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Amazon Kindles now support EPUB books (sort of), but MOBI and AZW support is ending in 2022

Amazon may be put its own eBook store front and center in the software that runs on the company’s Kindle eReaders, but you can also use a Kindle device or Amazon’s Kindle apps to read text documents, eBooks, or other files from other sources. The Kindle Personal Documents service lets you send TXT, HTML, DOC, […]

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Lilbits: AYA Neo Next, Handbrake 1.5, Razer’s misleading face mask marketing, and printer DRM

Shortly after announcing the AYA Neo Next handheld gaming PC that would be powered by Ryzen 5000U series processors, the folks at AYA clarified that most models would ship with AMD’s recently introduced Ryzen 7 5825U chips rather than the older Ryzen 7 5800U… even though review units that have already been sent out have […]

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Apparently some people did buy eBooks from Microsoft (and are getting refunds now that the books are unreadable)

There are a lot of nice things about eBooks — you can store hundreds on an eReader or smartphone, making them easy to travel with. You can adjust the font size. Maybe you can even have your device read them aloud to you. But if you pay for eBooks from Amazon, NOOK, Kobo, or most […]

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Periodic reminder that you DRM means you don’t really own eBooks, movies, or other content (Microsoft’s eBook store is shutting down)

A few years ago Microsoft built support for reading eBooks into its Edge web browser, and began selling eBooks through the Microsoft Store. Today the company stopped selling eBooks. It’s canceled pre-orders. And it’ll start issuing refunds for any books you might have purchased. While that last bit sounds downright consumer-friendly, this next bit doesn’t: any […]

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US Copyright Office says it’s legal to hack DRM to fix your own devices*

So there’s good news and not-so-good news on the “right to repair” front. As Motherboard reports, the good news is that the US Copyright Office just proposed new rules that would make it legal for anyone to circumvent DRM or otherwise hack or jailbreak their own devices in order to repair them or install software […]

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Kindle for PC gains text-to-speech (but makes stripping DRM harder)

Amazon has released a new version of its Kindle for PC software that allows you to read eBooks on a computer running Windows 7 or later. Kindle for PC version 1.19.2 includes typesetting enhancements, search improvements, and a text-to-speech feature which allows the app to read some eBooks aloud to you. But there is at […]

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You can jailbreak the NES Classic and add more games (but it’s not easy)

Nintendo’s NES Classic is a $60 device that looks just like the original Nintendo Entertainment System game console, only smaller. Unveiled last summer, the device went on sale a few months ago and it was an instant hit: it’s hard to find stores that still have the little game console in stock. But unlike the […]