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Tablets, books and readers, oh my! Reflections on the first week of school
September 16, 2014 | 12:25 pm

technology in schoolI just finished my first full week of teaching for the new school year, and it's been so interesting to watch my students react to some of the changes I have implemented this year. In no particular order, here are some points of interest from my first teaching week. 1) God Bless the Internet Like many teachers, I use the internet heavily---be it Google Images clipart to illustrate a worksheet or Google Translate to double-check my grammar when I am writing notes or instructions in French. Two websites my school seems to be particularly relying on this year: Reading A-z.com, a scubscription...

Oxford pixel density breakthrough points to ultra-hi-res ereader displays?
July 12, 2014 | 10:14 am

A technological breakthrough by Oxford University scientists, just announced in Science Daily, apparently "will make it possible to create pixels just a few hundred nanometres across that could pave the way for extremely high-resolution and low-energy thin, flexible displays for applications such as 'smart' glasses, synthetic retinas, and foldable screens." Including, of course, screens for ereaders and tablets. The breakthrough apparently came quite by chance while scientists were exploring a different line of research. "We were exploring the relationship between the electrical and optical properties of phase change materials and then had the idea of creating this GST [Germanium-Antimony-Tellurium] 'sandwich' made...

Morning Roundup: Oyster expands to Android, Appeals Court rules on Sherlock Holmes
June 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

oyster expands to androidEbook subscription site Oyster expands to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook tablets (GigaOM) The $9.95 per month ebook subscription service Oyster, which was previously only available on iOS, expanded to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD tablets Tuesday. *** The Best eReader for Android (Lifehacker) Reading ebooks on Android used to be just okay. Now it's awesome. *** How Much Money the Biggest Publishers Actually Make (Digital Book World) Over the past ten years, sales at the largest publishers in the world have leveled as the book industry felt the effects of recession and of the ebook revolution. *** Appeals Court Rules Sherlock Holmes is in the Public Domain...

Don’t be ‘That Guy’
June 2, 2014 | 6:06 pm

yell-monitor-l1Over the last few days, someone on one of the forums I frequent has started screaming bloody murder about a Kindle technical problem. I’m not going to say who or where (and I’d ask that any commenters who know who I’m talking about please do the same), because it’s not my intention to “name and shame.” I’ll just call him That Guy. Anyway, That Guy has posted his rant across three different forum boards, accusing Amazon of “fraud” because he can’t get his e-books to sync to the second Kindle on his account from the “Manage Your Content &...

Just Like Reading the Paper?
May 9, 2014 | 10:25 am

readingThe bus I took to work this morning was all decked out with National Post advertising, for their new ePaper program. The ad, which you can see via this info link, features a pair of hands holding a tablet-esque device which is bent, like a newspaper, and looks just like the print National Post. The slogan? 'It's just like reading the paper.' The details were predictable enough. It's a straight print replica which lets you do such revolutionary things as search, bookmark, share via social media or view extra photo galleries. You get it free if you are a paper subscriber,...

Case study of a new eReader purchase
April 26, 2014 | 11:42 am

new ereader purchaseOne of my fun new discoveries of the year was that a co-worker who shares my bus route also shares my love of books. She and I have been spending our commute comparing recent reads, swapping book ideas, and gently teasing each other about our respective technology choices. It was all in good fun, until her Kindle died mid-commute the other day and she started shopping around for a new one. It was a fascinating look, for me, into the mind of the 'average' customer. I have long ago recognized that my own views on ebooks and technology and the book...

Kobo appoints Tamblyn President, Chief Content Officer
April 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

michale_tamblyn.jpgKobo, now probably Amazon's biggest rival in the ereader ecosystem realm, with Barnes & Noble wavering over the Nook and an also-ran outside the U.S., has just announced that Michael Tamblyn, hitherto its Chief Content Officer, has now had his position upgraded to the status of President and CCO. Seen here in an earlier video on TeleRead, Tamblyn is a founding member of Kobo's team, according to the company, and has "led the expansion of Kobo’s publisher relationships, content catalogue, and merchandising operations" since 2009. His new role will expand the content acquisition and business relationships development he is currently engaged...

Morning Roundup: E Ink revenues declining. Amazing Stories relaunching and more
March 31, 2014 | 9:00 am

einkE Ink Expects Revenues to Drop Next Quarter (The Digital Reader) With tablet sales up year after year, ebook reader sales have been declining, much to the dismay of E Ink. This screen manufacturer is predicting that their revenues will decrease over this quarter and the next as a result of seasonal drops in ereader sales. *** Why eReaders Are Not Innovative Anymore (GoodeReader) The constant innovation was directly attributed to the sheer amount of e-readers shipped between 2010 and 2012. Why the lack of innovation? e Ink, the largest company devoted to e-paper screen technology has become complacent. *** Amazing Stories Relaunches on April 1...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite tricks. Reddit having trouble defining news and more
February 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle paperwhite tricksPaperwhite Tricks, Touchpad Settings and Flashcards (Lifehacker) Readers offer their best tips for resetting the time remaining on books or chapters, discovering touchpad features, and flashcard apps. *** Pocketbook to Launch Waterproof eBook Reader, the Aqua (The Digital Reader) New ereader launches might be few and far between in the US but not in Europe. The Ukrainian ebook company Pocketbook has just revealed that they are planning to launch a water and dust resistant ebook reader called the Aqua. *** John Steinbeck Gets Google Doodle for his Birthday (GalleyCat) Google has created a Doodle to celebrate John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday. *** Reddit is having the same problem as traditional...

Weekend Roundup: Failed attempt to turn Android tablet into eReader, Canada limits agency pricing
February 9, 2014 | 11:42 am

android tablet into ereaderLessons Learned From a Failed Attempt to Turn my Android Tablet into an eBook Reader (The Digital Reader) While it’s quite common to use an Android tablet as an ebook reader, few are designed to serve that process from the ground up. *** How to Replace Your Old Computer with a New iPad (GigaOM) When transitioning from a computer to the iPad there are still a few challenges that you will face along the way. Here are a few steps that may help you leave the personal computer era behind for good. *** Poorly Translated Public Domain Titles Removed from Amazon (GoodeReader) Now that anyone can self-publish...

Alcatel Magic Flip ereader could be the most ebook-friendly accessory of this year – or any other
January 6, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Attentive (and loyal) TeleRead readers may remember that I dubbed the upcoming Alcatel OneTouch Hero possibly the one smartphone I'd most like to have on account of its e-ink cover, intended to double as an easier-on-the-eyes ereader accessory. Now, according to news from CES relayed via Engadget, Alcatel appears to have gone one better by cutting the cover free from the phone as a separate item, the Magic Flip. Alcatel Magic Flip appears to be already an Alcatel brand, currently serving for slick-looking covers for the Alcatel OneTouch Scribe smartphone, with an inlaid watch dial. But a phone cover this is...

Morning Roundup: Getting the Most Out Of New eReaders, Google Books Appeal Filed
December 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

Google Books appealHow to Get the Most Out of Your New eReader (GoodeReader) Today, we look at some of the great websites out there to aid you in your literary endeavors and look at some cool services that will get you the most out of your e-reader. *** Author's Guild Files Appeal in Google Books Lawsuit (The Digital Reader) Never one to give up on a fight, the Authors Guild filed a new appeal last week in the Google Books lawsuit. *** Konrath's Publishing Predictions 2014 (Joe Konrath) I've been looking to the future, wondering what is going to happen next, and I've got a few equally wild ideas. *** Facebook...