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The best ereaders for ebook lovers in 2015

2015-11-18

Dedicated ereaders with black-and-white displays remain the favorite reading devices for two types of people: those who read a lot and those who travel. People who read a lot like the pleasant, flicker-free contrast of the screen and simple functionality, whereas travelers like to load lots of books into a small and light device which is not a business- or privacy-critical item (in case the device is broken or lost). Which ereaders are the best picks of 2015?

First, let’s take a look at the top four ereaders in 2015 ranked by the Ebook Reader.com. The blog, specialized in ereaders, has tested and reviewed new products and ranked them by their features, usability and value.
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1. Kindle Paperwhite 3
The Kindle Paperwhite 3 has deserved its number one place as the best overall ereader after a few iterations of the model (version 3). Available at Amazon stores at $120.

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2. Kobo Glo HD
Kobo runs a bookstore that has perhaps the largest selection of EPUB books available. Kobo also manufactures ereaders, but their availability is limited to few markets. In some countries, Kobo ereaders are available at ordinary bookstores (France’s largest bookstore FNAC is one of these). Kobo Glo HD is available at $129 at Kobobooks or at bookstores.

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3. Kindle Voyage
The Kindle Voyage is at the high end of the scale when ereader features and prices are compared. The Voyage is ranked as the best premium ereader. Price $200.

onyx boox i86 ereader
4. Onyx Boox i86
The most common ereader screen size is six inches. It is actually difficult to find products with larger screens, but the Onyx Boox i86 is one of them. Price $280 at Amazon.

You can read reviews of all the products at Ebook Reader blog.

After global brands like Sony and Samsung withdrew from the ereader market, availability of products is very different in different parts of the world. In addition, regional products only targeted at certain markets are being marketed by bookstore chains or retail electronic chain stores.

For, example, Tolino ereader and ebook store in Germany is practically as popular as Amazon Kindle and its German ebook store. In Scandinavia, online bookstore Adlibris is marketing Letto ereader that is available only from company’s online stores. Both Letto and Tolino are EPUB readers. A reason for the success of these regional products is that they are available in local languages, and customers can shop in online stores in their own languages.

Tablets and large smartphones (also known as phablets) have become so popular that many device owners are using them to read ebooks as well. And why not? Sharp, bright color display is a pleasure to view when reading non-fiction books or any books and magazines that include color photos or images (not to mention videos).

Which Amazon Kindle ereader is the best, Paperwhite or Voyage?

2015-07-12

It used to be easy to choose an ereader. If you bought your ebooks from Amazon, you ordered the latest Kindle model that was available. If you downloaded EPUB books, you considered Sony, Kobo, Tolino, or a cheap Chinese product. Now, Amazon has so many Kindle ereaders on sale that it maybe difficult to pick up the right one that suits your needs. Fortunately, we can help you choose.

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Amazon Kindle Voyage


The first criteria is budget. If your budget is less than $100, you get an entry level Kindle ereader that is probably the best product in its price range, but it lacks an important feature: front light.

Ereaders are built on special display technology called E ink. The technology doesn’t use light (like LCD and LED displays) to display information on the screen. That’s why an ereader without a built-in front light requires daylight or other external light source for you to be able to read the display.

Ereaders with front light are priced above $100. Amazon offers two Kindle models, Paperwhite and Voyage, with front light and all the necessary features that a book lover needs. Which one is better, Voyage or Paperwhite?

Here is a video comparison of Kindle Paperwhite 2, Paperwhite 3 and Voyage by Kindle Chronicles:

A comparison of Paperwhite 3 and Voyage by the ebook reader blog:

Kindle Voyage specifications

Display: 6″ display, Carta e-paper technology. Front light, 300 ppi, 16-level gray scale.
Storage: 4 GB on device.
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks. Wi-Fi and front light affect battery life the most.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 3 hours from a computer via USB cable
Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard. WEP, WPA and WPA2 security.
Documents formats: KF8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX.
Size: 6.4″ x 4.5″ x 0.30″ (162 mm x 115 mm x 7.6 mm).
Weight: Wi-Fi: 6.3 ounces (180 grams); Wi-Fi + 3G: 6.6 oz (188 g).

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3

Kindle Paperwhite 3 specifications

Display: 6 inches, Carta e-paper technology. Front light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale.
On-Device Storage: 4 GB.
Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to six weeks. Wi-Fi and front light affect battery life the most.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable.
Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard. WEP, WPA and WPA2 security.
Ebook and document formats: KF8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX.
Size: 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm).
Weight: Wi-Fi: 7.2 ounces (205 grams) Wi-Fi + 3G: 7.6 ounces (217 grams).

Find out where ebooks are tucked inside the Amazon Kindle ereader

2015-07-06

Avid readers who love to turn ebook pages on their ereaders, rarely give much thought about the inner workings of the electronic device that is storing their books. Nonetheless, a Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or any other reading device really is a computer. It is not a powerful or advanced computer, but nonetheless, it is a computer – specifically designed for ebooks. Let’s take a look what’s inside the Kindle Voyage ereader.

amazon kindle voyage disassembled

The technician on the video first removes tiny cables attached to the motherboard. The integrated motherboard in this device is both the brains and the memory of the device. A processor on the motherboard executes all the commands and communicates with the display, wireless networks and storage unit. Yellow component is the battery.

This is how a disassembled Kindle Voyage looks like:

Video by PowerbookMedic.

