Suppose you are one of those people who still haven’t quite gotten into the whole online ordering fad? You like to give all your stuff a test drive before you buy. You like to play with the display model a bit to see if it fits you and your style before you commit your money.
This is where the Barnes and Noble nook has won out over the Kindle; because the Nook is universally known to be available for try and buy at your local Barnes and Noble booksellers storefront. The Kindle, traditionally, was only available online at Amazon.com.
For a lot of you, this might be old news, but with the news that the Nook will now be available at Radio Shack, I thought it was timely enough to tell you that while everybody knows where to test-drive a Nook, some of [ more ]
Things are hopping at the App Store as a new little app that takes a new approach to storytelling has landed at the top of the heap.
Storytelling on the iPad has been evolving and now the new app Papercut launched by London-based developer Ustwo is taking it to a whole new level. Papercut combines video and sound as well as text to make stories come to life in a whole new way.
The idea behind Papercut was to use the simplicity of of the iPad’s capabilities and create an easy to use enhanced reading experience. Written text is now turned into animation, sequences of images matched with sound and relevant video which are all activated by the narration of the story.
Authors now have more control than ever to integrate their unique illustrations into their story while weaving in sound to create a truly moving and captivating experience for their readers.
With the launch of this little app it appears that while some people are still marvelling at how many books they can carry with them in their more ]
I was just about ready to go off about the lack of fulfillment on a ‘promise’ we had earlier this year from Amazon (via Mashable) that they would partner with local libraries to institute a lending program for eBooks. Then, I happened on this TechCrunch article.
It was something I had been looking forward to because buying eBooks can get expensive and frustrating. Plus, my mother had always told me that the library would probably prove the best reading resource I would ever need anyway.
As an avid reader, owning the books (preferably hardcover versions) was a big thrill for me. I liked to take them down and hold them every so often, open to a random page, reminisce over the storyline, sniff the pages (if you store them right, they keep their smell for years). My bookshelf was alarmingly overburdened with books once I could afford to start a collection.
A move to another country effectively culled that collection severely and marrying into the military made rebuilding it an almost impossible feat for many reasons [ more ]