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Review: iPad Case – The Ridge by Devicewear
July 19, 2013 | 11:34 am

iPad CaseHaving taken advantage of the recent Best Buy trade-in program and securing myself a shiny new iPad, I found myself in need of a case. My old iPad 2 case didn’t quite fit the fourth generation model. I like slim cases that don’t cover the bezel, and I decided to try the Ridge model by Devicewear. While it’s a decent case, it didn’t 'wow' me. First, we’ll start with the good stuff. It is slim and doesn’t add much bulk or weight to the iPad. It’s a bit bulkier than the Apple-branded Smart Case (which is what I ended up using instead),...

Book Review: Things that Are, by Amy Leach
July 8, 2013 | 8:08 pm

"Things That Are: Encounters with Plants, Stars and Animals," the debut work of author Amy Leach, available in the UK from Edinburgh independent publisher Canongate Books, collects essays, meditations, prose poems and occasional pieces from a new American nonfiction specialist whose excursions are as imaginative and inspired as any work of fancy. "Come and miss the boat with me," she invites, in the introductory epistle "Donkey Derby." "Come and play some guessing games. We’ll read aloud the illegible electric green script of the northern lights; we’ll speculate about which star in the next ten thousand years is going to go supernova. Then...

Book Review: So You Want to Be a Wizard (New Millennium Edition)
July 7, 2013 | 8:22 am

cover “They never age.” —Laconic: Comic Book Time, TVTropes A couple of years ago, I mentioned that Diane Duane had started updating the early books in her Young Wizards series.  (Joanna wrote her own post about it here.) The first book was published in 1983, and later books have been written in the years since then. Technology was always current to the publication date of each book, but only a couple of years were supposed to pass in the lives of the characters. As time has gone by some of the technological aspects of the early books in the series haven’t exactly...

BookLikes, a New Social Reading Platform: Do we really need another?
May 17, 2013 | 3:37 pm

DBW featured a press release for BookLikes, a new social reading platform that is supposed to combine the features of Tumblr and Goodreads. I consider one of my roles here is to involve trying things out, and potentially wasting my time so you don't have to waste your. And my reaction to this site? Don't even bother. (Click here to see what TeleRead's Susan Lulgjuraj has to say about BookLikes.) Everyone seems to be wanting to get into the social reading space today, and honestly, I don't think we need yet another one. Especially not one that acts so much like Goodreads....

Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin
February 3, 2013 | 9:00 am

I recently reviewed The Passage by Justin Cronin, the first book in his Passage series. As I said in my previous review, I had enjoyed the first book and was eagerly awaiting the sequel, The Twelve. I'm happy to report that the second book is every bit as good as the first. The e-book version is well done; formatting is good. I saw a few typos, but not enough to detract from my enjoyment. Each major chapter heading had a picture and quote. The image displayed well on both my Nexus 7 and Kindle Touch. The quotes in the image were...

Review: The eBook Design and Development Guide by Paul Salvette
February 2, 2013 | 4:30 pm

The eBook Design and Development Guide So you may have read my review of How to Format your eBook for Kindle, NOOK, Smashwords, and Everything Else. You remember that one, where I sort of missed that the book was no longer for sale? The author was kind enough to send us a review copy of his revised book, The eBook Design and Development Guide, and I will make up for my goof by reviewing the revised version. I prefer the new title. It's more professional and will, I think, clue potential readers to the fact that this a serious book which goes beyond e-book formatting. Salvette has added...

Review: AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard
January 25, 2013 | 2:31 pm

AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard reviewI admit it: I’m cheap. And while I love technology, I don’t want to spend more money than I have to on it. When I decided I needed a Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad, I shopped around. The price range is huge. Naturally, I considered the Apple keyboard, but it’s expensive. Then I found the AmazonBasics Bluetooth keyboard. The reviews were good, and the price was right. (Note that Amazon's supply is currently out of stock, but the price is $29.99. At the time of writing, 24 new and used keyboards were available from third-party sellers.) Also notice that since I bought...

Review: MoKo Case for Nexus 7 Tablet
January 18, 2013 | 10:26 am

On Saturday, I bought a shiny new Nexus 7, which I already love. After the obligatory new app download frenzy, I switched my attention to selecting a case. After a happy half hour or so of browsing Amazon, I found one I liked. I used a similar selection process to the one I wrote about in my article on selecting an iPad case. I didn’t see a case from Targus that was similar to the one I have for my iPad, but MoKo had one that seemed pretty close, so I bought it. Amazon was nice to me and delivered it on Monday (even...

Review: Amazon Lighted Kindle Cover
January 17, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Are you envying the light on the Kindle Paperwhite, but you're not quite ready to give up your Kindle Touch or basic Kindle? Consider the Amazon Lighted Kindle Cover. I have one for my Kindle Touch, and it's an excellent case. [easyazon-image align="right" asin="B004SD2562" locale="us" height="500" src="" width="297"] At a $59.99, it's expensive, but it's worth it. Mine is black, and I think it makes my Kindle look better. I've never been a fan of how the Kindle Touch looked. The gray color doesn't appeal. In the case, however, it looks good. Appearance aside, it's good for other reasons. The Kindle is completely...

Review: Kobo Glo with SleepCover
November 19, 2012 | 6:26 pm

There's a new e-reader in the house! I had been eying the Kobo Glo with some envy ever since it came out. It seemed like Amazon's readers kept getting thicker and chunkier-looking, while Kobo's kept getting smaller and cuter and faster. The glow light was what really sold me, though. I read in bed a lot, and was growing weary of the tiny iPod Touch screen—I wanted to take a book with me again! And even with the light on, it was too dark to bring my reader into bed. We have one power outlet, and it's not on my...

Review: Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow
October 13, 2012 | 5:50 pm

Cory Doctorow Little Brother Pirate CinemaCory Doctorow—blogger, former EFF employee, and all-around Internet activist—has a new novel out. It's part of the Humble E-Book Bundle I mentioned a few days ago. It's also available for free, separate from said bundle, from his website. I bought the bundle, and also checked out the free version from the website, and figured it would be worth a review. Is it worth reading free? Well, for starters, sometimes it seems like Doctorow has this Jeckyll and Hyde thing going on. It's like there are two different Cory Doctorows who show up in his writing. Not so much "good Cory" and "evil Cory," but more...

Review: Kindle for Android
August 28, 2012 | 11:45 pm

By Jon Jermey Wouldn’t it be ironic if, after all the hype surrounding the launch of the Kindle e-reader, Amazon ended up making more money via their free reading software on other platforms? After all, we have the Kindle Cloud Reader as a browser extension for Chrome, Safari and Firefox, the Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mac offline applications for non-Linux desktop PCs and laptops, and now Kindle for Android tablets and phones. I couldn’t find comparative figures, but it wouldn’t surprise me to find that people are spending more time reading Kindle books on non-Kindle devices than on the...