Archive for Good E-Reader Videos
The Blackberry Q10 is the first Blackberry 10 smartphone with a physical keyboard. One of the things that makes it unique is the Android emulator that allows you to run Android Apps. It is not as cut and dry as loading an APK file on your device. You have to convert it to a BAR file first. The Good e-Reader APP Store has a new online converter that you can use yourself, or you can download one one the 3500 Playbook and BB10 BAR files we have on our site.
This video tutorial shows you everything you need to do on your phone and then on your PC to facilitate the transfer of Apps to your phone. If you have any comments, please leave them on our Video, via YOUTUBE, and we will endeavor to help you.
Sony and E Ink announced this week that they have developed a new 13 inch e-reader. This new device uses a screen called Mobius, which is making the rounds in Japan and SID in Vancouver next week. At a recent event in Japan, Diginfo filmed a brief hands-on of the device, which should give you a sense on how it handles PDF files and making highlights/annotations.
The Sony E Ink Slate will feature a capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1,200 x 1,600 pixels and 150 DPI. This new slate will be aimed at people who need to read technical PDF documents and edit them on the fly with the accompanied stylus. It will also have bundled WIFI and the ability to increase the memory via the Micro SD card from the 4 GB of internal memory.
The one important thing to bear in mind is that this is not the finalized product. It is a prototype that should be available this summer, and by then there will be firmware tweaks and other features will be greatly enhanced. Still, large screen e-readers have the ability to gain some strong traction for people enamored with technical PDF documents.
Barnes and Noble announced a few weeks ago that the entire Nook HD Tablet line will get full access to Google Play. We have heard from many readers that they intend to buy one for the first time, or decided to stick with their device because of this new enhancement. Google Play gives international users a viable ecosystem of content to tap into, and for the first time, you can use the Nook outside of the US and UK.
The Nook HD and HD+ are fairly economical in price, due to the recent discounting. The resolution and internal processor speeds are fairly robust. To be honest, these are great tablets that give you a big bang for your buck. In the past, users had to make due with Barnes and Noble’s own curated app store. The one drawback is the absence of any business that competes directly with the bookstore chain. You won’t find any Amazon, Kobo, Sony, or comic reader apps. Now that the Nook’s have access to Google Play, you will be able to download all of this and more!
Now that Google Play is available via a new automatic firmware update, there is a breath of life infused into the Nook HD and HD+. 750,000 apps are at your fingertips, and in our video review, we show you how the entire experience looks on the Nook HD. You can get a sense on how big the update is, and how it looks.
Amazon has just released its new Coins program, which acts as a virtual currency to buy apps or to buy in-app content. Every account registered to a Kindle gets 500 free coins that you can spend on whatever you want. Amazon also sells packs of coins, which you can use to buy things in bulk. Not everyone has updated their apps yet to support coins, but there is a ton of stuff you can buy. This video navigates you through the coins program as we tell you all about it and even buy some apps.
The Blackberry Playbook, Blackberry Z10, and BB Q10 all run the BAR file extension as the primary installation file format. One of the big hyping factors behind all of these devices is the ability to load in Android Apps, but don’t be fooled. It is not as cut and cry as it sounds, as you first need to convert an Android APK file to a Blackberry BAR File. Doing this on your own is very complicated and involves a ton of technical knowledge. To make the process easier, we have developed a new online APK to BAR Converter.
In this video, we show you how to use our APK to BAR Converter and give you a bit of an overview of the steps involved. It is fairly intuitive with a one click conversion process, making it fun and easy! Once you have a BAR file, you will need to install it on your device. If you have never done this before, check out this tutorial.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Tutorial! Today we are going to show you three different programs that facilitate the transfer of ebooks on your Kobo Aura HD. We are, of course, talking about Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions, and Dropbox.
Calibre is a free program that gives users a tremendous amount of flexibility in augmenting your ebook experience. Not only does it allow you to simply copy ebooks to your Aura HD, but provides some very cool features. For example, you can change the title, author name, and cover art. This is very useful for books that came from the internet and may have details you want to change. You can also convert ebooks from one format to another. In this part of the tutorial, we overview the program and the basic features you can employ. We also show you two different methods to copy books directly to your e-reader.
