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The ereader experience, text, and prose
November 10, 2013 | 12:37 pm

ereaderThis article picks up on some comments made on my recent piece on display technology for ereaders, which basically implied that no ereader screen, no matter how perfect its quality, could precisely duplicate the experience of reading a physical book. Well, that's as may be. But how much of what books are really for would we actually lose, even if that were so? [caption id="attachment_95128" align="alignright" width="390"] No meaning lost in here[/caption] Take audiobooks, for example. I don't recall many people arguing that the partially sighted, dyslexics, or others who are dependent on audio for much of their experience of books, are missing...

Feedly wants Google Reader’s throne; can it be RSS king?
June 9, 2013 | 11:00 am

FeedlyIt’s unfortunate news, but it’s inevitable—and worthless to sulk about any longer. Let’s face it: Google Reader will be no more in less than a month from now—on July 1, to be exact. Will this effect you too? I’ve used and continue to regularly use Reader for years, so for me this is the ‘not good’ kind of change. Starting while I was in college, Google’s RSS feed app was the first and only service of its kind that mattered to me. I loved what it did for me, helping to redefine how I handled research academically and, of course, leisurely. So,...

New OverDrive Site Not Meeting User Expectations?
January 30, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Late last year, OverDrive began rolling out a new look to their site. My own library in Fairfax County had a "New Look Coming" banner up for several weeks. When I tried it out for the first time, my reaction was, "Not great, but I can live with it." I wasn't crazy about the new thumbnail view of the catalog. Maybe it's just me, but I find it easiest to process information in lists, not in blocks of images. I also missed the feature that told me exactly where I was in the hold line. The old site would tell me,...

New mobile apps from Flipboard, Evernote
December 10, 2011 | 2:55 pm

This past week, Google launched its new Flipboard-alike Currents app, but Flipboard hasn’t been standing still either. The company launched a scaled-down version of its iPad reader app for the iPhone. (Alas, it requires at least OS 4.0, so it won’t run on my first-generation iPod Touch—not that I’m really surprised.) The app proved to be so popular that the added demand took down Flipboard’s servers for a while after its release. (Something similar happened after the original iPad app was released.) I suspect Flipboard may not have too much to worry about from Currents just yet. Meanwhile, cloud...

6500+ pages of ElfQuest comics readable on-line
May 19, 2011 | 12:53 am

elfquestA reminder that e-reading doesn’t just encompass prose: Although one commenter points out it’s actually been on-line for two years now, the Comics Beat blog (and BoingBoing) just noticed that the entire 6500+ page collection of Wendy and Richard Pini’s ElfQuest comic book series is posted online for free reading. Published beginning in 1978, ElfQuest was one of the first breakout hits of the independent comics scene, and paved the way for many works to follow. It can now be read online, via a Flash reading application (which means, alas, it’s unreadable on the best way to...

I love my Kobo by Mark Meadows
May 3, 2011 | 12:06 pm

I purchased a Borders-discounted Kobo Reader for my father at his request and set it up for him a few weeks ago. Now he has contributed a review of his experience with the device. –CM I have been using my new Kobo electronic book reader for a month now, so it is time for me to ponder what I do and do not like about it and how it compares with reading the old fashioned way from a book with paper pages. Apparently the e-book reader has evolved from more primitive forms. I have been exposed to various e-readers which our e-book...

Safari Reader part of Apple plan to move web content to apps?
June 10, 2010 | 9:52 pm

I’ve been trying out Safari 5, most notably the Safari Reader feature. At this point I doubt I will be switching away from my preferred browser, Chrome, but Safari Reader does make it more than a bit tempting. I find that Safari Reader works remarkably well for article reading, especially on sites such as Ars Technica where there is no way to request multi-page articles as single pages without paying for a subscription. Unlike Readability, which just renders the page you’re on, Safari Reader will actually detect the multiple pages of the article and display them all...

The Kindle makes another convert
April 26, 2010 | 2:30 pm

64-year-old British writer Max Hastings, a self-professed technological traditionalist, has a new best friend—an Amazon Kindle. He first encountered it in Kenya, of all places, and after he expressed an interest a friend bought him one. After a month of using it, he finds himself completely hooked. Some friends ask sceptically: 'But isn't it hard to read on screen?' I do not find it so. There is a magic about being able to flip between authors from hour to hour and even minute to minute, as if let loose in a giant's library. On...

How Sony lost its way
March 4, 2010 | 7:15 am

image Gizmodo has kicked off a series of articles called “We Miss You, Sony” about how Sony, a company that used to be on top of the world thanks to the Walkman, the compact disc, and the Playstation, ended up a struggling also-ran. The first piece in the series is called “How Sony Lost Its Way” and talks about Sony’s knack for making bad decisions. It puts this fall down to a combination of three factors: proprietary formats (such as the Mini-Disc or Memory Stick), unwillingness to commit (coming out with a multitude of mediocre products rather than picking...