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A Kindle Which Plays Games, and Speaking the Same Language

March 15th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 10 Comments

I had a conversation this week that made me sit back and wonder whether I missed a major shift in how people are talking about technology.
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Christmas Eve Open Question: Got a Question about your new Tablet or eReader? Ask Away!

December 24th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 17 Comments

It’s Christmas time, and that means new gadgets under the tree / on the desk. And since new stuff often has a learning curve, I am here to help.

I know a lot about budget Android tablets (but less on the name brand models) and I know a thing or two about ereaders.

Stumped by trying to locate a feature on a tablet? Ask, and let’s see if I can help. At the very least I should be able to point you in the right direction.


Open Question: iBooks for OSX was Updated – Did it Fix Anything?

November 7th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 1 Comment

Apple has question markrolled out an update for the bug-ridden iBooks for OSX Mavericks, but I can’t find any details on what was changed. Most of the stories say nothing more than that the update included bug fixes and stability improvements.

The lack of detail is frustrating, and since I don’t have a Mac I am throwing the question open to the audience. Have you downloaded the update? Has the app improved?

Why Does Everyone Keep Trying to Reinvent the Book?

October 19th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 22 Comments

If you liked the discussion over a new effort to rename ebooks as codeXes then you’ll love this story.

A reader has brought my attention back to MadeFire.  This is a 2 year old digital comics startup that has been getting a lot of attention lately, and according to FasctCo they plan to reinvent the comic book:
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Do We Really Need a New Term for eBook?

October 17th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 14 Comments

There’s a new post over on Slate today that has me scratching my head, and I wanted to see what you thought. The post is a little wordy and IMO entirely on the wrong track, but I wanted to see what my readers thought.
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Could Publishers Start Windowing eBooks Again?

July 10th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 16 Comments

QuestionMarkThe ruling against Apple today for their role in the price-fixing conspiracy is generating a lot of debate over who’s right, who’s wrong, and what this could mean for the ebook market.

One commenter on this blog made an offhand remark about the possibility that publishers might respond to Amazon’s strong market presence by not windowing content, and I thought it worth sharing:
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Breaking News: Self-Publishing is Now a Cult

June 1st, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 4 Comments

Can someone tell me exactly when self-pub became a cult and stopped being simply a generic term for a variety of business models?

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In case it’s not clear, I’m posting this question without analysis in order to draw attention to this writer’s hostility and name calling. I find his claim to be so lacking in supporting evidence that it does not need rebutting or refutation. Merely the manner in which he presents his arguments defeats the arguments.

Open Question: Does Anyone Know How to Format an eBook in Japanese?

April 22nd, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 5 Comments

I received an unusual query Friday night, and since it is one I cannot answer on my own I decided to ask for help from my readers.

I know a number of people who format ebooks and on Friday one of them forwarded the following query:
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Open Topic

December 25th, 2012 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 3 Comments

Hi Folks!

It’s Christmas Day, and I’m sure a lot of people are finding this blog for the first time while researching your new gadget.

If you have questions, ask.

Is it Time to Stop Making eBooks for Older Kindles?

October 16th, 2012 by Nate Hoffelder · Open Topic → 19 Comments

I got the following question late last week, and after rolling it around in my head without getting a definitive answer I decided to throw it open to the #eprdctn crowd on Twitter (as well as anyone else who makes ebooks) and see what the general consensus was.

One of my readers who is also digital publisher is thinking about making Kindle ebooks in the new KF8 format. We’ve been able to do that for some months now, so this isn’t new. But the reader wants to know if it is safe to make ebooks without worrying about how they look on older devices.
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