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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...

IDC reins in tablet sales forecast amid phablet explosion
May 30, 2014 | 4:24 pm

IDC_logoInternational Data Corporation (IDC) has reduced its forecast for 2014 worldwide sales of tablets plus similar 2-in-1 convertible devices - due largely to the surge in demand for phablets, which appear to be blurring the line between smartphones and tablet devices and snatching an ever greater market share. IDC's new forecast is for 245.4 million units in 2014, down from a previous forecast of 260.9 million units, and equaling a 12.1 percent y-o-y growth rate, down from e 51.8 percent growth in 2013. "Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially...

eReader trade-in program offer from Amazon
March 20, 2014 | 9:13 am

ereader trade-in programBeen thinking about upgrading your old reader to a new Kindle, like maybe the Kindle Paperwhite? For a limited time, Amazon is offering a tempting trade-in program. You'll not only get the trade-in value for your reader; you'll also get a $20 credit toward a Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite. The trade-in values aren't exciting, mostly hovering around $15, although if you've been considering switching from a 2012 Paperwhite to the 2013 model, with the bonus $20, it'll almost pay for itself. (2012 Paperwhite trade-in values are around $60.) The cynical part of me wonders if the timing of this promotion isn't intended...

Reading words per minute test: How do you score?
February 5, 2014 | 10:25 am

reading words per minute testStaples has posted a fun little reading words per minute test. It gives you snippet of a popular book and then asks three questions to ensure you retained what you read. Then it will tell you how many words per minute you read. I got 541 words per minute, which put me someplace between "average college student" and "high-level executives." Let us know your score in the comments. Source: Staples eReader Department...

Pew, Princeton survey shows U.S. ereading up
January 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

A new survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International and made available through Pew Internet indicates that "the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing," while "more also own dedicated e-reading devices." The survey, one of the first of the new year and based on a sample of just over 1000 adults surveyed in January 2nd-5th, 2014, indicates that "the percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012.' That said, the survey also concludes that: "print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Most people...

How reading can bridge the social divide
January 12, 2014 | 4:28 pm

readingAustralian website Momentum Books has just shared a post listing "Nine reasons that being a book loving shut-in is better than being a social butterfly." And while it's always good to see quiet solitary reading defended, there are also plenty of reasons why reading can actually help your social life. And why ereading helps even more. And anyway, finger-wagging and us-and-them thinking isn't always that's positive. So let's go through the list. Reason 1 deals with the nasty accidents and spillages that can happen in a bar "you only went to because your friends made you." Well, what about all the...

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...

Holiday Searches That Led to TeleRead
December 26, 2013 | 4:26 pm

holiday searchesI admit it. I'm a geek, and I love using my Google Analytics app on my Nexus 7. I often check it multiple times a day to see how the site is doing and which stories are performing well. We didn't post many stories yesterday, but our site numbers were pretty good. I was curious to see which stories performed well. I thought it would be an interesting insight into what people were reading on Christmas Day. By the way, it wasn't the stories we posted yesterday. Those performed miserably. There were the (for us) usual suspects. The Streaming Amazon Instant Video...

Tesco readies ebooks for the UK supermarket checkout aisle
December 5, 2013 | 2:13 pm

tescoUK supermarket chain Tesco, already a mover in the ebook and digital content space through the release in September of its well-regarded Hudl budget Android tablet, is now on track to roll out the corresponding ebookstore with the launch of Blinkbox Books in March, if an early report by The Bookseller is to be believed. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Better hustle for your Yuletide Hudl[/caption] As yet, the Blinkbox website does offer only movies and TV, and still foregrounds "your SmartTV, Xbox 360,iPad, Blu-rays, Set-top boxes, PC or Mac or TV connected to your PC or Mac," as the main platforms to watch these, though Android and iOS apps are...

Latest IDC tablet numbers show signs of saturation
December 5, 2013 | 10:30 am

Following the release of its decidedly upbeat latest report on global smartphone shipments, the  the International Data Corporation (IDC) has just issued a more moderate edition of its Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, which records slightly less than the forecast growth figures, and raises the possibility of market saturation, especially in certain niches in North America. And pressure on sales of smaller tablets from larger smartphones and phablets is one of the constraints cited by IDC. "In some markets, consumers are already making the choice to buy a large smartphone rather than buying a small tablet, and as a result we've lowered our long-term...

eReader Holiday Gift Guide
November 26, 2013 | 4:30 pm

holiday gift guideI've been thinking about this one for a while now. I think the original list was close to ten items, which made it awkward as a practical holiday gift guide. I've finally narrowed it down to just five, some of which have some good Black Friday sales going on. So here goes. You want to buy someone an ereader for the holidays. Which one should you get? eInk Reader Holiday Gift Guide We'll start with the dedicated ereaders. eInk for many is easier on the eyes, and they are less expensive than the tablet options. So what are my recommendations? Well, I have to...

The ereader experience, text, and prose
November 10, 2013 | 12:37 pm

ereaderThis article picks up on some comments made on my recent piece on display technology for ereaders, which basically implied that no ereader screen, no matter how perfect its quality, could precisely duplicate the experience of reading a physical book. Well, that's as may be. But how much of what books are really for would we actually lose, even if that were so? [caption id="attachment_95128" align="alignright" width="390"] No meaning lost in here[/caption] Take audiobooks, for example. I don't recall many people arguing that the partially sighted, dyslexics, or others who are dependent on audio for much of their experience of books, are missing...