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TeleRead Links: U.S. lags in E Ink reader development—why? ePub creation tips. Why Zuckerberg and Musk read utopian sci-fi.
July 11, 2015 | 9:39 am

imcoG6TWL_i3gx2y7g1. Why is there no e-ink innovation in the U.S. (MobileRead) The TeleRead take:  Why is the Kindle line---well, so meh? All kinds of E Ink goodies are on sale from companies in Asia and European (more information here). But from Amazon? Well, better screens, and we read plausible rumors of a powerful chip in the next Voyage. And, yes, the hardware over the years has gotten sleeker and sleeker. But on the whole, the variety and innovation aren’t there to the extent they should be. Where are the Amazon eight-inch E In devices with high-res displays and frontlighting? Have tablets really...

Use mouse or physical keyboard with your next e-reader? Bluetooth could make it happen
July 8, 2015 | 5:09 am

BluetoothOne of the great hits of TeleRead right now is Chris Meadows' post on using a Bluetooth mouse with an Android tablet. I'm not surprised. But what about E Ink machines like the Paperwhite? As with text to speech, Bluetooth is missing from Amazon's E Ink devices. Don't know the term? The tech is named after the Viking king Harald Blåtand, a Dane, shown below. He was enough of a communicator and smooth talker to unify Denmark and Norway for a stretch. E-book devices should do a Blåtand act and communicate well with keyboards, mice and other accessories. Ideally, Amazon and other e-reader makers will pay attention. If writer-publisher Michael...

ePub and other sacrileges on the Voyage and Paperwhite: Easy jail-breaks ahead?
June 27, 2015 | 2:51 am

VoyageRootNathan ran a great write-up on the challenges of rooting the Kindle Voyage, the Paperwhite and other recent Kindles. He was following up on a how-to video on taking the Voyage apart. Meanwhile, at MobileRead, buzz persists about hacking the recent-model Kindles. Remember, Kindles are little linux beasts. Amazon has tried to turn them into corporate creatures. Now the open source community wants Paperwhites and the rest to be free again to run such applications as Cool Reader without hassles for even the knowledgeable. Among other things, Cool Reader can display ePub, the nonproprietary standard. Jail-breaking, aka letting you modify the equipment you paid for, isn't for wimpy, of course. You don't...

E Ink makes colorful leap forward at CES 2015
January 11, 2015 | 1:25 pm

E Ink made quite an eye-catching appearance at this year's CES - literally. The pioneering electronic paper display company debuted some of its most striking color epaper technology to date in the shape of E Ink Prism, a series of "unique and dynamic materials for architecture and design incorporating its new color changing electronic ink technology." This move confirms E Ink's shift out of the dedicated ereader display space, where it has seen falling demand, and into rather more physically ambitious solutions. "E Ink Prism bridges the gap between traditional static materials and digital technology with dynamically changing materials," the company explains. "Architects...

YotaPhone 2 slated to debut soon
November 19, 2014 | 2:19 pm

YotaPhone 2YotaPhone recently tweeted news of a press event in London: "#YotaPhone2 will be presented December 3! We will celebrate with a by-invitation only event in London - stay tuned!" accompanying it with a beautiful picture of this now-almost-mythical device. Now almost mythical because of the sadly protracted release time. "So late!! announced in MWC 2014" complained one respondent, and you can see their point. The design, however elegant, doesn't appear to have moved on much from February this year, but an implementation of a competitive smartphone design with a solid state ereader back is stillcompelling. As Chris Meadows reported earlier, the...

Why won’t Evernote do handwriting recognition?
March 8, 2014 | 10:53 am

With its unforgetful elephant icon and integration with almost every major OS going, as well as Moleskine notebooks, Evernote has long been the favorite notetaking, blogging, and even writing, app for many mobile device and PC users. And, as they rightly claim, "some of our engineers and researchers were the pioneers that, decades ago, made today’s mainstream digital handwriting possible." So it's a pity that, when that functionality finally arrives in full on the Android iteration of Evernote, it comes in a way that falls short of that legacy, and the technology's potential. Evernote digital handwriting is based on Penultimate, "the...

Hybrid LED/e-ink Yotaphone adds FBReader support
December 25, 2013 | 11:47 pm

yotaphone-update-leadWe briefly mentioned the Yotaphone once—a Russian smartphone with an LCD display on the front and an e-ink display on the back. Apparently it’s not going to be available outside of Russia for a while, and not many e-reading applications have been made to take advantage of that e-ink secondary screen. However, Engadget today reports that the phone has been made to support the popular open-source EPUB reader app FBReader. It will even support PDF files with the next version of FBReader. Meanwhile, Yota has been “discussing potential collaboration” with Amazon. It’s easy to imagine that Amazon, having built...

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...

Easy instructions for organizing Collections on Kindle Touch and Paperwhite
July 28, 2013 | 10:00 am

Amazon Kindle Touch software updateSo maybe you like keeping Collections on your Kindle, but you think it's a pain to organize them on the device. Or perhaps you have two devices, and you like to keep the Collections in sync. Fortunately, it's easy, and I'm going to show you how. Note that if you have an older Kindle (Keyboard and earlier), you can use the Kindle Collections plugin from Calibre to easily organize your collections. And, unfortunately, neither the Fire nor Kindle apps support Collections. This is an E Ink device only feature. The easiest way to set up Collections is on your computer, using the...

Is The Sky Really Falling on NOOK Media?
July 19, 2013 | 12:02 pm

NOOKEditor's note: The following opinion piece, written by former Book Business editor-in-chief Brian Howard, originally appeared on the Book Business website back on June 26. The subject this piece covers is, by now, relatively old news. But it's also a very well-written and smartly reasoned essay. And because this appears to have been the very last e-reading related bit of content produced by Brian before he left North American Publishing Co. for an editorial position with a different employer, we thought it only fitting to reproduce it here. We'll miss seeing you around the office, Brian. And we'll certainly miss reading...

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...

Sony and E Ink are Making a Digital Paper Notepad and it Looks Awesome (Video)
May 17, 2013 | 12:15 pm

I’m an all-day note-taker—my day's or week’s itinerary, messages to give to someone else, story ideas, ramblings, etc. Unfortunately I’m also a bit of a messy ... well, unorganized person, I admit. And as you may guess, those two personality traits usually add up, for me, to lots of unorganized, folded pieces of paper in my pockets or around my house and office, and also a library of notebooks of compiled thoughts and ideas with real order. So needless to say, I’m anticipating Sony’s A4-sized (8.3-inches x 11.7-inches) digital paper slate to be rather beneficial in my life. Unveiled last week,...

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