Adobe Digital Editions is one of THE best tools for copying both library books and books you have purchased from other websites. The Kobo Aura HD’s primary book format is EPUB. This is the most common book type that is sold on many of the leading online stores, such as Barnes and Noble. ADE is the best program you can use to copy purchased books and books you borrowed from your local library via Overdrive, Axis 360, or 3M. We will show you exactly how to transfer books over to your Aura.
One tip of note with the latest version of Digital Editions 2.0 in a Windows 8 environment. We have heard that if you click on the app, it will load and then crash. You want to right click on the icon and then choose ‘Run As Admin.’
Finally, Dropbox is the primer cloud storage locker that gives you a few GB of space for free. This is a useful tool because you can use the Aura HD’s internet browser to access your collection and then save each title directly to your library.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and Kobo Aura HD are have reached the apex on what the current generation of e-Readers can do. These two devices are released by companies who both sell the hardware and digital content. The big hyping factor behind these two electronic readers is the ability to read in the dark via the front-lit display and the high resolution. Today, we pit these head to head in a video comparison, to give you a sense on what they both bring to the table.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite features a six inch e-ink Pearl display with tremendous resolution. You are looking at a very solid 1024×768, which makes pictures looking very crisp. It runs on a 800 MHZ CPU processor and has 512 MB of RAM. There is 2 GB of internal storage and most purchases you make are stored in the cloud, one of the drawbacks is there is no expandable memory. Amazon has one of the deepest ecosystems in the world, and has over 1.2 million books that are mainstream bestsellers and thousands of self-published titles.
The Kobo Aura HD features a 6.8 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1440×1080 with 265 DPI. This e-reader is seriously the best in the business with its high-definition display. The Kindle Fire HD 7 has 1280×800 and the Nook HD has 1440×900. What this means is that as an e-reader, it actually has better image quality than the majority of mainstream tablets on the market. The Aura HD also has a built in comfort light, which allows you to read in the dark with a front-lit display. It is powered by a 1 GB processor and has 4 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via a SD Card.
People choose e-Readers because of their minimal distractions and is the closest you can get to reading a real book. The Aura edges out the Paperwhite in terms of screen resolution, screen size and brightness of the front-lit display. Pictures, text and UI elements tend to look better on the Aura, and the extra 1 inch screen size really enhances your experience.
Over the course of this video comparison we check out the eBook reading experience with purchased books and also PDF files. You can get a sense on what type of augmentation options you can employ via fonts, linespacing, margins, highlights, dictionaries and annotations. We also dive deep into the core features both bring to the table and by the end of the video you should get a strong sense on what e-Reader is perfect for you.
The Kobo Aura HD marks the company’s second iteration of a front-lit display on your traditional e-reader. No other company in the world has produced a second generation e-ink device that will allow you to read in the dark, and many people have questions on how it stacks up against the competition. Today, we compare the Kobo Aura HD against the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, Kobo Glo, Kobo Arc, and the Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD.
These Nighttime Reading tests are very short videos and are conducted in our studio with all of the lights turned off. We show you how the front-lit displays compare against each other. Most of the tests take place on the main home menu and then within an ebook. Also, you can get a very good sense of how the screen technologies really function in real world conditions. Our last test compares the Aura HD against the Kobo Arc, an Android tablet. Many people often ask us the prime differences between a front-lit display and a back-lit one, so here we go into detail with the pros and cons of each.
The Blackberry Playbook may not have a ton of native apps written for it, and Blackberry World is a veritable barren wasteland of content. The Good e-Reader App Store exclusively focuses on Android apps that are confirmed to work on the Playbook, and we obviously are more concerned with quality apps than what Blackberry has to offer. We have compiled a review of the Top 5 comic book reading apps that perform the best with the Playbook.
