony [...]

US PEN open letter supports Sony, doesn’t rebuke Interview takedown

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

PEN American Center has said its piece on the Sony Pictures/Interview debacle, which ought after all be of interest to writers (screenwriters or otherwise) everywhere who struggle against censorship. The statement took the form of an open letter “from PEN to Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures [...]

Robert Rodriguez to put book covers on film as Sony inks Frank Frazetta movie deal

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

Fans of fighting fantasy can look forward to a fun few years ahead, as according to an exclusive report on Deadline Hollywood, Sony has agreed a deal for Robert Rodriguez to direct a live action version of Fire and Ice, the 1983 animated movie co-created by Ralph Bakshi (he of the animated version [...]

Weekend Links: Father’s Day Kindle sale. Evolution of the Sony Reader and more

By Joanna Cabot
June 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kindles on Sale for Father’s Day (GalleyCat) Amazon is running a Father’s Day sale on Kindle Fire HDX devices and Amazon Fire TV devices. *** The Evolution of the Sony Reader—in Pictures (GoodeReader) There is a long storied history of Sony being involved in the e-Reader sector and [...]

The Sony DPT-S1 comes to America — for more than a thousand dollars

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

With the e-readers and tablets and mobile devices galore, who would ever think that a PDF reader would out price them all? The eBook Reader has an interesting post up about the Sony DPT-S1 PDF reader. It is showcased as a tool for professionals to read PDF files. That’s it. Nate over at The [...]

The great Sony Reader Store to Kobo migration

By Joanna Cabot
March 29, 2014 // 8 Comments

Yesterday, I received an email from the Sony Reader Store with a custom link to use to migrate my Sony store account. Has anyone else gotten this yet? I clicked the link and expected a smooth transfer; I didn’t get it. Three attempts later, I finally got a prompt screen to call tech support, [...]

Morning Roundup: Writing publicity campaigns, Kobo adds to children’s section and more

By Joanna Cabot
March 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Business Rusch: Publicity Campaigns (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) First, you have to make an overall decision on your marketing. Are you marketing yourself or your books? Because there’s a huge difference between being a famous writer and having written a well-known novel. *** Harriet the Spy [...]

Morning Roundup: Nebula nominees 2013 announced. Angry Sony customers speak out

By Joanna Cabot
February 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

2013 Nebula Nominees Announced (SFWA) Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2013 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2014), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult [...]

Morning Roundup: Make a living as a writer. Kobo’s international strategy paying off

By Joanna Cabot
February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

If I was in Charge of the Sony e-Reader or Reader Store (GoodeReader) Sony has seen diminished sales since their peak and they have been on the downward trend ever since. In 2011, Sony accounted for 28% of all e-readers sold in Canada. *** How I Make a Living as a Writer (And You Can Too) [...]

Sony to shut down Reader store: customers will move to Kobo

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 6, 2014 // 7 Comments

And another one bites the dust. I just received an email from the Sony store announcing that they are closing the store in the U.S. and Canada as of March 20, 2014. All customers will be transferred to Kobo. Here’s the relevant paragraph from the email: You don’t have to do anything [...]

Thirty years of time shifting: The Supreme Court decision legalizing the VCR

By Chris Meadows
January 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Today marks an important anniversary for our digital media era—an era that couldn’t have been foreseen thirty years ago, but nonetheless relies to a very great extent on a legal decision exactly thirty years old. Today is the 30th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared [...]

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