Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - 911jason

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4
Kindle Accessories / Cool new case with built-in light
« on: November 02, 2009, 06:49:57 pm »

We've seen a few Kindle cases that offer built-in lights so you can read in dimly lit environments, but Case-mate's Enlighten is unusual in that it features a lighted acrylic panel that sits on top of your Kindle instead of an LED light with a flexible neck.

Due out in December, Case-mate's billing the $79.99 Enlighten as "the first case on the market equipped with a LED-powered light for nighttime reading as well as an interior side pocket for storage."

Here are its key features:

    * Clear acrylic panel with integrated LED light with two levels of brightness
    * Old English book style with genuine leather exterior and locking hinges to secure the device
    * Interior side pocket for storage
    * View prior pages using the previous page button
    * Two AAA batteries (included) provide a maximum of 24 hours reading time
    * Available in December ($79.99)

We've been playing around with an early unit, and it works pretty well although the light doesn't splay across the screen as uniformly as it does in the included press-release images (on the left side, the light leaks onto the Kindle screen and creates an interesting ripple effect). Hopefully, Case-mate can tweak the lighting a bit before launch because overall the design of the unit--aside from making your Kindle substantially heavier--is attractive and the acrylic panel does offer another layer of screen protection.

What do you guys think? Hot or not?

Not Quite Kindle / Woot Off!!!
« on: October 27, 2009, 12:17:27 am »
Houston, we have a WOOT OFF!

The Book Corner / The greatest bad writer who ever lived?
« on: October 26, 2009, 03:17:01 am »
This post is an excerpt from this article.

Amanda McKittrick Ros is believed by many to be one of the greatest bad writers who ever lived. How do you earn a distinction like that? You earn it by opening your novels with sentences like this...

"Have you ever visited that portion of Erin's plot that offers its sympathetic soil for the minute survey and scrutinous examination of those in political power, whose decision has wisely been the means before now of converting the stern and prejudiced, and reaching the hand of slight aid to share its strength in augmenting its agricultural richness?"

How Bad Was She?

Amanda McKittrick Ros absolutely refused to describe anything in a straightforward, understandable-by-anyone kind of way. Instead, "needlework" was "the use of the finest production of steel, whose blunt edge eyed the reely covering with marked greed, and offered its sharp dart to faultless fabrics of flaxen fineness"; eyes were "piercing orbs"; legs were "bony supports"; people didn't blush, they were "touched by the hot hand of bewilderment"; and breasts were "lactose engorged orbs of enjoymentastical funliness." We might have made one of those up.

The phantasmal visage of the elderly feminine figure of Amanda McKittrick Ros reflects the tranquil knowledge that she may be the least comprehended and thus most deplorable of scribes (this old woman sucks at writing).

Oh, and that sentence above about Erin's plot? Apparently it has something to do with the western borders of Ireland. But you already figured that out, right?

People Actually Paid For This Crap?

No publisher in their right mind was going to touch Ros's first novel, Irene Iddesleigh, so her husband financed the publishing himself as a 10th anniversary wedding gift to his artistically challenged wife. It was destined to languish in obscurity like 99 percent of self-published novels do until someone sent a copy of the book to humorist Barry Pain, who called it "a thing that happens once in a million years" in an 1898 review.

She soon developed a following among fellow writers. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien often held competitions to see who could read her work the longest without bursting into laughter.

Mark Twain called Irene Iddesleigh "one of the greatest unintentionally hilarious novels of all time," a statement that we'll probably use as the basis for an article sometime in the near future.

Even more impressively, Ros managed to turn this notoriety into a career, eventually earning enough cash to buy a house which she named "Iddesleigh" as a retort to her critics. To this day, a first edition Irene Iddesleigh sells for hundreds of dollars, while the chances of anyone buying any of those one cent copies of your self-published robot based romance novel you listed on remain hilariously slim.

Let's Talk Kindle! / New "Green" Kindle with no plastic or metal parts!
« on: October 26, 2009, 12:21:52 am »
Not quite as functional though... ;D

Kindle Accessories / Custom painted Kindle anyone?
« on: October 26, 2009, 12:15:17 am »
Hold on to your pocketbooks!!!  :o

(Click images for full size)

Not Quite Kindle / New A-Team movie in the works
« on: October 24, 2009, 08:24:12 pm »

They look pretty close... especially Liam Neeson as Hannibal! I can't even tell it's him.

Let's Talk Kindle! / VERY IMPORTANT!
« on: October 20, 2009, 07:54:23 pm »
So basically, the #1 feature of the Kindle that would keep me from buying a Nook is...!!! duh! So can we go ahead and make an agreement that all of you who decide to abandon the Kindle in favor of the Nook will still stay active here at KB? How about we get Harvey to change the site name to That'd work, right? Or for future compatibility, what about

C'mon people, are you with me?!

Suggestions, Comments / How come some users have larger avatars?
« on: October 19, 2009, 05:51:11 pm »
In this thread, Malweth has an avatar that 105x160 px. When I try an image that size, it gets scaled to 100x100. I'd like the larger avatar if possible, how do I do it?

