Good e-Reader Radio Show

Michael Kozlowski

Learn all about the audiobook, ebook and e-reader industry! All of the latest news and insider scoops.

Good e-Reader Radio – E-Reader Plans for 2022, Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Onyx, Remarkable
13-03-2022
Good e-Reader Radio – E-Reader Plans for 2022, Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Onyx, Remarkable
Today on the Good e-Reader Radio Show you will learn about the e-reader industries plans for 2022. The show covers Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Bigme, Onyx Boox, Remarkable, Supernote, Bookeen, Tolino, Hisense and many others. You will learn about what readers will have a refresh and what the likely specs are. In order to really understand what new products will be coming out, we first need to go over the big releases of 2021. One of the big new trends of 2022 will be audiobooks. Kobo launched the Libra, Sage and Elipsa. These all have deadly features, but also have Bluetooth, an audiobook store and support for wireless headphones to listen to them. I believe that Kobo will refresh the Nia and Clara HD with audiobook functionality. This will lay in the groundwork for eventual Overdrive support for loaning out audiobook titles on Kobo branded e-readers sometime in 2022. Barnes and Noble will likely introduce their own audiobook ecosystem on Nook e-readers this year too, in addition to one new device. Amazon will likely refresh the Kindle Basic and Kindle Oasis. Tolino will time their release schedule on what Kobo does, since Kobo handles all their hardware now. Expect a Tolino version of the Sage sometime soon. Bigme has already released 7 new devices in early 2022, we will be reviewing them all on our YouTube channel and select products on our website. Bookeen will likely release nothing this year. Supernote is in dire straights and I would not be surprised if they went bankrupt sometime this year. They are suffering from production issues with the A5X. Remarkable 2 stock is starting to stabilize, they have outsourced all of their accessories, such as Marker Signature and the stock pen to iReader in China. Pocketbook will likely release 2 or 3 new devices this year, such as the inkpad X2 and a new mini e-reader, in addition to a new color model. Onyx Boox will also release a new color model, likely the Nova 4 Color. Both the Pocketbook and Onyx color models will be using E INK Kaleido 3. Find out more by listening to the show below. Have any comments on the show? Want anything expanded on? Drop a comment below.
Good e-Reader Radio – Nook Audiobooks and Chinese e-readers supporting English
04-03-2022
Good e-Reader Radio – Nook Audiobooks and Chinese e-readers supporting English
Welcome back to another compelling edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show. Today, you will learn about the concentrated effort by Chinese e-reader companies to adopt English on their latest generation of products. This includes brands like Xiaomi, Bigme, Huawei and others. You will also learn about why this is happening and who the trailblazers were. Barnes and Noble is changing their entire audiobooks experience. They have shuttered their dedicated Nook Audiobooks app and the old website. They have fully incorporated audio into the main website, when you search for a book, audiobooks will now be an option. You can listen to them online or with the Nook app for Android and iOS. Today, the bookseller launched an audiobook subscription service. You pay a $14.99 fee and get an audiobook credit, which you can use on over 200,000 titles. You will get a sense on the events that led to this move and small history on why the company is getting so bullish about e-readers, tablets and digital content again. To close out the show, Michael takes about growing as a person and not being stagnant. The Good e-Reader website has gone through multiple iterations over the years and lately, the company has hired a bunch of new writers, to provide new voices. The YouTube channel is always refining and investing in new things, you watch a video from 3-4 years ago and watch our latest review, and you can see the growth. You have to fail, have to learn and learn from failing. Stagnation is never healthy.
Here are the best E INK Picture Frames worth buying
18-02-2022
Here are the best E INK Picture Frames worth buying
Digital photo frames are nothing new, there have been plenty of LCD ones on the market for years. E INK frames? There are hardly any that are available for the English speaking crowd, most of the low rent stuff comes out of China and the apps are not readily available, which is how you load pictures on them. Does this mean for people in the Western world don't have any options? Not quite, there are a few options available. Frame Labs Frame Labs is a European company and they developed three different frames in late 2020. They use E INK Carta technology. The frames are constructed out of black anodized aluminum and can be installed with landscape or portrait mode. E INK only draws power when the image changes, and the company has said the battery is good for 7,000 image changes before you need to recharge it with a Micro USB cable. In order to change images on the frame, you just have to use a free web-app, which makes it easy and intuitive to load in pics from your computer. They have three different screen sizes. The offer six inch model has a resolution of 800x600 with 166 PPI. This one retails for 349.00€. The next one has a 9.7 inch E INK display with a resolution of 1200 x 825 pixels and 150 PPI. This one one retails for 449.99€. The 13.3 inch variant, which is the largest one they sell, has a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels and 150 PPI. You can buy it today for a staggering 899.00€ IONNYK Ionnyk is the best looking and premium E INK photo frame that money can buy. They have an online portal that you get access to when you buy one of their products, it is run by Visionect, the same company that makes the meeting room displays. The company also has their own app for Android and iOS. You won't have to just rely on loading in your own images, but you get free access to 10 renewing art pictures per month when you buy your IONNYK frame. Get access to an exclusive and prestigious gallery to buy limited edition photographs and add them to your private collection. They also have a subscription program, for $12.99 per month, and choose from hundreds of different high quality art works. There are two different models to choose from. Jane is 50cm x 40cm and made of black aluminum and has a 4:3 aspect ratio and retails for 1350€. Linn is the larger of the two, 100cm x 70cm and also made of black aluminum. The aspect ratio on this is much better, with 16:9, so you will be able to get some excellent resolution on landscape images. But you will pay through the nose, it costs a staggering 3250€. E INK Frames/strong> If you are looking for something to repurpose your Onyx Boox Nova 2 Color, Onyx Boox Nova 3 Color, Pocketbook Color, Pocketbook InkPad Color or one of the Chinese ones such as the iFlytek C1, you can do a few things. You can simply take it to a professional framing shop and get a really nice black wooden frame and mount the reader with 3M double sided mounting tape or other method. It will look stylish in your home and you can easily sideload in hundreds of nice pictures and set a slideshow. Everything but the Pocketbook line of devices is running Android, so you can easily install Google Photos or another app to control the pictures on the screen with an app. If you spend the $50 to $100 on a really nice frame, it will look stunning in your home, using a device you already have. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});
