Thursday, September 18, 2014

Top 5 e-Readers of the Summer

A reader uses her Nook ereader
The summer of 2014 saw many new e-readers get released and some old favorites get used on the beach and cottage. Today, we take a look at the top five e-readers that either came out during the summer or remained perennial favorites.

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Sony Responds to the 10 Page Note Taking Limit on DPTS1


A few days ago Good e-Reader broke the news that there was a 10 page note taking limit on the Sony Digital Paper DPTS1 e-reader. This prevents people from making a note from scratch and going beyond 10 pages. Today, Sony has responded  to this limitation with a promise that a future firmware update will remedy it and also provided us with a 25 page PDF document, that can be used to bypass the limitation.

"Sony is highly aware of the 10 page limitation and we already have plans to address this limitation in a forthcoming release of firmware which will be available toward the end of the year.  Users will no longer be limited to 10 pages of notes.  The improvement will be available to everyone via Over The Air update (or by connecting Digital Paper via USB to the computer)." said a Sony rep.

Ray Zwiefelhofer and his team at Worlddox has done some experimentation and they have developed some fun forms and other features from which Sony Digital Paper users might enjoy and if you are looking for a 25 page PDF that can be used to take bigger notes, you can download it from HERE.

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The Usual Suspects: Guaranteed Bestsellers

  • Reed Farrel Coleman – Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot, Books on Tape; read byJames Naughton
  • Ken Follet – Edge of Eternity, Books on Tape; read by John Lee
  • Faye KellermanMurder 101, Harper Audio; read by Richard Ferrone
  • Johnathan & Jesse KellermanThe Golem of Hollywood, Books on Tape; read by John Rubinstein
  • Sherrilyn KenyonSon of No One, Macmillan Audio; read by Holter Graham
  • Dennis LehaneThe Drop, Harper Audio; read by Jim Frangione
  • Pittacus LoreThe Revenge of Seven, Harper Audio; read by Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvai, & Almarie Guerra
  • Walter MosleyRose Gold, Books on Tape; read by J.D. Jackson
  • Jodi PicoultLeaving Time, Books on Tape; read by Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, & Mark Deakins
  • Kathy ReichsBones Never Lie, Books on Tape; read by Katherine Borowitz
  • Rick RiordanThe Blood of Olympus, Listening Library; read by Nick Chamian
  • James RollinsThe 6th Extinction, Harper Audio; read by Christian Baskous
  • John SanfordDeadline, Books on Tape; read by Eric Conger
  • Oprah WinfreyWhat I Know For Sure, Macmillan Audio; read by the author
  • Stuart Woods Paris Match, Books on Tape; read by Tony Roberts



Stephen Eirik Clark Sweetness #9
Hachette Audio, read by James Langton

In 1973, David Leveraux is a Flavorist-In-Training testing a new artificial sweetener – "Sweetness #9". He notices unusual side effects in the lab animals, but fails to blow the whistle. Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener and David's family is displaying the same behavior as the lab animals. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David’s failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?


James Ellroy Perfidia
Books on Tape, read by Craig Wasson

This crime novel is James Ellroy at his best. On the eve of Pearl Harbor, a Japanese family is discovered dead in their home. The investigation becomes a political storm that throws together and rips apart four members of the LAPD. A Kirkus starred review and one of Vulture's 57 Books to Read This Fall.


Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven
Books on Tape, read by Kirsten Potter

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. A Kirkus starred review, LibraryReads pick, and one of Amazon's Best Books of the Month.


Joseph O'Neil – The Dog
Books on Tape, read by Erik Davies

Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, the hero of this novel leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In a Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-La, our protagonist struggles with his new position as the “family officer” of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the “doghouse,” a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped–even if he’s just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected as one of Publisher's Weekly Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2014


Andrea PortesAnatomy of a Misfit
Harper Audio, read by Caitlin Davies

Mean Girls meets the Perks of Being a Wallflower in Andrea Portes's first young adult novel. Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School, but inside she knows she's a freak. She can't stop thinking about loner Logan McDonough, but he's off-limits. Will Anika ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or will she follow her heart and become a pariah? Selected as OverDrive's Big Library Read for Fall 2014.


