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Weekend Roundup: eReaders and Readers Galore!
October 12, 2013 | 10:08 am

ereaders 5 eReaders I Wouldn't Buy Again (The Digital Reader) I was browsing an old thread over on MobileRead Forums this evening and I was reminded just how many bad ereaders I have seen over the years. *** Review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 (GoodeReader) Amazon has just released the second generation Kindle Paperwhite 2 ereader and the big hyping factors about this unit is the software. The hardware remains the same from the first generation reader with the addition of e-Ink Carta display screen, which gives a higher degree of contrast with the text. You will also notice less full page refreshes, which...

What’s Wrong With This Picture?
October 7, 2013 | 5:47 pm

I thought if anyone would appreciate this goof, it's the readers of TeleRead. This came up in a Google search earlier today when I was looking for Kindle Paperwhite reviews. Anyone see the problem? And now back to your regularly scheduled important digital publishing news. :)...

Morning Roundup: eBooks Soar in New Zealand, Magazine Apps Headed for Oblivion, Kindle Paperwhite Getting Rave Reviews
October 7, 2013 | 8:31 am

Why Tablet Magazines are a Failure (GigaOM) Dedicated magazine apps for tablets may look good, but I fear they’re headed straight to oblivion. *** Book Sales in New Zealand Fall 15% While eBooks Soar (GoodeReader) The New Zealand Book industry has fallen by over 15% in the last six months as major publishers abandon the print sector. *** Kindle Paperwhite Review: eBook Reader Gets Warmer, Faster (Tech Hive) The second-generation Paperwhite is the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy, with a high-contrast screen that lights itself. *** eBooks Are Changing reading Habits (USA Today) David Delk, 47, remembers "the old days," when his extended family went on vacation carrying...

E Ink releases Carta: Reboost for e-paper?
September 7, 2013 | 11:11 am

E Ink, the technological progenitor of the Kindle revolution, has released a new generation of e-paper called Carta, "the next generation of electronic ink display technology that sets a new standard as the whitest and highest contrast ratio display in the industry," as the E Ink communication states. "Carta displays will deliver the best quality contrast ratio E Ink has ever delivered to the market. Carta has been specifically tuned for reading applications, and offers the same benefits as earlier ink generations, including extremely low power consumption." According to further information from E Ink: "E Ink Carta delivers a dramatic 50% increase...

New Kindle Paperwhite Now Available for Pre-order: Should you upgrade?
September 5, 2013 | 12:35 pm

We've thought it was coming soon. Paperwhites were going out of stock, and it was getting close to the time Amazon typically releases new devices. They are now available for pre-order. So the question is, as always, should I upgrade? While it looks like a nice device, and it is the same price as the original Paperwhite, it does look like an incremental upgrade. The screen is supposed to be higher contrast, and they say they've improved the integrated light. That's a good thing. Lots of people were unhappy with the original light, although, to be fair, it wasn't always clear if...

Ouch! Text to speech is also AWOL from this year’s Amazon Paperwhite
September 3, 2013 | 4:18 pm

Amazon PaperwhiteDrat! The newest Kindle Paperwhite E Ink reader from Amazon is still missing text to speech—among the features Jeff Bezos touted when he unveiled the second Kindle in 2009. Doubt me? Just look at the Paperwhite users guide and see what’s AWOL. Click here for a better view, with a list of not-overlooked improvements in the newer Paperwhite model. It’s to start shipping Sept. 30. Like the first Paperwhite, the basic version will sell for $119 and up, and supposedly the newer PWs will offer “higher contrast” between text and background. I found last year’s Paperwhites to be still somewhat lacking in contrast despite a noticeable improvement over earlier models. On...

Liquavista positions Amazon to trounce tablet market?
August 8, 2013 | 10:30 am

An article by Christopher Mims on Quartz, "Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match," is claiming that ... well ... Amazon is working on displays that Apple and Samsung can’t match. His article buffs the credentials of Amazon as a technology innovator, as opposed to just a marketing and distribution dreadnought, and one focused particularly on displays. Amazon's work around the E Ink substrate of its Paperwhite display, according to Mims, shows that Bezos's behemoth is positioning itself to take the high ground in color tablet displays, by applying similar light guide principles as in the...

Quick Links: Amazon in the news
November 8, 2012 | 10:15 pm

It’s an Amazon roundup! Here are some Amazon stories from the last few days that might not deserve full pieces by themselves, but are nonetheless interesting tidbits. Wired reports Amazon has released a firmware update for the Paperwhite that will allow readers to enlarge panes in manga novels—undoubtedly aimed mainly at the Japanese market, but potentially useful over here, too, for translated manga. And perhaps also for those single-issue DC comics, if DC decides to allow reading them on black and white devices after all. It also fixes some issues with novels that only filled half the screen, and improves handling...

How blind-friendly are Amazon’s Kindle apps for the iPhone and iPad? And what about those for other operating systems?
September 11, 2012 | 11:11 am

Text to speech is AWOL from Amazon’s beautiful Paperwhite Kindles, and LibraryCity’s complaint made a stir, complete with a link at The Verge, a major tech site. Keep your related comments coming. I especially like those from David Goldfield, a blind Philadelphian who is an accessibility expert and activist. Please sign the Reading Rights Coalition’s petition he pointed me to—one against the loathsome practice of TTS blocking. Shame, shame, shame on the Authors Guild and the like-minded. Just plain wrong. And I speak as a writer, too, not just a reader—since so many time-strapped people these days want to enjoy books while commuting or exercising but don’t need human narration. The...