When I first reported on the new Kindle Voyage earlier this week I mentioned that the Voyage was running the same software as the Paperwhite. It turns out that is not entirely correct. While the two Kindles use what looks like the same web browser, the software running underneath the UI is not even close to being the same.
At the request of a reader, I spent some time yesterday playing with both Kindles, testing the web browsers, and I can report that the Voyage has the much better web browser. It's enough better that I sincerely hope that the Paperwhite gets it in an update otherwise this could be a strong selling point for the Voyage. Continue reading
Most major ebook platforms offer a web-based reading option, including Google, Amazon, and even B&N, and now we can add txtr to that list.
The Berlin-based ebook company txtr just unveiled their new web reader. Based on the open source Epub3 project Readium, txtr's new app enables users to read DRM-free or watermarked Epub or Epub3 format ebooks directly in their Web browsers. Continue reading
The Henderson County and Daviess County Public Libraries recently launched a new portal at www.ePublishOrBust.com with the goal of helping potential writers make the leap to self-published authors.
These two public libraries in western Kentucky certainly aren't the first public library to extend a helping hand to authors, or more specifically self-published authors, but they could be the first to combine forces and expand their efforts beyond their own websites. Continue reading
In a move designed to attract developers with HTML5 apps in the Chrome Web Store and the Windows Phone Store, earlier today Amazon started accepting self-contained apps for its app store.
Developers can now submit apps which are not dependent on an external website like, for example, an ebook app or a news app. Continue reading
The month of July is drawing to a close as Mozilla, Dolphin, and Google roll out updates for their Android web browsers. Chrome only gained minimal improvements (the best stuff is actually in the beta app) but both Firefox and Dolphin added new features. Continue reading
Want to try the speed reading tech offered by Spritz but not sure how? Then you should check out Readsy.
Readsy is a browser tool that helps to speed up your reading by taking whatever page you are looking at, filtering out the extraneous material, and presenting the body of text one word at a time in a window that looks something like this: Continue reading
A news reader service is launching today that takes the passive news reading of Zite, Prismatic, Flipboard, and the like to a new level.
Lumi is an 8 month old startup based in London. They're launching a news reader today that suggests news stories based on all the web browsing you do when not using their app. Continue reading
A couple days ago the web clipping service Findings announced that they were dropping support for Kindle notes and highlights. This service used to be able to extract notes made on your Kindle and let you share them online.
Another part of our service has been the ability to make your Kindle reading more social by importing and sharing your Kindle highlights. A few days ago, Amazon formally notified us that they believe this functionality violates their terms of service. We don’t agree with them but as a small startup, we know a few things.
Findings puts the blame on publishers, an easy target. And this complaint is echoed in some of coverage of this story, particularly at Techdirt. Continue reading
If you can read this, then you managed to avoid the congestion. Congratulations.
A number of people have reports that they have trouble visiting TDR. My hosting company have told me that they are currently the victim of a distributed denial of service attack. They're dealing with it as fast as they can.
If you've been following the Apple in-app purchase fracas of late, then you might know that a log of people are hoping that web apps will be able to get around the need to pay Apple's vig.
If not, then let me explain. The way a web app works is that it uses HTLM5 to run entirely from inside your web browser. It's kinda a trick that builds an app into what you might think of as a web page.
Unfortunately, Apple have been caught throttling web apps. In particular, if an app installs its icon on the home screen, it won't be able to use all the features of the Safari browser. iOS is setup so that app will run at less than half the speed of the same app if you opened it in the browser. Continue reading