The Best e-Readers and Tablets for the 2014 Holidays

The Best e-Readers and Tablets for the 2014 Holidays

Welcome to another Video Installment of the Good e-Reader Gift Giving Guide! Last month we did one on the best e-readers of 2014 and today we are basically looking back on 2014 and giving our advice for the best devices to buy yourself or a loved one. Peter and myself have very different views on technology, so you can get a sense on what we loved the most.

The Best e-Readers and Tablets for the 2014 Holidays

Kobo Arc and Barnes and Noble Nook HD Comparison

Kobo Arc and Barnes and Noble Nook HD Comparison

The Barnes and Noble Nook HD and Kobo Arc are two of the latest generation tablets to hit the market in the last few weeks. As we look towards the holidays and consider gifts for our loved ones, you might consider either of these two devices. The purpose of this comparison is to show you the main differences between the two, to give you a sense on how they perform in real world conditions.

During the comparison, we focus exclusively on the reading experience. Barnes and Noble and Kobo both bill these tablets as e-readers. They both offer a wide array of content to really make magazines, newspapers, comics, kids books, and cookbooks shine.

Kobo Arc and Barnes and Noble Nook HD Comparison

How to load eBooks on the Pocketbook IQ 701 Android Tablet

How to load eBooks on the Pocketbook IQ 701 Android Tablet

Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Tutorial ! In this edition we show you how to manually load ebooks to your Pocketbook IQ 701 Android e-Reader.

We show you how to load eBooks both with Windows Explorer and Calibre. Also in the video we endeavor to teach you how to erase the 1000 free eBooks that come with your e-reader. Erasing these ones that come with it by default will make the long term management of your device much easier!

How to load eBooks on the Pocketbook IQ 701 Android Tablet

How to Sideload Android Apps on the Blackberry Q5

How to Sideload Android Apps on the Blackberry Q5

The Blackberry Q5 is the latest smartphone to be released that has the Blackberry 10 operating system. One of the great things about Bb10 is that it has an Android emulator, that allows you to load in your own Android apps. It is not as cut and dry as simply sideloading in an APK file, but there is a few steps involved. Today, we show you exactly what you need to do to load in your own apps.

The first thing you need to do is turn on development mode on your Q5. This is accomplished by going to the settings menu, selecting security and then development mode. You want to turn development ON and then select a password, this password is important to remember. Turning development mode on, allows you to load in Android apps on the Blackberry Q5.

The next step is to download DDPB , which is a program that allows you to load in BAR files onto your Q5. A BAR file, is simply an Android APK file, that has been converted to a Blackberry friendly format.  We have over 5,000 BAR files on our official BB10 App Store, so you can simply download any of our apps. If you want to convert your own paid or free Android apps, you can use our free APK to BAR Convertor .

When you download DDPB, you will have to plug your Q5 into your computer with the Mini USB to USB cable. Simply hit scan, and it will scan for your development mode IP. I recommend disconnecting any other Android tablets or phones from your computer, as it may screw up the scanning progress. If you see an error message when connecting or if you enter your password, and you know its correct, you may need to download JAVA 32 .  Once you have logged into DDPB you can simply download any BAR file and then click Install.

If you have any questions or concerns about this entire process, drop us a line and we can assist you. It sometimes takes a bit of a learning curve to understand exactly what you are doing, but after awhile, it becomes second nature. Loading in your own Android apps allows you a tremendous amount of freedom to get access to content not otherwise available in Blackberry World. This is applicable to apps like Instagram, Netflix, Mint, Kindle, Vine and many more!

How to Sideload Android Apps on the Blackberry Q5

How to load eBooks on your Sony e-Reader

How to load eBooks on your Sony e-Reader

Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video Tutorial . In this video, we show you how to load ebooks onto your Sony e-reader. We use the Sony PRS-650 as an example, but you can use this process with most other Sony eBook readers.

This video will serve you well! We give you tips on popular ebook formats that are compatible with your Sony e-Reader, as well as how to copy audio content like Audio Books or MP3s!

How to load eBooks on your Sony e-Reader

WhisperSync for Voice and Immersion Reading on the Kindle Fire HD 7 – Video

WhisperSync for Voice and Immersion Reading on the Kindle Fire HD 7 – Video

Welcome to another Good e-Reader Video ! Today we check out one of the big new features found in the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7: Whispersync for Voice and Immersion Reading! We document the entire procedure to get this up and running and show you some bonus things you can do with your Android device to pick up where you left off in the ebook.

Immersion Reading brings new harmony to ebooks from Amazon and audiobooks from Audible. It basically allows readers to synchronize a Kindle text with the Audible audio version of that work. While you are reading, the ebook is highlighted as the audio track moves along, making it easier for the reader to follow along. One of the more useful ways you can employ this is helping your children learn to read by reading a book and listening to the audio version at the same time. People learning new languages could also tremendously benefit from this. Whispersync for Voice is another new option that, in essence, allows you to read the ebook at home and then pick up where you left off on the audio version.

WhisperSync for Voice and Immersion Reading on the Kindle Fire HD 7 – Video