I've been reading a lot of books on neuroscience and things of that nature and I was wondering if I could integrate a medical dictionary into my Kindle just like the regular dictionary it already has. I know this sounds like an odd question but I have been looking for an answer to this question for a long time and XDA was zero help so I figured the best place would be daniweb.com. Thank you in advance.

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In a story this week by [URL="http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,655422,00.html"]German news magazine Der Spiegel[/URL], I was surprised to learn that German book publishers are actively avoiding the eBook market, fearing it will eat into their print publishing business, instead of seeing it as an obvious new market for consumers to read their books. [B]eBook Market Slow to Grow in Germany[/B] For now, the eBook market in Germany is lagging far behind the US and other countries where eBook readers are being sold. In fact, according to numbers cited in the article, 10,000 readers have been sold in Germany. Recent projections have the Kindle …

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A week may be a long time in politics, but 18 months is an absolute aeon as far as computing is concerned. Back in October 2010 here at DaniWeb I was posing the question of whether the newest [Amazon Kindle could be an iPad killer](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/reviews/315078/amazon-kindle-3-better-than-the-ipad) and came to the almost inevitable conclusion that as far as reading books was concerned, then yes it was. Soon that boot could be on the other foot with ongoing rumours that an iPad Mini will be on sale in time for the seasonal rush at year end, backed up by what are claimed to …

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I was going to get the Kindle Fire, but my hopes and dreams have been crushed because I'm in the UK. So are there any good tablets? With similar specs, or better, for a similar price of 199 dollars?

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My uncle is coming to the UK from the US for Christmas, and I've asked him to get me the Kindle Fire, which comes out in November over there, but there is no UK release date. If he buys it for me there, and beings it home to, will I have any limitations on what I can do with it? Like the kindle store for example, if it's built for the America region, and I choose to use it in the region of Europe, will I not be able to do some things that I'll be able to do there? …

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The whispers have been [URL="http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/08/leaks-begin-to-pile-up-concerning-legendary-apple-tablet.ars"]getting louder[/URL] lately that Apple will be be announcing the long-rumored Tablet next month at its September keynote. We have all learned that these rumors are [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3626.html"]often wrong[/URL] and Apple moves at its own pace, but the idea of an Apple Tablet with a 10 inch touch-screen--effectively an iPhone with a large screen--is so intriguing that it's hard for a blogger like to me to ignore. That's why I've come up with a list of five reasons you'll want to own this baby if in fact it ever comes to fruition. [B]1. Super eBook Reader[/B] As …

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Yesterday, after the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story255860.html"]iPad announcement[/URL], many folks Tweeted that it's the end of the line for the Amazon Kindle as if it were a fait accomplis. I'm not convinced that's true, but it does raise questions about the utility of the single-purpose device, and whether you want your eBook Reader to serve up more than just books. [B]Kindle Experience Looks Blah Now[/B] Both the Kindle and the Nook from Barnes & Noble suddenly look a little pedestrian now next to the iPad. Apple has a funny way of making other devices look second rate. It's one the company's core strengths. …

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In February, 2008 I wrote a blog post called [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com/byronmiller/2008/02/is-apple-workin.html"]Is Apple Working on an eBook Reader: Does It Matter?[/URL] Today, I would answer my own question with "Hell yes it maters." If Apple enters the eBook market, you know it would be expensive, but it would be a desirable device, and come on, you know you would want one. At the time I wrote the original piece, you would have to excuse me if I was a bit cynical. I had been hearing we were one device away from mainstreaming eBooks for years. I had seen the [URL="http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921665562069"]Sony Reader [/URL]hit …

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It has been a long time coming, but the e-book reader had finally arrived. Oh, I appreciate that there have been many stabs at e-book hardware including the Nook and the efforts from Sony, not to mention the claims of iPad fans and Apple with that iBooks app and iTunes App Store integration. Oh, and not forgetting Amazon's own previous efforts with Kindles 1 and 2 of course. The trouble is, frankly, none of them have actually done the job well enough for me to take them seriously enough to consider replacing my paper book reading habit. Some have been …

