Instapaper: “there’s definitely something wrong…”

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?

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Amazon Global Store

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.

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eReading in the UK: big new National Literacy Trust survey

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”.