Morning Links: Amazon bundling KU with Kindles. Global tablet market slowing

By Joanna Cabot
November 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon Now Bundling Kindle Unlimited with New Kindles, Fire Tablets (The Digital Reader) If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Kindle on Black Friday then I have some good news for you: a better deal has come along. *** The Global Tablet Market is Slowing Down, Says IDC (GigaOM) It’s been clear [...]

Jolla gets moolah with $1.2 million and counting for alternative tablet

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

Finnish startup Jolla apparently tapped into a source of serious demand when it launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its Jolla Tablet, a 7.85″ display device running the Linux-based Sailfish OS 2.0. The crowdfunding campaign blew past its $380,000 target within a couple of days of [...]

Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”

By Joanna Cabot
November 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why It’s Time for Facebook to Offer a ‘Pay for Privacy’ Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to [...]

Morning Links: Debut novelist wins Canada lit prize. Non-fiction formatting terrible on tablets?

By Joanna Cabot
November 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Debut Novelist Wins Canada’s Biggest Lit Prize (PW) When the winner of the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced at a gala in Toronto Monday night, the spotlight was on a new writer, Sean Michaels, and his debut novel Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada. *** Ending [...]

HP Stream series could herald new era for Windows 8 tablets?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Windows 8 tablets have not exactly fared well in the market share wars so far, with Microsoft Windows tablets holding only 1.6 percent of the North American market, according to the latest Chikita Insights numbers. One of the factors could be price, although that hardly seems to have held the iPad [...]

Chikita Insights numbers show iPad still dominates North American tablet usage

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Fourth Quarter 2014 Tablet Update from research firm Chikita Insights shows a sustained and apparently unassailable lead for Apple in the North American tablet market. “iPad users generated 79.9% of North American tablet-based Web traffic over the month of September 2014 – a share [...]

Morning Links: Amazon hints at relaxing ebook exclusivity. Nexus 9 tablet review

By Joanna Cabot
November 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

110 Writing Tools in a Single Post (GalleyCat) Every year, we publish daily links to writing tools and tips during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. For today, we’ve rounded up four years’ worth of advice in a single post for GalleyCat writers. *** Amazon Exec Hints at Relaxing eBook [...]

Will the Asus EeeBook X205 bring back the great days of netbooks?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Most readers not still in short pants will remember how Asus basically invented the netbook category in 2007 with the original $300 Eee PC, causing consternation in the process for other PC manufacturers, who saw their fat margins on notebooks threatened. Now Asus seems primed to revisit the [...]

Weekend Links: I was going to review some tablets, but… Scalzi on NaNoWriMo

By Joanna Cabot
November 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

I Was Going to Review Some Tablets… (Dear Author) So, here is my review: Amazon is winning the sales war because they are better at business. Period. *** Amazon Exec: We Priced the Fire Phone Wrong (Fortune) In an interview with Fortune, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp [...]

Story time vs tablet time: the kids eBook debate

By Joanna Cabot
October 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The NY Times has a great article up which explores, yet again, the kids vs. technology debate. I feel like many of these articles lack a certain nuance on the issue. It’s like those old ‘is TV good or bad?’ stories. Some television programs truly are educational, entertaining and [...]

Could on-wall reading be a thing? Thanks to Lenovo, it just might be

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lenovo has just rolled out a new line of tablets, including one that could have some very interesting real-world reading applications. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a  13.3″ QHD display, which would make it ordinarily quite interesting enough as a reading device, if a little cumbersome. But [...]

Morning Roundup: Kobo Aura H2O available today. NYT needs to rethink strategy

By Joanna Cabot
October 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kobo Aura H2O Available Today (GoodeReader) The new Kobo Aura H2O is now available in Canada at major bookstores such as Chapters and Indigo. Americans who have pre-ordered it from the main Kobo website have their units shipped out today and international markets will be getting it soon. *** Not [...]

Morning Roundup: Why tablet magazines aren’t getting better. Culture vs. Copyright

By Joanna Cabot
September 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon Expands Kindle Unlimited to UK (Digital Book World) UK readers today gain access to the subscription ebook program Amazon launched in the U.S. in July this year. *** Review: Culture vs Copyright (Indie Reader) CULTURE VS. COPYRIGHT is an intelligent, thoughtful and lively discussion of [...]

Styluses in the cheap seats

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

As I reported a while ago, premium brand pen manufacturers are at last catching on to the message that styluses are an increasingly popular, and stylish, commodity. Luckily for those of us not in the One Percent, though, they also seem to be improving at the bottom end of the market, with [...]

Tablets, books and readers, oh my! Reflections on the first week of school

By Joanna Cabot
September 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

I just finished my first full week of teaching for the new school year, and it’s been so interesting to watch my students react to some of the changes I have implemented this year. In no particular order, here are some points of interest from my first teaching week. 1) God Bless the Internet [...]

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