Monthly Archives: September 2009

Sun, September 6th, 2009 by Graves and Allen

Sony eReader Goes Bi-Platform

Sony has released a new version of its eBook Library software.  The eBook Liberary software allows computers to interface with the Sony eBook readers and to download materials from the Sony eBook Store and load them onto Sony eReaders.  The recently released version 3 of the eBook Library software works with both Mac and Windows OS computers.  This marks the first time that the Sony eReader has had full Mac OS compatibility (note that it requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later and is compatible with 10.5.6).

In the past Mac users had reason to shy away from acquiring the Sony eReader as it required a Windows OS computer to interface with the device and upload materials to it.  Unlike its Kindle counterpart from Amazon (aka Big Brother —see my previous post on Amazon manipulating content on Kindles), Sony has no wireless network to allow instant downloading of materials from its eBook Store (Amazon’s WhisperNet allows you to  download material purchased from Amazon Kindle Store directly to a Kindle, without a computer).

By the way, the new Windows Version works with 32 and 64 bit Vista and 32 bit XP systems.

One other piece of good news, the eLibrary now gives you access to the Google books public domain titles at no cost.

Image courtesy of Sony

Image courtesy of Sony

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Thu, September 3rd, 2009 by Graves and Allen

On Big Brother’s Arrival

Amazon had acquired the lead in the eReader wars, despite the fact that Sony’s eReader had better and more solid construction. Amazon’s lead in the war came primarily as a result of its ability to download information directly to the Kindle, without the need of interfacing with a computer. Well, it looks like there is a downside to that convenience. Not only can Amazon add to your Kindle, it can also take things off of it. Apparently Amazon giveth (selleth) and Amazon taketh away.

Ironically, this ability came to light when Amazon chose to delete copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindles of individuals who had acquired those titles from Amazon. The explanation that Amazon came up with is that they acquired the books from a source that did not have the copyright. Apparently, Amazon felt that it had the right to remove the books from its customer’s Kindles because it was Amazon and nobody could stop it.

This brings up an interesting issue. If Amazon can put what you order on your Kindle, they can put what they want on it as well. Now it is clear that they can remove what they choose from your Kindle.

Perhaps Sony has the better idea after all.  Interestingly, Sony recently released new software and hardware. I will post about those items later. For now, I feel violated by Big Brother Amazon. I am considering whether to simply turn off the Kindle and use it solely with what I already have on it. At the very least, I will minimize my exposure to Amazon’s Big Brotherly ways (and maximize my battery life) by leaving the radio off when I am not trying to load a new book.

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Wed, September 2nd, 2009 by Graves and Allen

New Issue of Technology eReport

I thought you might be interested in knowing that the ABA GP Solo Division has released the newest issue of the Technology eReport.  You can read it on line or get your own copy at

http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/ereport/2009/vol8/num3/

This issue has the following contents:

FEATURES

Technology-Enabled Services: The Next Generation of SaaS »
How you can use them to increase your efficiency and profits without spending a lot of money.

COLUMNS

MacNotes »
Updated iPhone software will even help you find your phone if you lose it.

SurvivingEmail »
Could Google-hosted mailing lists make real money?

Sites for Sore Eyes »
Where to go to find out where and how to go: travel websites.

TechNotes »
How to primp your PDFs.

ProductNotes »
Xerox’s Phaser 8860MFPMFP and Quickbooks for the Mac.

DivisionNotes »
Call for Nominations of Officers and Council Members Election—2010/11, 2009 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference

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