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Kindle Paperwhite In-Depth, Part 1: Kindle vs Kobo
May 19, 2014 | 10:25 am

kindle vs koboI recently found out that my sister had a Kindle Paperwhite 2 she wasn't using, and further, that she was having a timely visit with my mother which would enable her to get it to me without us having to pay to ship it. My Kobo Glo has been a little glitchy lately and I found that, given my dislike of the iOS Kobo app, I was really missing the ability to coordinate my reading across my devices. Perhaps I was ready to return to the Kindle fold? I resolved to take in my sister's abandoned Kindle (she reads on her...

Book Review: Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas, Hippocampus Press
May 10, 2014 | 10:02 am

Regular readers of TeleRead will probably have seen by now coverage of Canadian dark fiction author Simon Strantzas. His latest collection, Burnt Black Suns from Hippocampus Press, is doing a good job of confirming him as one of the premier writers in the field. He has written very well and eloquently elsewhere on the current state of dark fiction and horror, and here is his latest creative contribution to the debate. This is a collection that is very much about variety, as well as some very assured paying of dues and tributes. “Beyond the Banks of the River Seine" is a homage...

Follow-up: Reading Almost a month later
April 25, 2014 | 4:24 pm

reading a-zI wrote earlier this month about a great reading website I recently subscribed to on behalf of my school. The website has printable ebooks at a variety of levels, some of which include worksheets and bonus content, and I thought it would be a good resource for teachers to use with their students. Almost a month in, how is it going? Great, actually! There have been a few small hiccups and complaints, but I've seen several other teachers besides me printing and using these cute little books. Here are some examples: 1) To level up an accelerated student This has been MY use...

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...

Accessory Review: Snugg iPhone pouch case
April 12, 2014 | 10:46 am

snugg iphone pouch caseMy husband says if I had my way, I'd change cases and covers for my devices like other people change clothes. He's probably right. Good thing I occasionally get review copies for free, like this one: [easyazon-link asin="B0091T1HQ2" locale="us"]Snugg iPhone 4 / 4S Leather Pouch Case in Black[/easyazon-link] Let's get the "leather" claim out of the way. The case isn't real leather. It's synthetic leather, and it does have an odor, however, I don't find it unpleasant. I've been using the case for almost two weeks now, and the smell has faded. I do wish companies would stop including leather in their...

Book Review: Fear of the Dark: An Anthology of Dark Fiction
April 11, 2014 | 4:25 pm

fear of the darkI'm not generally a short story reader. I prefer to curl up with a novel-length work, but when a friend lets you know his story is in an anthology, what do you do? Well, if you're me, you buy it. [easyazon-link asin="B00IU6MHOS" locale="us"]Fear of the Dark: An Anthology of Dark Fiction[/easyazon-link], published by Horror Bound, is an anthology of 20 stories with the theme of, well, like the title says, fear of the dark. Some of the stories match the theme better than others, but, with just a few exceptions, the stories were excellent. "Dark Horse" was my favorite, since it is...

Review: FlipBelt. Who needs pockets anymore?
April 1, 2014 | 4:25 pm

flipbeltSince I've been listening to more audiobooks because of my FitBit, I've run into the problem of how to carry my phone on my walks. I don't like armbands, and the belt clip case is fine, assuming I'm wearing a belt, but what if I'm not? Fortunately, the folks at FlipBelt anticipated my needs and sent me one of their products to review. What is FlipBelt? This image demonstrates it pretty well. (And no, I'm afraid my stomach doesn't look anything like that.) Basically, it's a way to keep phone, keys, money and other small items secure while you're on the go....

Kindle Paperwhite Case Review: Magnetic Leather Smart Case
March 24, 2014 | 12:20 pm

kindle paperwhite case reviewI hadn't planned to review this case. I purchased it because it was cheap, and I returned it because I was dissatisfied. As far as I was concerned, there wasn't enough of a "story" to make it worth my time to write or your time to read. Then I received an email from the seller that changed my mind. Let's start with the case itself. As you can see from the picture, it's a standard magnetic cover in synthetic leather (which is not clear from the name of the case, but real leather rarely costs $11.99, so I wasn't expecting the...

Kindle Paperwhite Review
March 17, 2014 | 10:18 am

kindle paperwhite reviewI've had my new ereader for a little more than a week now, plenty of time to have evaluated it for a Kindle Paperwhite review. Short version? I like it lots. It's much better than my old Touch and a worthy upgrade. Screen It took a bit of getting used to. For the first few days I didn't love it. The lighting is dramatically different based on the ambient lighting conditions. In direct light, the screen has the gray hue I'm used to from prior eInk readers. In indirect light, it's the white you've seen in the advertising. In low- and no-lighting,...

Review: Labato Leather Stand/Cover for iPhone 5
March 5, 2014 | 4:25 pm

labato stand/cover for iPhone 5I recently received a Labato Leather Stand/Cover for iPhone 5 for review. As you can see from the image, it's a folio-style case, which I love for tablets and am not as crazy about for phones. However, I really liked the stand idea and wanted to give it a try. Let's start with the basics. Unlike many inexpensive case options that call themselves leather, this one really is. Both smell and feel confirm it. This isn't a PU leather product. I don't know if it's actually lamb skin like the Amazon entry says (my nose can't distinguish between cow and lamb), but...

Review: Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner
February 28, 2014 | 6:58 pm

coverIf you type the words into Google, you’ll find that random story generator sites are everywhere on the Internet. It seems like people have discovered the randomness of computers can help them shuffle up a bunch of basic archetypes and come up with a plot outline they can write to. But there’s a set of random story generation tools out there that pre-date the Internet by most of a century—and while not as old as some people claim they are, they’re nonetheless old enough, and well-used enough, that they can make a great tool in any writer’s toolbox. I’m talking about...

Review: HooToo Tripmate Elite: 5 devices in 1
February 28, 2014 | 12:25 pm

hootoo tripmate eliteEver been travelling and looked at how many device accessories you needed to carry? Charger, cable, external battery, portable hot spot, etc. The list goes on. Well, check out this Indiegogo campaign for the HooToo Tripmate Elite. Looks like they are lagging in their funding right now, and that's too bad because this is a nice device. They were kind enough to send me a pre-production model to review. Here's what it does, all in one package: 1. Personal Cloud Storage 2. Portable Travel Router 3. Wi-Fi Hotspot 4. 6,000mAh External Battery Charger 5. Built-in AC Adapter Let's start with that personal cloud storage. We go camping...