About (the Blog)

The Digital Reader

… is a tech blog focused on ebooks and digital reading which also covers general tech news and important topics.

What We Cover

This has grown into a news, review, & opinion blog. We cannot help but have opinions; it comes from writing the reviews. Even when We’re just reporting on news we will try to put it in perspective and this will often be influenced by our personal opinions.

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Who We Are

Nate Hoffelder, General Editor and Malcontent at Large – This is me. I’ve been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there.

Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It’s a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog.

Staff Writers & Contributors

Where We Are

The Digital Reader
13884 Montoclair Ln
Dale City, VA, 22193

The images in the morning coffee posts are used under a CC license. They were downloaded from Flickr.




  1. CodeWriter13 February, 2012

    Nate, the web_site looks great! Keep it going…

  2. Paul Diette1 March, 2012

    Your site has proven an invaluable resource for staying current on ebook trends.Thanks so much for your stories, links and currency. I’m now glued.

  3. Kebin10 August, 2012

    Good site. If someone has info/gossip/tips on something of interest for you, do you have a contact address to send it to? (Sorry, I know there is a spam risk.)

    1. Kebin10 August, 2012

      Never mind. I just saw the “Tip Us” heading which gives the contact address.

  4. Mark Young13 September, 2012

    Great web site, guys. One suggestion: tried to share your blog on Twitter this morning and had to cut and past to get it to post. Can you create a one-step click on Twitter, Facebook, etc in order to share your blogs? Thanks.

    1. Nate Hoffelder13 September, 2012

      That’s what the sharing buttons are for. You should be able to see them between the title and body of each post.

  5. Bill Thompson15 September, 2012

    I’m delighted to tell you this site is the newest bookmark in my “must-read” collection. Your opinions are solid and well-expressed, and your writing sings. Congrats all the way around.

  6. Lee Balcom9 October, 2012

    Thanks Nate! I read your site everyday and thinking about contributing somehow. Do you guys accept donations via paypal? Keep up the great work!

  7. Lauren Spree5 November, 2012

    This is a great website!! I just found it trolling the internet. Thanks for all of the great info, Nate : )

  8. Cheryl Heckler15 May, 2013

    Nate, I teach Journalism at Miami of Ohio. My Jrn 101 students will follow your blog as part of one assignment — starting the end of July. Is there any particular event (like the release of new products or a major conference) the end of July or early August?

    1. Nate Hoffelder16 May, 2013

      Not that I know of. There are no events scheduled, and I have not read any rumors.

  9. Jennifer Chapin22 October, 2013

    Hey Nate,

    I really enjoy The Digital Readers and since it seems you cover everything ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing, I thought you’d like to know about Booktrack. We bring music and sound to the written word. Across all digital reading and writing platforms, our cutting-edge technology introduces a cinematic experience to e-books. And, for the first time, ANYONE can access our audio library of over 20,000 soundtracks, ambient audio and sound effects to create and then publish any length booktracked story.

    I can’t help but think you’d be intrigued with our technology and self-publishing platform. I’d be delighted to hop on the phone and/or supply you with additional information. We just launched last month and it’s early days but we’re already witnessing some great uptake and user adoption.

    Look forward to hearing from you and thanks for your time. Keep up the great work.



  10. Ogungbenle Gabriel21 January, 2016

    Can we insert micro Chip into the Tablet so that I can use it as Phone Call

    1. Nate Hoffelder21 January, 2016

      No, sorry, this is strictly a tablet.

  11. Patrick8 September, 2016


    I’m super excited to tell you about the availability of our eBook Search app for Android, a native Android version of our popular free iOS eBook Search app, offering over 8 million free books on Android devices.

    eBook Search for Android makes it possible to find over 8 million free eBooks and download them directly to the Google Play Books, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo apps or practically any other eBook reader. It does this by connecting to the free book catalogs of Feedbooks, Baen Books, Project Gutenberg, Smashwords, EPub Bud, ManyBooks, and the Internet Archive.

    The app can be used to connect to any standard OPDS catalog as well as the popular Calibre desktop app for managing personal eBook libraries.

    Since its release on iOS in 2011, eBook Search has had over 8.5 million downloads and has been consistently ranked in the top 25 of the iTunes free books category.

    Feature Highlights:
    * Access over 8 million free ebooks from Feedbooks, Baen Books, Project Gutenberg, Smashwords, Epub Bud, ManyBooks and the Internet Archive.
    * Access to the Calibre eBook management software over WiFi.
    * Open books in most Android EPUB and PDF reader apps including Google Play Books, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo,
    * Optimized for Android phone and tablet devices.
    * Native app optimized for Android phone and tablet devices.

    eBook Search for Android with 7 catalogs and over 8 million free books is available worldwide for free on the Google Play store.

    Google Play Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inkstonesoftware.ebooksearchfree
    App homepage: http://www.ebooksearchapp.com/

    An ad-free “Pro” version of eBook Search is also available for $0.99 (USD).

    Thanks much,

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