Are you one of the few who hasn’t jumped onto the ereader bandwagon yet? A new reader from Germany may change your mind. It’s called the Beagle and it’s about to be released by txtr. It weighs half as much as the Kindle Paperwhite and has no cables. It’s powered by two AA batteries and uses Bluetooth to move books to it via your smartphone. It’s not available in the U.S. market yet, but when it is it looks like it will be sold at somewhere in the $20 range. Here’s a look . . .
txtr beagle from txtr on Vimeo.
Amazon’s making news again with the introduction of its new free Whispercast tool for Kindle. This tool is designed for the education and business markets to deploy Kindle devices and content from a single point. Administrators can control device settings as well as push content (books, PDFs, documents and even apps) to them. Not only will this work on Kindle devices, but it can be used with Kindle apps too. And it can be used with personal Kindles as well. It looks like Amazon is getting serious about the educational market and offering some very affordable options for educators to put to use.
Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, has created a new technology publication, The Magazine, that’s now available at the iTunes Newstand ($1.99/month). Each issue contains four articles and is published every two weeks.
Thanks to TeleRead, we get this interesting announcement from Random House, Inc. According to Skip Dye, vice president of library and academic marketing and sales:
“When libraries buy their RH, Inc. ebooks from authorized library wholesalers,” says Skip Dye, Random House’s vice president of library and academic marketing and sales, “it is our position that they own them.”
“This is our business model: we sell copies of our ebooks to an approved list of library wholesalers, and those wholesalers are supposed to resell them to libraries. In our view, this purchase constitutes ownership of the book by the library. It is not a license.”
A reminder that Moultrie Creek Books now has a newstand with a collection of great genealogy and history magazines.
Tips and Tutorials
The Armchair Genealogist has an on-going instructional series on Scrivener - the amazing writing tool for Mac and Windows. If you’re considering a family history writing project, take a look at this series to learn how it can make every step of the process easier.
iPad users who use iPhoto to edit photos on the go will find The Ultimate iPhoto Workflow article at Macworld interesting. This article shows how to use your iPad and iPhoto to manage and edit photos while on the road. His point about using memory cards is a good one.
Tips & Tricks offers a look at WordPress 3.5 which is expected to be released in December.
Apps and Updates
The MacHeist 4 bundle promotion offers 15 Mac apps for $29. Included in the bundle is Scrivener, Artboard and 15 months of Evernote Premium along with lots of other great apps. And, there are several bonus apps which will be included once certain purchase thresholds are reached. I’m hoping to snag the new Painter Lite app. This bundle is also a fund-raiser with 25% of each purchase going to charity. You have until next Friday (26th) to take advantage of this offer.
Acorn [Mac - $49.99] – an impressive and affordable photo-editing app for Mac – has released an update that includes the ability to export a single layer from a project, a new sunburst filter and several new layer blending modes.
We’re looking forward to a beautiful – and cool – weekend here at the Creek. Hope yours is just as delightful.