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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 (bit.ly, 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...

The Annual Calibre Library Cleanup, and What I Learned This Year
March 28, 2013 | 1:15 pm

Every year, at around this time, I do a big e-book purge. Something about March Break brings out the spring cleaning demon, and when I need a break from cleaning my physical home, I curl up with my Macbook and tackle my digital one. My goals in years past have been to clean up metadata and cover art, complete missing series runs and prune out the freebies I really didn't ever plan to read. My goal this year? Reduce, reduce, reduce! I simply have too many books in my to-read pile. I don't remember where all of them came from, and I...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 11: Even More Plugins!
March 5, 2013 | 9:58 am

Calibre PluginsThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 | Ch. 11 TeleRead's Juli Monroe did a great job explaining what a Calibre plugin is, and how to install one. But of course, every e-book user has their own special needs and preferences, and my own Calibre plugin mix is slightly different than hers. So, for my part of the Calibre wrap-up, I'll tell you which plugins I use, why I use them,...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 10: Plugins
March 2, 2013 | 12:01 pm

Calibre pluginsThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 So far everything we've written about a number of uses for a default Calibre installation. However, one of the best features of Calibre is the ability to customize the experience with plugins. There is a long list of third-party Calibre plugins, and there's no way I could cover them all. However, I'll demonstrate two of them in this article to give you an idea...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 9: Calibre Portable
March 1, 2013 | 6:32 pm

calibre portableThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Do you spend time on computers that are not your own, but still want your e-book library with you? Perhaps you're visiting family for a holiday and aren't taking your computer along, but you still want to be able to load books on your device. Calibre Portable is for you. It's a full installation of Calibre that runs off a removable memory device, like a...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 8: Downloading News
February 28, 2013 | 8:56 pm

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 We've covered a lot of uses for Calibre so far, including library management, book conversion, and more. But Calibre is more than just an e-book program. Lots of us read more than books, including news and blogs. Did you know Calibre can be set up to automatically download news sources? Here's how it's done: First, fire up Calibre and click the "Fetch News" button.   As you...