Tag: eBooks

This app lets you check out library books on your tablet. Free. From home. Yes!

I love the feeling of being surrounded by stacks and stacks of actual old-fashioned books at my local library. But, I also love that they’re embracing all the amazing new technology that has huge benefits for busy parents like me, who are still emphatic that our kids read as much as possible. That’s where the new hoopla digital app comes in. Let’s just say, life for readers is about to get soooo much easier. With the hoopla app, you can access your local library’s entire collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and even music, movies and television shows to download or stream right...

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The Snow Fox: A cool, free ebook app with an extra special feature kids will love

I will always be a fan of real books I can turn the pages to read while my kids are in my lap, but there are plenty of times when a sweet, entertaining ebook on my phone is a total lifesaver, like the The Snow Fox, which we discovered this week. It’s a simple, sweet story about a child and a fox that’s beautifully illustrated, and completely free on your phone. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get kids reading more Related: Stella and the Space Bears ebook: Because we can never resist a wonderfully geeky heroine. The app starts out by...

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Last-minute tech gift ideas you can still get. But you know, hurry!

So what if it's the day before Christmas Eve? That's plenty of time to grab a fabulous gift for anyone still left on your list. (Or, maybe everyone if you're just starting). We put together a bunch of solid last-minute tech gift ideas you can still get. Just make sure to leave a little time to gift wrap. Gift cards that are more than just gift cards You'll find no shortage of stores carrying all sorts of cool gift cards, from iTunes to Google Play, plus XBox credits and a whole lot more. But hey, if you don't want to...

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Prime Reading: Being an Amazon Prime member just got a whole lot more awesome

As if free two-day shipping on almost any purchase and the ability to shop for groceries in my pajamas wasn’t reason enough to join Amazon Prime, their newest feature, Prime Reading, has convinced me to keep on renewing my membership. Prime members now get free access to more than a thousand books, magazines, comic books, and short stories on their Kindle apps. That means you can now read books like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for free. Hey, we said it was awesome.   Related: How to get free Kindle books? Use Kindle First I’ve already been impressed with their Prime Video feature,...

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Web Coolness: Pizza delivery by drones, the Toasteroid, and tattoos that are actually wearable controllers

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   These tattoos are actually wearable controllers. Hello, future. Pizza delivery by drones! Do you read Terms of Service contracts? You’ve got to see this experiment. Big privacy concerns with upcoming changes to WhatsApp. Why yes, there is an app controlled smart image toaster. And it’s called Toasteroid.   You can now play Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe right in Google. So many llama laptop covers and iPhone cases we can’t pick a favorite. A new gadget that...

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How to get free Kindle books? Make sure you’re using Kindle First!

This morning as I was flipping through my emails on my phone, I discovered an email with a subject “Your Prime membership includes a free Kindle book,” which I clicked right away because who doesn’t love free? And to my total surprise, I actually do get a free Kindle book every single month with my Amazon Prime membership as part of their Kindle First program. Related: How to borrow free Kindle books Every month, Amazon Prime members have the opportunity to download one of six upcoming releases completely free. All six books are slated to come out the following month and have...

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Here’s how to get your Amazon credit from Apple. Yay free money!

It must be the week of class action lawsuit settlements. First with Ticketmaster, and now Apple, who’s required to fund over $4 million dollars in credits to eBook customers. That means if you bought eBooks on Amazon between 2010 and 2012, you might have credit waiting for you in your account. We did! Related: How to borrow free Kindle books: The ones you actually want to read Here’s how to check if you have Amazon credit from Apple 1. Head over to the settlement website, and make sure you’re logged into your Amazon account. If you’re not, you’ll be prompted...

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Tablets vs E-book Readers: What’s the best way for kids to read? Reader Q&A

So, I want my daughter to read more this summer, and with all our upcoming travel, I’m considering a tablet or e-book reader but I’m not sure which is best. -Dawn  We’re definitely with you that gadgets can be a whole lot easier to travel with, Dawn, and while we love tablets for many reasons, when it comes to reading, we’re big fans of e-book readers. Whether it’s an e-book reader for kids or just a regular Nook or Kindle (hand-me-downs work well), here are 3 reasons we think you should skip the tablet when it comes to encouraging your kids to...

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Fun Christmas apps for kids: 8 options that they’ll still want to play in January.

Sometimes I need just a little quiet at home over the holidays, you know? And since my kids are app-crazy anyway, they always think it’s a treat to find cool new Christmas apps for kids that they haven’t tried yet. While we have a few from years past that they still adore, here are some new ones that I think are definitely worth a look. Related: 5 fun Christmas apps that make us feel like kids again   A Charlie Brown Christmas app: 50th Anniversary Edition (iOS and Android) This was one of our top recos for Christmas app for...

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8 of the best reading apps for older kids: Back to School Tech Guide 2015

It may sound a tad hokey, but reading really is fundamental to school and life in general, which is why we’ve worked hard to put together 8 of the very best reading apps for older kids as part of our Back to School Tech Guide 2015. Whether you have an older grade-schooler who’s more likely to pick up a tablet to read a book that’s not required for class or a teen who is deep into dystopia and the race to save the most fictional of worlds, we hope that one of these smart, entertaining, and educational apps has your own...

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