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App Review: Mantano Premium–An Excellent E-Reading App
September 10, 2013 | 5:00 pm

When I published my post last week on Dedicated E-Readers vs. Tablets, several people recommended Mantano as a good e-reading app for Android. Since I collect e-reading apps the way some people collect baseball cards, I figured I'd give it a try. At $6.99, the Premium version is quite a bit more expensive than rival apps, but it's got a nice feature set, and after just a few days, it's become my favorite reading app on my Nook HD. (Yes, it's even replaced the stock reader for me.) It's got all the features you'd expect in an e-reading app. You can change...

Adding Custom Fonts to E-reading apps
September 10, 2013 | 4:19 pm

Ever found an e-reading app you like, but the font choices drive you crazy? Not all apps support loading your own fonts, but several Android apps do, notably Aldiko, Moon+ Reader and Mantano. Note that iOS users are out of luck, although jailbreaking your device might give you the ability. So how do you find and load your own fonts? This gave me trouble at first because when I checked Google Play, all I could find were apps that allowed me to change my system fonts, and they required rooting, which I wanted to avoid. Finally, I found a site where you...

Kobo for Blackberry 10 Now Available
July 9, 2013 | 12:08 pm

KoboKobo has announced via their blog that Blackberry 10 users can now download a Kobo app of their very own. Users of the Z10 and Q10 models have a new app available to them with all of Kobo's signature features, including cross-device syncing, day and night modes and Reading Life stats. They also get a free book (Jessica Hagy's "How to Be Interesting After You Graduate" just for downloading. Happy reading!...

Prices of e-books for libraries could slow their digital growth
March 28, 2013 | 10:00 am

e-booksWhile I’ve been reading e-books for several years, I didn’t get catch on to borrowing e-books from the public library until recently. I’m a big proponent of the library and borrow physical books often, but using the Overdrive app happened a bit too late. Once I started using it, well, I haven’t been able to stop. Even though I can only borrow a book for seven days and feel stressed to read the book in that allotment, I thoroughly enjoy the app. I wondered why there aren’t more books available. Of course, plenty of that has to do with licensing and publishing...

Bookboard announces paid subscription model for streaming children’s books
March 25, 2013 | 10:22 am

After launching a free public beta late last year, Bookboard is ready to put itself on the market. The iPad app features a way to stream children’s books and uses incentives to unlock achievements. The company announced the start of paid subscriptions with premium features on Thursday. In addition to the already more than 300 books available, Bookboard also created partnerships with Peachtree Press and Open Road, which adds the Berenstain Bears series to the mix, among other titles. A six-month subscription costs $29.94 (or $4.99 a month). Monthly subscriptions will run $8.99, and each subscription comes with four child accounts. The subscription gives unlimited access to...

Amazon Introduces “Send to Kindle” Button on Websites for Offline Reading on the Go
March 20, 2013 | 12:35 pm

AmazonWe’ve discussed ‘read later’ apps before. Personally, I like the simplicity of Pocket, as Evernote is so overly-capable that it seems daunting to dive into head-first. Perhaps in due time, I suppose. Another nice option I’ve used is Google’s ‘Read it Later’ feature on its Reader service, but well, yeah, we all know where that’s headed. Anyway, Amazon has been on the offline reading tip for quite some time now. And their latest Kindle update makes it even easier to store Web content for later perusing. Introducing a “Send to Kindle” button to several popular media websites and blogs on Wednesday, Kindle users can now easily and...

Why are the better e-reading apps only on one platform?
March 6, 2013 | 12:45 pm

e-reading apps E-book stores tend to have their apps on multiple platforms: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc. But the discerning e-book reader wants more features than those apps usually provide, so we start looking for third-party apps. And then we run into an issue. Think about some of the better-regarded e-reading apps. Many of them are only on one platform. Marvin is only on iOS. Moon+ Reader, Mantano and Aldiko are only on Android. (Also, what's with the letter "M" and e-reading apps?) It's almost enough to make you want to buy multiple tablets. Oh wait, I do own multiple tablets... I was curious, so...

Five Useful ‘Cloud Syncable’ Apps for E-Book Fans
March 1, 2013 | 1:43 pm

appsI started reading e-books back in the stones ages of plain text Gutenberg files on a handheld Palm device. My, how times have changed! Now, we can read on phones or tablets, in full glorious color—or on battery-efficient E Ink devices—books with sophisticated layouts and embedded multimedia. But those sorts of bells and whistles pale in comparison to the greatest wonder of the tablet age—cloud synchronization. My favorite apps allow me to preserve my files for computer or off-line use, but powerfully make full use of my library across my different gadgets when I am in Internet range. What does this mean,...

Don’t upgrade your Kindle for iOS app!
February 27, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Kindle for iOSIf you're like me, you keep a close eye on your app updates on your iDevice. This morning, as I was leaving the house for an early morning meeting, I noticed an app update available. Good thing I always check what's new before updating. This was the first time I've ever seen this message: Note: There is a known issue with this update. If you are an existing Kindle for iOS user, we recommend you do not install this update at this time. Reports around the Web talk about people losing their books on their device, especially samples, because the app forces...

App Review: Nota
February 22, 2013 | 11:00 am

With tablets becoming part of the classroom, new apps regularly arrive on the market to aid educators. One of the newest releases for Android devices is Nota, an app that allows users to add videos, links and images to the pages of textbooks. Nota could aid a wide range of people, providing a comprehensive way for students to learn that goes far beyond mere words. “Cost has been a disruptive factor in education, with soaring student debt and escalating tuition causing many families to wonder whether they can—or even should—pursue a traditional degree,” Nota Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Ray wrote on the company's blog....

Bookish Now Has E-Reading Apps. Hooray?
February 18, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Earlier this month, I wrote about the launch of Bookish. At the time, their e-reading apps were "coming soon." And now they are here. Are we impressed? Not really. It's a bare bones e-reading app with nothing to recommend it. The Android version isn't bad. You can override publisher defaults to get some font and formatting choices. There is a night version, if you like that, and you can personalize both background and text colors. The layout on the page is serviceable but unexciting. I'd still say you're better off downloading the book and using Aldiko, which does work with Adobe...

Moon+ Reader (app review)
February 13, 2013 | 7:54 pm

Remember how I wrote that Whispersync was so important that I'd put up with a less feature-full app to have syncing between my Touch and Nexus 7? Oh, how things change. After Moon+ Reader was reinstated in the app store, I bought a copy to play around with. I figured it would be like other e-reading apps I've tried: I'll use it for a couple of books, but find it's just not compelling enough to make me switch from the Kindle app. Not so with Moon+ Reader. It's a great app, and worth taking the extra step of manually syncing between my...