We're a bunch of avid readers here at Apartment Therapy, although we may be divided on which format we prefer. While we don't agree on whether print or eBooks are where it's at, or even which eBook format is the cat's meow, we do love to talk about what we're reading...so the question is, do we need a new platform on which to do that?
I've got an e-reader now and it does what it's supposed to. Reading on it certainly has been easier on the spine than lugging around a bunch of hardbacks. And sure, iBooks still has that antiquated wooden bookshelf interface, but given everything reading-focused about the newly announced Retina display iPad I couldn't resist.
Have you considered using the power of downloadable media to become more cultured through audiobooks? Audiobooks give us a chance to 'read' stories more often and in more places. Coupled with a great narrator, these books can open up another experience completely. We've rounded up some of the best read audio books that do just that.
Have you ever brought too much on a trip? There's nothing that can make you feel more like a bumbling tourist than waddling down a hot, crowded, cobblestone street with heavy, overstuffed bags hanging from aching shoulders while frantically searching for the hotel you were sure was on this corner. My goal when packing for any trip is to never have more luggage than I would feel comfortable carrying for an entire day.
Last week Apple unveiled their new education initiative, which included an expanded iTunes U and textbooks made for the iPad. To help foster the future of digital textbook authoring, Apple also introduced iBooks Author, a free application designed to make building books for the iPad easy for everyone to do. But is it? We're working on our own book, so we thought we'd share our notes after using the publishing application...
As the gift giving season is upon us, everyone is scrambling to find things that are thoughtful and considerate presents to give rather than something much more bland like a gift card. If you know of anyone who is a literary aficionado and has a tablet reader like a Kindle or an iPad, considering buying them a new case might be a good move. We've rounded up a broad selection of cases which feature designs inspired by books, notepads, and magazines.
As long time Kindle owners and avid users of the Kindle iOS app we were thrilled to hear about lending coming to the Kindle platform. While we do enjoy using our local public library for eBooks, the waits are generally very long for titles and more lending options are always a good thing in our book. With the lending program now live, it's time to take a look as to how borrowing eBooks from Amazon works.
Over the last few months, we've started to make a switch towards ebooks. While most of the reasons behind the switch are practical, we're not using an ereader to read our ebooks and we read every single day. Ereaders are nice devices, but the technology evolves so quickly and we don't want to upgrade it every single year.
Books are big business. Sales of physical and digital books reached almost $12 billion (billion with a B) in 2010. Earlier this year Amazon reported that it sold more digital books than regular books. But to what advantage do we gain in losing the paper and going digital? Join us as we explore the pros and cons of eBooks versus book books.
If you're a tech junky like us, you woke up early this morning to catch the Amazon announcement of the addition to its kindle line. But if you missed it, no worries, we've got it all covered right here on Unplggd, with some reaction and personal opinion thrown in. If you just want to get to the good stuff, we have a handy chart below the jump pitting the Kindle Fire tablet against its competitors, including the iPad 2!