Jason Segal & Kirsten Miller Nightmares!
Listening Library, read by Jason Segal

Jason Segel, multitalented actor, writer, and musician, teams up with New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Miller for the hilariously frightening middle-grade novel Nightmares!. Charlie Laird hates his new stepmom, her creepy house that his family has moved into, and the nightmares that plague him every night. When his nightmares appear in the real world, Charlie and his friends must face their fears to save their town.


Jane Smiley Some Luck
Books on Tape, read by Lorelei King

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally remarkable children: Frank, the brilliant, stubborn first-born; Joe, whose love of animals makes him the natural heir to his family’s land; Lillian, an angelic child who enters a fairy-tale marriage with a man only she will fully know; Henry, the bookworm who’s not afraid to be different; and Claire, who earns the highest place in her father’s heart. Selected as one of The Most Anticipated Novels of Fall 2014 by Kirkus.


Sarah Waters The Paying Guests
Books on Tape, read by Juliet Stevenson

After World War I, an impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her daughter, Frances are obliged to take in lodgers. With the arrival of a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life–or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be. One of Amazon's Best Books of the Month, selected as one of The Most Anticipated Novels of Fall 2014 by Kirkus, and one of Huffington Post's Best Books for Fall 2014.


Meg Wolitzer Belzhar
Listening Library, read by Jorjeana Marie

Acclaimed novelist Meg Wolitzer's first book for teens explores loss and love. Jam Gallahue is sent to The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school, to recover from her boyfriend's death. At The Wooden Barn, a journaling assignment restores the untainted past and reunites Jam with her boyfriend. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss. A starred Kirkus review, selected as one of Publisher's Weekly Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2014, and one of Huffington Post's Best Books for Fall 2014.



Karen Abbot Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
Harper Audio, read by Karen White

The best-selling author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose is back to tackle Civil War history. In Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy, Abbot tells the spellbinding stories of Belle Boyd, Emma Edmonds, Rose O'Neal Greenhow, and Elizabeth Van Lew. Abbott’s pulse-quickening narrative weaves the adventures of these four forgotten daredevils into the tumultuous landscape of a broken America, evoking a secret world that will surprise even the most avid enthusiasts of Civil War–era history. One of Flavorwire's 25 Must-Read Books for the Fall and Amazon's Best Books of the Month.


Cristin O'keefe Aptowicz- Dr. Mütter’s Marvels
Books on Tape, read by Erik Singer

A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities.In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. T. Barnum of the surgery room." A Kirkus starred review and one of Amazon's Best Books of the Month.


Benedict Carey How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Books on Tape, read by Steve Kramer

In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today–and how we can apply it to our own lives.


Betty Halbreich I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
Books on Tape, read by Jane Curtain

Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original. A tough broad who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire, she has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She is trusted by the most discriminating persons–including Hollywood’s top stylists–to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation from a cosseted young girl to a fearless truth teller is the greatest makeover of her career. One of Amazon's Best Books of the Month.


Steven JohnsonHow We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
Books on Tape, read by George Newbern

Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species–to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe. Selected as one of 10 Nonfiction Books You'll Be Hearing About This Fall by Kirkus.


Jeffrey Kluger The Narcissist Next Door
Books on Tape, read by the author

Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions of them in the United States alone: entertainers, politicians, business people, your neighbors. Recognizing and understanding them is crucial to your not being overtaken by them, says Jeffrey Kluger, in his provocative new book about this insidious disorder. Highly readable and deeply engaging, this book helps us understand narcissism and narcissists more fully.


Alexander Lee The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty
Books on Tape, read by Arthur Morey

A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the amazing cultural innovations of the Italian Renaissance.The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched tour of the hidden, gritty, real world of the Renaissance that brilliantly explores the extraordinary contradictions behind some of the most celebrated artworks of all time.


Christian Rudder Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)
Books on Tape, read by Kaleo Griffith

What is the secret to a stable marriage? How many gay people are still in the closet? Do we truly live in a postracial society? Has Twitter made us dumber? These are just a few of the questions Christian Rudder answers in Dataclysm, a smart, funny, irreverent look at how we act when we think no one’s looking. One of Vulture's 57 Books to Read This Fall.


