Mobile Industry Review tests “Pocket vs. Instapaper”. I’m seriously looking at Paper, as I’m starting to loose count of how many times I’ve seen this frustrating notice from Instapaper, when trying to save out a Kindle .mobi collection of articles. The worst of this is, the wording suggests the user has done something wrong. When any regular user knows that it’s Instapaper that’s failed. If Instapaper can’t keep their servers online, and insults their users during such failures, then why bother with it when there are alternatives?
Need a book that’s on Amazon.com but not on Amazon.uk? Amazon now have a searchable Global Store giving UK customers access to goods from around the world, with overseas shipping, tax and UK customs charges all pre-calculated. It’s pretty empty at present, though, with no search results at all for simple things like “tablet” or “jacket” or “book”. Seriously Amazon, don’t do the mega-publicity thing until the store is up. But it may improve in the future and, by encouraging U.S. sellers to sell outside the U.S., give access to otherwise unobtainable paper books.
Your DIY Kindle scanner has arrived… and it’s made of Lego…
A new freeware template for a classic book design in Adobe InDesign CS6.
New statistics on digital tablet use, from a report by the authoritative Pew Internet & American Life Project:
“For the first time, a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire — almost twice as many as the 18% who owned a tablet a year ago.”
Kindle Worlds has been announced. It’s a special fan-fiction corral, in which fans can publish and profit from works under official licenses. Currently it’s limited to Warner Bros. Alloy Entertainment’s girl titles. But more are promised in the future.
New research from the UK’s National Literacy Trust. They surveyed 34,910 young people aged eight to 16, and found…
* 39% of young people read daily using electronic devices including tablets and eReaders.
* Nearly all young people have access to a computer at home, and 4 out of 10 now own a tablet or a smartphone.
* 3 in 10 young people do not have a desk of their own.
* Screen reading is not always pleasant for long-form reading. Those who read only on-screen are three times less likely to “enjoy reading very much”.
There’s an interesting BBC Radio 4 documentary on the history of audio books, currently available on “Listen Again”.
Wikipedia has enabled a new ePub format ebook export option.
The UK is set to get a new Kindle on 25th October. The £109 Paperwhite is Amazon’s first backlit Kindle, and is a proper ebook ereader rather than a tablet. Looks good, and will be on my Wish List as a replacement for my existing Kindle 3.