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Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

iPad When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, "What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?" For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned picked the iconic brand. Apple Insider contends this is bad news for the rest of the tablet market, as 47 percent of surveyed consumers mentioned their intention to purchase an iPad. That left 26 percent of respondents going for an Android-based tablet, and 23 percent saying they were unsure, or didn’t know. Just one percent...

iTunes U hits one billion downloads
March 4, 2013 | 12:29 pm

iTunes UBy Jonathan Pena Apple has announced that iTunes U has topped one billion downloads, an impressive number for a service launched just few years ago. Apple debuted iTunes U in 2007, expanding its library beyond laptops and computers when the company created its own iTunes U iOS app for mobile devices. Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, released a brief statement stating that more than 2,400 schools across the nation are currently hosting new content on the service. “It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U, and [the] incredible content offered on...

Exploring Technology Overload with Students, Part 2
March 2, 2013 | 11:10 am

I wrote a few weeks ago about the health unit I'm doing with my Grade 2 class, exploring technology and how we can use it safely in our lives. Well, our second lesson was delayed by a snow day, so I've only now gotten around to lesson two, and it was a doozy! In our previous class, we did some brainstorming about what sorts of technology the kids use at home. For homework, I had them keep a log for two days—a school day and a weekend day. In this week's lesson, the first thing we did was tabulate the results. The students averaged...

Will Smaller Tablets Outsell the Big Slates in 2013?
March 1, 2013 | 7:42 pm

tabletsApple famously refused to sell a 7″ tablet for many years, then reversed that notion and came out with the iPad mini last year and it sold very well. iPad mini and its many cousins have solidified the smaller tablet market. Display Search reported yesterday that in the first month of 2013, tablet PC panel shipments shifted dramatically toward smaller screen sizes. Look at that growth in the 7″ and 7.9″ sizes—and the collapse in the 9.7″ size. In case you haven’t kept up with tablet screen sizes, that’s the size of the new iPad. The reduction might just be an adjustment for...

iPad Mini Now Shipping in Record Time; Good or Bad News for Apple?
February 5, 2013 | 3:44 pm

iPad MiniBy Adrian Diaconescu Success is very transient in the ever-changing tech world, so it’s obvious every gadget sold and penny cashed in counts. You can be on top now and then hit rock bottom the next moment, which is exactly what has happened recently with Nokia and BlackBerry. But if there’s one landmark of stability in today’s tech décor, that’s definitely Apple. The Cupertino-based giant has been on the rise for years—especially with its various iPad models—and there’s no sign of that status quo changing anytime soon. Or is there? There’s been a lot of buzz recently about how Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and other...

Calling for the demise of E Ink readers is premature
January 13, 2013 | 9:30 am

By Juli Monroe I’ve been reading posts saying that “E-Ink is dead” for, well, years now. The general argument goes something like this: “People really want tablets. They don’t want a single-function device. E-ink is too slow to refresh and isn’t good for anything except reading books. And people don’t read anyway.” All of those things are true (well, except for that last one), but it misses the point. I’m active on Kindleboards, an online forum for Kindle lovers, and discussion, purchasing and love for the E Ink Kindles is alive and well. The Kindle Paperwhite was sold out through most of the holiday season,...

Are tablets now disposable computing devices?
January 4, 2013 | 10:00 am

  By Kirk Hiner | for Technology Tell With the price of 7″ tablets now plumbing the sub-$200 level, should these entry-level units be considered disposable computing devices? ZNet’s Jason Perlow posed that question in a commentary last weekend, in which he relates an anecdote about his wife falling asleep in bed while using a Google Nexus 7 he’d recently passed on to her, dropping the tablet onto a tile floor, the impact of which shattered its glass screen. Perlow vetted out the cost of replacing the screen, discovering that ASUS charges about $170 to replace the digitizer/screen/glass assembly, and the parts for a DIY repair would cost about $140. The Nexus 7′s touch digitizer,...

REVIEW: iPad Mini
December 29, 2012 | 9:30 pm

I posted earlier this year about my first impressions of the iPad Mini, and since then, I've remained on the fence about whether or not I would get one. I use my devices so much, and I really welcomed something smaller and lighter and nimbler. On the other hand, the price point horrified me a little, and I was having trouble justifying the purchase. Then I got a gift card to a mall I wouldn't otherwise shop at, and it was time to cash in the tech jar, and there was nothing else I especially wanted... ...and so I bit. And after two...

Toddler vs. Tablet!
December 29, 2012 | 8:15 pm

Android mascot, LloydMy Christmas holiday week just ended. The Beloved and I took a few days off for a road trip visit with a beloved little friend, and in between the train building, Lego building, blanket-fort building and grilled-cheese sandwich excursions, Little Monkey amused himself with some gadget play. He's only two-and-a-half years old, but he's already logged some (heavily) supervised time with parental iPhones, iPads and so on. I had, in fact, loaded up my own iPad with Mr. Potato Head, Toca Band and other kid-friendly goodies just for his amusement. And ... ? Google Nexus for the win! Little Monkey spent most of his gadget time...

