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  • May 27, 2013
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Last week U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter ruled that all unused Borders gift cards were worthless, wiping out some $210 million owed to some 17.7 million people. Seventeen plus million cards at 5g each comes to about 273 thousand pounds of plastic. That’s a lot of material, and it should be more than enough to…

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  • May 10, 2013
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I have long taken the position that I don’t turn off my gadgets while on an airplane, and it looks like I’m not the only one. A new report was released this week  by the Consumer Electronics Association, and it showed that nearly a third of airline passengers forget to turn off their gadgets. And…

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  • May 2, 2013
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Gutters is a webcomic that is well-known for their clever editorials on the current state of comics, digital comics, and related issues. Some time back they posted this amusing take on the competing ebook platforms and their competition for the digital comics market. It’s a little out of date now, what with the decline of…

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  • April 15, 2013
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A DIY smart trashcan from Japan Microsoft is working on designs for a connected trashcan, industry sources said, potentially joining rivals like Rubbermaid in working on a new class of office products. Earlier this month, Microsoft engineers were spotted at a Redmond, Wash., area office supply store. Sources at the store have indicated that the…

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  • April 13, 2013
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Here’s some late breaking news this friday night. I’ve just read that one of The Washington Post‘s book blogs has been sold to Amazon. There’s no information on why this deal was made or what the terms of sale were, but the blog in question has confirmed the news: My favorite bit is the part…

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  • April 13, 2013
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The following flow chart was posted in eBookFriendly earlier today, and as you can see it perfectly describes the process many booklovers use to decide whether they should buy another book. The post Infographic: Passing a Bookstore appeared first on The Digital Reader, a site you can support by shopping at Amazon.

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  • April 12, 2013
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We’ve all seen the videos of kids who try to use a paper magazine like they would an app, but did you know that adults sometimes make that same mistake? I’ve made that mistake, and I was reminded about yesterday by a funny post over on Gizmodo. The author was reading a hefty book when…

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  • April 12, 2013
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We’ve all seen the videos of kids who try to use a paper magazine like they would an app, but did you know that adults sometimes make that same mistake? I’ve made that mistake, and I was reminded about yesterday by a funny post over on Gizmodo. The author was reading a hefty book when…

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  • April 6, 2013
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A couple days ago I broke the news that Amazon was beta testing a new automatic cover generator for Kindle ebooks. This tool is going to make it easier for KDP authors to make a decent and free cover image for their Kindle ebooks. That post has gotten a lot of attention and generated quite…

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  • April 1, 2013
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Apple has long had the practice of copying open standards and making a proprietary version (see Epub3/iBooks), and today they repeated this maneuver with the launch of Apple Letters. The apple-bet, as it is quickly becoming known, is just like the regularly alphabet except it includes improvements that only Apple can provide: The post Introducing…