Pack a Budget Ereader in Your Bag for a Holiday Trip

2015-06-03

Many people have collected a stack of books that they are going to read during their vacation. Today, it makes sense to store those books on an ereader for saving space and weight. If you worry you might damage or lose your tablet or laptop while reading at a pool, airport, beach or at an outdoors café by a busy market square in Vienna, carry a low-cost ereader along for your trip.

Here are some budget ereaders to choose from.

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Sony PRS-300 – a compact and light ereader. Sony doesn’t manufacture ereaders anymore, so you’ll be shopping for refurbished products for as low as $20. You can purchase ebooks from any bookstore apart from Amazon, and read them on the Sony ereader.
 
 
 
 
 
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Onyx Boox Classic is a touch screen, Wi-Fi enabled ereader for about $70. The manufacturer sells products directly their web site and delivers globally.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pocketbook Basic 2 – Pocketbooks are primarily marketed in Europe, but can be purchased elsewhere as well. The basic model for about $80.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bookeen Cybook Muse Essential – Cybook is a popular ereader brand in Europe. The Cybook Muse Essential is currently priced around $90.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Amazon Kindle – you can’t go wrong with the Kindle – even the entry level models are highly usable devices. The price varies, today this basic model was $79. The Paperwhite model with front light was $119. The only thing to remember is that you can read ebooks purchased only from Amazon on the Kindle.

Energy Ereader has a selection of few low-cost ereaders as well.

One more thing: the latest hot trend in technology are smartwatches and smart wear. It is (theoretically) possible to read an ebook on a smartwatch. More details in this article.

The ebookreader.com published the original listing that we complemented with additional products.

Creo Parametric Guidebook Series Available at Amazon Kindle Store

2015-02-14

Jouni Ahola has conducted training courses on Creo Parametric 3D modeling software for many years in many countries across the world. He knows all the common pitfalls practically everyone new to the Creo Parametric will face and what are the most important features that everyone should master. His advice has been published as a book series that consists of four practical, hands-on user guides.
Creo Parametric 4 book covers
Now, the Creo Parametric book series is available at Amazon Kindle Stores.
Creo Parametric Modeling for Manufacturing v3
Creo Parametric Milling
Creo Parametric Basic Turning
Creo Parametric Mill-Turn

The books are published in Print Replica format which means that you can read them in any Kindle for PC and tablet application, and on any Fire tablet. The books can’t be read on Kindle ereaders (the models with black-and-white E ink screen).

The books are also available in PDF format. More information about the Creo Parametric book series here.

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Amazon Kindle Unlimited Is the Number One Ebook Subscription Service, but Which One Is Number Two?

2015-01-29

We all know that Amazon is the largest retailer of ebooks in the world, but which online book subscription service has managed to attract the most customers? Amazon was the pioneer of ebook retail business, but it wasn’t the first company that provided customers with all-you-can-eat book service for a low monthly fee. Nonetheless, Amazon has already managed to take a major market share of the emerging book subscription service business.
nielsen: ebook subscription services market shares
Nielsen Books & Consumers Market Research has published a report that includes a ranking for ebook subscription services. The services with the biggest number of customers are:

1. Kindle Unlimited
2. Safari Books Online
3. Scribd
4. Oyster
5. Skillsoft
6. 24 Symbols
7. Entitle
8. Blloon

Nielsen has ranked Amazon Prime as an ebook subscription service, but Prime is not comparable with other ranked services. Prime is primarily a product delivery service that also includes access to a number of digital products.

Amazon Kindle Store Accepts PDF-Ebooks, but There’s a Catch

2015-01-23

Amazon’s Kindle ebook format is fine for books with simple layout that include text and a few diagrams or photos. If an author or publisher has required interactive features or multimedia, in many cases Apple iBooks Author has been the tool of choice. Now, Amazon has launched the Kindle Textbook Creator that the company intends to build as a competitor to the iBooks Author. At launch, however, the Kindle Textbook Creator starts out as a simple conversion tool.
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A 3D modeling guidebook in Kindle Textbook Creator.

In brief, the purpose of the Kindle Textbook Creator is to provide an easy way to convert PDF books into a format that is compatible with Kindle reading apps and Fire tablets. The Textbook Creator can convert PDF files into Amazon’s proprietary book format. After conversion, books can be previewed in the Textbook Creator and packaged into files to be delivered to the Kindle Store.

That’s it. That’s what the current Beta version of the Textbook Creator can do. You can’t edit the book, but you can move, insert and remove pages.

Yet, I believe the Kindle Textbook Creator has a bright future ahead. First, the vast collection of nonfiction books and textbooks that haven’t been converted into KF (simple Kindle file format) can be converted and made available to customers. Second, Amazon says that the future releases of the Textbook Creator will include video, audio and interactive features. It will mean a major step forward for rich multimedia books.

What’s the catch?
1. Ebooks converted in the Textbook Creator can only be distributed via the Kindle Store. The application saves books in .KPF format that even Amazon’s own reading applications can’t open. The book must be uploaded to the Kindle Store and then downloaded from the store for viewing.
2. The Textbook Creator can only import and convert PDF books.
3. Books converted in the Textbook Creator can not be opened in Kindle ereaders, but they can be viewed in all Kindle reading apps available for computers, tablets and smartphones and on Amazon Fire tablets.

After trying out the Kindle Textbook Creator, I don’t mind these limitations. The only thing is that publishers – like us – would like to have is the capability to test a new book on an actual device before uploading it to the Kindle Store. The Previewer function in the Textbook Creator works fine, but nothing can beat testing a new book on multiple real hardware and software platforms.

Below screen shots that show how the Kindle Textbook Creator handles tables and different text layouts.
Kindle Textbook Creator screen shot  on Mac
Kindle Textbook Creator