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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bring the Power Along with the Tekkeon TekCharge MP1860A

Posted by Ron Hostetter in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Mobile Power
Manufacturer:Tekkeon
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
Price: MSRP $69.95
Specifications: Please see manufacturer website.

Pros:

  • Easily provides power for your devices;
  • Can charge two devices at once;
  • Long lasting battery.

Cons:

  • Cheap on/off switch can accidentally be switched;
  • Flashlight seems gimmicky.

Summary: Like power windows in a car, this little battery is the product you never thought you'd need, but once you have it, you won't want to live without it. The MP1860A gives you a pocket full of juice for your devices. Read more...


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

eBooks Outsell Print Books at Amazon

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...,2385592,00.asp

"In July 2010, Amazon announced that sales of electronic books for its Kindle e-book reader surpassed sales of hardcover books on the site. Six months later, sales of Kindle books surpassed that of paperbacks. Now, customers are downloading Kindle books more than hardcovers and paperbacks combined."

The writing was on the wall. As technology improved and eReaders such as the Kindle offered at least an adequate reading experience, the draw of eBooks would mean that they would eventually outsell paper books. The ease of purchasing, the ability to carry libraries of books with you and the plethora of devices you can read your eBooks on certainly has its advantages. Of course, there is the classic argument that there is nothing quite like read a paper-bound book, and that is something I can appreciate. But in this digital age, it looks like the paper format will eventually become a niche market. Unfortunately, I see that means that paperbacks and especially hardcovers will likely increase in price as publishers print smaller numbers.

Tags: amazon, kindle, ebooks

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kindle Ebook Sales Surpass Paperback

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.trustedreviews.com/perip...e-Paperbacks/p1

"In terms of literary milestones, this moment could be right up there with the invention of the Gutenberg Printing Press as landmark days in how we consume literary texts. Amazon has announced that it has sold more ebooks for its Kindle e-reader than it sold paperbacks in 2010. Announcing Q4 financial results, founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos said: 'Kindle books have now overtaken paperback books as the most popular format on Amazon.com. Last July we announced that Kindle books had passed hardcovers and predicted that Kindle would surpass paperbacks in the second quarter of this year, so this milestone has come even sooner than we expected.'"

This is not unexpected news, and one that was bound to happen eventually, but I must admit it's come quicker than I thought it might. I use the Kindle app on my tablet and phone, and I do buy Kindle books, but I do miss holding a real book in my hands sometimes. I can't put my finger on what it is that makes it so much more enjoyable for me to read a real book than the ones I read on the tablet, but there is just something that does. That said, the ability to save space on storing all the books I have, keep a back up copy, and carry so many with me on my travels means that I will continue to buy ebooks for convenience, and save the purchasing of paper backs and hardbacks for those special occaisions as a treat.


Friday, December 31, 2010

What The Geeky Got for Gifts

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 PM

http://mashable.com/2010/12/31/ipad...-mashable-poll/

"If you got an iPad as a gift during the holidays, you certainly weren't alone. In a recent poll of holiday gift recipients, iPads accounted for a full 22.7% of all gadget or hardware gifts, making iPads the single largest category in our gift poll, outstripping the nearest runner-up by nearly 14% of votes. That runner-up was Amazon's Kindle - not surprising considering that the Kindle is the best-selling product in Amazon's history."

It's a relatively small sampling size - less than 2400 votes, and only from people who read Mashable - but among the geek-set, there are a couple of stand-out points: the iPad was the #1 gift, more people got Macs (60%) than Windows machines (40%), Android phones let the way in the smartphone category with a hefty 50.3% figure (iPhones were 30%), but Windows Phone 7 devices at 10.3% just eeked out Blackberry devices (9.4%). Not bad for a brand new platform that most people still haven't heard about! Lastly, the Xbox/Kinect one-two punch clobbered the PS3 with a 54.3% figure versus only 11.9% for the PS3. The Kinect really is driving the Xbox 360 to new heights of popularity!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Can The Kindle Survive In a Tablet World?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/...pr_levy_kindle/

"We can read books on our phones, laptops, and tablets. So why would we throw in a dedicated e-reader like the Kindle when packing our already cramped carry-on bags? As you might expect, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos is happy to supply an answer: angry birds."

