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iOS 8 initial impressions
October 10, 2014 | 10:28 am

ios 8I've been using iOS 8 for several weeks now, long enough to get an impression. My overall reaction is that it's a perfectly good operating system, but it's not revolutionary. Also, many of the more interesting features (responding to messages from the lock screen) are more useful on the iPhone. So keep in mind that I'm only using it on an iPad. If you remember the upgrade to iOS 7, it was a huge change. Everything looked different. Not so with iOS 8. Upgrading looks virtually the same until you start to dig in and start to turn things on. I...

Weekend Links: Sony Reader is gone. Building a better Amazon
August 3, 2014 | 11:00 am

sony readerIt's Official---The Sony Reader is Kaput (The Digital Reader) Sony has confirmed today that they will not be making another ebook reader – not even for their sole remaining market in Japan. *** For the Author's Guild & Other Legacy Publishing Pundits (Joe Konrath) I tweeted to CJ, who is the Guild's executive Council, that she could email me and I'd give her my Guild wish list. (CJ is on the road, but she just kindly responded in the comments.) It got me thinking what an actual name-representative Authors Guild would do for authors. *** Building a Better Amazon (PW) So, over two days last week, I...

Why people aren’t buying iPads anymore
July 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ipad mini vs ipad airHuffington Post has this little write-up on the iPad situation. In short: sales of iPads are flat, why can this be? They list the usual reasons---other brands are cheaper, Apple won't budge on price and so on---but also offer a new one that's true for me: people simply don't upgrade their tablets as often. Perhaps it's because they prioritize upgrading their phones, which they carry with them daily, so there is no money left for a frill like a tablet. Perhaps it's because there has not been as much innovation in the tablet sector recently---my iPad 2 is still going strong after...

The Morning Roundup: ‘Media Shield’ Amendment and more
June 2, 2014 | 9:08 am

sls_offline_collection Confused by eBooks? Welcome to the Crowd (Author U) Is Amazon for eBooks the only game in town? -- Classroom into Newsroom: 9 Steps to a Multimedia Class Project (Media Shift) Like many of you, I embrace the guide-on-the-side model for teaching vs. the sage-on-the-stage version. -- House Approves 'Media Shield' Amendment, as Reporter Reveals 2011 Subpoena Fight (Boing Boing) The House of Representatives today voted 225-183 to approve an appropriations bill amendment that bars the Justice Department from forcing reporters to testify about their confidential sources. -- My...

Weekend Links: Holding on to what you read and keeping your kids learning.
May 25, 2014 | 11:45 am

reading print vs screenHow Do You Hold On to What you Read? (Book Riot) I remember that I loved the book and even continue to recommend it to other people, but what was specific about it and what nobody but those who read it could understand is quickly lost to me. -- Guess Who is Hachette's Leading Source of Book Market Forecasts? (The Digital Reader) Everyone knows that Amazon is one of the main booksellers in the US, but they’re not just a source of revenue for the major publishers. -- How Parents Can Use the iPad to Keep Their Kids Learning this Summer (GigaOm) The quality and number of...

Review: SwiftKey Note for iOS
May 15, 2014 | 12:31 pm

swiftkey note for iOSOne of the things I love most about the Android platform is the ability to use third-party keyboards, like SwiftKey, which has an uncanny predictive ability. Unfortunately, iOS doesn't allow third-party keyboards. The stock keyboard is okay, but it doesn't have crazy good prediction. The folks at SwiftKey have coded a work around called SwiftKey Note for iOS. It's a separate app, so you can't use it systemwide, but if you can live with the limitations of only using it in the dedicated app, it has utility. The app syncs seamlessly with Evernote, so if you use it, SwiftKey Note might meet...

Morning Roundup: Split-screen multitasking in iOS 8? Baked-in DRM on next Firefox
May 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8Founder of Just-Launched Authors Alliance Talks to PW (Publishers Weekly) PW contributing editor Peter Brantley recently caught up with Pamela Samuelson to talk more about the Authors Alliance. *** Mozilla to Bake-In DRM in Next Version of Firefox (The Digital Reader) Earlier today Mozilla acquiesced to a market reality which ebook retailers have known for years. *** Apple reportedly planning to add split-screen iPad multitasking in iOS 8 (GigaOM) Apple will include a split-screen multitasking feature in the upcoming version of iOS, according to a new report. *** Fewer Kids are Reading for Fun (GalleyCat) Fewer American children are reading for pleasure than they have in the past, according to...

App Review: Lego Friends Story Maker (iOS)
February 21, 2014 | 3:37 pm

Lego Friends Story MakerA very sweet valentine gift from the Beloved has ignited a new obsession with me. I have become a Lego fan! So when I saw this neat-looking app from the Lego people, I was all over it and downloaded it for our school iPads. Lego and literacy skills building all in one app? What a great idea. The app is simple in concept and execution, but cleverly conceived. It allows kids to write their own little ebooks and illustrate them using characters and settings from the Lego Friends series. Once you have the project set up, all you have to do...

Morning Roundup: iPad dominates business tablet usage. Smashwords updates eDelivery service
February 14, 2014 | 8:52 am

ipadSelf-Published Books: The Surprising Data from Amazon (Boing Boing) I think that there are a couple of important points that Howey skirts, if not eliding them altogether. *** iPad Dominates Business Tablet Usage (GoodeReader) Contrary to the oft held belief that the iPad suits more for entertainment than anything else, the Apple tablet has topped the charts among tablets used in the enterprise scene. *** Dangerous Ruling In Germany Makes Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement On Website It Registered (Techdirt) It's worrisome when a third party who had no direct involvement in the actual infringement can be blamed for it. Yet, in the legacy entertainment industry's...

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...

Latest IDC data suggests tablet market slowing
January 31, 2014 | 4:30 pm

The latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker indicate that, despite a strong fourth quarter of 2013, with total tablet shipments that represent "62.4 percent growth over the previous quarter and 28.2 percent growth over the same period a year ago," the tablet market may be slowing its breakneck growth. "While the market's growth rates remain impressive, they're down dramatically compared to the year-over-year rates of the same quarter one year ago (87.1 percent) and indicate a significant slowing of the overall market," observes IDC. "It's becoming increasingly clear that markets such as the U.S. are...

My Technology Wish List
January 20, 2014 | 2:35 pm

technology wish listAn article in today's Morning Links has GigaOM's Mark Crump explaining why 2014 will be the "year of the iPad" for him. It basically comes down to this: the iPad can't do every computing task he wants to do. But it can do all the ones he needs to do on the go. So he's getting a desktop for the tasks where he truly needs a full computer, and using the iPad as his portable machine. I'm almost there with him. I currently have an aging Macbook and two iPads, and I'd like to streamline that down to one machine and...