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The pros and cons of buttons on e-readers (for page-turning)
July 5, 2015 | 9:47 am

Kindle Voyage e-reader – Amazon’s Official Site – Learn MoreText to speech isn't the only AWOL feature on the newer Kindles and many other devices. Full-sized controls for page-turning would also help, and at MobileRead, button boosters are debating the apathetic and the antis. No, the Kindle Voyage's pathetic page-change sensors, shown in the image, do not count in my opinion. I owned a Voyage for a stretch. I found the sensors to harder to work with than buttons big enough for grown-ups. "Having buttons means I can eat potato chips or buttered popcorn while I read without leaving grease on the screen," says Cromag, cutting to the chase. "Could I do this with...

Beware of Kindle Fires catching fire. Similar hazards on other devices with lithium-ion batteries
July 3, 2015 | 10:38 am

Exploded or almost-exploded Fire battery - from the Homeless in Vancouver blogWho says firecrackers are the only things that may explode July 4 (that's Independence Day here in the United States)? Fires and explosions of lithium-ion batteries, aka li-ion batteries, are rare. But they do happen. Check out some wisdom from Stanley Q. Woodvine, a homeless man in Vancouver. He wrote of a Fire whose battery either exploded or "was overheated to a point just short of exploding." Here are two ways to help reduce the threat: 1. Go for batteries from known sources. 2. Try to use the right chargers, with precautions against overcharing. The safest bets would be the same as the chargers that came with...

Barnes & Noble taps new CEO as revamped B&N e-commerce site hinders access to e-books
July 2, 2015 | 7:02 pm

Earlier today, Fortune reported that Barnes & Noble has tapped Sears Canada CEO Ron Boire to take over as B&N's CEO. Boire has been the CEO of the struggling Sears Canada for just 10 months, but before that he was the head of the USA Sears & Kmart chains for three years. Before that, Boire had worked at Sony, Best Buy, and Toys’R’Us—not exactly a list of winners in the recent economy. And now they expect him to turn Barnes & Noble around? [Update: As Nate pointed out in the comments, the Fortune article is really badly constructed. It...

Are the new Kindle Unlimited rates good or bad? It depends on who you ask
July 2, 2015 | 12:28 pm

Now that it’s July, the new chapter of Kindle Unlimited has begun. No longer paying per book (of which at least 10% was read), it’s now paying per page. According to one estimate, a bit over half a cent per page, though it remains to be seen how close to accurate this guess is. Is this good? If you listen to Hugh Howey, it is. Howey holds that the overall effect of the change is really not as bad as people think. It might have been that KU under the old system was weighted in favor of short story...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Adjust the Brightness on Your Kindle Paperwhite
June 30, 2015 | 12:20 pm

brightness on kindle paperwhiteHere is another ereader tip: did you know that the brightness on your Kindle Paperwhite can be adjusted? It can! It all happens via the top=of-screen tool bar. Tap in the middle of your screen to make the tool bar appear. From left to right, the buttons you'll see are: - The home button, which takes you back to the main screen - An arrow button which takes you back to where you just were previously - And thirdly, an icon which looks like a light bulb That third light bulb button is the one you want! Tap it and you will see a...

ePub and other sacrileges on the Voyage and Paperwhite: Easy jail-breaks ahead?
June 27, 2015 | 2:51 am

VoyageRootNathan ran a great write-up on the challenges of rooting the Kindle Voyage, the Paperwhite and other recent Kindles. He was following up on a how-to video on taking the Voyage apart. Meanwhile, at MobileRead, buzz persists about hacking the recent-model Kindles. Remember, Kindles are little linux beasts. Amazon has tried to turn them into corporate creatures. Now the open source community wants Paperwhites and the rest to be free again to run such applications as Cool Reader without hassles for even the knowledgeable. Among other things, Cool Reader can display ePub, the nonproprietary standard. Jail-breaking, aka letting you modify the equipment you paid for, isn't for wimpy, of course. You don't...

BookDrop: Email ebooks to your Kindle from Dropbox—even ePubs and other formats not normally supported
June 26, 2015 | 1:54 pm

BookDropBookDrop lets you copy ebooks from your Dropbox cloud to your Kindle gadget or app via email. That includes even ePub books and those in other formats that normally won't fly. How-tos and more details are here. No magic, just a Web-browser tweak and a related service. BookDrop adds a browser bookmark and creates its own subdirectory within Dropbox. Into it you can import ebooks from other regions of your drive. Or you can do the reverse and use Dropbox commands to export to the book-drop subdirectory within /Apps. BookDrop works with "any .epub, .mobi, .pdf, .azw, .cbr, .cbz, .txt, .rif, .doc, .docx, .htm, .html, .gif, .png, .bmp, .jpg" or .jpeg...

How to fill your Kindle with free and discounted titles
June 19, 2015 | 9:42 am

appsNo, this isn't the obvious call to go to Gutenberg and download out-of-copyright titles, handy as that is. But it is a testament to how useful a good grasp of the deal alert resources out there - and by no means only for the Kindle Store - can be if you want to build a great library for nothing, or almost nothing. I'm a daily user of the Deals, Freebies, and Resources forum at Mobileread.com, one of Teleread's peers in the pro-ebook online community. This is updated daily with tips from fans and regulars on discounted or free-offer titles available for...