Over the course of this review video we take a look at Dark Horse, comiXology, Marvel Comics, Manga Reader 2, and Mango. All of these apps have different functionalities and tap into deep ecosystems of graphic novels, comic books, and manga. By the end of our review you will get a strong sense of what each of these apps bring to the table, and there is something for everyone!
If you are interested in downloading any of these apps, or finding instructions on how to load them into your Blackberry Playbook, check out the Good e-Reader BB10 and Playbook App Store. We have also introduced a new APK to BAR converter tool, which will make the process of converting Android files to a Playbook friendly format far easier. You can check it out HERE.
The Kobo Aura HD was only announced yesterday and will not be available to purchase until the end of the month. Good e-Reader is proud to give you the first exclusive review of this new electronic reader. One of the big hyping factors behind this new model is that it is 6.8 inches, which buckles the trend of your standard six inch reader. The resolution is also the best in the business, putting the Nook HD and Kindle Fire HD 7 to shame.
The Kobo Aura HD features a 6.8 inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1440×1080 with 265 DPI. This e-reader is seriously the best in the business with its high-definition display. The Kindle Fire HD 7 has 1280×800 and the Nook HD has 1440×900. What this means is that as an e-reader, it actually has better image quality than the majority of mainstream tablets on the market. The Aura HD also has a built in comfort light, which allows you to read in the dark with a front-lit display. We compared the Kobo Glo and Kobo Aura HD side by side in an upcoming video, and were very surprised on the evolutionary growth of the illuminating screen. The Glo always suffered from a screen that ended up looking more blue than white, but the Aura is on par with the Kindle Paperwhite, in terms of the screen.
One of the major advantages of the new display screen Kobo is using is that (unlike the Barnes and Noble Simple Touch with Glowlight and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite) you can turn the illumination completely off. The Kindle and Nook both do not have the ability to totally turn off the glowing feature; you can only turn it all the way down, but technically it is still on. This contributes to your overall battery life. The Aura has a physical switch on the top that is much like the Glo, in that it will allow you to totally turn off the light. One of the upgrades on the Aura is that the power button is now orange and the glowing button is now white. The Kobo Glo used to have the power button and glow button side by side and the same color, and many users would mix up the two. This is no longer an issue.
The Kobo Aura HD is using a 1GHZ CPU processor and has 4 GB of internal memory. This is 2 GB more than what the Glo offers, and you can expand the memory up to 32 GB via the Micro SD card. Battery life is fairly respectable at a solid month of normal use.
The Aura has a very different design than prior models of e-readers that Kobo has released in the past. The company has done away with the quilted back and decided to showcase its artistic side. It has slopped grooves on the back that should make it easier to hold in your hands. I think this design is fresh and makes it stand out in a crowded arena of e-readers.
Overall, I am very impressed with the Kobo Aura HD. It does suffer from WIFI connectivity issues, though. It tends to suppress your connection whenever you are not actively surfing the internet or shopping for books. So if you buy a book and then open the internet browser ten minutes later, the reader will normally spend around a full minute to scan your WIFI connections to give you access. In most cases, it will not automatically recognize your prior hotspot or WIFI access point, and you must manually visit the settings menu and restart your connection. This makes it a bit tedious to do anything that requires internet, but to be fair, this issue has persisted from the Kobo Touch. In the end, the resolution is amazing and makes reading comics, magazines, newspapers, and graphic heavy content a pure joy. It is refreshing to see a unique hardware design, although it may not appeal to everyone.
The Kobo Aura HD has completely revised its main home screen. In the past, your home comprised of the four books you have either loaded on your device or have opened up. The new screen has three main segments that displays icons for everything you have done in the last 12 processes. This gives you shortcuts to your most commonly accessed features, such as the web-browser, custom shelves, Reading Life, and ebooks. The Sync feature to fetch new content is now on the main screen, too, which is the only element that remains persistent. I actually like the more effective use of screen real estate. Rather than browsing four different sub-menus to access the internet browser, it will appear on your main screen if you have recently used it.
