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How your new Kindle or Nook will change your life

How your new Kindle or Nook will change your life A brief guide to e-readers – from downloaded classics you'll never read, to accessing ePub...

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Amazon Takes Old-School Approach to Marketing Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (6th generation) Review - Amazon Takes Old-School Approach to Marketing Kindle Paperwhite

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Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away

At last. Peak digital is at hand. The ultimate disruptor of the new information age is … wait for it … the book. Shrewd observers noted the early signs. Kindle sales initially outstripped hardbacks but have slid fast since 2011. Sony killed off its e-readers. Waterstones last year stopped selling Kindles & e-books outside the UK, switched shelf space to books and saw a 5% rise in sales. Amazon has opened its first bookshop....

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Matchbook: one giant leap towards a virtual book collection

Matchbook: one giant leap towards a virtual book collection - Amazon's new Matchbook service, allowing Kindle owners to purchase cheap ebook e...

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E-Books Get a Makeover

E-Books Get a Makeover E-readers rejoice: Amazon & Google are rolling out new fonts designed not only to look better on screen but to make reading easier on the eye - For typography fans, electronic books have long been the visual equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard. The fonts are uninviting. Jarring swaths of white space stretch between words. Absent are all the typesetting nuances of a fine print book. Bookerly is a new Kindle exclusive font designed for reading on digital screens.

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There’s an Amazon Bookstore Now

There’s an Amazon Bookstore Now -- Amazon Books — the 1st brick-&-mortar location of a book-selling enterprise that made many bookstore chains irrelevant — opens in Seattle today. As Quartz points out, the mall where the bookstore is located used to house a Barnes & Noble — until it closed in 2011. Amazon Books will sell around 6,000 titles, & every book's cover will be prominently displayed; Amazon Books VP Jennifer Cast said, “We realized that we felt sorry for the books that were spine…

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A Bibliophile's Defense of Physical Books

A Bibliophile's Defense of Physical Books - Forgoing physicality, readers of e-books defraud themselves of the communion which emerges from that physicality. Because if Max Frisch is correct in defining technology as “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it,” then one might argue that we aren’t really experiencing a novel or poems on our e-readers. We might be reading them—although I find that an e-reader’s scrolling and swiping are invitations to skim, not to…

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As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You

As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You - Before the Internet, books were written — and published — blindly, hopefully. Sometimes they sold, usually they did not, but no one had a clue what readers did when they opened them up. Did they skip or skim? Slow down or speed up when the end was in sight? Linger over the sex scenes?

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Digital reading: not so discreet after all…

Digital reading: not so discreet after all…E-readers are virtual gold mines for data-hungry corporations. So should we be worried? At the end of 2012 the Electronic Frontier Foundation published the latest edition of its E-Reader Privacy Chart, & the results aren't great. Almost every service tracks searches for books, meaning not just what you read, but what you're interested in, is stored. Trying to change your history is frustrating & in most cases impossible.

Our Growing Obsession With Screens Is Killing Our Brains - Paperbacks are better. A new study by European researchers found that recollection of plot points & story lines were “significantly” worse for readers who read on a Kindle versus a paperback book.