Sheila Weller The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour – and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News
Books on Tape, read by Morgan Hallett

The News Sorority takes us behind the scenes as never before to track Sawyer’s, Couric’s, and Amanpour’s ascendance to the highest ranks of the media elite, showing that the compelling desire to report the news–a drive born of curiosity, empathy, and humanity–must be matched by guts, awesome competitive fervor, and rare strategic savvy. Named one of Flavorwire's 25 Must-Read Books For the Fall.


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Instapaper for iOS Goes Freemium, Gets Updates


With the arrival of iOS 8, apps are starting to release updates to take advantage of the new features. Instapaper is no exception, adding several new features this week but also moving to a freemium business model. What this means for users is that the universal iOS app can now be downloaded for free –with the old subscription package being renamed to Instapaper Premium.

Reviewing a list of the new key features should persuade you that Instapaper continues to be a productivity app leader:

    – Now featuring text-to-speech (using Apple’s text-to-speech synthesizer) will let you listen to saved articles while on the go. Consider this a way of making custom curated podcasts from the news you are interested in knowing but wish you had the time to read.

    – Save an article with a single tap (functionality that the Android and web versions of the app have enjoyed previously, but was noticeably absent in the iOS version until now)

    – Unified browse brings articles from your favourite editors or friends into a single feed

    – Link to your friends’ profiles based on the articles that they like

    – View your article saves from today which will now appear in the Notification Center (and read with a single tap)

Once you give Instapaper a try, you will likely agree that a Premium subscription is worth the price of admission (currently listed at $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year). Premium members will enjoy unlimited highlights (free users only get 5 highlights per month) and text-to-speech playlists of saved articles.

If you happen to be an existing subscriber, you will be automatically upgraded to the new premium service at your current rate. If you purchased Instapaper in the past, you will enjoy a free month of premium service as compensation.

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Surf the Web via SMS Using Cosmos for Android


The next time you are waiting in line somewhere and trying to pass the time for 28 seconds, complaining about the speed of the Internet on your smartphone… keep in mind that there are a lot of countries in the world where there are no proper data connections. As smartphone manufacturers start building less expensive Android One devices in many of these countries, finding ways around the lack of data plans is important. Fortunately Cosmos for Android is an app that could help –letting users browse the web using SMS text messages.

Sure it’s cumbersome, and definitely slower, but it’s nonetheless possible.

How it works is simple in concept: visit a web URL using the app, which will then send a SMS request to the Cosmos backend. The response will be a compressed package containing the source of the website being requested (minus the interactive pieces, CSS, and JavaScript).

It may not look pretty or quite as the web developers intended, but the jist of the content should be there.

There are other considerations, of course –such as needing an unlimited text messaging plan, given the number of messages that are likely to be flying back and forth if you are using Cosmos. Having this extra SMS traffic may also delay other text messages

Cosmos should be released by the end of the month. You may want to give the app a try even if you do have a data plan, you never know when you might be without 3G or LTE and needing to find out a piece of important information (you know, very important things such as settling a bet made around a campfire, or trying to find out the actual rules to a board game that you are playing at the cabin).

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The New $79 Kindle is Basically a Downgraded Kindle Touch From 3 Years Ago

It’s interesting to see how technology evolves over the years. Some technologies advance a lot faster than others. Some, like E Ink, seem to evolve at a snail’s pace. The new entry-level $79 Kindle is a good example of just how slow innovation is in the field of dedicated ebook readers and the electronic ink […]

Barnes and Noble Suspends the Ability to Download Nook eBooks


Barnes and Noble has just removed the ability to download eBooks that you have bought from the online Nook Store. They did this so users could not download purchased content locally on their PC and either strip it of the encryption or use a 3rd party reading app.

The Barnes and Noble customer care division has sent out a tweet, letting people know that this is their new policy and not a bug. “The ability to sideload NOOK purchased content has been discontinued. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

If you own a Nook e-reader or tablet, you will continue to enjoy purchasing and reading books right on your device. Ditto for people who use the official Nook app for Windows, Android or iOS. This issue mainly affects people who use an internet web-browser and accesses their Nook Library. In the past, a download option would appear, but now this has been removed.

There are some rare cases where select eBook titles still have the download button, but include the text “We’re working on making this title available on NOOK for Web. In the meantime, read it on our free NOOK Reading Apps.” I also confirmed that graphic novels still have the download button, because they are currently incompatible with the Nook for Web HTML5 based e-reading app.

