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Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 tells Adobe what books you’re reading
October 7, 2014 | 6:10 pm

imageYesterday, Nate broke quite a story over on The Digital Reader about Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 sending information in the clear about the e-books you read. It got picked up by The Passive Voice, Ars Technica, GigaOm, TechDirt, Slashdot, BoingBoing, the list goes on and on. Congrats on the scoop, Nate! (Frankly, I’m amazed his blog is still up, given all the traffic this has to be sending his way.) He posted another story today indicating that the bug doesn’t seem to affect prior versions. Effectively, ADE 4.0 gathers up a bunch of information on the books you open...

Smartphone size no obstacle to long reading
August 5, 2014 | 8:45 am

Hey, guess what? People read on their smartphones. That’s the thrust of a piece in Wired that talks about how the smartphone has been a godsend for long-form written journalism. Where people used to read their newspapers on the subway, now they read their smartphones—and despite the predictions of those who said such devices would destroy our attention span, the evidence is pretty good that smartphone users are able to concentrate enough to read articles thousands of words long in one go. The Atlantic recently reported that a gorgeously illustrated 6,200-word story on BuzzFeed—which likewise...

Photos of Amazon 3D, 6-camera smartphone prototype surface
April 15, 2014 | 2:44 pm

bgr-a-phone-1-500x231There goes Amazon, changing the game again. I’ve noticed that when Amazon introduces its own spin on an already-established device, it likes to add some new and different feature from right out of left field to distinguish itself from the competition. With e-readers, it was the free 3G service to let people buy e-books and check their mail from anywhere. With the Fire TV it was the extensive gaming focus and voice search. Now, with Amazon’s impending smartphone, it appears to be six cameras and a 3D display. The Boy Genius Report has exclusive photos and more information about...

Jo Walton, converted e-reader skeptic
March 6, 2014 | 3:01 pm

image One interesting benefit of still being in the early days of the e-book age is that you get to see a lot of converted-skeptic stories. Holdouts are converting all the time. One of those is Tor.com’s Jo Walton, who picked up an e-reader a couple of years ago and writes about two major ways in which it changed her reading habits. The first way is that she no longer has to worry about how many books to take with her when she goes anywhere. She can finish one book and start right into another, or even read...

Google releases Chromecast SDK
February 4, 2014 | 3:56 am

CAM00395-1 Ars Technica reports that Google has finally issued a public SDKpublic SDK (software development kit) for its Chromecast HDMI TV dongle, meaning that for the first time, coders of random audio and video playing apps for Android, iOS, or the Chrome browser will be able to incorporate Chromecasting into their apps without having to work closely with Google to do it. Who knows what kind of apps we’ll get? Might there be a Chromecast e-reader app? It seems kind of unlikely. Due to the restrictions on the user interface, such an app might throw text up...

Amazon ranked #1 in customer satisfaction again; knocks $30 off Fire tablets to celebrate
January 9, 2014 | 3:13 pm

In honor of being ranked #1 in customer satisfaction during the holiday shopping season for the 9th year in a row by the ForeSee Experience Index, Amazon has announced it is knocking $30 off all Kindle Fire tablets until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, January 11th. That would knock the base model 7” Kindle Fire HD down to $109, the 7” HDX (with the new Mayday Button) or the 8.9” HD down to $199, and the 8.9” HDX down to $349. Not bad pricing, all in all, if that’s what you’re looking for in a tablet. To take advantage of...

Baen’s new mobile site and app show promise
December 23, 2013 | 4:51 pm

Screenshot_2013-12-23-16-09-21Today I was reminded that Baen has a mobile version of its website and mobile apps under development. I’ve been trying out the Android version, which can be found in the “Baen Mobile” forum on the Baen Bar. It offers some interesting features, but is a bit rough and unpolished as of yet—it is early beta, after all. The app promises a convenient way to access both your library and the Baen Bar, but it seems to have some way to go yet. The feature that lets you download books into the app to read them there has a...

UPS driver throws Android tablet away on delivery
December 16, 2013 | 6:15 pm

trashcan_610x306Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. CNet has the story of a UPS driver who was delivering an Archos 7 Android tablet to a house with a steep, iced-over driveway. Rather than attempting to walk up to the door and put it in a safe place, he left the tablet in the trash can at the base of the driveway. The trash can was empty, so perhaps the driver thought the trash had already been picked up. But it hadn’t. However, it had been by the time the lady who’d ordered the tablet got home! After the...

iPad success secret: Building on the iPhone, and replacing laptops
November 5, 2013 | 10:47 pm

ipadWired is running an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Fred Vogelstein, looking at how Steve Jobs made the iPad successful when no other tablet ever had been. There’s an interesting parallel with e-readers in this story. No dedicated e-reader had ever been successful before Jeff Bezos pushed the Kindle, and likewise no prior tablet had ever worked until the iPad came along. The tablet computer was the most discredited category of consumer electronics in the world. Entrepreneurs had been trying to build tablet computers since before the invention of the PC. They had tried so many times that the conventional...

Barnes & Noble puts e-readers, Nook HD tablet on sale
September 24, 2013 | 9:15 am

new-barnes-and-noble-nook-HDSpeaking of Barnes & Noble sales, Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader points out that B&N is running a more general sale on its Nook hardware, this week only. The Nook Simple Touch is $20 off, as I already mentioned, but so is the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, now $80 instead of $100. And the Nook HD has been knocked down to $110 or $130 for its 8GB and 16GB versions, respectively. The Nook HD in particular is worth a look. I’m enjoying my $90 refurbished unit immensely since I rooted it with CyanogenMod. (I’ll write about my...

Morning Roundup: Is Kobo’s new e-reader already obsolete?
September 5, 2013 | 8:15 am

KoboWhen Will We See Mass Adoption of Digital Classrooms? September 2014 (Digital Book World) To give you a sense of how big a market we’re talking about, in just the U.S., nearly $1 trillion was spent on education by the government, according to federal budgets and the Census. Some chunk of that went to content and other learning materials — which are being disrupted and can be replaced by technology…or so is the hope. * * * Kobo's New Premium eReader Went From Cutting Edge to Obsolete in Only a Week (The Digital Reader) If you pre-ordered Kobo’s newest ereader because it was a...

On Being Married to a Nonreader
August 26, 2013 | 12:36 pm

nonreaderThis fun little blog post hit my inbox this morning; a woman named Kellee writes about being married to a "nonreader" and what she's learned from this. The article struck a cord with me. The Beloved is not much for fiction books, and while I am sure he would appreciate the new respect Kellee has for her spouse after she concedes that not all reading happens in books, and that people who don't read for fun can still be intelligent, I am not sure he would have welcomed the years of "converting" attempts that she says she tried to do on...