Category Archives: tips and tricks

How to Download Kobo eBooks (Including the Ones They Won’t Allow)

kobo itunes ios logoFor 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

Don’t Like Amazon’s New Kids’ Tablet? Here are 5 Alternatives

kindle-fire-hd-kids-3[1]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

The Right Way, the Wrong Way, and the Best Way to Install Amazon Instant Video

(This is a test of the WP standard format system. beeeeeeep. This is only a test)

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.

I’ve tried the new streaming video app on a couple Android tablets and it really didn’t work very well. In my experience the app crashed more and offered a lower resolution stream than the unofficial workaround (which required Adobe Flash and Dolphin Web browser).

With that in mind, I’ve updated my set of instructions on how to install the service, and added a section for the new apps – and left all the instructions for the unofficial workaround intact. I would recommend trying both, and using which ever one works best for you. Juli Monroe of Teleread thought that the official route was better, and it might be better for you as well.

Turn Your T68 Lynx into the Ultimate eReader\Tablet with these 12 Apps

T68 onyx booxAndroid tablets are great, but they’re difficult to read in bright lighting conditions, the backlight screens can cause insomnia, and let’s face it, it’s too easy to get distracted by Angry Birds, videos, and other eye candy.

If you’re looking to get some serious reading done, you’re better off getting an ebook reader which runs Android – like the Nook Glow, Sony Reader Wifi, or the Onyx Boox T68 Lynx. Not everyone likes to spend all of there time reading ebooks, but luckily these ereaders offer the option of installing other apps. Continue reading

How to Read Digital Comics on Windows

9669608946_71e1a64462_b[1]Amazon and Comixology may be getting all of the press attention right now but there’s more to comics than one mid-sized retailer.

Many different companies, including Apple, Google, Kobo, and Amazon, sell digital comics in their ebookstores, and if you don’t mind being restricted to a mobile devices (Android, iPad, or iPhone) you can find many competing indie comic apps like Madefire, Thrillbent, etc. Continue reading

Why do so few Mobile Web Browsers Offer a Distraction-Free Reading Mode?

I am having a problem, and you might be able to help.

Earlier today I set out to write a post which was going to round up all of the mobile web browsers and explain how to access the ad-free reading mode. I wanted to show you how to find a way strip out the ads and see something like this demo of the “Reading View” mode from Amazon Silk: Continue reading

What to do With an Android Tablet With a Broken Screen

If you’ve owned4676754047_53fc1a38e4_m[1] more than one mobile device chances are you still have the old one sitting around (unless you’ve sold it, which is the smart thing to do).

But if you just replaced your Android tablet or smartphone because of a broken touchscreen, I would suggest that you think twice before you throw the old one away.  If the CPU and the rest of the internal components still work then the gadget can still fill a useful purpose. Continue reading

How to Make Your Tablet Safe for Kids

Have speck iguy ipad caseyou have recently upgraded to a new tablet and want to hand off your older model to your lucky kids?

That’s a good idea, but before you do there are a number of steps you should take before you let go of that older tablet. Even a beat up, older model is still useful, albeit a bit slower than your new tablet, but you might want to make sure it’s safe for your kids to use. Continue reading