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Accessory Review: Tablift Tablet Stand
August 11, 2014 | 2:25 pm

tablift tablet standOkay, yes, I admit the first time I saw this, my reaction was something like: weird steampunky fusion of tablet and mechanical spider. I don't know which of us started singing "Spider Thing" to the tune of "Spider Pig" from the Simpsons, but both my husband and I have had the theme running through our heads for days. Obligatory editorializing over, on to the review. As is obvious from the picture, the Tablift Tablet Stand is a  hands-free tablet stand, and it does work pretty much as advertised. I tested it with my iPad 4 in landscape orientation and my Nook HD...

Accessory Review: Fintie Kindle Paperwhite case
April 22, 2014 | 2:38 pm

fintie kindle paperwhite caseAfter my last experience with trying to purchase a case for my Kindle Paperwhite, I took a few weeks to figure out what I wanted in a case, and I went to KBoards for a recommendation. They came through with a great little case: the [easyazon-link asin="B009S2CXJC" locale="us"]Fintie Kindle Paperwhite[/easyazon-link] folio case. When I purchased my first case, I thought I wanted one that didn't cover the bezel, and I still do like that style of case. However, after I returned the first one, I discovered that I enjoy sometimes reading my device "naked," and I decided I wanted something that was...

Sock it to me for complete ereader privacy with Compuglove
November 13, 2013 | 3:11 pm

privacyA perfect geekcessory for the absolutely committed onscreen reader, the Laptop Compubody Sock guarantees you "privacy, warmth, and concentration in public spaces." No fear of interruption or of others peering over your shoulder with this total immersion solution from Sternlab. But this silly accessory alludes to a serious point, or two. For one thing, all the debate about the damaging effect of digital devices on concentration is rather thrown into perspective by an object that dramatizes just how focused on their devices some users can be. Obviously no danger of distraction from his or her ebook for the bold Compubody Sock wearer....

PocketBook E Ink cover for Samsung Galaxy S4 — another dream phone e-book solution?
September 9, 2013 | 12:55 pm

Just when I think I've found the perfect solution for e-book reading on a phone with the Alcatel One Touch Hero and its detachable E Ink cover display, along comes another prospect to steal its thunder—in the shape of the PocketBook CoverReader for the Samsung Galaxy S4, just announced at IFA in Berlin. "A thin and light flip cover for smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4 with an integrated E Ink screen," as the PocketBook official alert states, the new solution is 4.8 inches in size, and apparently integrates with the phone well enough to scroll through "documents, e-mails or web-articles," as well...

Accessory Review: Snugg iPad 4 Executive Case Cover and Flip Stand
July 29, 2013 | 7:29 pm

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B007BZOGLG" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513p2QfXaYL._SL160_.jpg" width="160"] Snugg contacted me last week about sending me one of their cases to review, and I just received it today. It's not the type of case I prefer (I don't like cases that cover the bevel), so I won't be using it, but I think my husband will like it just fine. I tested it on an iPad 4, but it should fit the iPad 2 and 3 just fine as well. The product description claims the case is leather, but it's really synthetic leather, which isn't a surprise considering the price. However, it feels...

Review: iPad Case – The Ridge by Devicewear
July 19, 2013 | 11:34 am

iPad CaseHaving taken advantage of the recent Best Buy trade-in program and securing myself a shiny new iPad, I found myself in need of a case. My old iPad 2 case didn’t quite fit the fourth generation model. I like slim cases that don’t cover the bezel, and I decided to try the Ridge model by Devicewear. While it’s a decent case, it didn’t 'wow' me. First, we’ll start with the good stuff. It is slim and doesn’t add much bulk or weight to the iPad. It’s a bit bulkier than the Apple-branded Smart Case (which is what I ended up using instead),...

Is the Smartwatch Trend Heralding a New Type of E-Reader?
July 18, 2013 | 11:45 am

smartwatchExcitement over the new trend toward smartwatches seems to be reaching a crescendo, with Apple’s rumored iWatch supposedly due to debut in 2014, while Sony brings out the latest generation of its less-than-rhapsodically-received Android SmartWatch series, startup Pebble retails its own customizable e-paper watch, and almost every device vendor from Microsoft and Samsung on down is supposedly working on touch-sensitive wearable devices. But could you read a book on one? Hardware shouldn't be much of a barrier, in principle. Memory, battery life, display technology, and touchscreen interactivity have long ago converged at the point where something at least as capable as a...

My Summer of Ergonomics Begins!
June 20, 2013 | 8:46 pm

ergonomicsI am delighted—but nervous—to officially be on summer holiday! I'm looking forward to a less structured schedule, and I have plenty to keep me busy. But unfortunately, most of this stuff is computer-related. I looked far and wide for an in-person offering for a continuing-education course I want to take and found that everyone was doing it online only—and that's in addition to an online training program I've been plugging away at all year long, and in addition to my writing work for TeleRead and others. So, why am I nervous? Well, last summer, I did away with my E Ink reader...

Review: Poetic cover for Nook HD
May 22, 2013 | 4:15 pm

Poetic cover for Nook HDI'm still loving my Nook HD, and it has become my go-to device. I only use my Nexus 7 for app testing that requires either Jelly Bean or working with widgets. Since the HD goes with me everywhere, I needed a case, and I found a really inexpensive one on Amazon. The Poetic Slimline Portfolio case adds very little bulk to the HD, but it protects it from bumping around in a backpack while still giving access to all ports and buttons. (The picture is a live link to the case on Amazon.) It even offers a magnetic sleep/wake function. I actually...

On Etsy, a Book Isn’t Always a Book
April 1, 2013 | 10:20 am

Have a hardback book you're not reading anymore? Why not make something with it? I came across a fascinating group of people on Etsy who are repurposing old hardback books into hidden storage boxes for money and valuables. From the outside, these books look just like the real thing. Open them up and you'll find that they've been hollowed out and refitted with a secret compartment. I fell in love with this idea and purchased one of the books on offer: a blue Reader's Digest Condensed Books in which I planned to store my passport, checks and some cash we are...

Show off your baseball pride with e-reading accessories
February 15, 2013 | 10:00 am

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training this week. For baseball fans, this marks the beginning of a rocky ride with tumultuous feelings that crush or elevate you throughout a season. And it’s wonderful. But what baseball fans love are ways to show their pride. Nothing says you’re a big New York Yankees fan than having an outlandish tattoo somewhere on your body. However, there are easier and less painful ways to show off your team pride. Companies have created several types of baseball-themed e-reading accessories, including covers for some of the more popular tablets. Look at this hard shell case for Kindle Fire...

Proporta Beachbuoy Waterproof Nexus 7 Case (Review)
February 11, 2013 | 1:00 pm

Proporta BeachBuoy Waterproof Google Nexus 7 CaseThe Proporta Beachbuoy Waterproof Nexus 7 Case was sent to me for review by the kind folks at Mobile Fun. They offered me my choice of Nexus or iPad Mini cases, and given that I stole the Beloved's book-style for my own purposes, I let him pick. He choose this waterproof case because he's fond of a good bath, and he was hoping he could enjoy his baseball RSS feeds while in the tub. He also found the book-style case a little cumbersome and prefers to read the device 'naked.' But when he travels with the tablet, he does want something...