Daily Archives: August 27, 2010

Screensnaps: Kindle 3 Versus Nook

Swiped from a 480p YouTube video:


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Wow, that Nook is a real fattie!

See the complete unboxing video after the break. It’s a WiFi-only Kindle and is helpful to those who have never bought one before.

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SmartQ T7 As eBook Reader

Yesterday, Steve “Chippy” Paine of Carrypad held a live video session demonstrating various aspects of the new SmartQ T7 internet tablet, with jkk of jkkmobile participating and assisting.

He’s done a follow-up report that also embeds recordings from last night.

In this post, I’ll focus on eBook-related aspects.

I have screensnaps from the Ustream session. They are small, but still worth seeing.

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Coilhouse » Blog Archive » Satoshi Kon: 1963 – 2010

Coilhouse » Blog Archive » Satoshi Kon: 1963 – 2010

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eBooks: The Photo That Says It All

I’m openly ripping off this from Engadget’s review. But this must be seen in a way I can reference it again and again (as well as stare at here):


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That’s the Kindle 3 on top of the paper book everyone is reading.

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DRM: Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be – Booked – Reading unbound – Forbes

DRM does not stop e-book piracy: 40% of torrents (files shared) contain books not available in e-book format in their current edition.

via DRM: Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be – Booked – Reading unbound – Forbes

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Create Digital Motion » Apple-Centric Observers Get the Facts Wrong: H.264 Still Ain’t Free

Here’s the deal: today’s “free forever” MPEG LA announcement was mostly a PR coup. It changes very little: critics of the use of the patent-encumbered, royalty-bearing format in HTML5 video were aware that the free end user license might be extended.

But, boy was it a PR coup, because the words “forever free” starting spreading around the Web, and some people got the wrong idea. You’re not free to use MPEG LA’s technology as a content publisher if you want to use H.264 as your distribution format for on-demand or for-sale video. More importantly, you’re not free to ship H.264 encoders or decoders.

That means if you’re making, say, a truly free and open source Web browser like Firefox, you can’t distribute H.264 support without paying millions for a license or breaking the law. Giants like Apple and Google and Microsoft pay anyway, so it’s not an issue for them. But it is an issue for free software developers.

via Create Digital Motion » Apple-Centric Observers Get the Facts Wrong: H.264 Still Ain’t Free

Previously here:

MPEG LA’s PR Fluff

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Kindle 3 Book Cover Comparison

This is the cover as it appears in Kindle for PC:

And here it is on the new Kindle 3, screensnapped via a 480p YouTube video:

See the entire video after the break, which well illustrates the faster eInk refresh rate.

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Satoshi Kon’s last words | Makiko Itoh : Not a nameless cat.

“You may last 1 or 2 days…even if you survive this, you probably have until the end of the month.”

via Satoshi Kon’s last words | Makiko Itoh : Not a nameless cat.

Previously here:

Obituary: Satoshi Kon dies at 47; Japanese anime director – latimes.com

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New York Public Libraries Stave Off Steep Budget Cuts Amidst Recession’s Dwindling Tax Revenue (and I helped play a part) « THE TIM FREEMAN JOURNAL

Without libraries, we are scattered to the four winds. Banks like Lehemen Brothers can fail and cause the global financial machine to go belly up, and still people will get by. But if our libraries vanish than so too does our civilization. During these crucial times, libraries may just be the link which will get us from this difficult juncture to the next possibly bright and promising future.

via New York Public Libraries Stave Off Steep Budget Cuts Amidst Recession’s Dwindling Tax Revenue (and I helped play a part) « THE TIM FREEMAN JOURNAL

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Wired2TheWorld.Com: Kindle 3 Review- Part 1

It took me less than 10 minutes to fall in love with the Kindle. It weighs less than a typical paperback book, even with a cover. It can hold thousands of books and will automatically download daily newspapers. I found myself wanting to read more because it was not only easier to hold the Kindle while reading in bed, but it was fun. Even David was an easy convert, excitedly reading his favorite paper, the International Herald Tribune every day we were traveling.

Before you dismiss this as another “gadget” ask yourself this; does your paperback book have a built in Oxford English dictionary to make it easy to look up words in a flash? Built in wikipedia? The ability to highlight passages, save them, and even share them on Twitter and Facebook? Can you adjust the size of the text to make it easier to read?

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