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eReading while cruising
December 19, 2014 | 10:27 am

ereadingWhen I mentioned to Chris Meadows that I was leaving for my first ever cruise, he suggested I write something about ereading while cruising. I wasn't sure how I'd approach that, until I'd been on the ship for a couple of days. It was interesting to walk around the decks and see what devices people were using. Here's what I saw. The first day, Nooks outnumbered Kindles, but that turned out to be a fluke. After that first day, I saw only one other Nook. Kindles abounded, although most of them were the eInk versions. I saw lots of Paperwhites, one Touch,...

Review: RAVPower RP-PB 19 External Battery
December 7, 2014 | 10:25 am

RP-PB 19I've got so many external batteries lying around the house now that I joke with my husband we can keep our Kindles running for months in the case of a Zombie Apocalypse. But of course I was willing to accept one more when the folks from RAVPower offered to send me their [easyazon-link asin="B00MQSMEEE" locale="us"]RP-PB 19[/easyazon-link] to review. The RAVPower RP-PB 19 is a 15000mAh external battery. I've been using a 14000mAh version for some months now, and it will charge my iPad 4 to a full charge from about 20%. This one will manage pretty close to a full charge. As...

Thoughts on adjusting to Kindle Unlimited as an author
December 2, 2014 | 4:25 pm

kindle unlimitedThis post started its life as a comment to Nate's post on how authors are unhappy with Kindle Unlimited. It quickly grew to a post in its own right. I agree that Kindle Unlimited has not been a good thing for authors. I've seen the impact on my own sales. Before KU was launched,  I was on track to triple my income from last year. Looks like instead I'm going to do a bit better than doubling. Yes, that's disappointing. However, I decided when I started that I was looking at this long term, and I'm still having a way better...

Review: Inateck Bluetooth Keyboard
December 1, 2014 | 10:25 am

inateck bluetooth keyboardI've been perfectly happy with my [easyazon-link asin="B005EOWBKE" locale="us"]AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard[/easyazon-link] for well over a year now. However, when Inateck asked me to try their keyboard,  I was more than willing to give it a go. I received the one optimized for Apple devices, but I'm confident their other model will work similarly. Other than the color, the biggest difference between the Amazon and Inateck keyboards is the size. My Amazon keyboard fits in my Amazon Basics laptop sleeve, along with my iPad. The Inateck keyboard is just a bit too long to fit. It fits fine in my Targus messenger bag, though, so, sadly,...

Review: 1 Voice Bluetooth Ear Warmers
November 26, 2014 | 2:25 pm

bluethooth ear warmersYou know how sometimes that thing you wanted without even realizing you wanted it comes along? That was my reaction when I received the email from 1 Voice about their new Bluetooth ear warmers. They sent me a sample, and I was eager to try them out, especially since temperatures have been dropping, and I wanted to continue my morning walks with an audiobook. How perfect would that walk be without worrying about ear buds? Unfortunately, although the product works exactly as advertised, they don't fit well on my head. However, they might be perfect for you. Let's start with the basics....

AndroidPIT App Center shutting down. Leaves Fire users in a bind
November 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

androidpit app centerDavid Rothman, former owner of this site, tipped me over the weekend to the fact that the AndroidPIT App Center is being shut down as of the end of next month. Their reason involved the EU and their revised VAT guidelines. This is trouble for users of the Kindle Fire who may have been counting on the App Center as a way to purchase apps, such as Moon+ Reader Pro, which are listed in the Amazon App Store as being incompatible with the Kindle Fire. Leaving aside how much it stinks that Amazon is forcing such incompatibilities on their users, what...

Review: Inateck Kindle Paperwhite Case
November 20, 2014 | 4:25 pm

inateck kindle paperwhite caseIt's getting to be that time of year when people will be deciding on gifts to give for the holiday. With the Kindle Paperwhite now being marketed as the mid-range offering in Amazon's eInk reader line up, I'm betting there will be a number of them wrapped in colorful paper soon. However, if you've owned such a device in the past, you know that it's not enough to buy the reader. You also want to protect the reader, and the folks at Inateck recently sent me a case to review. Gotta say, I love it. The [easyazon-link asin="B00JP7R7DC" locale="us"]Inateck Compact Kindle...

Digital Book World conducting author survey
November 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Digital Book World logo DBWDigital Book World has conducted two previous surveys of authors, and now they are doing a third. Their previous surveys have been criticized as drawing from too narrow a field, i.e. readers of Writer's Digest. The criticism is that many, if not most, indie authors don't read Writer's Digest, leading the survey to under represent that section of the population. I'm not offering an opinion on prior surveys one way or the other because honestly, I haven't taken the time to dig into the methodology. But if the criticism is fair, then it seems obvious that a good fix is to...

Review: Scribd update and audiobooks
November 17, 2014 | 2:30 pm

scribd book discoveryRecently, we announced that Scribd had added audiobooks to their subscription service. They also implemented some tweaks to their mobile apps. While I still love the service, I'm not wildly enthusiastic about the changes or the audiobook implementation. Let's start with finding an audiobook. While I have never had a problem finding an eBook I wanted to read in Scribd, I feel like I struggle when looking for audiobooks. The site uses the same discovery system as with eBooks, and with over 30K audiobooks available, you'd think I'd be able to find something with ease. Not so much. Let me point...

Amazon and Hachette finally agree to a contract!
November 13, 2014 | 3:55 pm

Hachette logoFinally! While I'm sure that Authors United and their compatriots will continue to find something to harp about, it should stop being how big bad Amazon is bullying poor benighted Hachette. According to the letter to Hachette authors and agents (via Joe Konrath): The new agreement delivers considerable benefits. It gives us full responsibility for the consumer prices of our ebooks. This approach, known as the Agency model, protects the value of our authors’ content, while allowing the publisher to change ebook prices dynamically to maximize sales. Importantly, the percent of revenue on which Hachette authors’ ebook royalties are based will not decrease...

How about an entire product placement eBook?
November 12, 2014 | 3:22 pm

41Zl2IfKk2L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Something curious showed up on the screen saver of my Kindle this morning. It was a free book, [easyazon-link asin="B00PD2MQRA" locale="us"]The Vanishing Game[/easyazon-link], and at the bottom of the ad was the Land Rover logo. Curious, I downloaded and read it while waiting for a meeting to begin. (It's a quick read). When I got home, I saw the press release about the book on The Digital Book World. Not knowing exactly what it was, I was expecting a pretty bad book, with long, technical info dumps about the Land Rover and its capabilities. I was pleasantly surprised by a decent story, of...

Scribd adds audiobooks. Might be enough for me to cancel Audible
November 6, 2014 | 9:30 am

scribdScribd just added something huge. Subscription audiobooks. Remember how I said in my two months with Kindle Unlimited post that the availability of audiobooks was a huge differentiator? Scribd just closed that gap with today's announcement. Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today announced that it is broadening its offering to give subscribers access to more than 30,000 audiobooks. Titles will include new releases, as well as smash hits and award winners like The Hunger Games trilogy, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, and Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, all for Scribd’s current price of $8.99 per month. The addition of...