I really dig the dynamic nature of the new home screen! I like how common tasks and recently accessed elements from games to comics will appear as virtual shortcuts. One of the drawbacks is you can’t long-press to move them around or save them as persistent pseudo-widgets. It would be amazing to organize your home area the way you like so it didn’t change automatically, unless you wanted it to.
Not only has the main screen changed, but most of the UI has undergone subtle enhancements from prior models. The Kobo Glo had a black area on the bottom of the screen, and when you initiated the scroll bar to find that sweet spot with the illumination levels, the black bar would often show artifacts or ghosting from images. The new UI is completely white and most of the other sub-menus and headings are also pure white, which is a small but noticeable feature.
The one thing Kobo does really well is give you a ton of customization options in the main settings menu. You can set the page refresh rate for e-ink from 1-6 pages and give you the ability to set up the different swiping motions to turn pages. This is optimal for people living in Japan and Asia, where the character layout is right to left and page turns are left to right. There are new games as well, such as a Words with Friends clone and a few others. Of course, you have your scrapbook to take advantage of the touchscreen and internet browser. There are enough options to get the most out of your e-reader, but not too many to confuse your average reader.
Kobo has not redesigned the wheel with this Aura HD e-reader and it maintains most of the core features customers are used to. Reading Life remains on this model, which earns you awards for reading and records statistics for your reading habits. The Aura is a culmination of all of the company’s experiences with making devices during the last four years. It is the most polished e-reader Kobo has ever released and the company takes some risks in the way the menus and hardware are designed.
Kobo does the best job out of any e-reader company in the world in appealing to newbies and hardcore users alike. The interface is simple enough that people new to the e-reader scene can intuitively use it right away, but packs a number of advanced features underneath the hood to appeal to the type of person that uses Calibre or wants to load in their own fonts.
The Aura HD will allow you to read most ebooks in PDF and EPUB format, and will even allow you to load in books you have purchased from other online bookstores. You will have to set up your Adobe Digital Editions account in order to this, but we will show you how in an upcoming video tutorial. Two of the other big formats are CBR and CBZ—these are the most popular format for comic books—and the Aura will allow you read them.
Obviously, the Aura HD is designed to be a pure e-reader with minimal distractions. Kobo does the best job in the world of allowing you to customize the font-type, line-spacing, margins, and text justification. Most e-readers have a small list of seven font sizes and font types. Kobo has introduced the slider bar, which really gives you more freedom to find that sweet spot. When we spoke with Kobo last year, the company representatives said there are over 1.3 million different combinations you can tweak. If these options are not enough, you can hit the advanced settings and also adjust a number of other options, such as weight and saturation. It actually gives you a before and after scenario, so you can compare how the new settings will look against the old. This is one of the best features Kobo has ever introduced.
When you are reading a book, you have a number of options you can employ. It is quite easy to long-press on a word and get an instant definition of it. If you speak another language, you can look the word up in Japanese, Italian, German, Dutch, and many more. When long-pressing a word, you get an anchor that will allow you to select a single word, sentence, or entire paragraph. You can then highlight it or add a note. When you add a note, you can use the shiny new keyboard Kobo has introduced! The new keyboard is light years better than the one used on the Glo. The most notable addition is the line of numbers above your alpha keyboard. Since there is Facebook and a web-browser, entering passwords would be something you will be doing often. These days, most passwords are a combination of letters and numbers, and this keyboard makes it easier than ever before.
When it comes to larger screen e-readers, people want to read PDF files. As old as the format is, it is still one of the most popular ones in the world, and everything from comics to newspapers and magazines are easily found in this format. The Aura HD uses the same PDF rendering engine that the Glo uses. You cannot pinch and zoom like you can in the Sony PRS-T2, but you do have a virtual scrolling and zoom platform. You can scroll around each page in the PDF document, and see where you are in the document in the top left hand corner. This helps ground you and give you a sense of orientation on where exactly you are. Once you find that sweet spot, you can drag your figure to the right, and turn the page. When you turn the page, all of your zoomed settings are retained. Most e-readers negate any formatting you have done on a PDF when you do this, but this is a useful feature.
