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Is the Kindle or Kindle Fire the Best Device for Schools?

As with everything, the answer to this question comes from the answer to another question, which is "What is your goal for the use of the devices?" The best Kindle for each school is the one that best helps it accomplish its educational mission.

So, Kindle or Kindle Fire? When the Kindle e-ink reader came out, many people, including yours truly, saw a tremendous impact for teaching and learning. Suddenly, many of the barriers to text access were torn down, and anyone with a Kindle and…


Added by Will DeLamater on June 30, 2014 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

New Spritz Bookmarklet Makes it Easy to Evaluate Spritz

Just got the word that a new browser utility has been released by Spritz. What is cool about this development is that anyone can now play with the tool while looking at text on the web. You can adjust speed, and select any text you want to try.

To get the new bookmarklet, just click HERE.

The "spritzlet" is not yet ready for mobile, but it will be soon. Neither does it support PDF documents,…


Added by Will DeLamater on May 30, 2014 at 9:10am — No Comments

Reading with Spritz

From the beginning, EduKindle has really been about the meetup between digital technology and reading. Not so much the impact of technology on the publication of text, although that has a long, long history that has involved advances in technology at every step (see Mr. Gutenberg and his press, or Mr. Hammurabi and his stele). Intense interest in how technology affects the act of reading, though, has been catalyzed in our time by Mr. Bezos and his Kindle. (Mr. Jobs, who begat the iPad, was…


Added by Will DeLamater on March 14, 2014 at 10:07am — 4 Comments

Introduction to Kindle Paperwhite

Added by Will DeLamater on February 1, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Twitter says iPad over Kindle for Christmas

A study of the tweets about presents people received under the tree at Christmas says that iPad outdueled Kindle as a gift, Read more about the research here: http://www.edukindle.com/2014/01/got-ipad-beats-got-kindle-on-christmas/

Added by Will DeLamater on January 9, 2014 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Free Kindle Book? Not so Frictionless!

You remember Jeff Bezos's stated mission to make reading "frictionless"? Well, in some macro sense, circa 2009, he has accomplished his mission. But this is 2013, people, and when I want to load a copy of a public domain title onto my Kindle to read for free the experience should be, well, frictionless.…


Added by Will DeLamater on November 19, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Big Library Read Program Makes Unlimited Copies of Kids Book Available for Download

Overdrive is using its position as “middleman” between the publishers and the libraries in a way that truly benefits readers. It’s “Big Library Read” program makes unlimited copies of a book it selects available through public libraries that use its service, instead of limiting the number of checkouts to the number of copies that the library has purchased...

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Added by Will DeLamater on August 23, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

WhisperCast Changes Everything! Or does it?

I am sure that all you Kindle-philes were delighted to see that Amazon has responded to just about every objection educators have ever voiced about trying to manage multiple devices with its WhisperCast release.

In short, WhisperCast is a free management tool for schools and organizations who want to distribute content across multiple devices, and who want to exercise more control over the operation of those devices. You can get the details from Amazon right…


Added by Will DeLamater on November 21, 2012 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

What is YOUR reaction to the iPad Mini?

With Apple's introduction of a smaller iPad (the "iPad Mini"), I would like to get your initial reaction. Please click on the link below to take a five-question survey. I will share the results with everyone in a few days!

Click here to take survey

Added by Will DeLamater on October 24, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Slides from the Nov 9 Webinar


Added by Will DeLamater on November 12, 2010 at 12:21pm — No Comments

The List of Eligible Members for October Giveaway

This list is current as of today, and will be updated daily until the clock strikes midnight on the 31st. If you belong on the list but don't see your name, send me a message and I will make sure you are included. I plan to do the drawing live at the webinar on the 9th (but you don't need to be in attendance to win).

Eligible members:

  1. Ashley Greene
  2. Dee Martin
  3. Peg DeMott
  4. Theresa Reagan
  5. Julie Ahern
  6. Linn…

Added by Will DeLamater on October 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Kindle/Nook Giveaway Details Here

I am going to give away a wifi Kindle 3 or Nook (winner's choice) to one lucky Kindle, Nook (and more!) Educator Group member. What do you have to do to get into the drawing?

Ning members will be eligible for the drawing if they do ALL of the following by October 31:

1. have an uploaded picture/avatar for their account (the photo upload is right at the top of the settings on your Profile page); if you have already done this, you have fulfilled… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on October 26, 2010 at 10:21am — 2 Comments

Can the Nook Compete with the Kindle?

Happened into a Barnes and Noble on Saturday that had something more than banners an brochures about the Nook. They had the Nook itself.

This Nook just shows how much design work there is yet to be done on the ereader. It is a slick, smooth, shiny device that felt comfy in… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on January 11, 2010 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Sony versus Kindle, First Impressions

I've had my Sony Pocket Edition for a couple or weeks now and I have to say that I like it. It is a handsome unit, very tight and solid. It fits in the palm of your hand and, yes, in the pocket of your pants.

I was drawn to this ereader because of the size. My Kindle DX spends most of its time on and end table in my living room because of its size--the DX is just not that convenient to carry. The DX needs to go inside my bag next to the folders and legal pads (where it fits very… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on September 25, 2009 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

Keyboard Shortcuts for the Kindle 2 and DX

Kathy Parker in IL was looking for keyboard shortcuts for the Kindle 2s she has at her school. The list I use was compiled by Geek Tonic from a variety of Kindle resources including Kindleboards, Kindlemania, Mobileread, BlogKindle, and iReaderReview--all recommended blogs and boards for Kindle Educators. I have also created a PDF version for everyone; it can be downloaded and printed… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on September 23, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

A First Look at the Sony Pocket Edition eReader

This is a video I shot of the "unboxing" of my new Sony "pocket"-sized ereader. You can read more back at the… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on September 23, 2009 at 9:59am — No Comments

Kindlepedia for Educators - Information on the fly!

Just a note to all of you starting back to school in the next couple of weeks: Kindlepedia was originally designed to support teachers' ability to select information for students to read on virtually any subject at pretty much the touch of a button. If you have a Kindle that kids will be using, why not load on a couple of articles as supplementary reading for a history, science, art, language, or English class? One of the… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on August 24, 2009 at 6:49am — No Comments

Kindlepedia Heads to the Netherlands and the BeBook

Thanks to Pierre Gorissen from Eindhoven, Netherlands, for sharing pictures of a Kindlepedia article displayed on the screen of a BeBook ereader. The BeBook is produced by a… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on June 24, 2009 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Kindlepedia Adds Support for Dutch Wikipedia

Good news! The Kindlepedia now supports the Dutch Wikipedia. Just insert a URL of a Wikipedia article that begins with "nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/[your topc here]" (example: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabriek ) and the Kindlepedia will return your article. Very exciting--thanks to Joshua and Derek for putting this together! Enjoy!

Added by Will DeLamater on June 18, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

eSchool News Leads with Story on Kindle DX

You know that people are paying attention when eSchool News puts a Kindle story on the front page! The article contains nothing new in terms of information about the DX and the schools that will be piloting it, but several quotes from those involved sum up the situation: The Educator: "Is this the watershed device of electronic text readers we've been waiting for? Or is it just another evolutionary step on the way to that revolutionary device?"… Continue

Added by Will DeLamater on June 8, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

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