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Fatal System Error, subtitled 'The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet' is that rarest of finds: an IT security book that is not only informative and fascinating, but truly gripping from start to finish. This newly published made for Kindle edition is the cheapest option aa well, saving $11.26 off of the $25.95 print edition cover price. [attach]17844[/attach]Joseph Menn, a reporter for the Financial Times, is surely a closet novelist such are the twists and turns that he weaves into what by rights ought to be a pretty dry expose of the emerging cybercrime …

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Textbooks are among the top expenses for college students. Today Barnes and Noble launched its app to eliminate at least some of the production costs for textbooks. The company released NOOKstudy, a Web-based e-Textbook application that can bring students a 50 percent savings, according to an announcement today. [ATTACH]16370[/ATTACH]“We’re thrilled to roll out our revolutionary NOOKstudy application to provide higher education students with unprecedented freedom to access their eTextbooks and other resources on their PC or Mac anytime and anywhere to make it easy to study smarter," said Tracey Weber, executive vice president of textbooks and digital education. The computing …

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A lot of rumors began circulating about the possibility of a new Kindle on the horizon after the popular Kindle DX seemed to suddenly be sold out on Amazon's web site some time ago leading to the speculation that Amazon had a new version in the works. Wednesday those suspicions were confirmed as [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/ref=sr_tr_1?ie=UTF8&s=aps&qid=1280376470&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com officially unveiled the all new Kindle[/URL] which has Amazon executives seeing a positive future for the Kindle brand. [ATTACH=right]16228[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/07/thinner-lighter-kindle-comes-with-wi-fi-starts-at-us139/"]Reviews[/URL] have been mixed on the Kindle in the past due to slow page turning and a slow, clumsy browsing experience so one of the things that will …

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[ATTACH=right]15944[/ATTACH]Earlier today, Amazon announced pretty significant numbers that illustrate the rising popularity of e-books. For the first time in their short history, they are outselling their hardcover brethren at the bookstore giant. For the second quarter of 2010, Amazon sold an impressive 143 e-books for every 100 hardcover copies. Change that number to 180 for the last month alone. Overall, total e-book sales increased three-fold over last years sales during the first two quarters. Amazon only represents a portion of the print and digital markets, of course, the latter of which relies in part on the success of the Kindle. …

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I love books. My house is full of bookshelves overflowing with them. I have countless cabinets stuffed with them and they pour off my wife's and my night stands. We have spent many a night in book stores just perusing the shelves, spying the new releases and I've discovered some of my favorite authors just wandering through the stacks at my local library pulling random titles off the shelf. When my daughter (now 18) was just a day or two old, I sat her on my lap and read her a little plastic book called Donny Dolphin. I also love …

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A few hours ago, I posted "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story263673.html"]Is Microsoft the New SCO?[/URL]" but now I realize, after a little research, that [URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Amazon[/URL] and [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] are in this patent agreement for one reason: so that Amazon can abandon Linux on its Kindle in favor of Windows 7. Crazy? Nope. It makes perfect sense. Why would the world's largest software company and the world's largest online retailer team up? To Window-ize the Kindle. I'm afraid it's true. Amazon wants the Kindle to run apps, like the [URL="http://www.apple.com"]iPad[/URL] and this is the best way for them to accomplish that. They didn't give any details …

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Earlier this week [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] and [URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Amazon[/URL] signed a [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/feb10/02-22MSAmazonPR.mspx"]patent deal[/URL] covering Amazon's Linux-based Kindle and its use of Linux-based server systems. Amazon will pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount as a result of this deal. I know it's just me but what the hell is up with that? I don't have a lot of details of this deal but why would Amazon have to pay Microsoft anything for the use of Linux on its Kindle or on its use of Linux-based servers? Your guess is as good as mine. My guess is that this is more Microsoft FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and …