UPS Guy Steals an iPad Mini That FedEx Had Just Delivered
December 21, 2012 | 10:53 am

Just to be 100 percent clear from the jump, the infuriating bit of news in this post doesn't directly have anything at all to do with e-books or e-reading. But I'd guess that the majority of us here have ordered expensive electronic devices online in the past—devices that have to be shipped via FedEx or UPS or DHL. And considering that the holiday season is now in full swing, who isn't coming home from work each day to find a small mountain of brown cardboard boxes waiting on the stoop? (No one actually does their holiday shopping in stores anymore, right?) But I digress....

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
December 11, 2012 | 9:03 am

I Like my iPad Mini—Much to my Surprise (Good E-Reader) Is There Really Any Value to Getting eReaders into Bricks and Mortar Stores? (The Digital Reader) FCC Boss Tired of Having to Put his iPad Away for Takeoff, Tells FCC to Fix it (Techdirt) Let the eBook Price Wars Begin: Three eBook Pricing Predictions (Forbes) Kindle Daily Deal: The Shadow Hunter by Michael Prescott & Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer * * *    ...

Is Increased iPad Adoption a Death Knell for Print?
November 29, 2012 | 9:44 pm

Simba InformationBy Brian Howard | for Book Business New Study: Is Increased iPad Adoption a Death Knell for Print? Hardly, says Michael Norris of Simba's new report. Simba Information’s new report out this week is titled “The iPad and Its Owner 2013.” But given its findings—including that 1 in 5 U.S. adults owns an iPad, along with projections that within five years tablet owners will outnumber print book buyers—it might have been called “The Rise of the Machines.” The media and publishing market intelligence company has been following trade e-book publishing through its nationally representative surveys since 2009, adding and removing reading devices from...

The TeleRead Holiday Gift Guide
November 25, 2012 | 11:01 am

Kobo ArcBy Joanna Cabot and Chris Meadows Our friends over at Good E-Reader have come out with their holiday shopping recommendations for the e-book fan. We here at TeleRead have some holiday shopping suggestions for you as well. What's the best e-book gadget for the reader on your list? Check out our recommendations below.  * * * For the aspiring tablet owner  Kobo Arc This is like a budget version of the Google Nexus---cheaper, but about on par in terms of weight and size, and with access to the Google Play store (unlike the Kindle Fire). Early reviews are favourable, with people nothing smooth operation and a...

What does the popularity of 7-inch tablets mean for the publishing industry?
November 24, 2012 | 4:38 pm

Amazon Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, tablets  By James Sturdivant | for Publishing Business Today In September, Amazon announced several new tablets, including the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, which, along with Microsoft's new Surface tablet, are expected give Apple's iPad mini a run for its money this holiday season. Appearing along with the Kindle Fire HD at launch were new tablet editions of Better Homes & Gardens, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, and several Condé Nast titles, all powered by Adobe's digital publishing software and optimized for the Fire's 4G LTE wireless and Wi-Fi, HD display, high-performance processor and dual stereo speakers. Publishing Business Today asked Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Group Product Marketing Manager, Digital...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 23, 2012 | 8:54 am

Dictionaries: Finding Their Ideal Format (The Economist) Kobo Arc vs iPad Mini (Good E-Reader) Author Bryce Courtenay Dies Two Weeks After Finishing Final Novel (Reuters) Special Edition 100th Grey Cup eBook On Sale (Herald Online) Kindle Daily Deal: For Black Friday, 25 past Kindle Daily Deal favorites are available for just $1.99 each today. * * * ....

Amazon Dips its Toes into the Educational Pool
November 14, 2012 | 4:22 pm

Kindle Fire use in the classroomBy Caroline Ross It may be called Whispercast, but the shiny new organizational tool from Amazon may just have the potential to make school districts and teachers shout from the rooftops with joy. Okay, that last statement was a bit of hyperbole. But if Amazon's Whispercast has managed to solve the issues some school board members have with the iPad, then the Kindle (not the iPad) may end up dominating U.S. classrooms. In a nutshell, Whispercast is a free, Kindle-compatible system that was designed specifically with instructors and business professionals in mind. The concept is rather simple: it allows a central user (an employer...

Apple Ad: iPad Mini is for Books
November 13, 2012 | 5:58 pm

Just a few days ago—last Friday, in fact—we posted an item here on TeleRead that included more than a half-dozen TV commercials featuring e-readers. A series of television ads featuring the iPad mini have since begun airing. And interestingly enough, one of the two spots—it shows off the benefits of iBooks—is actually touting the device as something of a beefed-up e-reader. (The 30-second spot is below.) In other iPad mini news, a brief item about the new commercials on TNW says Apple is claiming that "it 'practically sold out' of the iPad mini in its first weekend of availability, with combined sales of 3...

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