Amazon's all-you-can-eat Kindle Unlimited subscription service for e-books is finally available in Australia. $13.99 a month will get you access to any of a million different Kindle titles on your e-book reader, or iOS or Android phone or tablet.
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For those unfamiliar, books are a collection of words that form some sort of coherent narrative, printed on paper and bound together. These objects are very much alive and well, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, despite the fact that we live in an age where you can download the same information onto various pieces of technology. Wild.
eBooks are great — they're so much more convenient than paperback or hardback titles for travellers and commuters alike, especially if you're the kind of reader that devours long tomes on a regular basis. But e-readers generally have small screens and don't offer the same reading experience as a proper book. But Kobo's new Aura One e-reader has two vital statistics that avid readers will know well — it has a screen the size of a classic hardback, housed in a chassis that's smaller than the thinnest airport thriller paperback.
Amazon has just announced some nice improvements to the cheapest Kindle. The price is still crazy good at $US80 ($107), and the battery still lasts for weeks. (It also still has a middling 167 ppi display.) But it's also thinner, lighter and now comes in black and white.
The Amazon Oasis is practically perfect in every way. It doesn't forge relationships between bratty kids and their errant fathers or wax bannisters with its arse, but as e-readers go, it leaves you satisfied. It's light, easy to read, has wonderful ergonomics and incredible battery life.
And it's $449.
There are one in 100 Australians living on the spectrum, and with World Autism Awareness Day tomorrow, 2 April, we've put together a collection of educational resources for your smartphone or tablet.
These ebooks, audiobooks, apps, courses and podcasts explore different facets of the autism spectrum for parents, kids and students.
You don't own your ebooks with DRM. You're merely licensing the privilege to read them. Some readers overseas have learned this the hard way (yet again) now that Nook is going out of business in the United Kingdom. But don't worry, they're working to let you maybe possibly transfer all those books you bought.