“In December 2013, a federal court approved legal settlements by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin in antitrust lawsuits filed by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of eBooks. Those settlements resulted in credits for qualifying Kindle books purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012.”
All this legal maneuvering has been simmering for a while, and I was wondering how it was going to come out in the wash.
This morning I received an e-mail from Amazon informing me that I would be receiving a credit on my account for the e-books that I purchased in the latter half of 2010, 2011 and part of 2012.
If you bought Kindle books during that time frame, and you received this email today … have no fear. It is legit. You didn’t have to do anything to be part of this settlement. It just happened for you. Enjoy!! :)
Posted by sharechair on March 25, 2014
Earlier this year Pew research released the results of several studies regarding the habits of the reading public.
As someone who reads “e-books only” I was curious to see how common (or not) this has become. According to the research, this puts me in a small group of just 4%. Most people who read e-books also read print books.
But me? I stand firmly in that 4%. My eyes prefer the adjustable fonts, the adjustable light, the ease of getting, saving and carrying books. I’ve always been a big reader, but the e-reader (Kindle) simply makes reading even better.
However, when it comes to e-reading in general, once you take away the “exclusive”, the numbers climb. 28% of adults have read an e-book in the past year, and this number continues to rise.
Half of all the adults in America own either a tablet or an e-reader, and coupled with the stats below, this makes me wonder:
…. if 32% of people own an e-reader, but only 28% have read an e-book, can we assume that about 4% own e-readers that are just collecting dust? (not to be confused with the 4% of us who are e-readers-only!)
The full article: E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps
Three in ten adults read an e-book last year; half own a tablet or e-reader
Where do you fit? E-reader only? E-reader + print books? or do you (gasp) have an e-reader just languishing at the bottom of a drawer?
Posted by sharechair on March 24, 2014
Dr.Seuss inspires children to read every single day. I remember reading Dr. Seuss books to my own children and even though that was many (many many) years ago, I can still recite lots of Seuss-lines by heart. (One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish... Big A little A, what begins with A? I could keep going. Once you start reciting the lyrical lines, it’s hard to stop!).
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday this coming week, the entire Dr. Seuss digital book app library (more than 60 apps) will be going on sale for up to 80% OFF. The sale will run from Friday, February 28th through Thursday, March 6th.
This is also the first year that each of the 44 classic Dr. Seuss books are available on the App Store as a digital book app. This means that your favorite book is now an app.
5 of the best selling titles will be 99 cents (regular prices $3.99-$4.99) -The Cat in the Hat , Green Eggs and Ham , One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish , Dr. Seuss’s ABC , Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
(All other titles are $1 OFF, including classic Dr. Seuss & The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library Collections- -Beginner Book Collection #1- $8.99 (regular price $14.99) -Beginner Book Collection #2- $8.99 (regular price $14.99) -Dr. Seuss Short Story Collection- $5.99 (regular price $9.99))
In addition, Oceanhouse Media will launch a contest on both their Facebook page and Instagram on February 28th to give fans the chance to win a 10-pack of apps. They will also be dropping promo codes every hour on the hour (12pm-5pm PST) on Monday, February 3rd to celebrate Read Across America Day.
Posted by sharechair on February 27, 2014
Did you read the title of this post? A boy uses a 3-D printer to make a HAND for his friend. Crazy, right?
I have to admit here that I’m feeling my age. I try to “keep up” as best as I can with new tech advances, but the 3D printer is something that I simply can’t seem to get my brain wrapped around. I’ve read of so many marvelous things that 3D printers can do, but I keep thinking of them in the future, but .. no no … 3D things are happening now.
Not only are they happening, but they are becoming common. And not as a novelty. To my constant surprise, 3D printers are already being used in schools and are even available in many libraries for public use.
And it appears as though the uses of the 3D printer are only limited by imagination.
Now get out your tissues to read this story:
9 year old Matthew was born without fingers. His Mom had looked into buying him a prosthetic hand, but prices ran as high as $18,000 and this was more than she could afford.
Enter family friend, Mason Wilde, a 16 year old boy with a passion for “figuring out how things work.”
Mason went to his local library, and used their 3D printer to make a working hand for Matthew!
Read the whole story, here.
Posted by sharechair on February 20, 2014
Here’s something to think about:
Every MINUTE, approximately 100 hours of Videos are uploaded to YouTube.
That’s a lot.
With so many videos, it’s quite a job to sort through and find those that would interest you. Now you won’t have to.
