Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Supporting the font bolding feature in a MOBI e-book

Amazon does not allow users to send AZW3 e-books to a Kindle device via WiFi. However, I noticed that it is possible to send a MOBI e-book to a Kindle e-reader and still make use of the font bolding feature.

The solution is to use Calibre to convert an e-book to MOBI in both old and new formats. In Calibre, under MOBI file type output, select ‘both’ as the MOBI file type. After conversion, it is possible to send the e-book to a Kindle device via email or Send to Kindle.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Upcoming reviews

Two reviews will be posted soon. The first review is for the Tolino Page – the Tolino Page is Tolino’s entry level e-reader. In comparison to the Kindle Basic, the Tolino Page has an E-Ink Carta screen. Officially Tolino does not sell its e-readers in the UK, so the review will focus on the usability of the device outside Tolino’s supported countries (the supported countries are Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and France).

The second review is for the Teclast F7. The Teclast F7 is a budget laptop that is comparable to the Jumper EZBook 3 Pro. This is the first laptop I’ve used that hasn’t been made by a major vendor. So far, I am impressed; the F7’S screen is one of the best I’ve used on a laptop in this price category.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Fire HD 8's grainy screen

I've noticed that the 7th generation Fire HD 8 has a grainy coating on its glossy screen. Usually this graininess is a feature of matte displays, but I've seen it before on low-cost glossy screens. It is likely Amazon bulk ordered these low-cost IPS screens to further cut down the price. It is a not a major issue and considering the up-shot in specifications compared to the 5th generation (the 6th and 7th generation Fire HD 8 are near identical) the compromise in display quality is worth it. There is little difference between the 6th and 7th generation display but the 6th generation didn't have the coating.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Kindle firmware update (5.9.4)

Amazon just released a firmware update for their Kindle devices (5.9.4) - the update is for 6th generation devices and up. Unfortunately, the update doesn't include font bolding for MOBI e-books. According to Amazon, the updates are minor and include:
Expanded Search: In-book search now includes results from your notes and highlights.
Clock: Now you can check the current time without leaving the page you're reading. Use the option in Display Settings (Aa) menu to display the clock. 
Usually it can take up to a few weeks for the update to download via WiFi. However, it is possible to download and install the update manually (instructions available here).