There are seldom any e-readers on the market that give you the flexibility in augmenting your reading experience then Kobo. The slider bars give you unparallelled customization options with your fonts, or the comfort light slider. Loading in your own fonts and creating your own custom shelves is a boon. Speaking of custom shelves, when you display your books as cover art, you can actually fit 12 books per page, where the Glo only let you did six. Fitting more content in is an effective use of screen real-estate, which I am a huge advocate of.
When it comes to high resolution displays, customers often gravitate towards full color tablets instead of e-readers. This has been the growing trend in the last few years, and it’s completely amazing to see a brand stay loyal and committed to its e-ink line of devices. Simply put, the Kobo Aura HD has the highest resolution out of any six or seven inch tablet or e-reader in the world. If images and clarity of text matter to you, this is a must purchase.
These days, the use of tablets is growing at a rapid pace. People are forgoing a dedicated e-reader and instead buying an iPad or Android device. When you are reading a book, it is often very distracting to have notifications from emails, messages, or gaming updates. We have all been in the position when you are reading a book and something else takes you out of that experience and you get sidetracked. As much as people are proclaiming that e-readers are on their way out, some people want to JUST READ BOOKS!
The Aura HD is poised to be released April 29th and will cost a paltry $169.99 in Canada and the US. It is available for pre-order right now via Shop e-Readers and likely will not hit the international markets for a number of weeks or months. Normally, new devices are highly available in North America, and then make their way overseas as the demand starts to taper off. One of the drawbacks of the Kobo brand is that it suffers from retail visibility in the US, but is highly available at indie bookstores participating with the American Booksellers Association.
Best resolution and DPI in the business
4 GB of internal memory, double that of the Kobo Glo
Front-Lit display is better than the Kindle Paperwhite
Ability to load in your own fonts is HUGE!
Revised home-screen is a welcome change
Tons of customization options
WIFI is prone to randomly disconnect
PDF files often load in the top right-hand corner and need to be adjusted
Curved hardware design will take some getting used to
Reading Life tends to take over your home-screen
Google Play will soon be pushing a brand new update to smartphones and tablets worldwide. The new update, 4.0.25, really enhances the size of app icons, movie cover art, and ebooks. Being able to look great on tablets and smartphones is a huge priority as most people are starting to gravitate towards larger screen devices. The new look of Google Play ends up giving you app ratings and more intuitive scrolling. I really like how this new version takes a better advantage of your screen real estate. In our video review, we show you all aspects of the new Google Play. We have heard it will be pushed out within the next few weeks.
Welcome to another Good e-Reader APP Review! Today, we look at the top 5 comic book reading apps for the Blackberry Z10 and BB10 devices. Honestly, Blackberry World is fairly woeful when it comes to comic book reading apps, so you will have to rely on our own Good e-Reader BB10 App Store to fill the void. In this video, we document Marvel Comics, Comixology, DC Comics, Manga Reader 2, and Mango.
Over the course of this review, we will show you how both comics and manga look within the apps. You can get a strong sense of how the stores look and how you would go about purchasing content. We also show you some of the advanced features you have access to, like Guided View, which lets you isolate specific panels.
Instagram has not made a native app for Blackberry 10 and the new Z10 smartphone. The only way you can install this app on your device is if your sideload the Android port. One of the big problems with this app is being able login properly and not getting “Cannot process request, please try again shortly” or “This app requires an update from Google Play.”
The first thing you want to do is link your Facebook account to your Instagram account. You can do this on the iOS or Android version of Instagram. The next thing you want to do is fire up Instagram on your Z10 and instead of logging in, you want to click on forget password. You then want to select “Forget using Password” using Facebook. You will then be prompted to create a new Facebook password. Once you do this, you will automatically be able to start using Instagram, take photos, and use the app.
One of the most consistent issues you might encounter is “cannot process request, please try again shortly.” If you have a Facebook Page, or are the administrator of one, the app throws you this error. The best solution is not to have a Page, or you can’t use the app.