ebooks

Our household has had several online subscription services over the years. We’ve had Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Prime Reading, and Spotify, and enjoyed the benefits that come along with each. The biggest problem with all of those different services is keeping track of all the logins and payments each month.  Playster is a subscription service… Read More

Being an Amazon Prime member just got even better! Earlier this week, Amazon announced their Prime Reading perk which offers a rotating selection of more than 1000 ebooks, kid's books, magazines, and even comics that Prime members in the US can read through the Kindle app for free. Some of the selections include magazines like… Read More

Regardless of which eBook device or app you use or which store you purchase from, BookBub can help you obtain books at discount prices or even free.  BookBub doesn't sell books themselves.  They just "simply alert you by email to fantastic limited-time offers that become available on retailers like Amazon's Kindle store, Barnes & Noble's… Read More

One of the perks of being a Kindle owner and an Amazon Prime member was the one free book you were allowed to "borrow" each month.  With only one free book, it could take you a long time to try out new authors you're interested in without having to risk some of your book budget… Read More

My goal is to make more time in my day to read. I love reading but that seems to be one activity that gets pushed aside when my days get busy. That stops today. And the first book that I plan to read is Mytro by John Biggs. John is a Brooklyn NY based tech… Read More

Last fall, we told you about the Oyster ebook lending service that gave you unlimited access to ebooks on your iOS devices.  At the time, they had 100,000 books in their lending library.  Now, they have more than 500,000 titles available.  They've made a lot of improvements in their reading app, too, with new typography… Read More

Simon & Schuster created a new website, called Off the Shelf, that's intended to help to maximize your reading enjoyment by helping you discover books - cult classics or best sellers - that you may have missed over the years.  It's brought to you by "passionate editors, authors, and others inside the book business", and… Read More

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.  Dear Reader Store customer: As you… Read More

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

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

Yesterday, Barnes & Noble introduced Nook for Web, "an innovative and free new browser experience that offers readers the ability to explore the hottest digital titles and bestselling books right from their computer – no sign-in, software download or NOOK account required to begin reading" on their PC or Mac.  With the Nook Cloud service… Read More

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Justice filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group USA and Simon & Schuster.  (Note: Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have tentatively agreed to a settlement and, if approved, should be removed from the list of defendants.) In the past couple years our… Read More

(S)mythology is the story of Sophie, a little girl with magical super powers, told as a whimsical, young-adult tale of true love that mixes pop culture with Greek mythology.  This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jeremy Tarr (the author) and the Keep a Breast Foundation have joined forces to raise money for breast cancer awareness.  For… Read More

I’ve been a fan of ebooks for many years, starting with Peanut Press books on my Handspring Visor Deluxe back around 1999.   After writing code for 9 hours/day for many years, you can imagine my wrists were shot, and I loved ebooks because they weren’t as heavy and hard to hold as a physical book. … Read More

I've been waiting for a dedicated eBook reader with a backlit color display since the early days of the original Sony Reader. During that wait, I found myself using my current smartphone as an eBook reader due to the fact that it is always with me and has a color display. The Barnes & Noble… Read More