New Online Tracking Tech Means More Work to Keep Your Reading Private Online

124659356_bbe1e5b661_z[1]Researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium have discovered that  several companies including AddThis, makers of the popular sharing buttons toolbar found on many websites, have been secretly testing a new type of cookie.

It’s called canvas fingerprinting, and it gathers more information than existing cookies in an attempt to create a unique identifier to be used to track you around the web. Continue reading

Kindle Paperwhite Update v5.4.5 Adds New PDF Features, Book-Buying Options

Kindle_Paperwhite_35438287_35437744_35438313_35438312_02_620x433[1]Amazon is rolling out a new update for their flagship ereader this week which adds a couple nifty features as well as one which might prove more annoying that it is worth.

According to the changelog posted by Amazon, the new update includes three listed features (there could be more, but we’ll have to wait for users to find them). Update you Kindle Paperwhite and it will automatically sync your most recently read latest page across all devices and apps on your Kindle account (whether you want it to or not). Continue reading

Icarus Excel 9.7″ E-ink eReader Updated, Now Runs Android

icarus-excel-1The Dutch ereader retailer Icarus is back again today with their second device launch in as many weeks.

Icarus is launching a 9.7″ ereader called the Excel 2. It improves on the model launched last year with a faster CPU and more RAM, but it is still unfortunately using the same screen and touchscreen panel. Continue reading

WSJ: Apple Places Order for 70 Million iPhone 6, Including the 5.5″ Model

iphone 6 dummyApple has long been rumored to be releasing iPhones later this year with a 4.7″ and 5.5″ screens, but there haven’t been enough hardware leaks to convince me that the 5.5″ model was going to make an appearance this year. Thanks to the WSJ we might now know why.

This august publication is reporting that: Continue reading

New Estimates Put UK eBook Sales up 10% in the First Four Months of the Year

7970059980_f6418a9052_c[1]The UK Publishers Association revealed today that growth in ebook sales in the UK market outpaced the US market in the first part of 2014.

According to the Digital Sales Monitor April 2014, digital sales (including both ebooks and audiobooks) reached £132.5 million in the January-April period, up 10.5% from £119.9 million in the same period in 2013. The PA reports that digital sales represented 16% of total book sales, or about four times what they were 5 years ago. Continue reading