Friday, January 08, 2010

Kindle DX with Global Wireless





Recently Amazon.com has introduced the
Kindle DX with Global Wireless – a new version of the 9.7-inch wireless reading device now with the convenience of wireless content delivery in over 100 countries. In addition to the features that have made the 6-inch Kindle the bestselling product across all of Amazon, the new Kindle DX with Global Wireless has a large 9.7-inch electronic paper display, auto-rotate capability and storage for up to 3,500 books. Kindle DX with Global Wireless is available for pre-order for $489 at Amazon.com and ships January 19.

While I now proudly own the 6" Kindle and it has brought me much pleasure in reading, the Kindle DX will be so good for my PDF files! While I was attending college through long distance learning years ago, buying college textbooks was a nightmare! The university later used PDF eBooks but having to read them on notebook/computer screens was too inconvenient. Now with Kindle DX (which is more suitable for displaying college eBooks I think - because of the bigger areas for illustrations) I may even return to college to do my Master's.

Kindle DX is also suitable for children's eBooks.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

My New Amazon Kindle!

In late October, my Kindle arrived in HK! The joy was beyond words. It was a long wait since 2002 when I first started this eBook web site and had been wishing that one day, I would own a dedicated reading device that could allow me to read many books without the hassle of waiting (plus expensive shipping). That dream came true at last!

The package was elegant, almost tamper-proof, and very intuitive to set up! Since getting my Kindle, I've already ordered 10 books from Amazon.com and simultaneously reading them. I am bringing my Kindle everywhere I go! There will be no moment of boredom. Best of all, I am saving on space, saving lots on shipping fees (which could at times cost more than the book), being able to shop and download the eBooks instantly from anywhere, wirelessly, onto my Kindle.

Owning a Kindle even changed my reading habits! I used to only read non-fictions, but is now trying novels ... especially those being made into movies, like "Coco and Igor Stravinsky"! The movie sold out in HK, so I am getting the Kindle eBook version. More so, I'm buying more self-help improvement books which I will have second thoughts displaying on my physical bookshelves.

To me, owning a Kindle really means freedom, besides convenience. By the way, I got so many curious looks when reading in the train or other public places ... the Kindle reader is still a NOVELTY in Hong Kong.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kindle Wireless Reading Device (6" Display, U.S. & International Wireless, Latest Generation) in Hong Kong & Internationally


The Kindle Wireless Reading Device will be available in Hong Kong and internationally from October 19.
Here's a video interview:




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Monday, October 12, 2009

Reading eBooks on iPhone

ebook page on iPhoneebook software for iPhoneTwo months ago I finally got an iPhone so that I could read ebooks while travelling. There were several eBooks software to choose from and I chose "Stanza" after reading the reviews.

The good thing about reading on an iPhone is the portability and convenience since it is a device I carry around everyday. However, the screen is way too small and the battery life is not long enough. But this is still the best option before Kindle becomes available in my country!

One frustration is the limited number of good books that I can purchase despite being able to access so many online ebookstores. There is nothing like being able to own a Kindle and accessing over 350,000 titles (many available in hardcopies too).

But on Oct.8, my dream is becoming reality! I read in the papers in my country that an international version of the ereader, Kindle, would be released. Wow, I have placed an order for one!

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Reading eBooks on Blackberry

BlackBerry 8320 Curve Titanium Phone (Unlocked)
This picture shows a Blackberry Curve 8320. It's a lovely device to read email on and with Mobipocket reader installed, I am using it to read ebooks too! It's now the 8th day since I've had this device and spent about 20 minutes a day reading on it.

To preserve battery strength, I disabled the wi-fi and bluetooth. The device can then cover approximately 5 days without draining the battery entirely! As the words are very crisp (using font family BBClarity size 18), reading is a pleasure. The pictures/graphics are also rendered very well on the screen.

This is my first experience reading ebooks on a blackberry. Before that I wasn't sure if I would be used to the idea (as my old BB device could not be used for ebook reading) but I now found myself reaching out for my blackberry several times a day just to read on it. Also looking forward to buying more ebooks from the ebookstore, and perhaps a dictionary. The Mobipocket reader supports annotation (add bookmark, highlight, add note), search, and look up word in a dictionary.

