Microsoft Surface PRO 3 vs the Kobo Arc 10 HD

Welcome to another Good e-Reader Comparison Video! Today, we take a look at the flagship tablet that has been leading the charge for Windows 8 adoption, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  We compare the overall Windows 8 reading experience on a tablet whose primary focus is reading digital books, newspapers, graphic novels and eBooks –...

Flipkart Debuts 5 New DigiFlip Pro Tablets in India With Intel Processors; Prices Start at $99

Indian retailer Flipkart announced no less than 5 new tablets today, part of the Digiflip Pro series of slates. What these models have in common is the OS, Android and the processor, made by Intel. The newcomers are called DigiFlip Pro XT911, Pro XT901, Pro XT811, Pro XT801 and Pro ET701. Prices start at $99...

Interview with Niall Campbell, winner of the first Edwin Morgan Award

At this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival, poet Niall Campbell came first in the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for young Scottish poets with a first collection (published or unpublished). Under the terms of the Award, he received £20,000 ($33,000), twice the value of the venerable and highly regarded James Tait Black Prize for fiction...

LA schools halt plan to give students iPads after contract concerns, meddling kids

In a memo sent to the Los Angeles School Board of Education, Superintendent John Deasy revealed that the ambitious plan to distribute iPads to its students is dead before arrival. The program currently uses laptops instead of iPads. The post LA schools halt plan to give students iPads after contract concerns, meddling kids appeared first...

Full Review of the Kobo Aura H2O

Kobo has an obsession on what constitutes the perfect e-reading experience and they have been feverishly working towards this ideal. They have slowly been evolving their product line to fall in line with the quintessential five B’s of bookselling; Bath, Backyard, Bedroom, Bus and Beach. The brand new Kobo Aura H20 e-Reader is the most...

Apple Wins Flexible Display Patent With Unique Features

Apple is on a roll, getting a lot of patents recently, but this one interests us the most. I’m talking about a flexible display patent shown below and this one includes unique features. The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 57 new patents awarded to Apple, among which there are a...

#FutureChat recap: Multi-track issues

Friday (22nd August) after our good #FutureChat exchange about the recent protests of Amazon's negotiating tactics, one of our FutureBook community members noticed that the #UK's "Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store" ranking seemed to be top-heavy with a group of Amazon Publishing titles. In fact, these titles doing so well on the list were...

BlackBerry Roadmap Hints at Product Timelines

Despite our best estimates, BlackBerry has survived in the mobile world far longer than expected –which is fortunate for fans of the brand. We heard recently that there are new smartphones headed our way, including the unusual looking Passport (with a large, boxy style, and full QWERTY keyboard). It wasn’t until now though, that we...

Ramos i7s Quad Core Intel-Based Tablet Gets Detailed, Runs Android or Windows 8.1

The Ramos i7s is yet another model from the famous Chinese outfit, that seems to launch a new slate per month lately. This model is listed as running either Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4.2, so apparently you get to choose your own OS, otherwise they would have promoted dual boot features, if they were present...

Penguin Random House Sweeps Best-Seller List as ‘If I Stay’ Keeps Ahead

With Labor Day just around the corner, it’s probably safe to say that this summer belonged to Penguin Random House, at least when it comes to the season’s best-selling ebooks. Just after John Green’s hit The Fault in Our Stars ended its twelve-week run at the top of the Ebook Best-Seller List (and to be fair, it’s still...

Kobo Aura H2O – Reading in the Dark Review

Kobo has formally unveiled their brand new 6.8 inch Aura H20 e-reader. The big selling point behind this is the waterproof nature and the large vibrant screen. Kobo has been slowly refining their front-light technology that allows you to read in low light conditions or absolute darkness. Today, we look at the various degrees of...

Kobo Aura H20 Is a New eReader that Offers Waterproof Certification

Among eReaders producers, on the market there’s also Kobo, manufacturer that announced a new device recently. This product is Aura H20, and as you can tell just by reading its name, this e-book reader comes with waterproof certification (IP67) that offers protection for sinking under water for half an hour with the port cover closed. Aura H20...

Swift: AnyObject is not your only option for mixing things up (‘Collections of Protocol Types’)

There is a choice when creating arrays. We are encouraged to strongly type them (i.e. use a single type) but when needed use the AnyObject protocol (and also Any) to mix types.[Equatable]() // error[SequenceType]() // error[SignedIntegerType]() // errorOutside of generic functions, Swift's own protocols are not typically used in place of types. Although there are...

In dismissing Amazon’s Orwell quotation, Laura Miller misinterprets Orwell herself

There she goes again. Salon’s Laura Miller has penned the latest in a series of tirades against Amazon, this one summing up the squabble thus far and taking issue with Amazon’s quotation of Orwell’s discussion of paperbacks in its “Readers United” letter explaining that lower prices were good for everyone. We’ve already discussed Miller’s biases...

Grumpy Cat Doesn’t Like Your ALS #IceBucket Challenge

Tardar, also known to the Internet as Grumpy Cat, has a few things to say about your ALS Ice Bucket Challenges: No, Nope, Nada. Tardar’s not willing to get under the ice, because cats are too cool for viral Internet videos, and they would like to remind you they’re already dominating Internet traffic by being...

New Kobo Device Eyes Premium, Poolside Readers

The summer may be winding down, but poolside and beachgoing ebook readers just got a late-in-the-season gift from Kobo, in the form of a new waterproof ereader. The Kobo Aura H2O is an upgraded, dustproof and water-resistant version of its popular Aura HD, a surprise success last year for the Toronto-based ebook retailer and device...

Huawei Deems Tizen Doomed and Windows Phone Unprofitable

While it may be a name unfamiliar to many in North America, Huawei Technology Co. is quickly becoming a threat to Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer. Based in China, the company is seeing rapid growth as they market their smartphones to emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. While their...