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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 Smartwatch Trend Heralding a New Type of E-Reader?
July 18, 2013 | 11:45 am

smartwatchExcitement over the new trend toward smartwatches seems to be reaching a crescendo, with Apple’s rumored iWatch supposedly due to debut in 2014, while Sony brings out the latest generation of its less-than-rhapsodically-received Android SmartWatch series, startup Pebble retails its own customizable e-paper watch, and almost every device vendor from Microsoft and Samsung on down is supposedly working on touch-sensitive wearable devices. But could you read a book on one? Hardware shouldn't be much of a barrier, in principle. Memory, battery life, display technology, and touchscreen interactivity have long ago converged at the point where something at least as capable as a...

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?
July 16, 2013 | 3:30 pm

technologyI posted earlier about the computer shopping that's been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved's mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a historical fiction novel she plans to take on an airplane with her, and I commented that it would be so much easier to just take an -ebook reader with her. There proceeded a 20-minute debate about whether she reads enough to 'justify' the purchase, and if so, what sort of purchase she should make. Privately, the Beloved and I concluded that, just as my own parents do with tech purchases, she is vastly...

Infographic: E-Reader vs. Octopus Tech Battle! Which is Better?
July 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

E-readerNo, honest, that's not a linkbait title. Or, well ... not too much of one. My husband found this absolutely awesome infographic on Livescience. Source: LiveScience Check out the image of the cephalopod skin vs. an e-reader display. Kind of creepy how close they are? (And why doesn't WordPress' spell-check recognize cephalopod as a valid word? That's discrimination against lack of a backbone, I'd say!) Wouldn't it be cool if our e-readers could crinkle their displays? Or manufacture their own power? Talk about awesome battery life. Anyway, just enjoy. The infographic kind of says it all....

E-Reader Price War Breaks Out in UK as Kobo Chases Nook Down
June 17, 2013 | 9:15 am

KoboWHSmith, the UK high street bookstore and stationery chain, has hit a new low in e-reader retailing—price-wise—with a deal on the Kobo Mini e-reader for just £29.99 ($47.07), down from its original £49.99 ($78.45) retail price. WHSmith, known to Brits as just Smiths, is also handing out £5.00 ($7.85) gift vouchers on till receipts to take the price down even further, to £24.99 ($39.22). This compares to a current U.S. price for the Kobo Mini of $79.99 at BestBuy, and follows a similar cut on the Nook Simple Touch last month to £29.00 which led to the device selling out at...

Hey everyone … it’s a Kindle Torture Test!
June 13, 2013 | 1:11 pm

KindleNow that it's summer, and we want to take our e-readers to the beach, this is perhaps a good time to review what are (and are not) good ideas for how to treat our devices. CNET put the Kindle Paperwhite through a beach torture test to see how it would do. Here's the video. Fair warning: If you're watching this at work, you may experience feelings of vacation envy. I'm not accepting any responsibility for loss of productivity due to viewing this. And for those of you who just want the quick wrap-up, the Paperwhite performed pretty much as I'd expected, surviving both...

Amazon calls all change to Kindle across German stations
June 13, 2013 | 11:46 am

Amazon Following my earlier report on Barnes & Noble’s plans for the German market, Amazon now seems to be taking up the challenge with a new ad campaign, according to Germany’s Buchreport.de. The news and information portal of the principal magazine for the German-language book market shows a banner and tent installation campaign across the German rail network, with one of the major slogans roughly translating as: “Please change … to the text size of your choice.” “Is this Amazon’s answer to the Tolino offensive?” asks Buchreport, referring to the German publishing industry’s own Tolino e-reader platform, featured at the bottom of the same...

B&N decides Deutschland über alles with German market entry
June 7, 2013 | 1:37 pm

Barnes & NobleGerman book press has picked up on the news that Barnes & Noble is still pressing on with its launch plans in Germany. According to the original article, “Barnes & Noble still wants to expand to Germany this year,” this follows on the establishment of Barnes & Noble GmbH in Berlin and a statement by the U.S. book giant’s CEO that the company would be debuting in international markets from June 10th. June has come with no sign of B&N, the article points out, but company staffers are still heralding expansion into 10 international markets within the next six months. The report singles...

Kobo Aura HD: First Impressions
April 29, 2013 | 10:15 am

Kobo Aura HDSpotted my first Kobo Aura HD this weekend! My local Indigo had added the new 30-percent larger 6.8 inch reader to its in-store display, and I got to play with one for a few minutes. And my first impression? It was fine. That's it. That's all I can really say about it. It's bigger and it weighs a little more, but other than that, it was virtually identical to my Kobo Glo. It has the same font controls, the same general interface, the same glow light for reading in the dark. All of those were great features on my Glo, and they...

Want to Compare E-Readers? Try Reader Rocket
April 19, 2013 | 5:16 pm

Buying an e-reader has become more complex, with several solid options, both in E Ink and tablet-like lines. So how do you choose? That's where a brand-new, just-launched-yesterday website called Reader Rocket wants to come in. The site is simple. Put two different e-readers head-to-head, and see which one comes out on top. I sat around and tried a lot of different combinations, and basically I agree with their conclusions. They use a variety of criteria including size of bookstore, overall reviews, features, price and battery life. They give you a detailed report, showing their conclusions, advantages of each and other options...

Kobo Introducing High-End E Ink Reader, the Aura HD. But Why?
April 16, 2013 | 11:15 am

Honestly, I've got mixed feelings about Kobo's announcement of their new e-reader. On the one hand, I'm glad to see someone releasing a high-end E Ink reader. The specs on this one look good, with a pixel resolution that is better even than the Kindle Paperwhite. Lots of people on various e-book forums are saying they read more on their tablets because of the better resolution. I definitely notice it when I go from Nexus 7 to Kindle Touch. The Aura's resolution should be a selling point. As to performance, we'll have to see what it's like in person. Pre-orders start...

Kobo to Launch New HD E-Reader
April 16, 2013 | 9:17 am

KoboI woke up this morning to the news that Kobo is launching a new HD reader! The 'Aura HD' has the same glow technology as the excellent flagship Kobo Glo, but has a bigger 6.8 inch screen with 1440 x 1080 resolution and 265 dpi, which they claim is the highest on the market. It features the same user interface as the Glo as well, with font customization options aplenty, and access to the Kobo store. I think Kobo's strategy is a smart one. They already have the technology developed (for the Glo screen and user interface), so why not deploy it on...