An interesting perspective, and one that I ultimately agree with. Although the Kindle and the iPad look similar on the surface, when one weighs 1.6 pounds and the other 8.7 ounces, one lasts hours on a charge while the other lasts weeks, and one is $139 and the other is $499, you start to realize they're very different sort of devices. I'm planning on getting a Kindle this holiday season - the cheap Wi-Fi one - and am hoping I'll like it quite a bit. I love reading, but devices have never reached the price point where I was willing to take the risk of purchasing digital, DRM-protected content. I think that point has finally come...and, yeah, I'm still thinking about buying an iPad. I think I'll wait for v2 there as well...


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

eBooks Outselling Hardcovers on Amazon

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 06:30 AM

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010...han-hardcovers/

"Now the company has hit a more significant milestone, selling 143 e-books for every 100 hardcover books sold over the course of the second quarter. The rate is accelerating: For the past month, Amazon sold 180 e-books for every 100 hardcovers, and it sold three times as many e-books in the first six months of this year as it did in the first half of 2009."

It was expected, of course, as people become more comfortable in the digital age, that they would start favouring eBooks over the traditional paper format. While it is a milestone, hardcover books is only a stepping stone. I think the announcement would be more dramatic if eBooks were outselling paperbacks, which, to my understanding, tend to sell in much greater quantities. Of course, Kindle eBooks are still generally priced higher than their paperback counterpart, so I imagine that it will be a long time before they reach that milestone, even with the potential benefits that eBooks can offer. I think it also goes to show that while books in general could become a commodity, it demonstrates that lots of people are willing to pony up a fair chunk of change for content that is worthwhile. I am an audiobook fan myself, but when it comes to reading, I find myself just as comfortable with digital over analog. Anyone still in favour of dead trees?


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kindle Is Not Just An eBook Reader Anymore

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

http://gizmodo.com/5575592/why-i-on...kyline=true&s=i

"Some of the parallels that people draw between the digital transformation of the publishing industry and the music industry—the preferred reference point, since it maps over the most neatly—are a stretch. Paper books aren't going anyway anytime soon. But digital publishing is now at the same kind of inflection point the music industry was at few years ago: Disposable devices vs. sustainable platforms."

In some ways, I think that Matt Buchanan has a point. The Kindle, as what it is turning out to be is much more a platform than an actual device. However, I do believe that claiming that the Kindle is a more open system is a fallacy. Yes, the eBooks are not limited to a specific piece of hardware, but it is restricted to the Kindle ecosystem. While that ecosystem is not restricted to one manufacturer, it is limited to an overall supervisor. The concept of a supervisor is not bad, as it is necessary for publishers to feel more comfortable in releasing their eBooks on a particular platform, and it also gives the customer a single point of contact for any problems or concerns. Will the Kindle succeed against the newly launched iBooks? Possibly. It would be nice if the purchasing infrastructure was spread out more so no single company has significant control over the distribution network, no matter how much that company might be trusted. I recall reading reports of how Walmart, one of the major sellers of CDs (Remember those?) was able to get music labels to change the lyrics and art to some songs and CDs as they wanted something more family friendly. That kind of control is scary.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

COOL-ER eReader

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.coolreaders.com/default.asp

"The COOL-ER uses E-InkR, a new technology that gives you a screen with a "like paper" display, replicating the experience of reading a book. Using power only for "page turns" means that a single charge lasts for 8000 pages and unlike a book, the electronic display allows you to change the text size to suit you!"

PDF support and an SD card reader are nice additions over the Kindle. On the surface, at $249 this looks like a great deal compared to the similarly sized Kindle at $359. But, I compared the 6 bestsellers listed on the front page of their Web site versus their price on Amazon.com and found that all the books were more expensive, most more than double the Amazon.com price. So, unless you don't plan on actually buying content, the Kindle will cost you less in the long run.


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