Midweek Ebooks: Touch Edition

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Welcome to Midweek (usually Monday) Ebooks, in which the Editrix indulges her most harmless delight in electronic books and gadgets with which to read them.

It’s been an exciting few weeks in ebook land! Prices of devices are dropping and new ebook readers are coming out from the top players. First Amazon announced a new model of the Kindle–the same (really nice) device as the current Kindle, with only a wifi radio, but bargain-priced at $114. The caveat: one must accept ads and special offers shown as screensavers while the device is in “sleep” mode.

Observers of the ebook industry have long predicted the rise of ad-supported ebooks–perhaps even free ebooks supported by ads, an idea that has been received with mostly suspicion and disgust by actual readers. However, it can be argued that Amazon’s approach at least isn’t very intrusive–the ads/special offers only appear while the reader is in sleep mode, not while one is actually reading; and some of the special offers are actually desirable coupons, the same sort of thing one might receive from Groupon (here’s a list of some of the more attractive offers). Continue reading

Monday Ebooks: A Tale of Two E-Readers Edition

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Welcome to Monday Ebooks, in which the Editrix indulges her most harmless delight in electronic publications, and welcome to another Teal Deer!

nookcolorWe’ve recently added two new devices to our stable: a Kobo eReader purchased at a closing Borders store and, most delightfully, a Nook Color from Barnes & Noble. We had large ebook libraries from both the Kobo and Barnes & Noble stores, so the purchases made sense; the former was the least expensive ebook reader we’ve ever purchased. (For those keeping score: yes, that makes SIX ebook readers. We are selling several of them, if we ever get around to it.)

We can recommend both devices wholeheartedly. The Kobo is an excellent basic reader, with software updated in the past couple of weeks. It has wifi connectivity, though it is only used to download/sync books purchased from Kobo (you can sideload other epub-format books if they use Adobe Digital Editions DRM–except for books purchased from Barnes & Noble–and of course non-DRMed ebooks, no matter how they got that way *cough*). The device is light and has a 6″ eInk screen, so it is easy to read. The navigation, operated by a D-pad button on the front and four dedicated buttons on the side of the device, is a bit clunky, but once you get the hang of it, you can navigate relatively quickly. Continue reading