Every ebook device has its pros and cons. The Blackberry as an ebook reading device is quite appropriate if one does not use it for a prolonged period of time as small fonts can cause eye strain and bigger fonts means more page turning. But it's extremely convenient to carry and fits in a pocket! And because I always have it around, I tend to reach out to it as and when I want to read something. It turns on in an instant and does not look out of place whether I'm reading on it in a bus, on the train, and even while waiting in a restaurant.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Reading eBooks On Blackberry Curve 8320

BlackBerry 8320 Curve Titanium Phone (Unlocked)

After a week of research and visiting the various stores to look at many smartphones and Blackberry devices, I finally settled for the Blackberry Curve 8320. This device weighs only 115g, is slim enough to fit into a shirt pocket, but most of all, has wi-fi! Another advantage is that the device charges as I connect it to the USB while synchronizing. It's convenient when I travel. The camera behind is a nice added feature.
Although it will take another few more days before the device can be activated by my service provider, I am already using it to read Gmail! But most of all, after installing the Blackberry desktop, I was able to download the Mobipocket Reader to my PC, synchronized my Blackberry to my Mobipocket library, and the ebooks are transfered to my Blackberry for reading - all in a matter of few minutes!
I was thrilled to find that the font size could be changed. For me, size 19 in bold feels comfortable on the eye. With this sized font, the average page holds about 4 words across with 9 lines down. I tried size 18 font and is able to get about 5-6 words across and 9 lines down. Both settings are good.
With a 1G Mini SD in the device, I can store many ebooks. So far, if reading on mobile devices, my choice is still the Mobipocket reader. It's very easy to use.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Reading eBooks on Blackberry


Reading ebooks on Blackberry is a possibility, but I became very interested in it just recently. After having used a Blackberry device for almost 5 years since 2003 (the oldest model - 5820), I am ready to switch to a newer model (probably the 8300 range) - and is looking into using it to read ebooks. So what software / ebook reader supports this function?

Mobipocket Reader for Blackberry supports the following devices.
Mobipocket eBook Reader runs on all Blackberry devices with a firmware 3.7 or higher (just very old BBs are not supported):
Blackberry Curve: Blackberry 8300, Blackberry 8310, Blackberry 8320.
Blackberry 8800 series: Blackberry 8800, Blackberry 8820, Blackberry 8830.
Blackberry Pearl: Blackberry 8100, Blackberry 8110, Blackberry 8120, Blackberry 8130.
Blackberry 8700 series: Blackberry 8700c, Blackberry 8700f, Blackberry 8700g, Blackberry 8700r, Blackberry 8700v, Blackberry 8703e, Blackberry 8705g, Blackberry 8707g, Blackberry 8707h, Blackberry 8707v...
Blackberry 7130 series: Blackberry 7130c, Blackberry 7130e, Blackberry 7130g, Blackberry 7130v...
Blackberry 7100 series: Blackberry 7100g, Blackberry 7100i, Blackberry 7100r, Blackberry 7100t, Blackberry 7100v, Blackberry 7100x, Blackberry 7105t...
Blackberry 7200 series: Blackberry 7230, Blackberry 7250, Blackberry 7280, Blackberry 7290...
Blackberry 7520.
Blackberry 7700 series: Blackberry 7730, Blackberry 7780...

Wattpad Reader supports ebook reading on mobile phones and also Blackberry
RIM BlackBerry 7100 series, 7200 series, 7500 series, 7700 series, 8700 series, Pearl 8100, Curve 8300, 8800 series

ReadManiac supports BlackBerry: 6220, 6230, 6280, 6720, 7100, 7100i, 7130, 7130e, 7210, 7230, 7250, 7280, 7290, 7510, 7520, 7730, 8100, 8130, 8300, 8310, 8320, 8700, 8703e, 8707, 8800, 8820, 8830

Anyview 3.125 (for those who wants to read in Chinese) supports Blackberry: 8300,8310,8800,8820

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Asus Eee PC 701 as ebook readers

Asus Eee 4G-Galaxy 7" PC Mobile Internet Device ( 512 MB RAM, 4 GB Hard Drive, Webcam, Linux Preloaded) Black
Asus Eee PC 8G-Pearl White 7" PC Mobile Internet Device ( 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Hard Drive, Linux Preloaded) Pearl White


The ASUS Eee PC functions as an excellent ebook device for those who cannot buy a Kindle (outside of USA) or other dedicated ebook reading devices (because they were not sold in their countries).

After using my white Eee PC for two weeks, I simply couldn't resist the urge to get myself another one (a black one) - and this time I wanted to keep all the applications that came with the machine. My first (white) Eee PC had been converted into an XP. I may even upgrade the RAM of both my machines to 1G as there was news that ASUS would not invalidate the warranty for RAM upgrade.


Having used both machines to read ebooks in several formats, I am convinced that they offer many more ebook choices. My new Linux EeePC (the black one) comes with FBreader installed and I have been reading a few Mobipocket format ebooks with the reader. The ebooks were from Mobipocket.com ebook site and there were more than 11,000 free ebooks. What I really like about the FBreader is that the default font is very crisp and large enough for comfortable reading and the page could be rotated for portrait view, giving the machine the feel of a "real" book (see the picture).

I enjoy both the Eee PCs so much that I even bought two different leather jackets for them (yes 2 different designs)! While that may add a little to the weight and thickness, the machines feel less warm to touch when I have used them for more than 2 hours. Given some time, I would be able to compare both machines but in the meantime, I carry them around and use them extensively. One machine is being charged while the other one is in use.

