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Double App Review: MegaReader and QuickReader for iOS
August 30, 2013 | 6:41 pm

I'm reviewing both of these apps together because they're so similar; there's just one feature difference between them. The developer was celebrating five million downloads and in honor of the occasion was offering free versions of the apps to bloggers. Lucky me! Anyway, at their heart, they are both e-reading apps. (Both are also available for iOS only.) Let's start with MegaReader. It has more features than most of the store reading apps (Kindle, Kobo, and Nook), but far fewer features than Marvin. That's either a good or bad thing, depending on the user. While I love Marvin, I can see its...

Calibre Reaches 1.0 Status
August 23, 2013 | 11:41 am

CalibreCalibre, the popular e-book manager, has finally reached 1.0 status. The news, announced on their blog yesterday, begins with an entertaining look at the genesis of Calibre seven years ago, and then enumerates the features that pushed it into 1.0 status:  A cover grid view  A faster database backend  Allowing images in the comment field  Enhanced conversion options  Virtual library partitions  Other small fixes and improvements I am thrilled with these new enchancements. As a loyal Calibre user, I want to thank Kovid Goyal and his team for all their hard work and congratulate them on their new 1.0 status. I also would like to remind people that...

Weekend Roundup: 7 literary hoaxes, 10 unreliable narrators, 7 Edinburgh book fest souvenirs, and more
August 18, 2013 | 11:53 am

hoaxesMy Edinburgh Book Festival Experience in 7 Souvenirs (Adam Marek) I just got back from three days at the Edinburgh International Book Festival where I was talking about The Stone Thrower at an event with Rodge Glass. It was my first time there and I was overwhelmed by the size of it. * * * 7 Sci-fi Literary and Journalistic Hoaxes that Readers Believed (io9) The idea of sophisticated life on the moon might seem absurd today, but when a story about lunary civilization appeared in newspapers in 1835, many wondered if it could be true. And that's hardly the only scifi story readers have found credible enough to believe. *...

Creating Chapter Breaks in Calibre from Word Docs
August 12, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Calibre Plugins Now that Calibre can convert Word documents into e-books, it's become even easier to create books with proper chapter breaks. I'd experimented with the "Edit ToC" feature in Calibre before, but I hadn't been able to get it to work quite right. Then over the weekend, as I was creating e-books from some fanfics I found on Livejournal, I figured it out. Cut and paste your text into a Word document and locate your chapter headings. Odds are they look like the highlighted text in the following screen shot: Highlight the text and click the "Heading Style" (where the red arrow is...

Marvin and Calibre: Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly (video)
July 16, 2013 | 10:35 am

Since I just received a shiny new iPad (fourth generation) as an early birthday present, I've been doing more reading in Marvin, which I reviewed earlier this year. There have been several updates since my initial review, and one of the things I noticed was a "Calibre Connector" in one of the menus. I did some searching and discovered that books can by synced to Marvin directly through Calibre, over a wired sync. Since Marvin has one of the best Dropbox integrations I've ever seen, I wouldn't suggest this for loading one or two books, but it's a great way to sync...

A question for our readers: Is the Mac price premium still worth it?
July 14, 2013 | 10:57 am

MacHere's a question the 'Tablet Revolution' has me asking: Is it still worth it to buy a Mac over a PC? It used to be a slam-dunk "yes" for me. Every PC laptop I have ever owned has died at exactly two years old, and every Mac has passed the four- or five-year mark easily. Paying $900 every two years for a PC was more expensive than paying $1,100 every five years for a Mac. But now ... a few things have happened. First of all, I have off-loaded most of my Web browsing and on-the-go work to a tablet. I even have...

End-of-month roundup: My Answers Expert articles
June 30, 2013 | 3:08 pm

Just a quick end-of-the-month postscript to add four more Answers Expert articles I wrote with e-reader relevance. From here on out, I will probably limit these posts to one a month at the end of the month, though you can get instant notification of each new article as I write it if you follow my Twitter or Facebook. Using Instapaper to Read Articles Later Feedly Web RSS Reader Will Ease the Pain of Google Reader's Loss ...

Kobo Mini on sale for $39.99 until July 18
June 23, 2013 | 1:09 pm

Want to do a “little” reading? Kobo has just put its Kobo Mini 5” e-ink reader on sale for 50% off until July 18th—$39.99 rather than $79.99. Light, touch-sensitive, Wi-FI capable, and 2 GB of on-board storage. It even has a built-in very basic web browser akin to the Kindle’s. Of course, it’s tied to the Kobo store for book buying, but Kobo readers work great for unencrypted EPUB (such as everything Baen sells), as well Adobe DRM including Barnes & Noble’s. So if you’re the sort of person who keeps your e-books from everywhere in your Calibre library, and doesn’t...

DIY E-Book Conversion vs. Paying For It
June 23, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Back when I reviewed Paul Salvette's book, "The Ebook Design and Development Guide," I was all about doing it myself. I devoured Salvette's book and had visions of drop-caps and other features that would make my next book stand out from other self-published books. I was ready and on fire to just do it! And then I got hit with a cold, hard reality: I suck at HTML, and CSS just confuses me. I'm married to a computer programmer, and he's got a decent knowledge of HTML, but we ran into a snag I just couldn't fix. Although the table of...

Calibre now converts .docx files
June 7, 2013 | 4:15 pm

Calibre PluginsThis is a huge new feature, and one that makes me very happy. I like to download stories, compile them in Word to make one big document and then use Calibre to convert them into something I can read on an e-reader. And I'm picky; I like my italics, bolding and other formatting. Previously, I've saved the file as an .rtf, which works, but half the time, I'd forget and save as a .docx file instead, add it to Calibre, and see the "File Format Not Supported" dialog box. Blast! Back to save the file again. No more. I updated Calibre and...

Top 5 Apps for Writers
May 30, 2013 | 10:15 am

apps From MediaShift comes a roundup titled "The Top 5 Apps for Authors." Such things are inherently subjective; of the five mentioned (, Feedly, Scrivener, Tweetdeck/Hootsuite and Tweetwall) there is only one I personally use. And of course, there are apps I use often that this article fails to mention... So, what apps would I recommend? Here is my list of top five apps. 1. Evernote I use Evernote to clip articles and quotes from books, plan projects, keep lists and notes, back up a few apps I use that connect to it, and in general just keep handy stuff I want to reference...

Back up your BooksOnBoard purchases, NOW!
April 6, 2013 | 1:00 pm

BooksOnBoard has (hopefully temporarily) shut down their site for new purchases, though you can still download titles from your library. Instead of their usual welcome screen, you will be greeted by this when you attempt to access the site: That sounds concerning but not too worrisome. However, over at The Digital Reader, Nate thinks it's the beginning of the end. He has a detailed article about BooksOnBoard and their recent history of not paying their distributors. His advice, which I will echo, is, "download and back up your library now." If this is just a bump in the road, and they are back...

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