Round up #129: touchless screens, color E Ink next year?NOOK app arrives for Windows 8
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
I’d written previously about there not being a NOOK reading app for Windows 8 when it was first released. That was odd, because Microsoft recently invested a lot of money in Barnes & Noble, and you would think they would be shooting for synergy.
Well, this is just to let you know that they have one now:
Don’t touch that dial…er, screen
I’ve suggested before that one of the innovations we could see were gestural interface tablets/EBRs (e-book readers). That would mean that you don’t have to touch the screen (getting those yucky fingerprints on it), but just wave your hand near it to tell it what to do.
Well, according to this
we’ll have it at least for Windows 8 soon (within a year or so). The article includes a pretty convincing video.
Color frontlit device for 2013?
that they’ll have a color, touchscreen, E Ink device in the market in 2013.
It looks good in the pictures, but there isn’t a mention of price.
It’s also frontlit (probably somewhat like the Kindle Paperwhite or NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.
I’m guessing people will like it, but again, price might be a daunting factor when we find out what it is (remember, it will be compared to tablets…which could be down around $100 by then).
It also may not be available in the USA next year.
Still, this suggests to me that other manufacturers will have them in the next year or so as well.
Inside an Amazon warehouse
gives you a good look inside an Amazon warehouse (fulfillment center). They are clever and organized on those, although the Kiva robots still aren’t there .
GoGo Gadget wi-fi!
they report that GoGo in-flight internet had gotten a lot faster…and also more money. You can pay $10 for one hour, but it goes up from there.
I’ve still never tried it, and I know it blocks video, but I can’t say I wouldn’t be tempted to use it with my Fire. I probably won’t, though, unless it’s a really long flight…I’m fine with downloading stuff ahead of time for the flight.
Five budget routers
Speaking of internet, one of the things a lot of people may do when they get a Fire is to buy a wireless router. I got a new one, because our old one just wasn’t enough “juice” for what we were doing…and our cordless phone interfered with it.
on five budget routers they say won’t disappoint.
This is the one we’ve been using:
It’s $49.99 right now, and it’s been fine at serving a pretty wide variety of devices (two Kindle Fire HDs, a Kindle Paperwhite, a “Mindle”, two SmartPhones, a Roku, and a Wii…I think that’s the main set right now).
Knock virtual wood, but I like it.
65-year old ABC Book & Comic Emporium to close
According to the
a used bookstore which has been open since 1946 is going to close.
I read a lot of these stories. No question, it’s tough to make a brick-and-mortar bookstore work (and I speak as a former manager), but it’s harder now than it was five years ago.
I have said to my Significant Other that you’d be hard press to get me to invest in a brick-and-mortar that was going to sell things. How do they compete with the internet? Yes, you can do services (you can’t use the internet to get your dog groomed), and you can do perishable food and restaurants (although the latter has always been a big risk). If you want to sell stuff, though, you better have an impressive business plan.
On the other hand, some new outlet stores have opened within an hour of our house…and they have been packed! Traffic has gone from where something that used to take five minutes is taking forty-five, and our local news has been reporting that more than 300,000 people have visited the complex in a week.
Two of my articles
This last Saturday was the second Saturday of the month, which is when my rotating column appears in the The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing.
That blog is oriented towards authors specifically, so I do tend to write somewhat different things there than here.
I was surprised at the reaction to my latest:
I was writing about how “white lists” in parental controls, like FreeTime on the Fire, might make it more difficult for indies (independent publishers) to get discovered. I honestly thought people would be more upset by the fact that a kid couldn’t browse in a bookstore and discover and request books, but could only read books that a legal guardian pre-selected.
People seemed to be okay with it, and even with the idea of a rating system for books, like we have for movies, music, and videogames.
On the other hand, I had some unexpectedly…I’m going to say negative, but that might be too strong a word, reactions to a post in this blog
I think Amazon is great, and have a wonderful relationship with them. I wasn’t saying anything that I saw as bad about them. I was just suggesting that people tend to see them as something they aren’t, more akin to a family member or a friend. I wanted people to be aware of what could happen.
It seemed like people read that as me being suspicious of or negative about Amazon. That’s not the case…I tend to trust them. I just want to be realistic about what the situation is, so people aren’t surprised with things that might happen.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.