Good e-Reader Radio – is there a future in 3G ebook readers?
13-07-2018
Good e-Reader Radio – is there a future in 3G ebook readers?
Welcome back to another utterly compelling edition of the Good e-Reader Radio Show! Today we are talking about 3G on e-readers and if it is time for more companies to start offering another option to buy ebooks on the go. It is summertime and that means it's time to relax at the beach or at the lake. What ebook readers are waterproof and dustproof? We give you our top recommendations. Finally, do you use RSS on your e-reader or Pocket? When e-readers first started to come out there were a few companies that experimented with 3G and WIFi in order to buy ebooks on the go. The world is a big place and from 2007 to 2013 data 4G and LTE weren't really a thing yet and WIFI wasn't the easiest thing to find. Amazon started doing 3G right away on their early Kindle e-readers and offered the service for free. In 2011 they started to implement a 50MB restriction because people were using a ton of data and eventually they only allow you to access the Kindle bookstore, the Kindle Cloud and select websites like Wikipedia. The first Barnes and Noble Nook had 3G internet access when it first came out, but the bookseller discontinued the model a year later and shut the entire thing down the year after that. Sony was the last company to dabble in 3G with the Sony Reader Daily edition, the first seven inch e-reader. They ran the network for a number of years until they discontinued everything and sold their assets to Kobo. We live in a world where 4G and LTE are the norm and carriers are working on a next generation 5G network. This means that older 2G and 3G bands are not as popular as they used to be, which means that companies like Barnes and Noble and Kobo are in a good position to roll out a new model with free internet access. They could have two models of each e-reader in their portfolio, one that has 3G and one that does not. I believe that charging a little more upfront would allow them to sell more ebooks. There are a bunch of e-readers that have RSS readers out there, but hardly any from big companies. Kobo has Pocket integration, which allows you to send articles to your e-ink device. Kindle has a bunch of 3rd party companies that offer a similar service, like Instapaper and Pocketbook has their own RSS solution. Would you like to see more companies offer an RSS reader so you can read your favorite websites and the performance is good? I believe they should because the average website has gotten really bloated over the years. Each article has a 1MB to 10MB lead in image and there is tons of CSS and responsive elements. This is why e-readers normally do not do a good job with a built in internet browser. Over the course of the Radio Show I also explain why RSS is not as popular as it once was, primarily due to AMP and Facebook Insta articles.
Good e-Reader Radio – ebook readers take a step back in 2018
11-07-2018
Good e-Reader Radio – ebook readers take a step back in 2018
There has been a ton of innovation in the e-reader arena in 2017. The second generation Kindle Oasis came out and was the first e-reader that had the Audible bookstore and Bluetooth to listen with wireless speakers.  The Remarkable came out and defined digital note taking and the startup was so successful that it spawned a very competitive space where many people were vying for your wallets and attention. The Aura One Limited Edition was released and since no Kobo has an SD card anymore, a 32GB model that featured a new rapid page turn system was very compelling. This year, we have taken a step back. This year we have seen a number of e-readers that have already debut or that will be released later on. The Onyx Boox Note S is now available and instead of using a 10.3 inch screen they decided to use a 9.7 one and halve the battery life, RAM and internal storage, it is not selling well. Sony released their 10.3 inch version of the Digital Paper, but so far it has been really underwhelming in terms of performance. I had high hopes for the Clara HD, I thought it might have a five inch screen and be cheap enough to be an impulse buy at Walmart, but it was simply another six inch e-reader with a Comfortlight and cost over $100. I thought Kobo at the very least should leverage the audiobook store they opened last year and allow people to buy and listen to audiobooks on a Kobo e-reader, but they did not do it. I guess it's easier to just do the same thing year after year and not innovate. The only interesting thing that will occur this year is the new Kindle Paperwhite 4 that will have a color temperature lighting system and Bluetooth for audiobooks. Storytel is going to release their first e-reader that is tied to their unlimited audiobook and ebook subscription service, you need to be subscribed to even use the e-reader, not innovative, but interesting enough. During the early years of the e-reader revolution E Ink was announcing new screen tech every year. There were so many companies involved in the space and everyone was making a lot of money. Ebooks suddenly became a big thing and publishers were seeing double digit growth every single quarter. Around 2013-2014 almost every epaper competitor was out of business or just making prototype displays, such as the Japan Display 500 PPI screen. E-Reader companies like iRex, Cooler Reader, Entourage, Hanvon, Kyobo, Energy Sistem and dozens of others either went bankrupt or exited the space completely. There is only less than ten companies in the world making e-readers and making a living from it. There has been no new E Ink display in five years and the only new processor to make e-readers faster is the IMX7 dual core, but there is one single e-reader using it since it first was announced in 2015, the Oasis. Nobody else wants to take the risk of using it and paying high development fees to incorporate all the new features into their operating system, its easier just to do the same thing every year. Today on the show Michael talks about all of the above and how the smartphone and tablet space are not exactly moving forward, but they are not taking a step back in design and innovation.