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Seatback mount for planes, trains, and buses

on Monday, April 21st, 2014

I’ve seen tray-top stands to hold your mobile devices during flights, but they always seemed a little dangerous to me.  Because they weren’t tied down in any way, it seemed that your mobile device could go flying in case of turbulence.  The cradle of the Skyview Seatback Mount for Mobile Devices holds mobile smart phones, tablets, Read More…

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Give a Kindle Fire tablet for Valentine’s Day

on Monday, February 10th, 2014
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

For a limited time, Amazon is offering their Kindle Fire tablets at special prices for Valentine’s Day gifting.  Savings vary by model, but you could give a Kindle Fire HD for as low as $124.00, an HDX for $199, a Fire HD 8.9″ for $189, or a Fire HDX 8.9″ for $339.  If you hurry, Read More…

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There’s bad news and good news for Sony eReader fans

on Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

I just received an email from Sony about their decision to close their US and Canadian eReader Stores this Spring (March 20, 2014). That’s the bad news… The good news is that all the existing eReader accounts will be transferred over to Kobo. See email details after the jump. 

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Up to 80% discounts on eBooks from Amazon

on Friday, January 10th, 2014
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Maybe you got a new Kindle for Christmas, or maybe you use a Kindle reader app on your tablet or smartphone.  In any event, you’re probably always in the market for some deeply discounted books for it.  Today, Amazon is offering up to 80% off on more than 500 educational eBooks for your Kindle.  They Read More…

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Next Issue now provides unlimited magazines to Kindle HD and HDX

on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Next Issue, my favorite app for my iPad, is now available for Kindle HD and HDX.  Just download the free app from Amazon, and you’ll be able to access more than 125 magazines – current and back issues.   Of course, you’ll still need to subscribe to the Next Issue service, but where else can Read More…

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iBookstore now allows you to gift a book

on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Just in time as a replacement for those last minute gifts that probably won’t get to their destinations on time, you can give a book through Apple’s iBookstore.  You don’t have to send an impersonal gift card; you can actually pick out a book you think the recipient would like, and purchase that book for Read More…

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Amazon has launched the Kindle MatchBook service

on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

A couple months ago, we told you about Amazon’s new Kindle MatchBook service, which will give you access to eBook versions of paper books you bought from them in the past.  Whether you bought them years ago or last week, you can get the eBook version for no more than $2.99, and some may be Read More…

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Finally, an electronic dictionary for your paper books

on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, Gear, News

Do you prefer to do your reading the “old fashioned way”, sticking exclusively to paper books, but still find yourself jealous of how easily others can look up words in the dictionary built-in to eBook readers?  It won’t be as easy as simply tapping on a word displayed in the eBook reader to look up Read More…

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Kobo Mini and Glo eReaders review

on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, Reviews

Are you interested in switching to an eReader device so that you can carry more books with you, but without all the bulk? For the past few years, choosing an eBook reading device aka eReader has been a choice between 2 main companies. Amazon with the their Kindle devices and Barnes and Noble with their Read More…

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Get a free Nook Simple Touch with the purchase of the Nook HD+

on Monday, March 25th, 2013

If you’re looking to buy a Nook HD+ tablet from Barnes & Noble, now is the time to do it.  Until 3/31/13, you’ll receive a free Nook Simple Touch eBook reader with the purchase of a Nook HD+.  The Simple Touch is normally $79.  This offer is valid for both the 16GB Nook HD + Read More…

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite firmware 5.3.4 released

on Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon has just released a new firmware 5.3.4 for their Kindle Paperwhite.  Like the previous firmware upgrade, there’s actually no change log attached advising any details  You can wait to wirelessly receive the upgrade or manually download and install it right now.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite sees Australia

on Friday, February 8th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

For those Aussies waiting for the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to finally be available locally here’s some good news.  Amazon’s still not shipping to Australia however  Dick Smith Online has the Paperwhite up for pre-order. The best news is that the cost is only $149AU, a price that’s actually even cheaper than importing from the US via Read More…

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Firmware 5.3.3 released

on Friday, January 18th, 2013
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon today released a new firmware for their Kindle Paperwhite.  Firmware 5.3.3 can either be downloaded and manually installed or you can wait for it to come over the air if you have your Wi-fi enabled on your Paperwhite.  There’s actually no change log on the web and it’s a full OS update (rather than an Read More…

