Read Library Books On Your Amazon Kindle Starting Today

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Today Amazon announced that Kindle owners will finally be able to read eBooks from their local libraries on the device. A similar service for eReaders compatible with ePUB books — Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, and more — has been available since 2009. Now that Amazon is getting into the game, millions more customers […]

15 Back to School iPad Apps

Evernote Peek Turns iPad Into a Study Tool

For students heading off to school in the next few days and weeks, toting an iPad might make you the envy of the class. It also ensures that you have some great tools to make the Dean’s List. There are numerous free apps for those on a budget, as well as excellent paid apps that […]

The Tablet Challenge: Using a Tablet as a Script in Rehearsal


As I continue to check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the HP TouchPad, along with my ongoing usage of the iPad 2, I’m about to begin an interesting two week challenge. OK, that’s not being intellectually honest. This is one of those instances in my ongoing comparison testing when the the iPad 2 […]

Build Your Own ePUB eBooks in OS X Lion


Concurrently with my experimenting to prepare Tablets to be used as my scripts in rehearsals for Southern Crossroads at Totem Pole Playhouse, I was eager to test out this new Automator feature in OS X Lion. Essentially the Automator action Text to ePUB File does exactly what its name says it does. It allows you […]

Is Apple Using Harry Potter to Strong-Arm Google?

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Apple has made it very clear that, as rulers of the iOS kingdom, they are going to own the entire economy. As 9to5 Mac reported, Google Books has vanished from the iOS AppStore – and any old Muggle can figure out why. Google Books, incidentally, is set to become the sole platform for the upcoming […]

The Amazon Kindle App Finally Shows Up on the HP TouchPad


Well, whadda ya know? HP in doing all of its spinning, dodging and weaving since they decided to call the July 1 launch of the HP TouchPad and claim that yesterday, July 17 was the real launch, let it be known that the missing Amazon Kindle App would appear shortly. Well, it appeared today, or […]

New Nook E-Ink E-Reader Coming Later This Month?


There’s been chatter that Barnes & Noble is getting ready to introduce a second-generation e-ink-based Nook electronic reader to replace the original Nook. The new e-ink reader would be released help Barnes & Noble better compete against Amazon’s Kindle 3, which offers a newer, better electronic ink display that’s even easier on the eyes with […]

YUDU Claims to Dodge the iPad Subscription Tax (But Doesn’t)


News flash! “Service launched for publishers to evade Apple cut!” That was the headline as digital publishing service YUDU announced a way for publishers to sell subscriptions for content in iOS apps without paying Apple a 30% cut. Which is great news if you didn’t know that was already possible.

How My iPad Made Me Hate Paper and Helped Me Save Over $15,000


I hate paper! It is everywhere but thanks in part to my iPad I don’t want to use it anywhere, except maybe the bathroom and dining room. So I’m gonna show you a few ways that my iPad has made me hate paper while saving literally thousands of dollars. Speaker Notes As a preacher I […]

Google Updates iOS Google Books App

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Google has released an update to its iOS Google Books App . It is a universal App and the features mentioned in the update include landscape mode for the iPad, easier access to the Google eBooks Store, 3D page turning  on the iPad with iOS 4.3 running, and speed improvements as well as other under […]

Textbook Startup Receives Major Publisher Support for iPad


Inkling is one of those companies that is working on bringing textbooks to Tablets, specifically the iPad. Textbooks on tablets just make sense in so many ways that you’d think it was a no brainer. But of course existing business models for publishers get in the way. Inkling just pulled down some major publisher support […]

$50 Off Nook Color Via Barnes & Noble’s Official eBay Channel

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The Nook Color was launched as Barnes & Noble’s push into the color space with an Android-based e-reader touchscreen tablet, but the device has gained more versatile uses thanks to an enterprising developer community, including root access, Android 3.0 Honeycomb port, and the ability to run apps from Android Market, which was restricted by Barnes […]

Apple will require option for in-app purchases of reading material


WSJ has updated an earlier report that Apple was forcing publishers to switch to their in-app payment system. Despite dire warnings, this is not a switch but an addition. Publishers that already conduct sales outside the app can continue to do so, but must also offer the option to make the purchase in-app, a policy […]

Amazon Kindle App Now Available for Windows Phone 7

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Windows Phone 7 users can now enjoy reading Amazon Kindle books as Amazon has now made its Kindle App available for that platform. If you don’t know the drill on this, you’ve been hiding in some old library stacks somewhere during the last year or so. The Kindle App allows you to purchase books from […]

Amazon Kindle App for Android Updated In App Purchases Now Possible


The Kindle App for Android has been updated to version 2.0 adding quite a few enhancements including the ability to now purchase books within the App itself. Among the other enhancements are access to periodicals and newspapers, sharing your reading progress with social networks, and you can now use your smartphone’s volume keys to control […]

That Nook Color Froyo Update: Well Not So Fast


Yesterday I got excited, as did quite a few others with news from Engadget that Barnes & Noble was going to update the Nook Color to Android 2.2 (Froyo) in January and add the Android Marketplace to the device. This would have in effect made the Nook Color a pretty decent Android Tablet/Slate, in fact […]

eBook Store Wars Bring Back Memories and Offer Choices


Back in the days that I lived in Chicago it was a free fire zone in the Book Store wars. Downtown Chicago was certainly the centerpiece but in the area where I lived around Clark, Diversey and Halsted streets it was also full of action. Most of the book stores had a location in my […]