Kobo’s Forma Is My Favorite eReader

A good eReader is hard to find, and if you’re in the market for one that isn’t an Amazon Kindle, one that will give you more flexibility in the books you decide to read, you should check out the Kobo Forma.

Boogie Board Play n’ Trace eWriter for Kids is my #1 Holiday Gift Winner

The Play n’ Trace eWriter is a fantastic use of Boogie Board’s existing LCD writing technology, now targeting improvement in children’s learning and development. With this transparent eWriter, children can practice writing, drawing shapes, sketching freehand, and more. With the included tracing templates and companion iPad app, there is no end to creativity! Play n’ Trace sells for $29.99.

7″ Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet: Not Ready for Prime Time

When the Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet was announced, I was intrigued by the “Everything Kids love. Everything Parents Want.” tagline, and I immediately preordered. These 6″ and 7″ HD Fire tablets come with a 2-Year Guarantee, a kid-proof protective case, and the setup seemed perfect for a child’s first tablet.  After fiddling with one, I’m not convinced.

Oyster Books Subscription eBook Service: Great Idea, Awful Execution

One of the hardest things about quitting my job in a bookstore was giving up on easy access to and an employee discount on books … lots and lots of books. I love to read, and I’ve deeply embraced eBooks. So I was very excited to try Oyster Books, the so-called “Netflix of eBooks”, with a similar all-you-can-read flat rate concept.

Amazon Offers Indie Bookstores a Small Cut to Sell eBooks, But Will Anyone Bite?

  It’s no secret that “Amazon” is a dirty word among independent booksellers. They’ve fought against carrying Amazon-published books, railed against Kindles, and fought Amazon’s no-internet-sales-tax stance. But Amazon really wants to win over the indie booksellers, so they’ve rolled out Amazon Source, an affiliate Kindle program for indie booksellers. Because when someone hates you, they’ll totally sell your competing product…

Innovation Is Creeping Back into the eBook Market!

It feels like after the initial excitement of eBook readers and eBooks taking off, the market had leveled off. There’s still book growth, but as tablets overtook dedicated readers, and Amazon settled happily into the number one spot, the improvements slowed precipitously. But now that Barnes and Noble is showing a new willingness to enter the market, it looks like the signs of innovation are back!

Installing Google Apps on the Kindle Fire HDX? Just Don’t Bother!

Nate over at The Digital Reader had a post about installing Google apps on the new Kindle Fire HDX. Since I use GMail and other Google stuff and have the new Kindle Fire HDX, I figured ‘why not’. Turns out there is a basic reason – not all services work correctly and there are no notifications. As a result, my only recommendation is ‘just say no’. The method to installing everything comes in four steps: • Google Account Manager • Google Play Services • Google Service Framework • Gmail You add one, reboot the Fire the install the next, and…

G5 Kindle Fire Games On Sale at Amazon App Store!

To celebrate Halloween, G5 is having a sale on three scary Kindle Fire games from now through November 2nd. The games are Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley, Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart, and Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings. All three are fun and engaging hidden-object games, and you can get each of them for only $0.99 right now!

Supermarket Management for Kindle Fire FREE Today Only (10/10) !

Supermarket Management is a time-management game, meaning that you are working to accomplish numerous tasks in a certain amount of time to reach your goals and keep your customers satisfied, getting harder with each level. The game is available on multiple platforms, but for today (10/10) only it is FREE on the Amazon Appstore! Go grab it now!

