Posts tagged Bookshelf
Guardian braves death of the bookshelf, trials “Shelf Improvement”
December 17, 2013 | 2:22 pm
Unfazed by articles proclaiming the "death of the bookshelf," Britain's The Guardian newspaper is launching a trial of Shelf Improvement, its new book subscription service "that aims to improve the literary lives of book lovers in 2014." Without a single ebook or Kindle in sight. Shelf Improvement, it seems, is "all about sharing the experience and expertise of our trusted editors, critics and writers in order to expand your reading horizons. Each month, they'll name their top pick and we'll pop it in the post. The exact book remains a mystery until it lands on the doorstep." [caption id="attachment_103498" align="aligncenter" width="455"] In...
Germanic applause for decline of West in death of the bookshelf
June 20, 2013 | 12:15 pm
I’m writing this as a reply to Adrian Prechtel’s article in the Abendzeitung München entitled "The Death of the Bookshelf," which focused on—believe it or not—the demise of the bookshelf—not so much as an altar to learning and culture, but as a bourgeois status symbol and a fixture of modern interior décor. “The demise of the printed Brockhaus is an assault on already shaky bourgeois domestic culture,” Prechtel declares. “The educated citizen must switch to other symbols.” The Brockhaus Enzyklopädie is, or rather, was, the iconic German encyclopedia, with a similar standing in the Germanic world to the Encyclopedia Britannica in the...
Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers
February 11, 2013 | 10:00 am
Bookshare has developed two new digital products to help those with disabilities. Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf were announced at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference, held January 30 through February 2 in Orlando, Fla. The products were created to help those with impairments such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities or low vision. The Web Reader will allow Bookshare members to open books, including NIMAC textbooks, in a browser without the need of any downloads or separate software. The Web Reader is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9 and above. Web Reader allows individuals to adjust font size, colors and display format....
The 16th-century e-book reader
December 10, 2011 | 3:29 pm
The great thing about an e-book reader is the way it allows you to have access to dozens of books on your device, each one staying open to exactly where you left it when you go back to it. You may not even think about how much of a benefit this is until you consider the mechanisms devised in the 16th century to try to provide the same access to physical books. The “There, I Fixed It” section of Failblog covers the 16th-century “bookwheel” revolving bookstand, intended to allow researchers to cross-reference between multiple volumes with as much ease...
20 creative bookshelves
May 31, 2011 | 10:34 am
Windows/iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Nook Reader
March 13, 2011 | 7:09 pm
Since posting my review of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series, I have been moved to go back and reread the entire thing, including the latest book that was released only recently. And a couple months ago I had purchased a $20 Groupon to Barnes & Noble, which was only good through April. So it seemed like a reasonable excuse to snag the e-books and do some reading—especially since the books were so reasonably priced. Which, in turn, was a good excuse to get around to reviewing the new Nook e-reader for the iPad, iPhone, and Windows Desktop and see...
iPhone/iPad e-book app review: BookShelf
April 23, 2010 | 8:38 pm
The last few e-readers I’ve reviewed have been corporate-, or at least company-created—crafted by teams of developers, with a very smooth and polished look to them and, with the exception of eReader, all relative latecomers to the iPhone platform. It’s time to switch things up and take a look at a much older, largely solo effort: Zachary Bedell’s iPhone/iPad universal application BookShelf (v2.3.2968). If any app could be called the original iPhone e-book reader, BookShelf certainly qualifies. A predecessor, Books 1.0 (not written by Bedell), actually pre-dates Apple’s first iPhone software development kit—it was in one of the unofficial...
BookShelf, Atomic Browser and Audiobooks: iPad apps I like
April 13, 2010 | 4:14 pm
Related: Chris Meadows’ unboxing video of the iPad. In-depth review on the way! – D.R. Apple, Kobo and Amazon dissed iPad fans who prefer e-reader apps to be able to bold all the text on the screen---one way to increase LCD readability when you’re outside or if you suffer vision problems. Stanza, yes, offers the Arial Rounded MT Bold font, but without a so-far-AWOL update, it won’t display full size in high-res on the iPad screen. readMe keeps crashing. But good old BookShelf, one of the early iPhone apps, is out with an iPad-friendly version that offers...
Reader question: Syncing e-books to iPhone
March 17, 2010 | 11:15 am
In comments on a post relating to the announcement that iBooks on the iPad would be able to sync “free” EPUB books through iTunes, a reader expressed skepticism that users would be able to download them without iTunes. Hey iPhone/iPod Touch users: What can you download directly and use without using itunes on a separate computer? Can you download a file to the iPhone/iPod Touch via the web then open that file? If I want to read a Baen epub why do I need to go through iTunes? In fact,...