Really I do not see my Eee PC as a computer but as my library and I love both gadgets not because I love machines but because they carry my collection of ebooks! With one PC I read DRM'ed ebooks and with the other, free ebooks.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Anyone can publish an ebook on Kindle?

This is astonishing, but again it's not for those who are not in the United States. While browsing Amazon.com for some printed books to buy (can't get Kindle version) I saw a link that reads "Are you an Author or Publisher?" and followed it. I landed on an introduction/login page to Amazon.com's Digital Text Platform and got the idea that anyone who has an Amazon.com's account and a ebook to sell can publish his or her content in the Amazon Kindle Store in minutes!

It makes me feel like I'm in literary exile. Firstly, almost all dedicated ebook reading devices are not available for sale in Hong Kong (maybe no market for such a gadget) and while I understand that the Kindle is not available for sale/use outside of USA, even Amazon Shorts (Short literary works delivered digitally through the internet) are not for us either because of geographical restrictions. There aren't many bookstores in HK and when comparing book prices, they are still more expensive than when I get them from Amazon.com.

I cannot think of another bookstore I will get all my reading materials from as I have patronized Amazon.com for more than half a decade but I certainly feel left out of its recent e-book development. I thought that while shipping fees and the time it took for delivery of hard copies were too much for a lot of readers residing outside United States, e-books might be the answer for them but that did not seem to be the case.

My dream, an e-bookstore that sells to customers internationally.

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Different eBook Readers on my ASUS Eee PC 701

It has been 6 days since I bought this tiny PC. The first ebook reader I installed was the Mobipocket Reader - capable of reading .PRC files. Then I bought 2 ebooks and is still reading them. Next I installed the eReader from Palm and downloaded a few free books onto the reader. To my dismay, the software crashed every time I tried opening an ebook. I was using the free version, waiting to upgrade to the Pro version but I finally uninstalled the reader. Next, I downloaded the yBook. What a very well-written piece of program it was! It installed well and worked smoothly. The fact that it could read TXT, HTML, PRC, PDB and RTF files made it very versatile - and best of all, it came completely free. I have used it to read TXT and HTML ebooks - it was able to bring me back to the page I last read without even me applying bookmarks. Then I downloaded and installed Adobe Digital Editions software. It worked perfectly with a normal PDF file as well but the window needs resizing every time I load the reader. Up till now, I am very satisfied with this machine. Because I have XP on it, it could do everything my other Window OS machines could although I have in mind to use it mainly to read ebooks.

Today I bought a 4GB SDHC - it's a Transcend 4GB SDHC memory card which offers hassle-free data storage and transfer, and keeps data secure longer because the mechanical write protection switch keeps information safer by preventing accidental deletion or writing over important data. This is a class 6 speed rating Transcend SDHC memory card and has a fast transfer rate. I do not intend to remove it from the built-in memory card reader anyway - and decided to buy this because of its "LIFETIME WARRANTY". Will be storing ebooks on it. I also bought a SLIM USB portable drive - just in case I may need it some day.

So all in all, this Eee PC now has 8 GB of memory, an XP operating system, and an optical drive - total cost is USD592.

Detailed Specification of the EeePC can be found on the eeeuser.com web site. http://wiki.eeeuser.com/eee_pc_701

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Kindle: I can only DREAM to own one

I have been following the ebook device trend since way back in 2002 and dreamt of owning a good device one day. My very first ebook reading device was the first generation Cybook - and still occasionally use it. To me, Cytale Cybook was more like a tablet PC. I have yet to get hold of their 3rd generation device which seems more powerful. I would love to have that because of its ability to display PDF files which I use extensively for work. So far I have used my old Cybook to read free ebooks only because should I forget to keep it charged, I lose all my data as the device reset to factory setting!

So I waited ... perhaps one day I might buy the Gen 3 device. Last week I was pleasantly surprised to learn about Kindle - the wireless ebook device by Amazon.com. But to my great disappointment, this device could not be sold nor used outside of USA. I hope this could change in the future. As an avid reader, I have bought many books from Amazon.com and paid a lot in shipping fees to ship those books all the way to Asia! Then having to wait 2 weeks for delivery was not good experience either.

Kindle would be the ideal device for me if I had lived in the US! So I bought an Asus eee PC instead and is now using that as an eBook device as well as an ultra mobile PC (which I paid an equivalent of USD385). I have bought 2 ebooks from Mobipocket.com and enjoyed reading them on the eee PC very much. However, the battery could only last 3 hours or less. So until I could get a better eBook device - I would be quite happy to use the eee PC as my preferred reader. But I really envy those who are able to own a Kindle!

ASUS Eee PC 4G Notebook PC (7", 512 MB RAM), Pearl White

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