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Ready Player One: The book and the moviebook-and-movierobotechmaster2000kittykindlekindlereadnowimaxposter

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 02:06:32 +0000

Easter weekend is here, and perhaps not entirely coincidentally, the movie adaptation of a book about a multi-billion dollar Easter Egg hunt has just hit the big screen. That’s where I saw Steven Spielberg’s take on Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One last night, on a full-sized museum IMAX theater in 3D—and saw it again tonight, […]


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Google blocks uncertified Android devices from the Play Store…and how to work around itGoogle-Play-Uncertified-Rotated-768x1024robotechmaster2000

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 02:59:50 +0000

If you’ve been using Android tablets for a while, you’re probably a fan of the way they’ve been effectively the opposite of Apple’s walled garden. Based on open-source software, effectively anybody could make an Android phone tablet, and any Android device could have the Play Store sideloaded onto it—even the Amazon Fire. But some Android […]


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Review: Onyx Boox Max 2 13.3″ e-ink Android tabletIMG_20180316_214628600_BURST000_COVER_TOProbotechmaster2000IMG_20180325_145905657IMG_20180325_092616146IMG_20180325_094604491IMG_20180325_094237003IMG_20180325_093825771IMG_20180325_093008531IMG_20180325_093116541IMG_20180325_092129058

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:05:56 +0000

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying out the Onyx Boox Max 2 e-ink Android tablet. A quite capable little device, this $800 tablet offers a 13.3″ e-ink screen about four times the size of my 6″ Kindles, with both capacitive touchscreen and WACOM pen layers, coupled with 32 GB of onboard storage, […]


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Issue #1 in Gutenberg-Holtzbrinck case: Push for max copyright everywhere, not U.S. vs. German lawMichael HarttelereadcontributorPG-GermanWarning

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:21:48 +0000

Editor-Publisher’s note: Why aren’t library leaders and educators everywhere caring more about the legal assault on Project Gutenberg? Listen to Eric Hellman, an ex-OCLC director and master techie! The threat isn’t just to PG. D.R. By Eric Hellman, president of the Free Ebook Foundation Reproduced from Go To Hellman under the equivalent of CC BY SA (read to […]


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Kindle iOS app now allows vertical scrolling, window splittingkindlescrolliingDavid Rothman

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:28:23 +0000

iPad and iPhone owners using recent versions of iOS can now scroll through Kindle books, not just turn pages. Props to Amazon for heeding pleas from TeleRead and others. In another welcome move, Version 6.5 will let you resize your Kindle window in split view—so you can more easily use other apps at the same time while […]


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Toys R Us bankruptcy: Partly ‘Cyberbooks’ plot in reversetoys-r-us-storerobotechmaster2000IMG_20180113_140404_100

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:44:21 +0000

Those Toys R Us kids who didn’t want to grow up are now going to outlive their favorite store. The latest news isn’t good for the beleagured retailer—its pre-Christmas hopes of reorganizing to continue operation didn’t hold up after a much weaker-than-expected holiday season. It’s tempting to blame the big, bad Amazon for driving it […]


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Refurbished 32 GB Kindle Paperwhite ‘Manga Model’ now $89.99 at WootKindle Paperwhite Manga Modelrobotechmaster2000

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 03:00:05 +0000

Here’s the kind of deal that only comes along once in a very great while. Do you like your Kindle Paperwhite but think 4 GB of onboard storage just isn’t enough? Woot has the refurbished “Paperwhite Manga Model” available for $89.99. Available in both black and white, this 6″ Paperwhite contains a whopping 32 GB […]


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A Wrinkle in Time: The book and the movier_awrinkleintime_payoffposter_1083db22robotechmaster2000

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:24:51 +0000

To celebrate my birthday last night, I used my MoviePass subscription to take in the Disney movie adaptation of one of the best-loved children’s books of the last fifty years or so, A Wrinkle in Time. How was it, and how did it compare to the book? Part of the answer to that involves looking […]


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Amazon runs big Kindle sale to kick off National Reading MonthKindle_Paperwhite_3Grobotechmaster2000

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 02:26:50 +0000

To celebrate National Reading Month, Amazon is running a big sale on its Kindle e-ink devices this week. The sale knocks $20 off the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite models but doesn’t include the more expensive Voyage and Oasis (except for one refurbished Voyage that appears to be an older model). It also includes a number […]


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Project Gutenberg blocks German users after court rules in favor of Holtzbrinck subsidiaryproject-gutenbergrobotechmaster2000

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 20:55:14 +0000

The global Internet and highly territorial real world have had a number of collisions, especially where ebook rights are concerned. The most recent such dispute involves Project Gutenberg, a well-respected public domain ebook provider—in fact, the oldest. It concerns 18 German-language books by three German authors. As a result of a German lawsuit, Project Gutenberg […]


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Facebook, fake news, and false positiveshoax-warningrobotechmaster2000

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 03:08:17 +0000

The proliferation of fake news on the Internet has been a problem for a while, and not just because that’s what Donald Trump likes to call any news story he disagrees with. Some sites exist simply to post any half-truth or outright falsehood that will get enough people angry to drive traffic to their advertisers. […]


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Serial Box serial e-publisher snags $1.65 million investmentbookburnersS3robotechmaster2000

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 02:55:42 +0000

I hadn’t heard much about serial e-publisher Serial Box since it was founded in late 2015 and inked a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish completed serials in print in early 2016. But a recent piece in Publishers Weekly reveals the service is still alive and kicking. PW reports that the start-up has secured […]


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Is the e-ink reader dead? And does it matter?robotechmaster2000

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:05:00 +0000

On Tom’s Guide, writer Marshall Honorof has an interesting, lengthy report looking at the apparent fate of the e-ink e-reading device. Honorof begins by noting that the ebook format is doing just fine, but use of the dedicated reader device itself seems to be dwindling. Why could this be? Honorof observes that people don’t necessarily […]


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Disney vs Redbox decision may have profound implications for bundlinggedc0013robotechmaster2000

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:10:57 +0000

Remember the case I covered in December, about Disney suing Redbox for breaking up retail Star Wars DVDs and selling the bundled digital copy codes separately while it rented the discs? The separate sales violated the shrink-wrap license of the digital copies, which were intended to be tied to ownership of the disc versions with […]


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