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…
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.…
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...
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…
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!
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).
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
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 —
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
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!
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
The devices that we use to access content are getting smaller and smaller. One could make the case that the iPod Touch and the iPhone are in fact small pocket computers, and one wouldn't be far from the truth. (The coming update to the iPhone operating system promises to allow, among other things, the ability to cut and paste text.) In the past couple of years, another type of small computer has made a splash in the marketplace, the Amazon Kindle and its raft of look-alike, e-ink and… Continue