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Morning Links: Do you still use your tablet. Should Facebook offer “Pay for Privacy?”
November 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

tabletWhy It's Time for Facebook to Offer a 'Pay for Privacy' Feature (GigaOM) Facebook’s privacy policies are back in the news again, and they reflect a major improvement — to the company’s PR strategy. Otherwise, it’s just the same old deal in which Facebook users agree to hand over more personal information in exchange for the right to use the service for free. *** Can Reading Local Cure my Amazon Addiction? (Book Riot) Here’s my confession. I buy 90% of my books from Amazon (gulp!), even as I diligently link to Indiebound.org on my blog to spur readers to shop indie. *** Do You Still Use...

Morning Links: Debut novelist wins Canada lit prize. Non-fiction formatting terrible on tablets?
November 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

formattingDebut Novelist Wins Canada's Biggest Lit Prize (PW) When the winner of the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced at a gala in Toronto Monday night, the spotlight was on a new writer, Sean Michaels, and his debut novel Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada. *** Ending Reader Comments is a Mistake, Even if You Are Reuters (GigaOM) In a post about the decision, Reuters Digital executive editor Dan Colarusso describes it as a necessary evolution, brought about by changes in reader behavior. *** Is Nonfiction eBook Formatting Still Terrible on Tablets? (The Digital Reader) One might think that ebook formatting would be nearly perfect...

HP Stream series could herald new era for Windows 8 tablets?
November 10, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Windows 8 tablets have not exactly fared well in the market share wars so far, with Microsoft Windows tablets holding only 1.6 percent of the North American market, according to the latest Chikita Insights numbers. One of the factors could be price, although that hardly seems to have held the iPad back. If so, HP appears to be aiming for a solution, with the debut of the low end of its HP Stream series of devices, offering Windows 8 tablet power for just $100. The HP Stream 7, bottom of the range, offers a 1280 x 800 7" screen, as well as an...

Chikita Insights numbers show iPad still dominates North American tablet usage
November 10, 2014 | 10:27 am

ipad mini vs ipad airThe Fourth Quarter 2014 Tablet Update from research firm Chikita Insights shows a sustained and apparently unassailable lead for Apple in the North American tablet market. "iPad users generated 79.9% of North American tablet-based Web traffic over the month of September 2014 - a share down from the 81% figure observed one year ago, but a gain of 1.9 percentage points since July 2014," says Chikita. "Meanwhile, Amazon and Samsung tablets are, respectively, still the second- and third-largest sources of tablet Web usage in the U.S. and Canada." The figures are based, acccording to Chikita, on samples of "tens of millions of...

Morning Links: Amazon hints at relaxing ebook exclusivity. Nexus 9 tablet review
November 4, 2014 | 9:05 am

nexus 9 tablet110 Writing Tools in a Single Post (GalleyCat) Every year, we publish daily links to writing tools and tips during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. For today, we’ve rounded up four years’ worth of advice in a single post for GalleyCat writers. *** Amazon Exec Hints at Relaxing eBook Exclusivity: Will Kindle Unlimited Address Concerns of Authors and Publishers? (IndieReader) Much of the debate has centered on the requirement that authors and publishers who participate in KU must grant Amazon exclusivity, which has faced considerable criticism from industry insiders. This month, it appears that while the door to “elective” rather than “exclusive” KU publishing...

Will the Asus EeeBook X205 bring back the great days of netbooks?
November 3, 2014 | 10:25 am

netbooksMost readers not still in short pants will remember how Asus basically invented the netbook category in 2007 with the original $300 Eee PC, causing consternation in the process for other PC manufacturers, who saw their fat margins on notebooks threatened. Now Asus seems primed to revisit the concept, and revive the brand, with the announcement of its new $199 EeeBook X205 notebook ... or netbook? Of course, the home computing market has changed considerably since 2007, in ways that are immediately obvious from the new EeeBook's design. Remember how heavily compromised the original Eee PC was in terms of hardware and software, with...

Weekend Links: I was going to review some tablets, but… Scalzi on NaNoWriMo
November 2, 2014 | 9:55 am

nook tabletsI Was Going to Review Some Tablets... (Dear Author) So, here is my review: Amazon is winning the sales war because they are better at business. Period. *** Amazon Exec: We Priced the Fire Phone Wrong (Fortune) In an interview with Fortune, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp acknowledged Amazon bumbled the phone’s pricing. *** A Quick Note on Nanowrimo (John Scalzi) But the fact of the matter is that it was possible to do it that way because every day I wasn’t writing 80,000 words, I was writing 2,500. That’s ten pages, double-spaced. Totally doable. *** How Publishers & Copyright Gave Amazon the Very Power...

Story time vs tablet time: the kids eBook debate
October 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

ebookThe NY Times has a great article up which explores, yet again, the kids vs. technology debate. I feel like many of these articles lack a certain nuance on the issue. It's like those old 'is TV good or bad?' stories. Some television programs truly are educational, entertaining and worth watching. Others are trash. And of course, if watching television is ALL you or your child do, then that's not so good because you'll be missing out on other things. So it is with eBooks and kids. Some of them may be useful. I don't see any problem loading up a...

Could on-wall reading be a thing? Thanks to Lenovo, it just might be
October 12, 2014 | 11:30 am

Screenshot from 2014-10-11 11:05:43Lenovo has just rolled out a new line of tablets, including one that could have some very interesting real-world reading applications. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a  13.3" QHD display, which would make it ordinarily quite interesting enough as a reading device, if a little cumbersome. But its real edge is the Pico projector built into its housing, which according to Lenovo can project the display onto a wall with an image covering up to 50 inches. You can see the obvious educational benefits for combining one of these tablets with an ereader. Immediately you have instant on-wall reading for the entire...

Morning Roundup: Kobo Aura H2O available today. NYT needs to rethink strategy
October 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo aura h2oKobo Aura H2O Available Today (GoodeReader) The new Kobo Aura H2O is now available in Canada at major bookstores such as Chapters and Indigo. Americans who have pre-ordered it from the main Kobo website have their units shipped out today and international markets will be getting it soon. *** Not Just Consumers Cutting The TV Cord: Small Cable Companies Dropping TV Also (Techdirt) A bunch of smaller/regional cable companies are dropping TV from their offerings as well -- and the reasons are similar: the cost to offer TV channels keeps going up and up, and focusing on just internet service is a better deal...

Morning Roundup: Why tablet magazines aren’t getting better. Culture vs. Copyright
September 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

tablet magazinesAmazon Expands Kindle Unlimited to UK (Digital Book World) UK readers today gain access to the subscription ebook program Amazon launched in the U.S. in July this year. *** Review: Culture vs Copyright (Indie Reader) CULTURE VS. COPYRIGHT is an intelligent, thoughtful and lively discussion of intellectual property rights and their purpose in the larger society. It is at very least a useful contribution to a vigorous public conversation about creativity and its rewards in a free society. *** Personality & Polish: In Love with Kitchen Libraries (Apartment Therapy) There's something so romantic about a library, especially now that we're cemented in the digital age where almost...

Styluses in the cheap seats
September 17, 2014 | 10:25 am

IMG_20140916_180514As I reported a while ago, premium brand pen manufacturers are at last catching on to the message that styluses are an increasingly popular, and stylish, commodity. Luckily for those of us not in the One Percent, though, they also seem to be improving at the bottom end of the market, with increasingly cheaper and better choices available for the normal user. I'm not getting paid anything for endorsing these, because who would do that for such cheap items? Rather, they're just stylus options that I found outclassed the opposition as anything other than status symbols. One option is the Bic...