Archive for the 'E-book Readers' Category

Tech Gear to Avoid

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

GadgetThe linked article gives a breakdown on tech gear that may seem like a good deal but which should probably be avoided. In many cases it’s possible to get a much better item for just a little more money.

Here’s the short version of what not to buy:

  • Budget Android gadgets
  • 17-inch laptops
  • Bridge cameras
  • Entry-level e-readers
  • Budget LCD TVs


The Amazon Kindle Fire

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Tablet ComputerHere at the Chad’s News network command center, we were the surprised recipient of an Amazon Kindle Fire—Amazon’s entry into the tablet market. After using it for a few weeks and reading some of the reviews, here are some comments:

The Kindle Fire is NOT an iPad. You won’t see all the features that you get in an iPad. But at something like 40 percent of the cost, this is to be expected.

The Kindle Fire is tightly integrated with the Amazon store. It doesn’t support the EPUB format, so forget about getting books through any venue other than Amazon. And even though it’s an Android device, you can’t purchase apps from the Android Market; instead, you have to use the Amazon App Store which contains a subset of the apps found elsewhere. (This is because the Kindle Fire, while based on Android, is not a fully-compatible Android device. So some apps won’t work on it.)

Storage space is limited, and you can’t attach an SD card to increase it. So storing videos or large music libraries on the device isn’t really an option. Most videos will need to be streamed.

All this being said, the Kindle Fire is a great device if you want an e-book reader with internet, multimedia, and apps. I’ve been having a ball with the Scrabble app. And while one reviewer thinks it will take over the entire low-end and middle of the tablet market, I think it may see some competition from the Nook Tablet.

One thing I really like is that the Denver Public Library has Kindle books that I can check out and read on my device. Way cool!

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(via Kim Komando)

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Amazon Sells More E-books Than Print Books

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

KindleRemember a few years ago when e-book readers started to hit the mainstream? Well, they’ve definitely arrived. Last May, Amazon announced that it was selling more e-books than printed books.

(via Slashdot)

eReaders Boost Book Reading

Monday, October 11th, 2010

eReaderA recent survey shows that 40% of eReader users are reading more than they did with printed books, and only 2% are reading less. The linked article has that and other interesting trends in eReading.

(via Kim Komando)

Reading E-books Takes Longer

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

E-book ReaderAccording to a recent study, reading an e-book is about 5 to 10 percent slower than a paper book. The study also reported that paper books were found to be more relaxing.

(via Slashdot)

Say Hello To The Barnes & Noble Nook

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

E-book ReaderBarnes & Noble has made a dramatic entrance into the e-book arena with a new reader called the Nook. The cost is $259. It’ll be available in stores sometime during the week of December 7th and is already so popular that pre-orders have exceeded the expected supply for the rest of the year. I had the opportunity to view a mock-up, and they’re pretty small. You can increase the font size, but I’m not sure this would be a good purchase for people with bad eyesight.

An advantage of the Nook is that it supports a variety of e-book formats, including ePub. This means books can be purchased from a wide variety of sources, most notably Google’s huge catalog of 400,000+ titles, and that these purchases will work on devices other than the Nook. Contrast this to the Amazon store which uses a proprietary format that locks the buyer into the Kindle. Also the Nook has more options for connecting to the Internet and a battery that can last up to 10 days on a single charge. To see how the Nook stacks up against the Amazon Kindle 2, here’s an admittedly biased comparison chart.


An Alternative to the Amazon Kindle

Monday, August 24th, 2009

KindleSony is offering up some serious competition to the Amazon Kindle. The end result is that we may see a lessening of proprietary e-book formats. But I’m not sure how Sony will be able to match Amazon’s extensive catalog of books.

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(via Kim Komando)

Expanding the Scope of Your Amazon Kindle

Friday, August 7th, 2009

KindleThe Amazon Kindle is picky about which e-book formats it accepts. So what do you do with an e-book in an unsupported format? The linked article tells how to convert it. The article also lists a couple non-Amazon sources of Kindle-compatible e-books, and explains how to prevent Amazon from deleting books retroactively.


Amazon Can Do What?!?

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

KindleAmazon was recently notified that two of the books in its Kindle catalog were pirated. The company responded by removing the books from the catalog and also deleting every purchased copy. The uproar was significant, with many people being surprised that retroactive deletion was even possible. Amazon has since apologized and promised it will never do this again. To Amazon’s credit, they did refund the purchase price. But this being the United States of America, there has to be a lawsuit involved.

(via Kim Komando)

Update: The lawsuit has been settled, and Amazon has agreed to legally binding terms on which it can retroactively delete content.

What DRM Means For the Amazon Kindle

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Amazon KindleThe Amazon Kindle is an e-book reader that’s becoming quite popular. But be warned: the Kindle becomes an expensive paperweight should Amazon decide to cancel your account.


Amazon Kindle May Revolutionize the Print World

Friday, March 13th, 2009

KindleFrom the article: “Printing the [New York Times] costs twice as much as sending every subscriber a free Kindle.” This sounds great, but I’ve heard there are problems with the pricing of books—specifically that the Kindle version sometimes costs more than the paperback version. Does anyone have any experience with a Kindle? If so, let us know in the comments.

(via Slashdot)

Say Hello to the Amazon Kindle

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

KindleAmazon has introduced a new e-book reader called the Kindle. It’s designed to feel more like an actual book and to be easy to use. We’ll see how popular it turns out to be, but a good sign is that they sold out in 5½ hours. The Kindle requires a wireless connection to the internet, but the $399 purchase price includes free lifetime connectivity.

UPDATE: Ars Technica has a review of the Kindle.

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