Daily Deals (4-23-2020)

Today’s World Book Day, and Amazon has been celebrating for the last few days by giving away 9 eBooks for free. Today’s also the last day of Tor’s Muderbot eBook giveaway. Marvel is also making a whole bunch of digital comics free to read in the Marvel Unlimited app until May 4th. And if you’re […]

Lilbits 378: An AMD Ryzen-powered “NUC” and putting Samsung’s Galaxy Fold claims to the test

Intel’s NUC line of computers are compact desktops that are powered by Intel processors… by definition. Intel has the trademark on the NUC name, so any computer that doesn’t have an Intel chip isn’t likely to be called an NUC anytime soon. That said, there are a bunch of third-party mini PCs that look an […]

Amazon is killing Kindle MatchBook (cheap eBooks for print titles you’ve purchased)

Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook is a service that lets authors offer cheap Kindle eBooks to customers that have already purchased a physical copy of their book from Amazon. For customers, this means that you could buy a paperback or hardcover book from Amazon and pay an extra $1-3 to read it on your Kindle… assuming you […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kobo Forma targets the Kindle Oasis ($280 eReader with page turn buttons)

Kobo’s latest eBook reader is a premium device with an 8 inch, 1920 x 1440 pixel E Ink display, 8GB of storage, and a front light with adjustable color temperature. The Kobo Forma goes up for pre-order for $280 on October 16th and should be available in select stores a week later. The Kobo Forma also bears […]