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Can Flio save your reading angle?
November 18, 2014 | 6:25 pm

One of the types of tablet, ereader, or smartphone accessory that tends to become the focus of endless experimentation, trial and error, and questing for further improvement - at least for me - is stands. The perfect balance of portability, stability, viewing angle, is the kind of topic that tech geeks and OCD sufferers of all kinds - like me - can spend hours on. And now a new Kickstarter project, Flio, has come along that could offer the answer to at least some of my prayers. Flio, launched by Vlad Butucariu of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, promises to be "a collapsible laptop...

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...

A First Look at Indigo Tech!
August 29, 2013 | 2:14 pm

Indigo Tech Indigo Tech is open for business! I snapped these pics today at my local store, and it's about what I expected: a fancier Kobo kiosk, iPads and more! The various wall displays have headphones, speakers, health products such as the Fitbit, iPad creative accessories like a Crayola effects pad, and cases and accessories. The dedicated staff person moved back and forth between the main display and the separate Kobo area. I already have an iPad, and none of the displayed accessories caught my eye. But there are more Indigo stores than Apple stores, so maybe they're hoping to use that to bring...

An Amazon 4th of July Sale on Kindle Accessories!
July 4, 2013 | 1:19 pm

AmazonBy Moe Zilla Promising “40% Off or More”, Amazon has just announced a special sale on Kindle accessories (and other electronics). They’ve discounted over 300 different accessories for their entire line of Kindles, including the black-and-white Kindle readers and the larger Kindle Fire tablets. And if you buy one of the qualifying accessories, Amazon will even throw in $2.00 of free music downloads. I was stunned when I found a precision-molded skin for my Kindle Touch marked down to only $3.37! (Normally Marware sells these “SportGrip” models for $19.99). Another $6.98 would be tacked on for “shipping and handling” — but fortunately, I’m an...

Hey everyone … it’s a Kindle Torture Test!
June 13, 2013 | 1:11 pm

KindleNow that it's summer, and we want to take our e-readers to the beach, this is perhaps a good time to review what are (and are not) good ideas for how to treat our devices. CNET put the Kindle Paperwhite through a beach torture test to see how it would do. Here's the video. Fair warning: If you're watching this at work, you may experience feelings of vacation envy. I'm not accepting any responsibility for loss of productivity due to viewing this. And for those of you who just want the quick wrap-up, the Paperwhite performed pretty much as I'd expected, surviving both...

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...

LifeProof Offers Optional Water Protection Insurance for iPhone
April 6, 2013 | 12:22 pm

LifeproofLifeProof announced this past Tuesday that they're offering a Total Water Protection Program for the Apple iPhone and iPad to anyone who purchases a LifeProof case from their website. This optional program takes the protection of these devices to an entirely new level by offering a one-time repair or replacement of the device if it sustains accidental water damage while in one of their cases. LifeProof cases are advertised as being waterproof, submerged down to 6.6 feet deep, as well as being dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof. The Total Water Protection Program will offer consumers even greater peace of mind. Available as of Tuesday,...

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...

Livrada Now Offering E-Book Cards for Authors
February 11, 2013 | 4:58 pm

Livrada e-book cards for authorsAfter closing a $1 million seed funding round led by ICG Ventures, Livrada just went live with e-book cards authors can sell at events, such as conferences, trade shows, books signings and the like. E-book-only authors (like myself) run into problems trying to sell their books at events. What do you do? Have a laptop or tablet set up so people can sign-in to their Amazon account and buy your books? Just think though the logistical nightmare of that for a minute. (I tried to do it last month at a conference. Didn't work.) But selling cards like this? Great idea. It allows authors...

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...

Pedestal Stand for iPad also holds your toilet paper?
February 10, 2013 | 10:08 pm

iPad toilet paper holderOne of the things I love about my iPad is that it liberates me from the constraints of my desktop workstation and the lousy body English of using a laptop sitting on one’s lap. I can use the iPad in a wide range of venues in my house and yard—pretty much anywhere within range of my Wi-Fi router. However, one place I’ve never used the iPad is in the bathroom, and I really have no desire to do so. My philosophy about bathroom-going is that you do what’s on the agenda and move on, so to speak. But, whatever floats your...