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Two month with Kindle Unlimited. It rocks for readers
September 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedMy Kindle Unlimited subscription expires tomorrow, and I'm going to let it lapse, for now. I'm not letting it lapse because I don't like it or don't think it's a great value. I'm letting it lapse because I still have eight months on my free-for-being-a-Smashwords-author Scribd subscription. Right now it doesn't make sense to pay twice for comparable services. However, if you know how much I love Scribd, you'll understand that I don't say it lightly when I note that come May of next year, however, I'll be revisiting which service I'm using. If you don't have the advantage of a...

Switch from iOS to Android on my phone (Part 2)
September 10, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ios to androidIn Part 1, I talked about why I decided to make the switch from iOS to Android. Now let me talk about the experience and whether I have any regrets. As I said in the first part, I still think iOS is a good operating system. However, for my phone, I now prefer Android, even though the experience hasn't always been smooth. Let me talk for a moment about the HTC One M8 (which really needs a better name).  So far, it's a great phone. Battery life has been excellent. I've only charged during the day once, and that was because I...

Apple event impressions
September 9, 2014 | 3:08 pm

apple patent for itimeI've been watching the Verge live blog of the Apple event, and the new iPhones do look like nice devices. Big surprise. They are larger. As all the leaks indicated, the iPhone 6 comes in a 4.7" (starting at $199 on contract) and a 5.5" variety ($299 on contract). For those of you who still want a smaller phone, the 5S and 5C aren't going away. Last year's phones are now the budget versions at $99 and free, respectively. So are the new phones revolutionary? I'd say not. They are nice, yes. I think many people will appreciate the larger size....

Switch from iOS to Android on my phone (Part 1)
September 9, 2014 | 1:09 pm

switch from ios to androidAnyone think it's ironic that I'm writing this while waiting for the iPhone 6 event to start? I was probably crazy to switch from an iPhone 4S to an HTC One M8 just a few weeks before the launch of the iPhone 6, but I did it for a reason. I've been wanting to make the switch from iOS to Android on my phone for months now, but I was afraid if I waited for the iPhone 6 launch, I'd cave and get another iPhone. This way I'm "stuck" for 18 months. So far, I'm okay with that. I thought a couple...

Accessory Review: Inateck USB 4 Port Hub
September 5, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Inateck USB 4 Port HubSome Android devices have micro-SD slots and some, like the Nexus 7, do not. If you listen to a lot of music or like to load video to your device, you know it's easy to run out of space. Without on-board expandable storage, what are your options? I just came back from a camping trip, and I used my HooToo TripMate Elite for streaming video to my iPad, but maybe you don't want to carry something so large, or you'd rather not be broadcasting your files on a WiFi connection. That's where the Inateck USB 4 Port Hub could come in...

Morning Links: Roundup of new Nook reviews. Apple working on payment system
September 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

nookRoundup: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Reviews (The Digital Reader) Unfortunately for both B&N and for potential buyers, there weren’t very many blogs interested in writing a review for this tablet. I only found 5 actual reviews (not counting the fake review posted by Publishers Weekly), which is far fewer than the dozen reviews I found for the Fire Phone. *** Apple Partnering With American Express On New iPhone Payments System (re/code) Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system, according to sources familiar with the talks. American Express is one of several partners Apple will need...

(Brief) Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook
August 20, 2014 | 2:14 pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab NookI wandered over to my local Barnes & Noble to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook and see what I thought. Nate at The Digital Reader actually bought one, so if you have questions or want to see what he has to say, pop over to his post. I'll start with the good. It's a nice looking device, and the screen is better than I expected. The pixel density is supposed to be lower than the Nood HD, but in a side-by-side comparison, I didn't notice a difference. The screen brightness is impressive. The store's Nook was set at less than...

Almost a year with Scribd. Has anything changed with my reading?
August 18, 2014 | 4:47 pm

scribd logoI will have been a Scribd subscriber for a year in October, and I've noticed some interesting changes in my reading habits. If you're interested in how a subscription service affects book buying and reading, follow along. According to my Goodreads account, here's the important data: Since January 2014 Books read: 134 Books read through Scribd: 40 Purchased books read: 40 Library books read: 31 The remainder are a mix of review copies, Kindle Unlimited and free books. How is that different from previous years? Going back through my Amazon and B&N purchases from 2013, I'm buying more books books than last year. My library use fluctuates wildly...

Amazon adds pre-order option to KDP
August 14, 2014 | 5:22 pm

KDPHmm. This is an interesting development, which I just noticed via Passive Voice. Amazon just opened up pre-orders to self-published authors through Kindle Direct Publishing. I say interesting because one of the complaints in the Hachette/Amazon conflict has been the removal of pre-order buttons from Hachette books. I've seen many indie authors who say one of the reasons they have little sympathy for Hachette is that Amazon is removing something indies have rarely had access to. No more. You can make your new books available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. Setting a pre-order allows customers to order your book as early...

Kindle for Android finally supports immersive mode!
August 13, 2014 | 10:25 am

kindle for androidI admit when I read the news on The Digital Reader last night, it went something like this: "Kindle for Android updated...blah blah blah...supports immersive mode...blah blah blah. Wait. Stop. Did I read what I thought I just read?" Yes, I am a fan of immersive, mode, as you've probably guessed from previous posts, and I've been waiting a long time for the folks at Amazon to finally incorporate it. I read on three devices, a Kindle Paperwhite, an iPad and my Nook HD running CM11. The Nook and Paperwhite are my main reading devices, and I've hated needing to trade off...

Why do indie authors want Hachette to lower prices? The answer is obvious
August 12, 2014 | 9:15 am

cheap ebooksIn today's Morning Links, we feature a story from Digital Book World where Jeremy Greenfield says: One of the most confusing things to me about the Amazon-Hachette contract dispute saga is why do so many indie authors want so passionately for Hachette, a competitor, to lower its prices? It's only confusing if you make the mistake of looking at indie authors as defining themselves by only one characteristic: being an indie author. However, few people define themselves so narrowly. Many (likely even a majority) of indie authors are also readers. Readers are consumers, and we like lower prices. So the answer is simple....

Cost-effective use of Kindle Unlimited
August 11, 2014 | 4:25 pm

kindle unlimitedOne of the concerns when people sign up for subscription services like Kindle Unlimited is "will I use it enough to make it worth the cost?" Hugh Howey likens it to gym memberships where you sign up for auto-renewal and then never use it. I've seen lots of people note that you have to read 4-5 books a month, every month. to make it worth your while because so many inexpensive self-published books are in the service. All good points ,but if you're willing to do a bit of prep work, Amazon actually makes it easy to be cost effective, assuming...