My Boyue T61 E-ink Android Tablet Arrived – What Should I Install on it?

illumina_big[1]At long last, my new ereader/tablet arrived.

The Boyue T61 is a 6″ ereader which runs Android 4.2 on a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, and 4GB internal storage.  It’s the OEM version of the Illumina from Icarus, and it costs only half as much.

It sports a 6″ Pearl HD E-ink screen with a touchscreen, a (splotchy) frontlight, Wifi, a microSD card slot, a cover, and not much else. (It didn’t even come with a retail box, but was packed in a plain styrofoam box.)

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Roundup: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Reviews

Galaxy-Tab-4-NOOK_25[1]It’s been just over a week since Barnes & Noble launched their latest tablet, and the reviews are trickling in.

Unfortunately for both B&N and for potential buyers, there weren’t very many blogs interested in writing a review for this tablet. I only found 5 actual reviews (not counting the fake review posted by Publishers Weekly), which is far fewer than the dozen reviews I found for the Fire Phone. Continue reading

Wearable, Shmearable: iWatch Delayed Until Next Year (If It Even Exists)

k1 iwatchDo you know that Apple iWatch that everyone has been panting after for the past year and a half and insisting that it would launch this fall? (The one that I kept saying again, and again, and again that there was no proof it even existed)?

It turns out it’s not launching next month, and pretty much the entire blogosphere was wrong to say that it was (while I was right to point to the lack of evidence). Even the famed John Paczkowski has reversed himself: Continue reading

Keurig’s New Coffee Pod DRM Hacked, Copied?

keurig-20-560[1]DRM may be the bane of some ebook users but it looks like at least one other market may escape the hassle.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, maker of the Keurig single cup coffee machines, had been planning to incorporate DRM into their next generation coffee pods (think ink jet cartridges, only for coffee) but now it seems that their competitors have a different idea. Continue reading

The Morning Coffee – 29 August 2014

The reading list is quite short this morning.

  • 6 Addictive Webcomics To Binge-Read (BOOK RIOT)
  • Meet The Publisher Who Ditched Amazon And Is Selling More Books Than Ever – (Business Insider)
  • NCSU Libraries offering grants to help faculty develop open textbook alternatives (NCSU Libraries News)
  • Paying for Digital Content Still Not the Norm in the UK (eMarketer)
  • Publishing Advice I’d Give My Younger Self (A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing)
  • Why I stopped reading magazines with Newsstand (Macworld)

Got $1,100? Sony is Now Selling the 13.3″ Digital Paper Online

sony-digitalpaper-dpt-s1Sony’s 13.3″ PDF reader is out of the reach of most of us, but if you’re richer than Croesus and in the market and in the market for a limited function device then I have some good news for you.

Sony is now selling the Digital paper DPTS-1 online, direct. My competitor noticed the change earlier today, beating me to the story. You can find the Digital Paper on the Sony Style website, and if you are looking for one of their three resale partners then you should visit Sony’s business/commercial sales website. Continue reading

Amazon is Facing Boycotts, Cries of Blackmail from Japanese Publishers

8493641623_5efb926d54_b[1]Never one to fight a single battle at a time, Amazon is in conflict with publishers in multiple countries, including Bonnier in Germany, Hachette Book Group in the US, and (reportedly) unnamed publishers in the UK.

And now we can add Japan to that list.

The Asahi Shimbun is reporting that Amazon has launched a new ranking system which has Japanese publishers up in arms.  Continue reading

Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” Pulled From Store Shelves

Article Lead - narrow60918504109r0f1409225893538.jpg-300x0The late Roald Dahl may be a widely respected children’s author, but he can still inspire controversy.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian branch of the Aldi supermarket chain recently pulled one of Dahl’s books from its shelves. Much to everyone’s surprise, the book in question, Revolting Rhymes, had a revolting rhyme in it: Continue reading

Used eBook Sales Still Blocked in Germany

3293465641_b6c5081e87_m[1]The German consumer rights group VZBV suffered a legal defeat this week in their fight to get readers more rights over their purchases.

For the past few months VZBV has been fighting a legal battle similar to the one which they initiated last year over the sale of used computer games. The Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverbandes has argued that consumers should have the right of resale, but unfortunately two different courts have disagreed. Continue reading