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Oberon Design Medium Tablet Sleeve review

on Friday, January 4th, 2013

I typically carry my gear around with me in the Colonel Littleton No. 1943 Navigator bag I reviewed last year. But there are those occasions where I want my iPad mini with me either totally by itself or in something like my gi/sports bag. In both situations, I do not want my tablet rattling around Read More…

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Free in iBooks: Hubble Space Telescope Discovery eBook

on Friday, December 28th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

If you have any interest in astronomy – backyard hobbist or more serious scientist – you need to download this free eBook to your iBooks app on your iPad.  (Requires an iPad using iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later.)  This is a huge book, almost 1GB, that’s chock full of informative text, Read More…

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Levenger’s Thai Pad is a universal tablet stand or typing stand – and it holds books, too!

on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The Thai Pad from Levenger serves a lot of purposes.  You can use it to hold books or eBook readers, or you can use it as a tablet stand while you surf, play games, read, or watch movies.  The flat wrist rest is big enough to hold many Bluetooth keyboards, as you can see in Read More…

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Give your child unlimited access to age-appropriate books, games, and videos on your Kindle Fire

on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Kids I’ve seen seem to be fascinated by tablet computers, and many of them want their own.  The problem with tablets and children is there isn’t a lot you can do to restrict what they can access with the tablet, and there’s a worldwide-web of things out there that you may not want them to Read More…

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V-Tech InnoTab Tablet for children review

on Sunday, December 9th, 2012

As any self-respecting gadgeteer parent, I put a lot of thought towards the appropriate gadgets for my son. As Christmas approached last year I had decided to get him a tablet, and had my list down to the V-Tech and LeapPad Tablets when V-Tech offered one for a review. Unfortunately (for me) last Christmas was a hot season Read More…

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Amazon Send to Kindle Browser extension

on Monday, November 12th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Browsing the web at work?  Found an article you’d really like to read but don’t have the time to do it now, and you’d rather read it tonight in bed on your Kindle Paperwhite? Amazon has Send to Kindle browser extensions for both Firefox and Chrome.  Install the extension, tell it a few things like what Read More…

Kindle Paperwhite Software Update 5.3.0

on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Amazon has just released their first software update (5.3.0) for their new Kindle Paperwhite .  New features in the update include: Improved Fonts:  We have made changes to Palatino, Baskerville, and Futura fonts to make them look even better on Kindle Paperwhite. You will notice this when reading books, as well as in menus. We’ve also Read More…

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Sony finally announces their Reader app for iOS devices

on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Some time ago, Sony released an Android app that allows you to read ebooks purchased from the Sony Reader Store on your smartphone or tablet.  They didn’t issue a reader app for iOS at the time; they were too busy whining that Apple was suddenly enforcing their price-splitting policies for in-app purchases.  I was greatly Read More…

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

on Monday, October 29th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, Reviews

For the last two years I’ve been more than happy with my Kindle Keyboard (3) 3G  and haven’t seen the need to upgrade to any of the newer Kindle versions.  Smaller size or touch interface never seemed to be a driving factor to warrant spending the extra  money on  an “upgrade”. However as someone who Read More…

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Kindle Reader for Windows 8

on Friday, October 26th, 2012

For a true cross-platform interoperability reading experience you really can’t beat Amazon’s “eco-system”.  Well Windows 8 users won’t miss out on their Amazon books either, as Amazon releases its Kindle Reader for Windows 8. Available from the Windows 8 app Store, the reader supports both Windows 8 and Windows RT.  And it supports all the functionality we’ve Read More…

txtr beagle – Low cost ebook reader

on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

The ebook reader war is on with most major vendors adding more features for a lower price.  But do you really need all that “fancy stuff” like a backlight, WiFi, 3G or an 8 week inbuilt battery?  Well if  German company txtr has their way, you’ll be saying no. The txtr beagle has a 5″ e-ink Read More…

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Gadgeteer book club – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

on Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Posted in: eBook Readers, News

Happy Sunday morning everyone. Since buying the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader (review coming soon), I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a Gadgeteer book club. I’m not sure if you all will have an interest in this sort of thing, but we can consider this an experiment and see if it turns Read More…