Dreamworks Animation and YouTube have teamed up to do the searching for you, and starting Tuesday, they will be producing a regular series with samples of the most interesting, most popular and must-see videos.
Called YouTube Nation, a new episode of this program/sampler will be posted each day at 9 PM Eastern Time.
Plans are to eventually make these samplers even more specific, resulting in several YouTube Nation programs such as YouTube Nation Sports and/or YouTube Nation News. The goal is to produce more than a dozen specialized guides.
You’ll find this new program at this address (remember, content changes each night at 9 pm Eastern time): http://www.youtube.com/youtubenation
With all this talk about YouTube, I can’t resist inserting a random interesting YouTube video.
Has anyone ever tried this?
What’s on YouTube? ‘YouTube Nation’ Lets You Know
Jeffrey Katzenberg talks up YouTube Nation
‘YouTube Nation’ To Give Users Daily Highlight Reel Of Curated Content
Posted by sharechair on January 13, 2014
If you have been considering getting a Kindle Fire, you just might want to get serious right now.
Today and tomorrow only (that’s January 10 and January 11), Amazon is offering $30 off of any of their Kindle Fire tablets. There are four models, so consider carefully. I personally own the cheapest one (the one that you can get today for $109) and I will say it is a fine product. It’s not an iPad (my favorite tablet), BUT … how can you beat the price? If you are looking to try a tablet, this is a great opportunity to jump in.
I’d love to experience that MAYDAY button that lives on the more expensive Fires.
(Note to self: Time to consider an upgrade????)
To purchase a Kindle Fire today or tomorrow with the $30 discount, you will need to add a promo code at checkout, so follow the instructions carefully. Just head on over to Amazon to learn more.
Posted by sharechair on January 10, 2014
England’s Bristol Central Library is celebrating 400 years of service.
(wow … 400 years! That’s 1613-2013 :shock: Congratulations!)
And so, for the next few months, visitors to the library will be greeted with an amazing animatronic display of books.
It’s called “Book Hive” and it is interactive. There are motion sensors so that a person standing (and moving) in front of the display will cause the books to open and close …. beckoning to be read. (quite clever, I think)
if you have trouble viewing the video here in this blog, you can click this link to see it directly from the artist’s website: Book Hive
Posted by sharechair on January 9, 2014
My goodness ….. it has been COLD around here, today. I live in the eastern US, and the term “polar vortex” has been on everyone’s (frozen) lips.
When I glanced at my iPhone during the night, one of my apps had thoughtfully left a chilly notification on the screen “temperature has gone below 0.” :shock:
Schools were closed and reporters were on the streets, tweeting pictures of bank-temperature signs announcing numbers like -7 and -3.
Made me wonder: Can iPhones work in that kind of cold?
Turns out that the answer is: Nope. Your iPhone will fail in sub-zero temps.
Apparently the screen display and the battery can not handle these extreme temperatures. Apple tells us that the iPhone battery functions best between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. (-2 is a long way from 32!). When the phone starts getting sluggish, it’s your signal to warm it up. Put it in your pocket or tuck it in somewhere against your body for warmth.
In 2012, the Mikro PC (PC World Finland) put some phones to the temperature test. They started in a room of 32 degrees and started lowering it in steps of 9 degrees until eventually all phones stopped working.
The iPhone 4s that they tested started acting odd at 23 degrees and and at 9 degrees it stopped working altogether. Some other phones kept functioning as the temps continued to drop. Non smartphones made it all the way to -40, but that was the limit for any phone. You can read all about this test by clicking here.
I heard one newsperson announce that compared to being outside, you would be warmer if you climbed into your freezer. Yep, it’s pretty cold.
When you venture out, remember to bundle up … good advice for both you AND your iPhone.
Posted by sharechair on January 7, 2014
Two blog posts ago I included a short video of Amazon’s new drone that is scheduled to start delivering packages sometime in the not-too-distant-future.
Thoughts about these drones range from delighted to terrified.
Enter Colbert, weighing in on the Amazon Drone.
If you enjoy witty satire, you will love this.
Colbert cleverly moves our advancing technology backwards.
Colbert talks about the Drones and offers a NEW and innovative idea for Mr. Bezos
Posted by sharechair on December 4, 2013
Holy Cow! This looks like Science Fiction….. but it’s not.
Really, truly, Amazon plans to deliver goods BY FLYING DRONES in the not-too-distant-future. (perhaps 2015!?)
It’s Technology on steroids. :shock:
Watch this short video to see how they plan to fly your purchase right to your door.
Posted by sharechair on December 2, 2013