When it comes to distraction free reading, nothing beats an ereader. But when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, the reading apps available for Android make that platform easily the best value.
Between the save for later apps, ebook apps, PDF apps, comic apps, audiobook apps, news and feed reader apps, and web browsers, there are apps for just about all kinds of ereading. Continue reading
With the holidays rapidly approaching, our thoughts are turning to books and how to give them as gifts. With some stores like Amazon that is easy, but with other stores like Kobo it is difficult, and in the case of iBooks it is simply not possible to gift an ebook.
As a general rule, I think it is better to give a gift card rather than an ebook. This lets the recipient choose the ebooks they want to buy, or perhaps use the funds to get a magazine subscription instead. Continue reading
Has anyone else noticed that no one seems to be reusing iPads with broken screens?
I recently decided to replace my 4 year old iPad 2. (It had long had a broken screen, and with last year’s iPad Air costing $100 less this year an upgrade made sense.) Once I had the new one on my desk and went googling for help on what to do next, I was surprised by the lack of instructions on how to upgrade as well as by the lack of posts on how to reuse an old iPad with a broken screen. Continue reading
Hiring the right pro to assist in publishing a book can sometimes make or break a project, but how do you go about finding them?
The answer to that question is probably going to change with time, but right now authors and publishers can find industry pros through one of the several startups that have launched listing services. Continue reading
The Kindle can do many things, but not all of them are explained in the user manual. (For example, the first Kindle had a hidden menu where you could see a list of the Lab126 team members who had worked on it.) Among the many neat undocumented tricks is one that I use on a regular basis: taking a screenshot.
The Kindle has had the option to let users take a screenshot since the day the first unit shipped in November 2007. The trick to enable this feature varies from one model to the next, so I took a few minutes to list them all. Continue reading
For as long as I’ve shopped there, Kobo has always had an issue with not letting customers download copies of all of the ebooks they buy. I’ve never understood why and they’ve never supplied a consistent answer, but some of the ebooks bought at Kobo can only be read in Kobo hardware and apps. Continue reading
When I first reported yesterday that B&N had removed the option to download ebook purchases from its website, I didn’t know whether that was a technical snafu or an intentional move. Sadly, B&N has confirmed that they did it on purpose: Continue reading
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet is going to be getting a lot of press over the next few weeks, but it’s not the first tablet to launch in this market – nor even the twenty-first.
Here are 5 kids tablets that you might consider in place of the Fire HD Kids Edition. (You might also retrofit your existing tablet as a hand-me-down, but this might not work for everyone). Continue reading
When Amazon finally released their instant video app for Android earlier this week i thought they had made my workaround post redundant. Alas, no, that hasn’t happened. Continue reading
For the past four years Android tablet have been a hot market niche, with dozens of device makers releasing new models willy-nilly. Some were good, many were bad, and as a result the tablet market in July 2014 is glutted with tablets. Continue reading