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Exactly how waterproof is the Kobo H2O e-reader? Find out before you hit the beach
May 24, 2015 | 8:02 pm

AuraH2O_lifestyle_largeSeveral decades ago Arthur C. Clarke reminded a friend and me that e-book devices might develop amnesia if dropped in the bathtub. Well, time passes. I myself own a dandy waterpoof case for my Kindle Paperwhite. And I keep up with the Kobo world through a waterproof Aura H20. But wait! Exactly how waterproof is the H2O itself? The issue isn’t as simple as giving the H2O a quick dunk. How long will it be underwater? At what depth? I’ll leave such questions to braver souls in regard to the $180 Kobo. I was fine with dropping a $90...

Cheap blind-friendly E Ink Kindles with read-aloud and audio nav capabilities: A how-to for Amazon
February 9, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Shaun Kane at RobotFestI hope that Amazon’s CEO never becomes a blind visionary. But if Jeff Bezos’s eyes should ever go downhill in a serious way---a risk for millions of aging baby boomers---he could still enjoy e-books on inexpensive E Ink Kindles. All he has to do is follow advice from Shaun K. Kane, the Colorado computer scientist in the photo, who has devoted years to accessibility issues. In the case of dedicated e-reading devices from Amazon, that doesn’t just mean the read-aloud which the earlier E Ink Kindles offered before the company yanked the feature away (despite Jeff’s original ballyhoo of text to speech, introduced...

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities
February 2, 2015 | 12:25 pm

ptaAmazonText to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With all the laws on the books, can’t Washington stop this dissing of people with disabilities? In one form or another, the Kindle is so common that it’s become “The Official E-reader of the National PTA.” Yet despite TTS’s potential benefits to millions of Americans, the Federal Communications Commission has just granted the e-reader industry another year’s exemption from the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The...

Want read-aloud in Kindles and other readers? Use FCC’s easy online form by Jan. 9
January 3, 2015 | 2:52 pm

Amazon CEO Jeff BezosUpdate: See the most recent version of the LibraryCity post with mention of an unofficial Jan. 9 deadline and a link to the FCC's easy comment form. You need to submit formally. Please e-mail the FCC ASAP. The agency deals with accessibility matters and will soon make an important accessibility decision affecting Kindles along with other e-readers. Don’t delay! For years, I’ve been publicly begging Amazon to stop muting its E Ink machines and restore text to speech in the future. I may even have been the first commentator to break the news about the Paperwhite’s lack of TTS. This isn’t mere rhetoric. I sold my...

Morning Roundup: Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kobo Aura H2O. Concerns about eBook quality?
September 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo aura h2oAmazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 vs Kobo Aura H2O (GoodeReader) In this video comparison we look at the flagship Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 and the Kobo Aura H20. This two e-readers have fairly similar technology, as they are both rocking  e Ink Carta, which result in faster page turns. *** Liberio Review: Turn Your Google Docs into a Published eBook (PC World) Liberio connects to your Google account. From there you’re able to import any file stored in Drive. While you can also upload files from your PC, the Google credentials are necessary to activate a Liberio account. *** Publishers Polled Worry About eBook Quality (Econtent) But with...

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...

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