Posts Tagged ‘kindle’

Google Glass, Nexus Q, Nexus Tablet Overview

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

As if texting while driving wasn’t a big enough problem already, next we’ll be dealing with drivers who are too lost in their Google glasses to pay attention to the road.

If you did not have time to watch the Google I/O keynote, nor the time to read through the myriads of news that every tech site and many others posted about the devices and technologies introduced during the keynote, then this short to the point overview of what happened may be to get you on a par with people who did spend the time.


Read Free Kindle Ebooks with Kindle Reader Apps

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Go ahead and call me a luddite, but I still prefer good, old fashioned paper books over ebooks. For one thing, you can’t use an ebook to swat a fly … for another, you can’t use an ebook to reserve a table at your local hamburger joint (that is, not if you expect the ebook to still be there when you get back to the table.)

Amazon’s Kindle Reader is a big success for the online shopping giant. One of the reasons for the success is the cross-promotion that Amazon is running on the highly frequented shopping portal website. Kindle Reader or Fire owners can purchase books optimized for the reader on the Amazon website. As part of the promotion, free Kindle ebooks are offered on the site next to regular ebooks that need to be bought before they can be read.


Amazon Withdraws Ebook Explaining How to Manipulate its Sales Rankings

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I can totally understand why Amazon would do this … but it’s still kind of funny.

Ebook claiming one can become a Kindle ‘bestseller’ simply by posting fake reviews temporarily removed from bookseller’s listings


As the reborn Kindle proves, looks don’t count for everything

Monday, August 30th, 2010

It sounds like the new Kindle is quite an improvement … but I still don’t see any advantages over the traditional, paper book.

It’s not as attractive as the iPad, but Amazon’s formerly derided e-reader is cheap and, most important, efficient

The newest version of the Kindle e-reader is out. And guess what? “Due to strong customer demand,” says the Amazon website, “Kindle is temporarily sold out. Order now to reserve your place in the queue… orders placed today are expected to dispatch on or before 17 September.”


Why E-readers Are Good for Books: People Read More

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I know a bunch of people who own e-readers, but very few of them actually use their e-readers to read books. From my limited survey of friends, it seems like e-readers make a nice gift, but once people have them, they don’t really know what to do with them.

There’s a lot of angst in the book publishing industry — and among book lovers — about the rise of the e-book and the decline of the printed version, but there’s good news for those who care about books regardless of what form they take: A growing body of evidence shows that people with e-readers are reading more books. A recent survey found that 40 percent of those with e-readers said they were reading more books than they used to before they had the device, which is consistent with earlier data on e-reading habits. E-book sales climbed by more than 200 percent in the first six months of this year, according to the Association of American Publishers.


Can Amazon turn ebooks mainstream?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I’m one of those luddites who refuses to get on the ebook bandwagon; my bookcase would look pretty silly with just one Kindle on the shelf …

Anyone unlucky enough to commute will know that dead tree media still rule the roost, as least on the nation’s public transport. But ebook readers, including the odd iPad, are starting to creep in, along with mobiles, games consoles and even DVD players on long journeys.

There’s a deep-seated resistance to digital versions of a centuries old traditional of printed books, which have rightly enchanted, educated and enlightened readers since movable type. So what will it take for ebooks to become mainstream?


Print v iPads: books win!

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Books are just more convenient than an electronic device … plus your 12 dollar paperback is a lot less likely to be stolen than your 150 dollar e-book reader.

The speed race, at least. Books are faster and ‘more relaxing’ to read, but iPads and Kindles are ‘more satisfying’, finds new study

E-book readers might be heralded as the future of literature but a new report shows that it’s still quicker to read the old-fashioned print version of a book.


Why e-Book Reader Sales Are Seen Heading South

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I borrowed my sister-in-law’s Kindle, and I wasn’t impressed. Maybe this makes me a luddite, but I still like good old fashioned paper books best …

Is the window of opportunity for e-book readers with embedded broadband going to close not long after it just opened? That’s the forecast being made by UK research firm Informa Telecoms & Media — it believes device sales will peak in 2013 and then decline by 7 percent the following year because instead of purchasing dedicated e-book readers, consumers will shift towards other multifunction devices with mobile broadband, such as Apple’s iPad or an anticipated Android tablet, to read e-book content.


Hands on with the Kindle reader for Android

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I read a lot (maybe five or six books a month), but so far, I prefer books with good old fashioned paper pages. If somebody gave me a Kindle, I’d probably use it … but what would I fill my bookcases with then?

Amazon recently revealed plans to bring its Kindle e-book application to Google’s Android mobile platform. I got a hands-on demo of the software prototype, which the book vendor brought to Google I/O. Much like the desktop and iPhone versions, it has support for synchronizing with Amazon’s cloud. Page number, notes, and other information will transparently match up across all supported devices.

Screen readability is good and offers a solid reading experience. Users can select from several different font sizes and background colors. Options include a sepia mode and a white-on-black mode for night reading. The application user interface has a brightness adjustment slider, but it wasn’t yet functional in the prototype that I tested. 


Open vs. Closed: Google Takes on Amazon and Apple in e-Books

Monday, May 10th, 2010

I think I’ll just stick with good, old paper books until Amazon and Apple finish fighting this one out …

As it stands now, the e-book industry is dominated by two closed and proprietary giants: Amazon and Apple. Both have e-book platforms — the Kindle and the iPad — which they design, manufacture and control, and both have been busy trying to convince book publishers to do business with them, with Amazon pushing for lower prices and Apple giving in to publishers’ demands for a more flexible approach. The landscape will change dramatically later this year, however, when Google is expected to launch a digital book-selling unit called Google Editions. The search company’s entry promises to turn the e-book business into yet another battle in the ongoing war of Open vs. Closed.