Showing posts with label eReaders. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eReaders. Show all posts

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Library Apps for Book Lovers

Slowly, over the past decade, I have come over to the dark side and became a reader of eBooks. It happened slowly but it surely happened. I think it's more a convenience and practical thing for in my heart of hearts, I still dream of bookshelves and cozy reading nooks where I can inhale the warm woody, vanilla-ish scent of book leaves turning brittle over time.



While on maternity leave last year, I started reading again and discovered that somehow I had never looked into borrowing books online. I was baffled by how I had never thought to do this before but I am ecstatic at how much easier some of these apps have made keeping myself on track to read every day:

 OverDrive Media Console


Hands down, this is The top free app! It allows you to access libraries worldwide, check out audiobooks, eBooks, stream films and request books. All you need is a valid library card. It does have a few kinks but it does the job effectively.

Kindle

I use my Kindle app in conjuction with most of reading apps like OverDrive to customize my reading experience. In addition as an Amazon Prime member with Kindle Unlimited, I have access to troves of books and free magazines as well.

Bluefire Reader 

Because sometimes I review unpublished ebooks, I need an app that can support these formats. Bluefire helps make this easier too.

Do you use any of these?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Future Forecast: The Book as an Fetishized Object & Obsolete eReaders

Books as a Thing

According to Ann Mack's, director of trendspotting for JWT, New Normal forecast, which includes the top trends from JWT's annual report gathered from "interviews with experts and influencers across sectors including technology, luxury, social responsibility and academia," we will see the Objectifying of Objects become a Thing in 2012. "

As objects get replaced by digital/virtual counterparts, people are fetishizing the physical and the tactile," she observes, just like we have seen with the re-emergence of vinyl especially at shops like Hot Topic and Urban Outfitters that generally serve a younger generation demographic, who view records as both novel, cool and meriting homage. For book lovers and collectors, this sort of veneration has always been normal but for doomsayers who have heralded the extinction of physical books this might be a counterweight to their argument.

For the publishing industry, this trend holds a sweet upside: Lavish treatments usually reserved for cookbooks, art and coffee table books can now be extended to other genres to entice younger consumers to own their favorite book(s) in a new kitschy way.

That Kindle/Nook You got for the Holidays Will be Obsolete Pretty Soon

Ebooks, transmedia and other forms of consumable digital media aren't going anywhere but gadgets that don't follow the convergent trajectory of technology will. Matt Alexander shares and validates my perspective here in his post: The E-Reader, as we know it, is doomed.

Technology is moving so swiftly that singular function devices such as cameras, watches, organizers, walkmans, even pens, were left in the dust years ago (Hello, Palm PDA) and 2012, also foretells a huge shift in the payments sector that sees the death knell of credit cards, cash and well, even wallets. It seems that the trend is only intensifying toward a portable device that does everything and fits every need because technology is converging and improving all sectors of life as we know it.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

BN.com Offering It's Own eReader? Is it a Truemor...

Speaking on ereaders...Word online is Barnes & Noble might be working on their own eReader device in conjuction with Sprint or perhaps Verizon. Kindle Killer? We shall see.

Read more: on TheStreet

Why Can't eReaders Look More Like This?

I recently spotted the Demy Kitchen Safe Touchscreen Recipe Reader and although it reminds me of a picture frame (a very plain, simple one - yes, it's bulky too) I have to admit the display is sort of cool.


If only eReaders could all have a color display and be as 'pretty' as this I think many eReader owners would be happy. Imagine an ereader with colors and skins and apps you could download...

Right now, we have this:













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* Images via Outblush and Thedigitalist
 
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