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File under what just happened here? According to a [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/feb10/02-22MSAmazonPR.mspx?rss_fdn=Press%20Releases"]press release[/URL] issued by Microsoft yesterday, it has entered into a cross-licensing patent deal with Amazon. This covers the Kindle as well the Linux-based servers that Amazon uses, and comes back to the Microsoft claim that a number of Linux implementations are infringing upon patents it holds. This is not the first such deal to be brokered by Microsoft, and the amount of money that Amazon is to pay Microsoft in order to continue using Linux has not been disclosed and probably never will be. Here's what that Microsoft statement had …

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Amazon didn't waste a lot of time answering the challenge of the iPad. The [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/technology/04amazon.html"]New York Times is reporting[/URL] this morning that Amazon has acquired Touchco, a touch screen company, and plans to incorporate its engineers into the Kindle division. It doesn't take a PhD in analysis to figure out that Amazon is threatened by the upcoming release of the iPad and other eBook reader competitors, which already have touch screen versions of their devices. What surprises me, is how quickly Amazon responded to the challenge. [B]Amazon Had Early Success [/B] Amazon benefited from being a big book seller and …

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This review covers the [URL="http://www.astak.com"]Astak[/URL] 5" [URL="http://www.astak.com/product.asp?serial=05EZBLU"]EZReader PocketPro eBook Reader[/URL] which sells for $199 US. Technical Specs: ePaper, E-Ink Technology, 5" screen, 800x600 resolution, 8 Grayscale colors, Dimensions: 6"x4.1"x0.4", Linux OS, 512MB RAM, Samsung ARM9 400MHz CPU, One USB 2.0, One SD Card slot, Earphone jack, Weight 6oz, Li-Polymer battery. The Astak EZReader eBook Reader was the darling of the Consumer Electronics Show this year and it's no wonder--this little device does it all: Displays eBooks, plays music and reads your eBooks aloud in case you don't want to read them for yourself. I was excited to receive the Astak …

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It's official - [URL="http://www.amazon.co.uk"]Amazon[/URL] is finally going to bring the [URL="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015T963C//ref=amb_link_84995193_2?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=gateway-center-column&pf_rd_r=0YE4YSBQWS4B3NPRZQ2G&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=472917413&pf_rd_i=468294"]Kindle e-book reader[/URL] to countries other than the US, including my own UK. Thing is, there are going to be issues. The first is a practical one. In the absence of any specific announcement to the contrary, we're all going to be ordering the American version and importing it for the moment. American readers might shrug and ask what the problem is as long as we can get the voltage right and recharge the thing. Well, yes, up to a point, kind of, and other half-hearted agreement; but if this …

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Hey all, I'm a library science student concentrating in info tech, and my passion is information delivery, specifically how technology is changing how we receive and process information. Specific examples would be the Kindle, tablet pcs, touch screens, and video-in-print. I'd really love to get into research and development, but I have no programming experience and very little knowledge of this new technology... can anyone recommend me some steps I should take and resources I should look at to get up to speed? Thanks! Kaylin

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When interface guru Jakob Nieslen reported on the [URL="http://www.useit.com/alertbox/kindle-usability-review.html"]Kindle 2 [/URL]usability last March, he pointed out it was great for books, but not much other content. Why is this significant? Two recent reports suggest that the eBook Reader could move beyond a simple device for reading books, and could become so much more. In one instance, Apple has released a multimedia "eBook" into the iTunes store. In the other, news reports on Friday suggested that Time, Inc could be working a new Reader for the purpose of distributing their magazines. Suddenly, this market is looking even more interesting. [B]Time Keeps …

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You have to give Sony credit, they are really trying new strategies to wrestle eBook marketshare from the Amazon Kindle. This month [URL="http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/computer_peripheral/e_book/release/41492.html"]they announced several new editions [/URL]of the Sony Reader, including the brand new Reader Daily Edition, which should be in stores in time for the holiday shopping season. This comes on the heels of their recent announcement to support the [URL="http://www.idpf.org/"]open ePub ebook standard[/URL] I wrote about last week in my post, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4640.html"]Could Sony Open eBook Decision Pressure Amazon[/URL]. I'm still not sure either Sony (or Amazon) has lowered the price on these units enough to give them …

