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Movie theater fears of MoviePass echo Big Six’s fears of Amazonticket-576228_960_720robotechmaster2000

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 05:43:27 +0000

Happy New Year, everyone! One of my Christmas presents this year was a one-year subscription to MoviePass, the $10-a-month service that pays ticket costs for its subscribers to see up to one movie per day. I’ve used the service twice so far, taking in Pixar’s Coco and the Hugh Jackman/Zac Efron vehicle The Greatest Showman. And I’ve […]


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The Internet Archive’s OpenLibrary project violates copyright, the Authors Guild warns1280px-christian_science_church122908_02robotechmaster2000

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 05:58:47 +0000

Four years ago, on the old site, I wrote about how Archive.org’s OpenLibrary project was systematically violating the copyrights of a number of authors, including Diane Duane and Mercedes Lackey. Archive.org seemed to feel that making digital copies of paper books and loaning them out as if they were the paper books as long as it […]


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Phone Review: The Android One Moto X4IMG_0560.jpgrobotechmaster2000IMG_0561.jpgIMG_20171211_171741116.jpg

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:12:34 +0000

Ever since my Nexus 6P bit the dust, I’d had my eye on the new Motorola Moto X4 phone—a nicely inexpensive mid-range phone that cost a good $200 less than one of Google’s new Pixel models, and was one of just a handful of models that would support Google’s Project Fi service. After my bad […]


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Hoopla Digital introduces ‘Read-Along’ children’s books with audio narrationMatter page 1robotechmaster2000mater screencapIMG_20171203_200200610Screenshot_2017-12-03-19-36-03

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:32 +0000

Starting today, digital library service Hoopla Digital is introducing a new line of “Picture Books with Read-Alongs” for young readers. Unlike Hoopla’s normal ebook titles, which feature traditional reflowable text sized to fit device screens, these Read-Along titles are displayed in specific picture-book layouts, much like PDFs. And they feature an audio player with audio […]


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Content duplication issue briefly keeps Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s latest self-published chapbooks off Amazonlee-millerrobotechmaster2000

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:24:19 +0000

Update: A few hours after I posted this, Sharon Lee posted an update stating that someone from Amazon customer service got the whole thing straightened out for them. Glad that they were able to see reason after all! Authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are running into a little static when trying to publish some […]


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Micro-USB: A failed port waiting to happenmicro-usbrobotechmaster2000

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 23:44:32 +0000

I need to talk to you about an important issue, and one that you will probably have to face sooner or later: the micro-USB port on your phone, e-reader, or other device going bad. I’ve experienced a rash of these port failures lately. My Nexus 6 had it fail (twice!), my Karma Go hotspot did, […]


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Bundlers beware? Disney sues Redbox for reselling digital movie codesgedc0013robotechmaster2000

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:28:05 +0000

The digital media era, software contracts, and DRM have spawned another first sale lawsuit, this one between Disney and disc-rental kiosk Redbox. And this case has potential implications for book-and-ebook bundling. As large numbers of people have turned to their tablets and phones for viewing media, a number of major studios (especially Disney) have tried […]


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Freda ebook app now out for Android devices: Attn. public domain loversfredamainscreenDavid RothmanScreenshot_20171124-074749moon-davidf'sbook

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:50:53 +0000

Love public domain books and hate DRM? Then you’d do well to help developers like Turnipsoft. Its Freda app plays up Project Gutenberg, other public domain sites, and those friendly to small publishers. Once just for Windows, Freda is now available in the Google Play store for your feedback on a free beta version. Why not help out? To get […]


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Black Friday offer: Get $100 in Project Fi credit with a new Moto X4ibis-blog-image-updaterobotechmaster2000

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:46:27 +0000

I’m glad I held off on that deal on the Amazon Moto X4 with Special Offers I noticed the other day. Today, Google’s just announced its own Moto X4 Black Friday offer: $100 in Project Fi credit with the purchase and activation of an Android One Moto X direct from Project Fi. The credit is awarded […]


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Amazon Black Friday sale sees plenty of e-reading devices marked downblack-friday-comic-2robotechmaster2000

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:08:23 +0000

You might have seen some of the sales circulars and articles floating around, but I thought I would round up a few of the savings concerning e-reading-related matters. The sales kick in at various times over the holiday season, but at least some of them (such as the Fire HD 10 tablet for $100) started […]


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Which Moto X4 should I choose?moto-x4-blue-na-1000robotechmaster2000

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:35:14 +0000

A couple of months ago, my Nexus 6 disappeared, and I ended up having to pick up an inexpensive used Nexus 6P to replace it. I was happy with the device overall, but after only a couple of months of service, the phone has died. Apparently thanks to faulty soldering by the manufacturer, the phone […]


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Waterproof e-readers: Amazon’s just-released 7″ Kindle Oasis isn’t your only choiceoasis2017telereadcontributorkoboOnekoboH2O-2017nook-glowlight-plus-in-hand

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:13:29 +0000

By Alan Cairns Read poolside, at the beach, or in the bathtub? Tempted to buy the new waterproof Amazon Kindle Oasis with a seven-inch screen? Maybe you should. But first read this. Competitors like Kobo and Nook have offered waterproof e-readers for years. Amazon is the one catching up here despite other new wrinkles. Ahead we’ll […]


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All-New Kindle Oasis survives ocean dunking: Len Edgerly video compares old and new modelsLenOasis reviewDavid Rothman

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:57:50 +0000

My All-New Kindle Oasis—the just-released waterproof version—hasn’t arrived yet. But here’s a video review by Len Edgerly of the Kindle Chronicles. Read his related text post: What’s great about the new Kindle Oasis and what I miss about the original. Yes, the Kindle and the ebook Len was reading survived an ocean dunking just fine. […]


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‘Across Two Novembers’: The diary of a blind Pepysacross two novembersDavid Rothman

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 01:57:57 +0000

Going blind was a major fear of Samuel Pepys, the 17th-century English diarist (he did not). Still, Pepys would have loved Across Two Novembers, by David L. Faucheux, a Louisiana man in his early 50s, who, as a teenager, did lose his sight to glaucoma. Don’t let Faucheux’s blindness put you off. He can still […]


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