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What features do the e-Ink Kindles still need?
August 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

E-inkThere is a new Kindle Paperwhite update making the rounds! It adds some features which have been present in the iOS app for awhile, including the 'sync to most recent open page' option and some PDF features. I really like some of the 'extras' eBooks allow me to take advantage of. I love the on-board dictionary, the Wikipedia and Google Translate options, the notes and annotation features (I never used to highlight paper books; I often do with eBooks) and, few bugs notwithstanding, the vocabulary builder. So, what's left? What features could Amazon still add here? 1) Academic Citation Features. I wonder...

Kindle Paperwhite, one week later
May 29, 2014 | 4:25 pm

kindle paperwhiteIt's been about a week since I have settled in with my new Kindle Paperwhite---much thanks and love to my sister Tammy for giving it to me! I have already posted a thorough review of the features. But now that I have settled in with it, how are things going? Are there are final thoughts I want to add now that I have had more time to read and enjoy? Yes, actually. There are a few little bugs which annoy me about my almost-perfect little reader, and a few hidden treasures I have found as I have explored further. Here they...

Kindle Paperwhite In-Depth, Part 3: The Final Verdict
May 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kindle paperwhiteYesterday, I highlighted some Kindle-only features I particularly liked. Today, I will talk about some quirks which were less appealing, and then give my final verdict. Will I be keeping the Kindle Paperwhite, or will I continue trucking along with my Kobo Glo? Firstly, let's talk about one feature I do miss from the Kobo---Pocket integration. The Kobo did this very well. You could save articles from sites like Longform, straight from the on-board web browser! And you had full control over what to do with them when you were done---delete from both the device and the server, archive, save to favourites...

Kindle Paperwhite In-Depth, Part 2: Kindle Features Up Close
May 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kindle paperwhite in depthIn Part 2 of my Kindle Paperwhite review, I am going to look more closely at some of the Kindle's features. You can do a lot more than just plain read on this thing! Here are some features which jumped out at me. 1) Goodreads Integration This was not a huge deal for me because, while I do use Goodreads, I don't just rate the book but I review it too. That's a lot easier to do from a computer! But if you just want to shelve and star your books, and you get most of them from Amazon, then having this feature...

Kindle Paperwhite In-Depth, Part 1: Kindle vs Kobo
May 19, 2014 | 10:25 am

kindle vs koboI recently found out that my sister had a Kindle Paperwhite 2 she wasn't using, and further, that she was having a timely visit with my mother which would enable her to get it to me without us having to pay to ship it. My Kobo Glo has been a little glitchy lately and I found that, given my dislike of the iOS Kobo app, I was really missing the ability to coordinate my reading across my devices. Perhaps I was ready to return to the Kindle fold? I resolved to take in my sister's abandoned Kindle (she reads on her...

Turning off WiFi on Kindle Paperwhite
May 12, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Turning off WiFi on Kindle PaperwhiteNew owners often seem confused about turning off WiFi on Kindle Paperwhite. I see the question asked on KBoards and on other Kindle user forums. I think it's confusing because when browsing the Settings, there's nothing under WiFi about turning it off. For all the things Amazon does well for a new user experience, this one is counter-intuitive. You don't actually turn WiFi off. What you do instead is turn Airplane Mode on. So yes, turning an option on turns something else off. Perfectly clear, right? Just in case you find yourself needing to help a friend (or do it yourself--we won't judge you if...

Accessory Review: Fintie Kindle Paperwhite case
April 22, 2014 | 2:38 pm

fintie kindle paperwhite caseAfter my last experience with trying to purchase a case for my Kindle Paperwhite, I took a few weeks to figure out what I wanted in a case, and I went to KBoards for a recommendation. They came through with a great little case: the [easyazon-link asin="B009S2CXJC" locale="us"]Fintie Kindle Paperwhite[/easyazon-link] folio case. When I purchased my first case, I thought I wanted one that didn't cover the bezel, and I still do like that style of case. However, after I returned the first one, I discovered that I enjoy sometimes reading my device "naked," and I decided I wanted something that was...

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,...

Morning Roundup: Amazon updates original Paperwhite, Comixology hacked and more
March 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazon updates original paperwhiteAmazon Rolls Out Update for Original Kindle Paperwhite (The Digital Reader) Amazon might not be selling the original Kindle Paperwhite in very many markets but that doesn’t mean it’s been forgotten. *** Comixology Hacked, Subscribers Change Your Password (Digital Book World) On the eve of Comixology’s appearance at SXSW Interactive, the annual tech festival, the digital comics vendor has discovered a security breach and urged all its subscribers to change their passwords. Early this morning Comixology sent a letter to subscribers to alert them it had been hacked. *** George Saunders Has Won the Story Prize (GalleyCat) Author George Saunders has won the Story Prize, and its...

Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite $20 off today only
March 4, 2014 | 1:17 pm

kindle and kindle paperwhite $20 offSorry I didn't notice this sooner, but Amazon is running a 1-day sale on the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite in honor of National Reading Month. $20 off brings the Kindle to just $49 and the Paperwhite to $99, assuming you get them with Special Offers. Those are some great prices for the readers. The sale is timely for me. I sold my Kindle Touch last year, and I've been suffering from seller's regret since we started planning a cruise for later this year. Tablets are great ereaders, but they aren't so good if you're planning to read in the sun, by the pool, cold...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite tricks. Reddit having trouble defining news and more
February 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle paperwhite tricksPaperwhite Tricks, Touchpad Settings and Flashcards (Lifehacker) Readers offer their best tips for resetting the time remaining on books or chapters, discovering touchpad features, and flashcard apps. *** Pocketbook to Launch Waterproof eBook Reader, the Aqua (The Digital Reader) New ereader launches might be few and far between in the US but not in Europe. The Ukrainian ebook company Pocketbook has just revealed that they are planning to launch a water and dust resistant ebook reader called the Aqua. *** John Steinbeck Gets Google Doodle for his Birthday (GalleyCat) Google has created a Doodle to celebrate John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday. *** Reddit is having the same problem as traditional...

Morning Roundup: Nook has lost lots of money. Amazon, please unmute the Kindle Paperwhite
February 25, 2014 | 8:13 am

Nook has lost lots of moneyBarnes & Noble Has Lost Over 1 Billion Dollars on Nook (GoodeReader) Barnes and Noble is quite transparent when it comes to their financial earnings and hold nothing back from investor calls and their reporting. *** Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks (Futurebook) With more and more educational institutes incorporating BYOD (bring your own device) schemes, education has come a long way from the slate tablet to the digital tablet. *** Amazon, Please Unmute the Kindle (The Digital Reader) A solution would be easy. Just give the Paperwhite text to speech. You don’t need a lab full of MIT Ph.D.s, or even one such...