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Morning Roundup: More copyright considerations, readers prefer Amazon and Kobo
January 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightYou Bought It, You Own It (EFF) You bought it, you own it, right?  Not always.  Over the past decade, we have been quietly shifting to a world in which both digital goods (like mp3s, video files, and ebooks) and physical goods that contain software (like cars, microwaves, and phones) are never truly owned, but only rented. *** Hardcore Readers Prefer to Buy from Kobo and Amazon (GoodeReader) Good e-Reader conducted a one month research project where we polled 250 people about their favorite online bookstore of choice. Good e-Reader users tend to be savvy, well educated and not afraid of new technologies. These...

Reading Manga On Tablets: Using the Viz Media App
December 30, 2013 | 4:51 pm

reading manga on tabletsAs I continue to switch to consuming more digital media, I was looking for a way to read manga on tablets. I wrote earlier this year about Viz Manga coming to Kindles, and writing that motivated me to download the Viz app to my iPad and Nexus 7, where it sat until recently when Viz had a big sale. A sale finally got me to purchase some manga and try them out. I started with reading them on my Nexus 7. Page turning was smooth, although I wish I could turn with a tap instead of a slide. The image quality is excellent,...

Review: Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution
December 22, 2013 | 11:11 am

coverI finished reading Fred Vogelstein’s book Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, which I mentioned in my post yesterday. I quite enjoyed it. Even though I read the news reports of the events it describes as they happened, you don’t get the big picture until you read a book like this, that looks back and puts everything together in the proper context. The book covers the development of the iPhone and Android phones, touches on the iPad and what it meant, goes over the Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, and then wraps up...

Voice Dream reader app can now play audiobooks
December 8, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Voice Dream reader appThe new version of the Voice Dream reader app, a superb iOS text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, can now play audiobooks, too. Even at $10, costlier than the typical app, Voice Dream is a Buy, capital B, at the Apple App Store. Voice Dream 2.9.2 can handle zipped MP3s as well as audiobooks in Daisy, thanks to help from a Swiss library organization, and navigation and general usability are excellent, just as in the regular text-to-speech mode for ePub files and others. Dozen of optional voices in common languages work with the app, and my favorite is the UK-accented “Peter” voice...

iPads in Schools: A Case Study That’s Working, So Far. Part 3 of 3
November 29, 2013 | 2:27 pm

ipads in schoolsPart 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When we last left off my iPads in schools saga, we had just been gifted with half a dozen more iPad 2 machines by the PTA, bringing our total up to 16 iPads---enough for a class set, with a few leftovers for usage with specialty teachers and other purposes. Here was where things started looking complicated---I was sinking way too much time into ordering apps, updating them and maintaining the machines, and I had some worries that we would run up against an Apple device limit and it would stop letting us register...

iPads in Schools: A Case Study That’s Working, So Far. Part 2 of 3
November 25, 2013 | 2:39 pm

ipads in schoolsEditor's Note: This continues our three part series about iPads in Schools. This time we look at growing pains. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In the previous article, I explained how iPads came to my school---not as an administrative command-from-on-high but as an organic one-step-at-a-time process. In some ways, getting in early was a blessing, from a simplicity standpoint---there were at the time no competitors to consider, and from an IT standpoint (we have no onsite IT people) no debate about rollout. When I left things off in Part 1, the school had three iPads, plus my personal one,...

iPads in Schools: A Case Study That’s Working, So Far. Part 1 of 3
November 22, 2013 | 12:32 pm

ipads in schoolsEditor's Note: This will be a three part series about iPads in Schools. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Yet another story crossed my inbox this morning about a failed tablet program in a school. The school, this time in Ireland, has just distributed paper textbooks to all students so they could finish out the term after an HP tablet program went off the rails due to technical issues. I see these stories almost weekly; it's clear to me, both from the media mentions and my own experience as the de facto admin for our school's own tablets, that there are...

Weekend Roundup: Pottermore on Tablets and Phones, Reviews of the Retina iPad Mini and more
November 17, 2013 | 11:10 am

pottermorePottermore Debuts on Tablets and Smartphone Devices (GoodeReader) The Harry Potter interactive website Pottermore is now available on mobile connected devices such as tablet PCs and smartphones. *** Smashwords eDelivery out of Beta, No Longer Supports Kindle (The Digital Reader) For the past 6 weeks the indie ebook distributor Smashwords has been beta testing an automatic delivery solution, eDelivery, that enabled customers to send ebooks to their Kindle or their Dropbox account. Smashwords ended the beta test today, but the eDelivery service is only about half as useful as I had hoped. *** What the Reviews Say About the iPad Mini with Retina Display (GigaOM) The new...

Morning Roundup: Retina iPad Mini vs iPad Air, Google Book Scanning Decision is Correct and more
November 15, 2013 | 9:00 am

Google Book ScanningWhatever You Think of Google as a Company, The Book Scanning Decision is the Right One (GigaOM) The Authors Guild has argued that Google’s book-scanning project is copyright infringement on a massive scale, but the benefits of having millions of books digitized and searchable clearly outweighs the dangers of that infringement. *** Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs iPad Air (GoodeReader) Welcome to yet another installment of the Good e-Reader Video Comparison Series! Today we check out the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and the Apple iPad Air. Over the course of the video we check out the reading experience with eBooks,...

Painfully sharp displays take onscreen reading to a whole new level
November 8, 2013 | 11:45 am

displayIt's brain-dead obvious that display quality and clarity is key to the reader experience of anyone reading ebooks. And in that respect, ereading enthusiasts are becoming very lucky people. Because tablet and ereader manufacturers are now pushing their technologies to new levels and ever closer to the realm of print. DisplayMate, "The Standard of Excellence for Image and Picture Quality," offers the following demonstration, in its "Flagship Tablet Display Technology Shoot-Out," pitting the Amazon [easyazon-link asin="B00BHJRYYS" locale="us"]Kindle Fire HDX 8.9"[/easyazon-link] against the new Apple iPad Air and the now ageing, but still very highly specced,  [easyazon-link asin="B00ACVHKSC" locale="us"]Google Nexus 10[/easyazon-link], with...

iPad success secret: Building on the iPhone, and replacing laptops
November 5, 2013 | 10:47 pm

ipadWired is running an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Fred Vogelstein, looking at how Steve Jobs made the iPad successful when no other tablet ever had been. There’s an interesting parallel with e-readers in this story. No dedicated e-reader had ever been successful before Jeff Bezos pushed the Kindle, and likewise no prior tablet had ever worked until the iPad came along. The tablet computer was the most discredited category of consumer electronics in the world. Entrepreneurs had been trying to build tablet computers since before the invention of the PC. They had tried so many times that the conventional...

Weekend Roundup: Review of iPad Air, Kobo Glo Hacked and more
November 3, 2013 | 9:26 am

ipad airHands-On Review of the iPad Air (GoodeReader) The 5th generation Apple iPad was released today in over 72 different countries and if you could take waiting in line for an hour, many happy customers were able to get their hands on one. *** When Will iOS and OSX Finally Meet, or Have They Already? (GigaOM) With the redesign of iOS 7, release of OS X Mavericks, and updated versions of the iWork and iLife apps, Apple continues to blur the lines on what is a desktop feature and what is a mobile feature. *** Kobo Glo Hacked (Again)---Now Runs Android (The Digital Reader) Kobo doesn’t have a...