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How to handle PDFs on Android devices – or at least, try
June 22, 2015 | 9:05 am

Screenshot_2015-06-22-13-04-05 PDF is an ereader file format I'm still being bombarded with constantly, despite my issues with it. I find its lumpy file size and rigidity to be hugely challenging, for relatively little commensurate benefit in terms of readability and fidelity to the original format. Yet publishers continue to distribute review copies of books that aren't available in other ebook formats. And there are specific applications, like art books - for instance, the marvellous archive of free digitized catalogues from exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Archive.org - where the shortcomings of PDF are acceptable for the sake of...

Morning Links: No Graphic Novels in English Course? Android Apps with TTS Support
June 15, 2015 | 8:25 am

graphic novelsStudent Calls For Eradication Of Graphic Novels From English Course (io9) A student enrolled at Crafton Hills College has protested the inclusion of a number of graphic novels in the curriculum for her English 250 course. Tara Shultz, along with her parents and friends have called for the “eradic[ation] [of the books] from the system,” and have complained to the College’s administrators over their inclusion. TeleRead Take: I found Lolita to be pretty offensive in my English Lit course, but it never occurred to me to protest and ask to have it removed from the curriculum. Doubt anyone would have listened to...

Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August
June 11, 2015 | 1:32 pm

ipad_middleI’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s integrated with DropBox, Google Drive and EverNotes, and you can even download to it directly from Project Gutenberg Now---some great news: Voice Dream Reader for Android will enter Beta in a few days and should be in the Apple Store at the start of August....

How to tool up a rooted Android phone
June 10, 2015 | 5:25 pm

framarootAfter successfully rooting my Navon Mizu M500 with Framaroot, I settled down to working out what to do with it to tune it up as a better ereader and all-round Android powerhouse. Only, what to do? Many Android rooters do their phones in order to install custom mods and ROMs like CyanogenMod - but phones running on the MediaTek MT6589 CPU and other MediaTek chips are not exactly overserved that way. So, rather than risk bricking my phone by pushing the wrong ROM onto it, I decided to keep the existing Android 4.2.1 system intact - but tune it up...

Considering An Android to iOS Switch
June 10, 2015 | 2:55 pm

android to ios switchWhile I was quite happy with the HTC One M8 when I got it almost a year ago, I haven't remained as content with it over time. Just before I received the Lollipop update, I was having both serious battery life issues, lagging and crashing apps. The app crashing was so bad that Google Sheets crashed every time I opened it, sometimes multiple times. Since I use Sheets to track my business mileage, it's an app I use several times a day, and I finally got so irritated that I started tracking in Sheets on my iPad instead. Which meant I...

Morning Links: Everything new in iOS 9. Felony to clear browser history?
June 9, 2015 | 7:17 am

ios 9Here’s everything new in iOS 9 (9to5 Mac) Apple introduced iOS 9 during its WWDC keynote today, and we’ve got a hands-on look at all of the new stuff you can expect to see when it comes out later this year. TeleRead Take: Not a lot here to get excited about, except for multi-tasking on iPads which support it. I might have to finally upgrade my iPad 4. *** According To The Government, Clearing Your Browser History Is A Felony (Techdirt) One of the stipulations of Sarbanes-Oxley is the preservation of evidence. Failing to do so, or purposefully destroying records, can result in felony criminal...

How badly coded is the Amazon Kindle Android app?
June 6, 2015 | 10:09 am

KindleAndroidBadlyCodedMajor tech companies sometimes have a surprising habit of rolling out sub-optimal products in what are supposed to be their core competence areas. For example, Google's Chrome browser for Android gets some indifferent assessments at times over issues like speed and cache bloat, and this is Google's own flagship browser running on its own OS. And think of Microsoft's terrible record in pushing out new versions of Windows that have been panned by the marketplace, and required revisions, rethinks, and still newer versions. Which brings me to some recurrent frustrations over the Amazon Kindle app. For the longest time,...

My Android phone successfully rooted: The glories of Framaroot
June 3, 2015 | 9:16 am

framarootI concluded my previous post on the travails with my Navon Mizu M500 generic Android smartphone with a gripe about still looking for a way to root my phone. Well, now I found it. Courtesy of the Framaroot application, I was able to root the phone with just one download, without using a PC, and with just one click ... well, okay, two or three on the way there ... The Framaroot thread at the ever-reliable (meaning: not infected by trolls, malware, etc.) XDA Developers site, warns that "success with this application void warranty on your device," but it's...

How to rescue an Android phone from the insufficient storage curse of death – almost
May 30, 2015 | 12:21 pm

Screenshot_2015-05-24-12-59-22 I'm an unapologetic Android diehard, but I do find some of its foibles infuriating. One is the notorious message "insufficient storage available" or "there is insufficient space on the device" when attempting to install or update an app on the phone. This only seems to apply to Android OS iterations 4.2/3 Jelly Bean or earlier, but it's a pain nonetheless. And my Navon Mizu M500 still runs on Android 4.2.1. Needless to say, I wouldn't be writing a post like this if the problem bore actual relation to the storage available on the device. When this problem strikes, I've tried deleting...