The elimination of downloading titles to your PC will mainly effect the “power users” that tend to use 3rd party e-reading apps for their mobile devices or strip the DRM completely and bypass Nook security.

Barnes and Noble is currently in the process of totally revising their website for purchasing content and also the way Nook books are presented. In early 2015 it will be formally unveiled and likely this change to downloading content is likely a precursor to reading everything exclusively online.

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Is the Kindle Voyage Too Overpriced?

Yesterday when Amazon unveiled the new Kindle Voyage ebook reader, initial impressions were positive given the new super high-resolution screen and fancy page turning sensors, but there’s definitely a bit of sticker shock to go along with the new Kindle Voyage as well. Amazon is clearly aiming for the “premium” dedicated ereader market, but have […]

Hands-on Videos of Kindle Voyage and New Kindle Touch

Yesterday after Amazon officially announced the new Kindle Voyage and entry-level Kindle Touch, a few tech sites posted some early hands-on videos showing the new Kindles in action. Actually pretty much everyone focuses on the Kindle Voyage; the new entry-level Kindle is barely mentioned at all anywhere, and is being treated as more of an […]

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Nook Press and The Bookseller Team up for Indie Author Promotion


Nook Press is the self-publishing system that Barnes and Noble developed to allow authors to submit eBooks and sell them online. It has been a US exclusive since its original launch, and only recently expanded to the UK. In order to better promote Nook Press as a viable alternative to Kindle Direct Publishing and Kobo Writing Life, Barnes and Noble has partnered with The Bookseller on a New Preview Section for Self-Published Authors in the UK.

NOOK Press will sponsor the new section and will be the exclusive source of self-published titles for preview consideration through April 2015. Each month, beginning in October, The Bookseller will select approximately 10 NOOK Press titles to feature on the new section. Authors simply have to be published on NOOK Press, or sign up and publish their works, to have the opportunity to be featured in The Bookseller's Independent Author Previews.

"Our goal with this new section is to discover the best new books published independently and made available to customers in the UK and we're thrilled to have partnered with NOOK Press, one of the leading self-publishing platforms, to exclusively deliver this content through next April," said Philip Jones, Editor at The Bookseller. "This is a new spin on what we have been doing for more than 100 years, and recognizes that some of the best new writing now comes through non-traditional channels. The Bookseller's job remains the same, however, to shout about these books and bring them to the attention of our audiences. I know we're all excited to read some of the great new publishing being made available through NOOK Press in the UK."

"We are constantly looking at new ways to help NOOK Press authors get the exposure they deserve, which is why we're thrilled about this new partnership with The Bookseller. It will give our self-published authors a new outlet to showcase their work, while giving NOOK customers another resource to discover their next great read," said Colin Eustace, General Manager, Barnes & Noble S.à.r.l. "We also encourage self-published authors who are not yet on our platform to sign up today to be considered for this great opportunity and discover all of the great promotions available to NOOK Press authors."

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Amazon Kindle Reading App Updated for iOS 8


Amazon has updated their Kindle e-reading app for iOS and added a ton of new features to take advantage of the new iOS 8 that was released yesterday. It makes reading multiple books easier with the handy Kindle Today Widget. Customers also get the ability to copy passages from their books and paste them into text messages, e-mail, and other applications on iOS outside of Kindle. Readers who encounter words or phrases in other languages can quickly comprehend the author's meaning with a convenient translation feature.

New Features

Kindle Today Widget (iOS 8 only) – Multi-book readers can now surf between books from anywhere on the device by pulling down the 'Today' view and tapping on one of the three titles in the Kindle Widget. They can choose from their most recently opened library titles, like the 'jump' function on a TV remote.

Copy & Paste – Customers asked and we listened. Version 4.5 includes the ability to copy passages from your books and add them to the iOS clipboard for pasting into a text message, e-mail, social media, or other iOS applications outside of Kindle.

Smart Lookup Translation Card – Authors often include phrases in other languages to add depth or meaning to a story. Readers can now get a full understanding by selecting the word or phrase and viewing the translation card.

iOS 8 support, bug fixes, and stability improvements.

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