TeleRead’s first podcast is now available to stream or download
June 18, 2015 | 8:36 pm

Today Juli Monroe, Joanna Cabot, and I got together to record our first TeleRead podcast, talking for an hour about recent news stories and other events. We touched upon various stories including the Amazon/Penguin Random House contract deal, the recent change in Amazon Kindle Unlimited compensation terms, the Authors Guild fair contract initiative, the new Kindle Paperwhite, and more. It was a fun hour of conversation, and I think it proves we can have an interesting show. Our next episode, scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern a week from Sunday, will be recorded live and in public. Anyone who wants to listen...

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Use Night Mode in the Kindle App
June 16, 2015 | 12:25 pm

kindle night modeMost people know that one of the benefits of eBook reading is being able to adjust the size and font of the words. No more being constrained by the availability of large-print books! You can make the text as large as you want, to help you see. What many people might not realize, though, is that the Kindle has other options to help save your eyes, and they are tucked away in that same font menu. One of these options is night mode. What is night mode useful for? It is useful for reversing the contrast when you read at night. The...

Books in Browsers conference on pause. Up with dedicated e-reading apps for now!
June 15, 2015 | 5:29 am

moonI’m not surprised to see the Books in Browsers conference go on pause. For me, most browser-based books are letdowns compared to e-books as read with the better apps, such as Moon+ Reader Pro (screenshot). Moon and the like let you tweak the typography precisely and do other customization. I truly, truly hate the ergonomic disasters that books in browsers can be at their worst. Somehow you can’t get the type size right. Or maybe the content just disappears and you can’t do anything since you exercise so little control. No, I’m won’t necessarily be as hard on b-in-b in the future. The tech is...

How much to price an ebook? An old debate revisited
June 15, 2015 | 4:49 am

alisonperryLower pricing definitely doesn't always mean more sales or borrows is a new thread at Kindle Boards. “So I dropped the price on my book for the weekend to 99 cents,” writes Alison Perry, the South Carolina-based author of Hell’s Belles. “I also have a promo on Tuesday and (being new) I wasn't sure how long it would take for the price to update. Well, I went from 3-4 sales and a couple borrows a day to nothing." Significantly, Kindle Direct Publishing offers 70 percent royalties on books priced between $2.99 and $9.99. OK,...

Baen e-book store to drop ‘mail to Kindle’ function
May 27, 2015 | 2:55 pm

Baen has just sent an email to its customers noting a change to one method of Baen e-book downloads. At the moment, Baen has a form on its web site where you can fill in your Kindle’s Personal Document Service e-mail address and have the e-book emailed to your Kindle with the click of a button. However, that feature is soon going away. Baen writes: Starting on or about June 10, 2015, Baen Ebooks will no longer be able to provide automatic delivery of the .mobi format to a Kindle device via the "Email book...

Paid Google Play apps on Fire tablet without installing Play Store
May 15, 2015 | 2:25 pm

install from unknown sources screen shotWhile I was able to get most of my "must-have" apps on my new Fire HD 6 from the Amazon app store, there are a few which aren't available. While it's possible to use sites like GetJar to download apps, not everything is available. Android PIT used to be a good source for paid Android apps, but it shut down last year because of VAT issues. Which leaves Fire owners stuck. Sure, you can root your Fire, using various methods, including N2A, but that voids the warranty, N2A isn't available for all Fire models and not everyone wants to go that...

Send to Kindle Browser App
March 16, 2015 | 2:25 pm

ScreenClipDo you run across long articles or short stories on the web that you'd like to read on your Kindle, but you don't want to go through a lot of hassle? The Send to Kindle browser app makes it simple. It's available for Chrome and Firefox and works smoothly. After you install the extension, you have a new icon in your browser bar. The first time you use it, you'll be prompted to set it up with which devices you want articles sent to and whether you want them saved in the Cloud Drive.   I generally don't save them. Most of what I...

How to take a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite
March 9, 2015 | 12:25 pm

screenshot on kindleEver wondered how to take a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite, like the one I used in my earlier article on reading news on my Kindle? It's actually really easy. 1. Find the page you want. 2. Touch the top left and bottom right of the screen (or top right and bottom left). 3. Wait for the flash. 4. Plug your Kindle into a computer. The images will be on the root directory. It's that easy. As far as I know, it only works on the Paperwhite and Voyage, not on the older Kindle Touches. My Kindle is a bit finicky, and it doesn't always work. My...

News on Kindle and Kindle Apps
March 9, 2015 | 9:58 am

news on kindleWhile I'm well-informed on developments in the tech industry and social media, I've been feeling woefully uninformed about other news, and I decided it was time to start reading a paper. Although I tend to prefer the writing and journalism of The New York Times, I decided to start a 14 day trial of The Washington Post on Kindle. I chose the Post for two reasons. 1. It's the paper where I live and where I set my fiction, and I'm hoping to find ideas for stories. 2. It was $8 a month cheaper. That's almost the cost of a...

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