Coolest Gadgets » E-book readers Playing with cool gadgets in the ongoing search for the Coolest Gadget Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hoopla Digital reveals a brand new e-reader Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:00:31 +0000

The world of e-readers is not exactly one that sets the pulses racing, as there is not much fanfare whenever a new model is announced or released. In fact, you will not see any kind of annual model refreshes, not unlike smartphones where it ends up as a huge event that the whole world looks forward to. However, this does not mean that there is no value in e-readers. Children too, need to pick up the reading habit in order to learn as they grow, so what better way than to get them up to speed with Hoopla Digital’s latest e-reader?

The latest e-reader from Hoopla Digital will boast of specialized features that are able to present picture books and read-alongs, as it showcases content from Disney, HarperCollins, Lerner, Charlesbridge and Britannica including picture books like Pete the Cat and Fancy Nancy and read-alongs like Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and Disney-Pixar’s Coco, which is available in English and Spanish.

In fact, with immersive new e-reader technology integrated on this latest offering from Hoopla Digital, it enables graphics to appear just as it would in a physical book, now how about that? Jeff Jankowski, the owner and founder of Hoopla Digital, shared, “hoopla digital continues to invest in the experience we are offering our libraries and their patrons. Our new eReader shows our deep commitment to books and the experience we are creating for readers of all ages. We developed this eReader with feedback from librarians, patrons and publishers and created an experience that really celebrates the work of the authors and illustrators on our platform.”

Read-alongs on Hoopla will be accompanied by audio tracks that have been synchronized with the book, where text will highlight in red in-sync with the narrative audio. This makes it very helpful for early childhood education as well as second language learners. There is also a “Kids Mode” feature that allows families to search and access kid-friendly titles any time that they please.

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The Kobo Aura is waterproof and ready for reading in the tub Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:30:59 +0000 Kubo Aura

Sometimes sitting down with a good book is all we need to relax. Of course, to get the most out of your relaxation time you want to combine as many relaxing things as possible. Taking a hot bath with chamomile tea in addition to your book is bound to do some good in restoring a bit of your sanity. Of course, many people use eReaders anymore, so if you don’t want to bring it along in the water without having to buy a new one, you might be in the market for some better options.

If you’ve already ruined one eReader to this sort of situation and would like not to lose another, then this Kobo Aura might be able to help you out. This Japanese product is IP67 compliant, meaning it can be used for up to 30 minutes under 1 meter of water. It would be especially handy if you like to read on your way home and live in a rainy area. This has a 6.8” Carta E Ink HD touch screen with a 1430 x 1080 resolution. It has around 4 gigs of built-in memory, and should let you immerse yourself in a good read in no time at all.

Not only will this be safe closer to water, but this option is much easier on the eyes of avid readers as there’s no light constantly blazing into your eyeballs. This device doesn’t come cheap at $149.99, but not losing it to a day at the beach or a long bath might be worth it. Of course, there are about a million different eReader options out there, and you could always just put your Kindle in a freezer-sized Ziploc for a cheaper option.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The Kindle Oasis will whisk you away to another world Tue, 17 May 2016 19:30:49 +0000 Kindle Oasis

While I still haven’t made the switch from physical books to an e-reader, it’s not for a lack of interest. They’re supposed to be pretty awesome for battery life, be easier on your eyes regardless of the time of day, and are just convenient. One of the better-known versions of this is the Kindle, and as they’ve been around for a good minute now they’re of course turning out newer models that are said to be better than previous renditions.

This time around, the Kindle Oasis is up to bat, which is super-thin and lightweight with everything a bookworm could want. Well, not the actual bookworm, as they’d be pretty sad without food. This is a 0.13” thick Kindle, and is 30% lighter than its predecessors with a strong cover glass and frame that is infused with metal to make sure it can survive any rough and tumble from day-to-day life. It has 10 LEDs for built-in light with 300 ppi resolution, which isn’t too much more than some of the previous versions.

The tapered handgrip will shift the center of gravity to your palm so it will feel like a book is actually sitting in your hand, making it easier to do one-handed reading. You’ll also be able to turn the pages on either the touchscreen or the page turn buttons on the front of the hand grip. Whether you’re going to read in your left or right hand, the page orientation will rotate to match. The leather case that comes with it will also give you extra battery life, so you can read for months without needing a recharge. This is a $289.99 purchase, but seems to be only mildly fancier than the version that’s 100 bucks cheaper.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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The E-Reader Pillow – snuggle up with a virtual book Fri, 11 Mar 2016 18:30:18 +0000 E-Reader Pillow

It’s funny how things change but also stay very much the same. People used to be awake at night by candlelight, then by bedside lamp, and now we use our phones, laptops, and tablets to burn the midnight oil. The lamps are still there, we just want to tempt fate for how long our vision will hold up. For those of you who just can’t seem to stop reading or browsing the Internet in bed, you know how tired your wrists can get from holding up your tablet or E-Reader, even when you’ve switched up positions time and time again.

