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What? Robots threaten ME? Here’s how I’d use one to write TeleRead posts
June 7, 2015 | 10:06 am

NAO-RobotNate got it right when he said journalists should spend less time worrying about robots and more time figuring out how to befriend the silicon. Human/bot collaborations, anyone? He mentioned the use of robots to write up the basics when earthquakes struck L.A.---followed by in-depth reporting by human. And now here’s my own example. The Marvin e-book reader, among TeleRead Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe’s favorites, doesn’t churn out news stories. But it can help sum up the essence of a book. Same for Amazon’s X-ray feature. Now imagine newsbots that would do this in a more sophisticated way---not...

Universal Marvin App Free For “Limited Time”
November 22, 2013 | 3:56 pm

marvinMarvin released an upgrade today, and while the changelog wasn't as impressive as some I've seen, there's still big news. This was the last upgrade for Marvin for iPad. Going forward, all updates will be to the universal iPhone/iPad version. From a development perspective, that makes sense, and as a user, I much prefer universal apps. However, the universal version isn't free. It's $2.99 (quite reasonable for such a great app). However, even you cheapskates don't have to worry. To aid in the transition, the app will be free for a "very limited time." I'd interpret that to mean a couple...

Dedicated E-Readers vs. Tablets: The ongoing discussion
September 5, 2013 | 12:32 pm

I just read an interesting article by Ryan Cordell about why he's started carrying his Kindle with him instead of his tablet. Obviously he can have the Kindle app on his tablet, so why just the Kindle when the tablet can do so much more? Well, that's exactly the reason: Because the tablet can do so much more, he found he wasn't using his train ride to read. He was playing games, checking Facebook and doing almost everything except reading. I'm noticing this myself. I've fallen in love with Marvin as a reading app on my iPad. However, when I've got my...

Marvin and Calibre: Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly (video)
July 16, 2013 | 10:35 am

Since I just received a shiny new iPad (fourth generation) as an early birthday present, I've been doing more reading in Marvin, which I reviewed earlier this year. There have been several updates since my initial review, and one of the things I noticed was a "Calibre Connector" in one of the menus. I did some searching and discovered that books can by synced to Marvin directly through Calibre, over a wired sync. Since Marvin has one of the best Dropbox integrations I've ever seen, I wouldn't suggest this for loading one or two books, but it's a great way to sync...

Why are the better e-reading apps only on one platform?
March 6, 2013 | 12:45 pm

e-reading apps E-book stores tend to have their apps on multiple platforms: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc. But the discerning e-book reader wants more features than those apps usually provide, so we start looking for third-party apps. And then we run into an issue. Think about some of the better-regarded e-reading apps. Many of them are only on one platform. Marvin is only on iOS. Moon+ Reader, Mantano and Aldiko are only on Android. (Also, what's with the letter "M" and e-reading apps?) It's almost enough to make you want to buy multiple tablets. Oh wait, I do own multiple tablets... I was curious, so...

App Review: Marvin e-reader app for iPad
February 4, 2013 | 12:59 pm

Move over iBooks, there's a new e-reader for iPad in town: Marvin. I heard about it from a KindleKorner reader, and it's almost enough to make me wish I'd bought an iPad Mini instead of a Nexus 7. First, the basic information. Marvin is free, for now, but their website indicates that will end at some time. It opens DRM-free EPUBs, but they say they're working on more formats. I'm hoping for MOBI to come soon. It's an iPad-only app, but an iPhone version is coming. So, why another e-book app? Because this one is just amazing. Want complete control of how your...

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