Kindleberry Pi: Hack Your Kindle Into Raspberry Pi Display

If you’ve got a Kindle you’re planning on upgrading, and you’re wondering what to do with your old eReader, then check out what Gef Tremblay did with his old Kindle. He hacked it into something he calls a Kindleberry. With the mod, his Kindle serves as a display for his Raspberry Pi computer.

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SolarKindle Cover: Recharges Your Kindle for Almost Unlimited Autonomy

When you tend to spend a lot of time reading with your Kindle out on the road or on vacation, it’s nice that it can run for so long. Still, it would be nice if you never had to plug it in at all. SolarFocus has just released information about their SolarKindle cover, which allows you to use the sun to power your Kindle for a whole lot longer, while at the same time protecting your Kindle.

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TARDIS Gadget Skins: Doctor Who Approves

Have you ever wanted to make your mobile device look like a TARDIS? Well, now you can cloak all of your gear in some Doctor Who goodness.

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Amazon Kindle 7″ Android Tablet Rumors: Not Looking Like an iPad Killer

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler claims he got his hands on a pre-production version of the much anticipated Amazon Kindle tablet. Will it be on your holiday wishlist? The 7-inch tablet is clearly set to compete with Barnes & Noble’s Nook, but will it compete with the iPad 2?

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The New Book by Nathan Schneider @ The Smart Set

I couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s one of the reasons why I don’t have an ebook reader and don’t plan on getting one anytime soon.

What concerns me about the literary apocalypse that everybody now expects — the at least partial elimination of paper books in favor of digital alternatives — is not chiefly the books themselves, but the bookshelf. My fear is for the eclectic, personal collections that we bookish people assemble over the course of our lives, as well as for their grander, public step-siblings. I fear for our memory theaters.

The Amazon Kindle is a catastrophe: an interface to a proprietary market managed by a profit-motivated outfit that wants to own and monetize your memory theater. On July 17, 2009, in an act so bumblingly ironic that even Amazon called its behavior “stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles,” the company removed copies of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 (!) from customers’ Kindles without warning or permission. The editions, it turned out, were illicit. While the company was sure to apologize and pay a pittance in damages to the affected customers after the ensuing outrage, this incident demonstrated the sort of powers Amazon has reserved for itself in the design of this new, presumably paradigm-changing device. Books (as well as the annotations one makes while reading, which Amazon saves on its servers) are encoded in a proprietary file format, depending utterly on the device and its software in order to be read. No Kindle — and no Amazon to sell you one — no book. The law has yet to determine precisely what it means to access an e-book on a device like the Kindle: is it more like a lease, a subscription, or an outright purchase? These are complicated questions, and rightfully so, since they involve the fortunes of publishers and authors as well as of readers. While lawyers quibble and companies duel, the Orwell debacle showed that Amazon’s technical capabilities far exceed what it, constrained by public relations and legal counsel, has so far taken the liberty of doing. But even those constraints could be transitory ones. The Kindle’s license agreement also states that it can be changed without notice at Amazon’s will.

Apple’s iPad, the overgrown smartphone that has been eating up the Kindle’s market-share in the e-book business, isn’t much better. The slicker Apple’s products get, the more overbearingly they seek to control the user experience. Like the iPhone, the iPad is a closed system that goes out of its way to prevent the kinds of misuse that stops the people who use it from being anything more than customers. It will only load software, and its bookstore will only carry books, that survive Apple’s censors. The iPad does offer publishers the option of selling their books in non-proprietary formats, which means that when you want to switch to a different kind of reader, your books can go with you. This is a basic condition of liberatedness that amazingly has been absent from e-readers until recently, and it remains way too far from being business as usual.

Social Reading

While I don’t have a Kindle or an iPad, I do read a lot. Last year, I read 53 books. This year, I’m reading less, but I still manage to read quite a bit. While I do have e-books, I prefer read paper-based books. Taking out a paperback is just so convenient. There are interesting features in e-books, but are they worth it? The NYT comments.

Moleskine Kindle Case: Another Great Way to Hide Your Tech

If you’re trying to find a great case for your Kindle, then look no further because Moleskine just came out with one of the best that I’ve seen: it’s the Moleskine Kindle Cover. Seriously, I love Moleskines and use them all of the time. The trouble is that they are quite expensive and I really wouldn’t have wanted to destroy one of my Moleys to hack a cover.

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Geeks Are Torrenting Books Because of the iPad

It’s no surprise that geeks have been torrenting ebooks more since the iPad was released. It looks like the iPad will be the go to device for reading ebooks. Will books go the way of the CD? I doubt it. I still prefer reading books on paper, and I never buy any ebooks. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t read any ebooks, but books in paper are so much nicer.

Still, if you’re traveling a lot, an iPad for reading makes sense. That way, you can have a few GB of books with you and this will be the equivalent of a library.

The iPad & Publishing Industry

Great article over at the New Yorker over the impact of the iPad and the Kindle in the publishing world. Although I have thousands of ebooks, I prefer having real books. I will never pay $10 for an ebook, but I will gladly pay $10 for a paperback, or even $20-30 for a hardcover 1st edition. {via kottke}

Play NES Games On Your Kindle, Sorta.

I wondered how long it would take for someone to hack the Amazon Kindle in order to play games. Unfortunately, from what I’ve seen, the games don’t look all that cool on that monochrome e-ink screen.

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