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In a move that could only be characterized as surprising, Sony announced last week that it was going to be using the open [URL="http://www.idpf.org/"]ePub eBook standard[/URL], which in theory should enable [URL="http://ebookstore.sony.com/reader/"]Sony Reader[/URL] users to access and use any books created around the standard. Sony Readers will also be able to read Adobe PDFs and Adobe eBooks, both of which come with [URL="http://www.adobe.com/products/contentserver/"]Adobe DRM[/URL]. It's a complex announcement, but one thing is clear, Sony has laid down the gauntlet with Amazon, leaving it as the lone major proprietary reader. But is Amazon too big to care? [B]The Amazon eBook Erase …

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Last week Amazon [URL="http://mashable.com/2009/07/17/amazon-kindle-1984/"]did something despicable[/URL]. They violated the privacy of every Kindle user when without warning they remotely deleted copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindle Readers. It seems that Amazon had determined these books had been purchased "illegally." (The irony of choosing these particular books goes without saying.) This set off a firestorm of protest and criticism aimed directly at Amazon and raised some very serious questions about electronic books (and electronic content) in general. If it could be deleted or even altered, what could that do to the integrity of the written word? My …

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Some users discovered last week that Amazon has the capability to remove books from their Kindle electronic reading devices, even though they were bought, paid for, downloaded, and in the users' possession. Ironically, among the books with which this was discovered was George Orwell's [I]1984[/I], which postulated a society where history could be changed by rewriting it. Orwell's [I]Animal Farm[/I] was also affected, as were Harry Potter books and books by Ayn Rand, users reported. Amazon said the company took this action when it discovered that the company that had uploaded the text of the books to the Kindle site …

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Have you bought a [URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Kindle[/URL] or Kindle 2 yet? Don't--at least not until you check out the [URL="http://www.coolreaders.com"]COOL-ER[/URL] ebook reader. It's about the same size and weight of a Kindle--so what makes it so much [I]cooler[/I] than the Kindle? It could be your choice of eight cool colors, its magical portrait/horizontal page display, its high resolution (800x600) display or its extremely long battery life (8,000 page turns--it only uses battery life when turning pages). More likely it's that the COOL-ER reader is over $100 less expensive than the Kindle! Yep, that's right. You can have an ebook reader for $249. …

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If you haven't bought that special geek in your life something electronic yet for Christmas, here are 10 ideas for you. They're all Linux-based and are sure to bring a smile to any geek's face. They are in no particular order. [B]1. [URL="http://www.asus.com"]Asus[/URL] Eee PC[/B] - The new Eee PC 1000 boasts long battery life (6+ hours), a large keyboard, screen, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB SSD (Hard Drive) and 20GB of Eee Storage. Under $650USD. [B]2. [URL="http://www.chumby.com"]Chumby[/URL][/B] - I don't exactly know what it is about this thing that makes me want one so badly--but I do. At $179USD, …

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It's been a year since [URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Amazon[/URL] released its Linux-based [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-com-kindle/dp/B000FI73MA"]Kindle Ebook Reader[/URL] into its online store and currently more than 200,000 people have purchased one. Are you going to join the fray at almost 400USD or wait for my bombshell? I suggest you wait. There have been several articles surrounding the little Kindle lately but the most interesting one is on ZDNet titled [URL="http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow/?p=9320"]Kindle Economics[/URL]. It's a good article but I think there's a better way. Amazon needs to revamp the Kindle into a more reader friendly sized device, perhaps a 9x6 inch screen (The entire Kindle is only about …

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Wow! That's a lot of e-book reader hardware units. I mean, everyone knew these things were popular after selling out so quickly straight off the bat. But 240,000 units? Who would have thought there would be such a huge demand for this kind of technology. Especially since every e-book reader I have tried, including those which incorporate the admittedly really quite gob-smackingly good e-ink display technology, has been let down by one crucial factor: content. Sure, it is great to have a few hundred books in one paperback-sized device. But only if they are a few hundred books that you …

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