Category Archives: software news

Amazon Fire Phone Update v3.5.1 Adds New Features

fire phoneAmazon’s two month old smartphone got its first update today.

The update  includes a bonanza of new features as well as UI improvements, tweaks to improve the battery life, a new option for deleting emails, and more.

While this update will be music to the ears of Fire Phone owners, I don’t see anything here that would interest me enough to consider buying one. How about you? Continue reading

Kobo for Android Updated with Immersive Reading Mode, Better Support for Embedded Audio

kobo itunes ios logoKobo quietly rolled out a new update last week for their Android app, and it’s one worth our attention.

In addition to the usual bug fixes and other improvements, the new app boasts support for Epubs with embedded audio, faster loading of Epub files, and new stability improvements for fixed layout Epub ebooks. Continue reading

Mantano eBook App for Android, IOS Updated with Support for Epub3

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I am pleased to report on an update which adds improved support for the ePub3 ebook format.

Late last week Mantano released a new version of their reading app for Android, iPhone, and iPad. In addition to bug fixes and a couple new reading features, the Mantano app also gained support for Epub3. Continue reading

Kobo Rolls Out Firmware Update for Aura, Glo, Aura HD

Kobo_Glo[1]Kobo released a new update (v3.5) for their ereaders late last week, and they also released an update the the Kobo PC app (v3.9).

I don’t have details on the changes to the PC app, but early user reports posted at MobileRead are saying that kobo has made significant improvements with this latest firmware. Continue reading

BlueFire Reader for iPhone, iPad Now Supports Dropbox

Open-Dyslexic[1]iPad users, rejoice. The best Epub app for iDevices was updated yesterday with a bunch of new features. The app has new themes, a new font, and (finally) integration with Dropbox. It also unfortunately supports the new Adobe DRM, and you just know that’s going to come back to haunt users. Continue reading

It’s Not Dead: Sony Releases Updates for Sony Reader App for iDevices

sony reader logojSony may have shut down their ebook store in much of the world but they continue to invest in the Sony Reader Store in Japan.

Over the past couple days Sony has rolled out a couple updates to their ebook service, including a new browser reader and an update to the Sony Reader app for iDevices. Continue reading

Kobo Launches New Reading App for Windows Phone

kobo windows phoneWhen Kobo relaunched their Windows 8 app earlier this year they also mentioned that a related app for Windows Phone was in the works. That app launched with little fanfare yesterday.

Windows Phone users now have a new option for reading in addition to the Kindle and Nook apps. The Kobo app is free to download from the Windows Phone Store, and it offers access to a catalog of some 4 million titles, including ebooks, comics, and children’s books. Continue reading