I tried linking to an image on my Photobucket account and directly uploading an image.


Details are scarce, since the official launch won't happen until January 7 at CES next year, but Plastic Logic is looking to crash into the "pro" segment of the e-reader market (currently mostly occupied by the Kindle DX) with its upcoming QUE proReader. The unit uses E Ink Vizplex tech in a shatterproof display the size of a regular piece of paper at 8.5 x 11-inches, and has 3G wireless capabilities courtesy of AT&T and a business-centric ebook store at which will be powered by Barnes & Noble. There's also a touchscreen interface, but it's unclear if that covers the entire display, or is something more akin to the leaked photos we've seen of the Barnes & Noble reader. The device is "less than 1/3-inch thick," and can handle PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, including tools for "interacting with and managing the content," which sounds beyond the scope of most e-readers on the market currently. We'll have to wait and see how useful the interface really is, and how much damage (if any) that touchscreen sensor does to readability, but a bit of diversification in the ebook space sounds like a good thing on paper. Full PR is after the break.

Not Quite Kindle / Coolest parking structure ever!!!
« on: October 15, 2009, 07:36:44 pm »

This is the parking garage for the library in Kansas City.

Not Quite Kindle / Just saw Nicholas Sparks' newest movie "The Last Song"
« on: October 15, 2009, 12:36:54 am »
Living in Los Angeles, we have the opportunity to attend test screenings of upcoming films every once in a while. Tonight, my wife and I, along with our oldest daughter, son and his girlfriend, went to see "The Last Song" based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

I haven't read the book, or any of his books, for that matter. In fact, I haven't even seen any of the movies based on his novels, either. We all really enjoyed the film. The packed theatre also seemed satisfied, as they applauded for a good minute or two once the end credits began. The film stars Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear, and both gave very good performances, particularly Greg Kinnear. I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't read the book, so I won't talk about the story here. The look of the film was fairly polished, although the audio track was obviously at an early stage and had a lot of work left to complete.

According to IMDB, the film is scheduled for US release April 2nd, 2010.

Edit: Just found this year old article that says Nicholas Sparks wrote the novel and the screenplay simultaneously, with Miley Cyrus in mind for the main character.


Barnes and Noble's late to e-books. But the company's new gadget—first seen here—should address the weaknesses of all other readers with multiple screens, each playing to tech strengths. A source from within reveals the first photos and details.

The Barnes and Nobles e-reader project, set to be revealed next week, has been under development for years, with several devices of varying size and capability in the pipeline. First rumors said it would have a color e-ink screen. Then people said it didn't. They were both kind of right: The layout will feature a black and white e-ink screen like the Kindle has—and a multitouch display like an iPhone underneath. Pow!

-- updated subject date

Not Quite Kindle / The best feature of the International Kindle is...
« on: October 14, 2009, 02:47:08 am »
...the middle of the night here in the US is the middle of the afternoon somewhere else in the world!!! Hopefully, my boring breaks at work with no one posting on KB will soon come to an end. ;D


Let's Talk Kindle! / Free background music for reading on your Kindle
« on: October 13, 2009, 05:35:32 pm »
Not sure how long this will be free (or if it's appropriate in Let's Talk Kindle!)...

The Best Of The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe

Here's another one with some really nice music... also free!

Analekta Classical Gems Free Sampler

Let's Talk Kindle! / Barnes & Noble launching Kindle competitor IN COLOR?
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:48:18 pm »

I don't have a WSJ subscription, so I can't read the supporting article, and I'm at work where they have disabled streaming video, so I can't verify that assertion... thoughts?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Wired article including Jeff Bezos interview
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:44:07 pm »
Some interesting comments and statistics...

Another Huffington Post article:

While I don't agree with the assertion made in the title of the article, there are some very good points made about the actual costs of publishing books, both physical and electronic versions.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Insulting article about International Kindle
« on: October 07, 2009, 06:52:23 pm »
...well insulting to Americans at least!

"AFTER A LONG WAIT, Amazon has finally released its Kindle ebook reader to people who can actually read."

Here's the link to the remainder of the article:

Let's Talk Kindle! / WSJ Tech Blog: Kindle Rival Cool-er to Hit QVC
« on: October 07, 2009, 06:48:31 pm »

Looks like a blatant design rip-off of the iPod Nano, but obviously stretched out quite a bit... Wonder what kind of price they'll try on QVC.

Suggestions, Comments / Since my last suggestion went over so well...
« on: October 07, 2009, 06:52:49 am »
Now that the Kindle is going legit on the international market, how about including each user's location under their name or somewhere in the avatar area?

Found this over on

Snow White Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Selling for $20; then use $10 coupon SNOWHITE = $10.

Got a Google Alert on this article over on the Huffington Post...

Not Quite Kindle / So... what should my KB username be?
« on: September 29, 2009, 06:16:07 pm »
I'm only a few posts away from being stuck with another female author "status"... therefore I'm going to retire this account and start a'new.

Any suggestions?

Just kidding!!! Me and Jane, we're cool...

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4