Where Angels Cry for Kindle Fire Review

In the world of hidden object games, developers can craft purely hidden object screen game types as well as more adventure-oriented games. Where Angels Cry is on the adventure side of the genre, which forces more plot and character development. I said in the iPad version review the game handles these well, and the Kindle Fire version is also great. Type of app: Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (HOPA) Platform/where to buy: Kindle Fire; available in the Amazon App Store Developer: Cateia Games / G5 Entertainment Description: Here are some of the features: ? 18 amazing mini-games and puzzles to solve…

Everlove: Rose Brings Romance and Choices to iOS and Android

Have you played a good book lately? Huh?!? Well, Silicon Sisters Interactive wants you to curl up with Everlove: Rose, an interactive story where the dialogue choices you make impact your relationships and can change the game outcome as well! It is a very well done game, and while aimed at girls and young women, I found it fun, too! Type of app: Interactive Novel Adventure Game Platform/where to buy: iPad / iPhone, Kindle Fire, and Android. Developer: Silicon Sisters Interactive Description: “Everlove: Rose brings romance to life. Games have that power,” says Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch, Silicon Sisters’ CEO and…

Amazon Introduces ‘Mayday Button’ Help System, New Kindle Fire ‘Mojito’ OS 3.0, and Offline Streaming

Along with the new Kindle Fire HD and HDX models, Amazon introduced a few other interesting items. These include a new Kindle Fire OS, Offline Streaming of Amazon Prime videos, and an always-ready video help system called ‘Mayday’. With these value-added features Amazon hopes to distinguish itself and move beyond just being an Apple alternative by taking a leadership role. Amazon OS 3.0 ‘Mojito’ Amazon announced ‘Mojito’, Kindle Fire OS 3.0. The new OS brings native Android App compatibility, HTML5 app support, in-app purchase support and more. One of the biggest features is the new ‘Mayday Button’, which I’ll explore…

Three New Kindle Fire Models Launched, Highlight Differences Between Amazon and Apple

Overnight, we got word from Amazon that they were releasing a new line-up of Kindle Fire models. The current 7″ HD becomes the low-end, and they fill out the high-end with new quad-core based 7″ and 8.9″ HDX models. This is huge news in terms of features and pricing, but also a clear distinction between Amazon and Apple. The two Kindle Fire HDX models are packed with loads of updates including new productivity apps for email and calendar, new X-Ray for Music, and ‘Second Screen’ which let’s you send contents to a smart TV or Playstation 3/4. You will also…

Would You Use an Amazon Phone?

The latest rumor from The Verge about Amazon’s mythical phone is that it will be free, or nearly free, even if you don’t have a phone contract. Is this enough to get people over the hump of Amazon’s legendary tracking and into their waiting arms of Amazon Prime and the Amazon App Store? Personally, I’m on the fence. I see two sides to this. On the one hand, this could be a very compelling extra phone or backup phone. For free, or nearly free, it makes for a good “what-if” device to keep in a drawer, or use as a…

New Kindle Paperwhite eBook Readers Are Better Than Ever

Read anywhere, anytime with Amazon’s new kindle paperwhite. The new paperwhite is faster brighter and more responsive than ever. It features smart lookup, better searching/scroll features and it is more sensitive to your touch. Plus its great display just got even better. And it is just $119 with Special Offers. The 3G version starts at just $179. Preorder here.

The Secret Society Launches for Kindle Fire & Android, Gets Massive Update!

I reviewed The Secret Society for iPad, noting how it balanced ‘play’ versus ‘pay’ elements. It recently arrived for Android and Kindle Fire with massive updates, and while it feels cramped on my Galaxy S3, on Kindle Fire HD it is perfect (at stealing reading time)! If you have a tablet and haven’t played, check it out free on iOS, Kindle or Android. Here is the trailer:

Amazing Paper Sleeves for iPad mini & kindle

If you own an iPad Mini, you might already have it in a case or perhaps have a SmartCover for your Mini or some type of protection. But many with a Kindle simply toss it in their bag or backpack, and even the SmartCover does little to protect the body of the Mini. There are numerous cases and sleeves you can use for your device, but the folks at t&m have a new idea. That idea? Amazing Paper Sleeves. These are described as ‘Pulp Art’, and are made of solid cardboard. They serve the purpose of “protect(ing) mobile devices against…