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Kindle Direct Publishing adds new reports
April 15, 2014 | 10:25 am

kindle direct publishingI received an email yesterday from Kindle Direct Publishing about the new reports they've added. Gotta say, I like them. They've added basically three. The first is a graph showing real time sales. You can filter by date, title and marketplace. This one addresses a long-standing need. I don't actually care where my books are selling. I just like to see that they are selling and how many are selling. Previously, you had to select each marketplace separately to get an idea of sales during the current month. The new graph adds them all together, although with the filters, you can...

Accessory Review: Snugg iPhone pouch case
April 12, 2014 | 10:46 am

snugg iphone pouch caseMy husband says if I had my way, I'd change cases and covers for my devices like other people change clothes. He's probably right. Good thing I occasionally get review copies for free, like this one: [easyazon-link asin="B0091T1HQ2" locale="us"]Snugg iPhone 4 / 4S Leather Pouch Case in Black[/easyazon-link] Let's get the "leather" claim out of the way. The case isn't real leather. It's synthetic leather, and it does have an odor, however, I don't find it unpleasant. I've been using the case for almost two weeks now, and the smell has faded. I do wish companies would stop including leather in their...

Book Review: Fear of the Dark: An Anthology of Dark Fiction
April 11, 2014 | 4:25 pm

fear of the darkI'm not generally a short story reader. I prefer to curl up with a novel-length work, but when a friend lets you know his story is in an anthology, what do you do? Well, if you're me, you buy it. [easyazon-link asin="B00IU6MHOS" locale="us"]Fear of the Dark: An Anthology of Dark Fiction[/easyazon-link], published by Horror Bound, is an anthology of 20 stories with the theme of, well, like the title says, fear of the dark. Some of the stories match the theme better than others, but, with just a few exceptions, the stories were excellent. "Dark Horse" was my favorite, since it is...

Nook vs Amazon: Who knew Nook pricing was so much higher?
April 7, 2014 | 4:23 pm

nook vs amazonDuring the days covered by the agency pricing settlement, I was buying most of my books from Barnes & Noble because a Nook Color was my primary reading device. Price differences between Nook and Amazon were minimal to non-existent on most of the books I wanted to buy. Consequently, I received a much larger ebook settlement credit for Nook than for Amazon, and I decided this would be a good time to pick up some of the books on my Wishlist. I mostly wishlist Big Five books and track them in eReader IQ, hoping for a price drop, so most of...

Review: FlipBelt. Who needs pockets anymore?
April 1, 2014 | 4:25 pm

flipbeltSince I've been listening to more audiobooks because of my FitBit, I've run into the problem of how to carry my phone on my walks. I don't like armbands, and the belt clip case is fine, assuming I'm wearing a belt, but what if I'm not? Fortunately, the folks at FlipBelt anticipated my needs and sent me one of their products to review. What is FlipBelt? This image demonstrates it pretty well. (And no, I'm afraid my stomach doesn't look anything like that.) Basically, it's a way to keep phone, keys, money and other small items secure while you're on the go....

eBook settlement credits appearing in customer accounts
March 25, 2014 | 9:31 am

ebook settlement creditsI received an email this morning from Amazon notifying me that my eBook settlement credit had been applied to my account. Checking KBoards, there are starting to be lots of happy people with significant credit to spend. For those of you who haven't been following this story (are there any of you?), the settlement amounts are the result of the Agency Pricing case against the Big Publishers, all of whom settled. Apple, of course, is still in the process of fighting it, and, if they lose, there may be more settlement amounts in the future. According to the settlement website, Barnes &...

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...

Rooster: a solution in search of a problem
March 19, 2014 | 1:08 pm

roosterSusan announced Rooster here last week, and I've been using the service for the two-week trial period. My title probably tips you off to my opinion. A quick recap. Rooster is an iPhone app that will send short, timed installments to readers who are on the go. Each month there are two stories available, and users select which one they want pushed to them. Yes, you can finish one story and then move on to the next. I'm just not convinced it's worth $4.99 a month for a service which pushes out short pieces of a story. I will admit that I'm probably...

Kindle for Android finally adds font choices
March 18, 2014 | 12:25 pm

font choicesOne of the first articles I wrote for TeleRead was a comparison of Kindle for Android and Kindle for iOS. In that article, written in January of 2013, I discussed the various ways the Android app lagged behind the iOS app. To refresh your memory, there were three areas: Other than the "Send to Kindle" applet, no way to sideload into the Android version Little to no library organization Only a single font choice Collections were added to both apps, so library organization has been the same for a while now. Sideloading is still an issue for the Android app, but that was never...

Apple is retiring iPad 2 in favor of iPad 4
March 18, 2014 | 10:25 am

apple is retiring ipad 2Thanks, Nate, for bringing this to my attention. Today, Apple is retiring the iPad 2. The iPad 4 is now the budget full size iPad. $399 gets you a 16GB version. $529 will get you a cellular version I think this is a good move for Apple. I sold my iPad 2 around the middle of last year and upgraded to an iPad 4. I've not regretted it. Both the display and the speed were a significant improvement over the iPad 2. I was surprised they maintained the older iPad for as long as they did. Some have complained about there only...

Kindle Paperwhite Review
March 17, 2014 | 10:18 am

kindle paperwhite reviewI've had my new ereader for a little more than a week now, plenty of time to have evaluated it for a Kindle Paperwhite review. Short version? I like it lots. It's much better than my old Touch and a worthy upgrade. Screen It took a bit of getting used to. For the first few days I didn't love it. The lighting is dramatically different based on the ambient lighting conditions. In direct light, the screen has the gray hue I'm used to from prior eInk readers. In indirect light, it's the white you've seen in the advertising. In low- and no-lighting,...

Amazon Prime goes up to $99 a year in the U.S.
March 13, 2014 | 9:08 am

amazon primeWe were pretty sure it was coming, based on hints in the earnings call, but now it's official. Amazon has announced that Prime is going up by $20, making the subscription $99 in the U.S. Amazon Student is going up less: $10, making it $49 per year. When I saw all the news flying around about an increase, I did think about what we'd do if the price went up, and I'd decided it was still worth it at $99, but I'd have to seriously consider cancelling if it went up to $119. I use Prime shipping frequently, and I use Amazon...