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Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services?
September 30, 2014 | 3:25 pm

spotifyFor years people have been telling the publishing industry to look at the music industry for lessons learned on piracy, DRM and other issues. eBook subscription services have obviously been one area in which publishing has paid attention, with services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited and others, like the new Readfy service in Germany popping up and expanding their offerings. I've been following the growth of reading subscription services, and I do wonder about their long-term money making prospects, which is why I was interested to see two stories cross my Twitter stream this morning. The first was the announcement that Spotify...

Kindle Unlimited launches in the UK
September 24, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle-based subscription reading isn't limited to the US any longer. Amazon has launched Kindle Unlimited in the UK. For £7.99, UK readers can now enjoy all the benefits of Kindle Unlimited. Nate at the Digital Reader reported last month that KU will be launched in Germany at the Frankfurt Book Fair next month. If true, that will make three countries. If you're in the UK and trying to decide if you should sign up, check out my article on two months with Unlimited. I think it's an excellent service, even though it is lacking content from big publishers. There's still plenty there to...

Want to try Scribd free for 3 months?
September 22, 2014 | 4:25 pm

scribd logoI've been a fan of Scribd since they started with ebook subscriptions last year. Even though I've also been impressed with Kindle Unlimited, Scribd remains my subscription service of choice for now. They recently updated both their Android and iOS apps with two-columns in landscape (long overdue!), and the apps now mimic the website redesign with new discoverability options. (And my library continues to grow--like I needed to discover more books!) While Scribd is not the best option if you like to read on an eInk device, it's pretty darned good if you don't mind reading on a phone or tablet. I've...

Morning Roundup: iPhone 6 review. Worst eReader of 2014?
September 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

iphone 6 reviewiPhone 6 review: The little things make it a real star (InfoWorld) The larger design is very welcome, but there's much more to the iPhone 6 than a bigger screen. *** First Impressions: The Pocketbook 640 Ultra is a Prime Candidate for Worst eReader of 2014 (The Digital Reader) Alas, the actual device does not come even close to meeting the expectations engendered by its price tag, nor is it capable of fulfilling all of the features listed on the product page. I’ve only had mine out of the box for a couple days now, and I deeply regret spending so much on a device...

Morning Roundup: Amazon releases new Kindles. Ultimate reading spreadsheet
September 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazonFirst impressions of the new Kindle lineup (The Kindle Chronicles) As my flight from New York approaches Denver International and the media embargo ends, I want to share impressions from today’s Amazon’s media demonstration of the new Kindles. *** Why Amazon has no profits, and why it works (Andreessen Horowitz) Amazon has a tendency to polarize people. On one hand, there is the ruthless, relentless, ferociously efficient company that’s building the Sears Roebuck of the 21st Century. But on the other, there is the fact that almost 20 years after it was launched, it has yet to report a meaningful profit. This chart captures the...

Two month with Kindle Unlimited. It rocks for readers
September 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedMy Kindle Unlimited subscription expires tomorrow, and I'm going to let it lapse, for now. I'm not letting it lapse because I don't like it or don't think it's a great value. I'm letting it lapse because I still have eight months on my free-for-being-a-Smashwords-author Scribd subscription. Right now it doesn't make sense to pay twice for comparable services. However, if you know how much I love Scribd, you'll understand that I don't say it lightly when I note that come May of next year, however, I'll be revisiting which service I'm using. If you don't have the advantage of a...

Switch from iOS to Android on my phone (Part 2)
September 10, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ios to androidIn Part 1, I talked about why I decided to make the switch from iOS to Android. Now let me talk about the experience and whether I have any regrets. As I said in the first part, I still think iOS is a good operating system. However, for my phone, I now prefer Android, even though the experience hasn't always been smooth. Let me talk for a moment about the HTC One M8 (which really needs a better name).  So far, it's a great phone. Battery life has been excellent. I've only charged during the day once, and that was because I...

Apple event impressions
September 9, 2014 | 3:08 pm

apple patent for itimeI've been watching the Verge live blog of the Apple event, and the new iPhones do look like nice devices. Big surprise. They are larger. As all the leaks indicated, the iPhone 6 comes in a 4.7" (starting at $199 on contract) and a 5.5" variety ($299 on contract). For those of you who still want a smaller phone, the 5S and 5C aren't going away. Last year's phones are now the budget versions at $99 and free, respectively. So are the new phones revolutionary? I'd say not. They are nice, yes. I think many people will appreciate the larger size....

Switch from iOS to Android on my phone (Part 1)
September 9, 2014 | 1:09 pm

switch from ios to androidAnyone think it's ironic that I'm writing this while waiting for the iPhone 6 event to start? I was probably crazy to switch from an iPhone 4S to an HTC One M8 just a few weeks before the launch of the iPhone 6, but I did it for a reason. I've been wanting to make the switch from iOS to Android on my phone for months now, but I was afraid if I waited for the iPhone 6 launch, I'd cave and get another iPhone. This way I'm "stuck" for 18 months. So far, I'm okay with that. I thought a couple...

Amazon finally launches an Instant Video for Android app
September 9, 2014 | 9:56 am

amazon instant videoAmazon's lack of a native Instant Video app provided a nice run for TeleRead. The two workaround articles to get Amazon Instant Video on your Android device have been our two best traffic drivers for more than a year. However, Amazon has finally done the right thing and released an app for Android. It's easy to install, although it's not as straightforward as installing on iOS. If you go to Google Play and search for Amazon Instant Video, you get the app for Google TV, not the app for your phone or tablet. What you do instead is download the Amazon App...

Accessory Review: Inateck USB 4 Port Hub
September 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Inateck USB 4 Port HubSome Android devices have micro-SD slots and some, like the Nexus 7, do not. If you listen to a lot of music or like to load video to your device, you know it's easy to run out of space. Without on-board expandable storage, what are your options? I just came back from a camping trip, and I used my HooToo TripMate Elite for streaming video to my iPad, but maybe you don't want to carry something so large, or you'd rather not be broadcasting your files on a WiFi connection. That's where the Inateck USB 4 Port Hub could come in...

Morning Links: Roundup of new Nook reviews. Apple working on payment system
September 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

nookRoundup: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Reviews (The Digital Reader) Unfortunately for both B&N and for potential buyers, there weren’t very many blogs interested in writing a review for this tablet. I only found 5 actual reviews (not counting the fake review posted by Publishers Weekly), which is far fewer than the dozen reviews I found for the Fire Phone. *** Apple Partnering With American Express On New iPhone Payments System (re/code) Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system, according to sources familiar with the talks. American Express is one of several partners Apple will need...