The solution is obviously to get a complex system that will dangle your screen above your face so you can’t drop it on yourself. Of course, the E-Reader Pillow would do the task just as easily, more discreetly, and for a much lower price. This snazzy pillow has a soft grip that will hold your device in place, has a supportive ledge so your tablet won’t be nudging you in the tummy every three seconds, and the bottom cushion is molded to the shape of your legs.

Just to make sure you’re at maximum comfort levels when using this, there are pockets for your accessories and a cable clip so no wires get in the way of your decompression time. It’s a pillow for a very specific task, and will set you back around $21 before shipping. It only comes in gray, though you’re likely not going to be too worried about trying to color-coordinate when you’re lounging in bed.

Available for purchase on red5
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Amazon Kindle Voyage arrives Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:24 +0000 amazon-kindle-voyageWhen we talk about hardware released by Amazon, one of the surefire topics that rise up would be their range of Kindle e-book readers, such as the Kindle Fire HD that offers plenty of bang for your hard earned buck. Of course, there is also the Kindle Fire smartphone which never really managed to take off in a big way, which could be why Amazon has continued to concentrate on their e-reader range, having announced the 7th generation Kindle which they have dubbed as the Kindle Voyage. How apt, considering the journey or adventure that Amazon has gone through over the years in the e-reader market.

The whole idea of the Kindle Voyage is to deliver what Jeff Bezos calls “the thinnest design, highest resolution and highest contrast display, reimagined page turns, and all of the features that readers love about Kindle—books in seconds, no eyestrain or glare, readability in bright sunlight, and battery life measured in weeks, not hours—Kindle Voyage is crafted from the ground up for readers.”

Hopefully that vision will be passed down from the engineering drawing board to the production line, and eventually to the hands of consumer with the Kindle Voyage as intended. Boasting of an all-new design, the $199 e-reader will sport a beautiful flush glass front and a magnesium back, where it measures just 7.6 mm thin and tips the scales at less than 6.4 ounces. This particular size would mean you can easily hold it with just one hand for a long time, without having to feel any kind of fatigue whatsoever compared to those hybrid notebook-tablets.

Amazon has equipped the Kindle Voyage with a brand new Paperwhite display, where it will sport the highest resolution, highest contrast, and highest brightness of any Kindle. We are looking at a pixel density of 300 pixels per inch, and the unique flush-front display stack relies on specially strengthened glass which can resist scratches. Not only that, the cover glass is micro-etched so that it can diffuse light for better reading under bright light sans glare. There is also new adaptive front light that automatically adjusts the brightness of the display based on the surrounding light, which can be further fine tuned according to your needs. Sounds like we have a winner here, don’t you think so?

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All new Kindle Paperwhite announced, brings e-reading to the next level Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:00:12 +0000 kindle-paperwhiteE-book readers, also known as e-Readers in certain quarters, are not exactly the fastest moving tablet-like device in the market at the moment, and neither has it been that way for a long time. In fact, the iPad and a plethora of Android-powered tablets are dominating the market at the moment, and e-book readers occupy just a small percentage of the share. This has not fazed Amazon though, as they have just announced the sixth generation Kindle Paperwhite reader, where it will boast of new display technology with a higher contrast, next generation built-in light, a faster processor, in addition to all-new reading features such as Kindle Page Flip, Goodreads, Kindle FreeTime, Smart Lookup, and Vocabulary Builder among others.

Granted, a dedicated e-book reader like the Kindle Paperwhite is definitely not going to come with the kind of processing muscle that your regular iPad or Android-powered tablet would, but it does perform as a wonderful substitute if you love reading books on the move, and do not want to get weighed down by the many pages. Some other folks love their books to remain in pristine condition all the time, and dog ears are anathema. Well, the new Kindle Paperwhite solves all those issues by delivering an uncompromised reading experience. Being different from tablets, it is a snap to read in bright sunlight, and neither will your eyes tire out in the dark. Boasting of a chassis that weighs a mere 7.3 ounces, it is light enough for you to read with just a single hand, and comes with an amazing 8 weeks of battery life, now how about that?

It is said that the new processor is 25% faster than its predecessor, allowing your books to open faster, while pages turn in a more fluid manner. There is also integration with Goodreads, where it will combine the world’s largest e-reading community alongside the world’s largest community of book lovers. This means you have a pool of more than 20 million other readers to check out what they are reading, to be able to share highlights with one another and rate the books that you have already completed. The asking price for the new Kindle Paperwhite? A mere $119 onwards a pop.

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NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight gets an even lower price Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:00:13 +0000 nook-simple-touchDo you happen to own an e-book reader? For those of you out there who are keen on getting ready way before the intended date, and want to prepare for the school or university year ahead, then check this out – Barnes & Noble has just announced that the NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight would receive a price cut, making this ideal e-book reader more accessible to the masses with a price point of just $99. Yes sir, don’t you think that at that particular price point, it would be more appealing to the masses?