Morning Links: New $99 Kindle bundle for Kids. iOS vs. Android for e-reading apps. FCC chair’s new digital divide plan.
May 29, 2015 | 7:58 am

kindleforkidsAmazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty (Tech Crunch) This new package includes the combination of a Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three items were purchased separately, notes Amazon. The TeleRead take: Yes, this is a price-sensitive market. But next year when parts are cheaper than ever, how about text to speech capabilities for the millions of kids with learning...

Morning Links: Twitter for writers, Author Earnings misleading?
May 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

author earningsUsing Twitter to Gain Exposure as a Writer (Writers Helping Writers) Fortunately for us all, there are a multitude of opportunities to get that needed exposure today; all you need to do is sign online for many of them to open up to you. One area alone with many chances to take advantage of is the fast-moving social media platform of Twitter. *** Why the ‘Author Earnings Report’ is Misleading (OscarBernie.com) So, first I’ll do a quick roundabout of the problems with the May’s report. Then I’ll give my own analysis of the (limited) data. And I’ll finish with a few suggestions...

Is Android really facing a fragmentation challenge?
May 7, 2015 | 10:25 am

A recent op-ed in Tom's Hardware takes the view that, well: "Google Can't Ignore The Android Update Problem Any Longer." And this comes out concurrently with the latest Android Developers Dashboards numbers on the distribution of everybody's (barring a few lunatic-fringe Apple cultists, etc...) favorite mobile OS, tracking "data collected during a 7-day period ending on May 4, 2015." So it's a good chance to see how well that claim really stands up. There is the odd curious misreading here and there in the article. For one thing, the writer claims that "As we can see in the distribution numbers chart, Android...

Tor and BitLit offer discounted e-books to print book owners
May 4, 2015 | 11:53 am

bitlitTor has just announced it will be using BitLit to make DRM-free e-books of TorForge titles available at a discount to people who can prove they own the physical version of the book. It joins HarperCollins, which began using the program last year. BitLit is an iOS or Android smartphone app that allows readers who can prove they own a physical copy of a book to buy the e-book version at a discounted price. It works by taking “shelfies”—shelf-by-shelf photos of your bookshelves with the spines out—and then attempting to recognize which books you own. Once it’s matched one,...

Android Wear update offers Wi-fi, new capabilities
April 22, 2015 | 4:25 pm

An announcement on the Google Official Blog has signaled the arrival of an update to Google's Android Wear smartwatch platform, which addresses some notable shortcomings of the series, particularly Wi-Fi support. "Now Android Wear supports watches with built-in Wi-Fi," states the blog. "As long as your watch is connected to a Wi-Fi network, and your phone has a data connection (wherever it is), you’ll be able to get notifications, send messages, and use all your favorite apps." Other improvements in the update include always-on screen apps, gesture control (wrist flicks to scroll through alerts), and emojis. The Wi-Fi update means that for...

OnePlus One phone available to all, OnePlus Two to follow
April 22, 2015 | 1:25 pm

The OnePlus initiative, previously covered in Teleread, was a bid to create a smarter, better Android-based smartphone that has achieved some success and quite a few fans, with some commentators claiming that its debut OnePlus One model put Google's own Nexus phones completely in the shade. Now, the company has upped the price of the OnePlus One in Europe, in response to the sliding value of the Euro, to a basic EUR299 ($320) for the smaller 16GB model. However, it's also thrown this open for general purchase - previously the OnePlus One could only be bought by invitation. Furthermore, the company...

Oyster stands out from the crowd with newly created ebook store
April 9, 2015 | 1:02 pm

OysterOyster’s new e-book store is a logical step in the company’s progression – especially to compete against Amazon. This addition is direct competition to Amazon because it offers readers everything they need in one app. Oyster already boasts more than one million books through its subscription service, which has been dubbed “Netflix for book,” but now it has all the Big Five publishers and others to offer titles in its e-book store. By including a store, which has new releases and pre-orders along with the subscription model, Oyster has made a statement that they are ready to play and don’t plan on...

Google debuts a bunch of reasons why your future is Chrome
April 6, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Google and its hardware partners have been announcing and rolling out a series of new spins on its Chrome OS that make it even more persuasive as a multi-format dirt cheap platform. Not only is the original stable of Chromebooks considerably expanded, and now even cheaper - there also are other form factor options that could make it even more pervasive. For a start, there's the new Chromebooks - some of them ridiculously cheap. "You shouldn't have to choose between a computer that performs well and one that you can afford," says the Google announcement. "Today we're introducing two new devices...

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