At just $99 a pop, it is available at the nearly 700 Barnes & Noble retail stores nationwide as well as online if shopping via a digital platform is your cup of tea. The NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight is said to be the most versatile reader ever created, and it so happens to be the first designed to address E Ink customers’ number-one request – that is, the ability to read in the dark in bed without having to disturb the other person sharing your bed. Thanks to Barnes & Noble’s innovative lighting technology, the GlowLight is able to shine uniformly across the display, where it can be adjusted with just a touch, letting you control the amount of light that illuminates the device, regardless of whether you are in pitch black darkness or are in a dimly lit room.

Not only that, the NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight tips the scales at under 7 ounces, making it the lightest NOOK to date. Boasting an ergonomic back as well as soft-touch design, it is extremely comfortable to hold with just a single hand, making it ideal for those thrillers that can be difficult to put down, not to mention being extremely easy to bring around. Apart from that, it also comes with a revolutionary built-in screen protector that delivers paper-like reading with no glare, even when you are under bright sunlight. Any takers?

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Gain Rewards with Amazon Coins Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:45:19 +0000 Yesterday (February 5, 2013) Amazon announced a new loyalty program launching in May. Amazon Coins will enable app purchases with credits/points/’coins’. Makes sense. Afterall, most of us are sucked into some points program – be it credit card miles, grocery store points or what not. But take a look at more of the details of Amazon Coins and see if you think it will be enough to gain loyalty of buyers and programmers.

Amazon Coins will reward millions of coins (what appear to be about $.01 each) to Kindle Fire users. Why Kindle Fire? To promote development and purchases of appstore apps. Amazon made no announcement as to how the “tens of millions of coins” will be rewarded. At a minimum it appears they will be available for straight purchase. But I can’t help but think that Amazon will give some away to help promote interest in apps. Perhaps with digital content purchases? Anyway, Coins will serve as a virtual currency to purchase apps. The objective appears to get app developers focused on adding Fire-compatible content to the app store and pushing them to promote their own apps. Theoretically, if a user has coins stored up they would be more willing to try out something new – giving programmers their incentive. To be eligible, an app must be on their store by April 25. The developer’s announcement details more of the what/who/how from their end. As an avid Amazon customer and Kindle Fire owner I can attest that Fire apps lag far behind their Android brethren  So perhaps this may prompt more interest from the dev community. And as a Fire owner I appreciate the possibility of some free credits coming my way for sticking with their tablet in a world of more advanced units. Only time will tell. So stay tuned to hear how Amazon Coins pans out.

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Kindle? Check. Sun? Check Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:46:43 +0000

I love taking the Kindle on vacation. Load up your books and boom. You are lost in a world of nonfiction…or fiction if you choose. Kindle battery life is unbelievable too. Yet any bookworm away from home may tend to run low on power. Sure if you only read 30 minutes a day you will get a month. But if you plan on not peeling your eyes away while basking in the vacation sun then you better be prepared.

From the “that make sense” file is the SolarFocus cover for Kindle. Pop your Kindle 4 (latest edition…the one without the keyboard or touchscreen) into the leather case where it is held securely. Built into the cover is a solar panel. So yes, as you sit at the pool your Kindle can recharge. It will take you 3 sunny days to fully recharge. But with the low battery usage of the Kindle I find it hard to believe anyone could run out of juice. Included inside the case is a self-housed LED light for nighttime reading. And it is charged via the solar panel too, preserving your Kindle battery for its own functions. This Solar Lighted Cover can be yours for $69.95 on or £49.90 on and be to you just in time for your winter getaway to the sun.
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Kid-Friendly Kindle Environment Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:52:14 +0000 The Kindle has revolutionized the world of reading. Most of us probably had that “nah, I like the feel of a book” notion at some point. But we obviously got over it. Younger generations certainly take to e-reading easier than us old folks. Kids navigate like pros. It is scary to think that younger generations may know nothing but e-reading. Yet not many of us are opting to buy a full Kindle for the kids yet. If they could only share ours but have their own content.

Amazon just announced a new service to encourage kids to electronically read, while offering a great service to parents. Kindle FreeTime Unlimited offers a subscription service in which children get unlimited access to books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows on a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD  (and HD 8.9″ soon). Essentially it is the convenience of Amazon Prime Unlimited Instant Video. But it offers more than video and only offers content applicable to ages 3-8. No more parents having to guess what game the kids want to play. The voracious reader can keep reading with thousands of titles. If the kids get bored of the movie, no problem. Let them pick another! Profiles can be created for up to 6 children on one device, enabling their own personalized folder of content. Restrictions on types of content and usage time can also be set. And kids can’t log out of their own profile without the password. Pricing for the subscription is based on the number of children in the house. Amazon is offering a free one month trial to all Fire and Fire HD owners. It will come as a software update and users just log in before the middle of January to take advantage. Pricing for Prime members after the free trial is $2.99 a month for one child, $6.99 for up to six. Non-Prime users pay $4.99 for one child or $9.99 a month for up to six. So all you Kindle Fire users out there with kids using the device – let the kids have their own environment and access unlimited content with FreeTime Unlimited. And save yourself the headache of buying books, movies and the like and always have plenty of options.
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