Editor’s Picks: My Favorite Game Apps

May 22, 2012
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Editor’s Picks: My Favorite Game Apps

There are so many game apps available in Amazon’s App Store, the selection is downright dizzying! But just as personal recommendations can point you in the direction of a good book or movie, so too can they help you find some gems in the ocean of apps. My favorite game apps to play on my Kindle Fire are Random...

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Bench Testing And Mythbusting Video On The Kindle Fire

May 20, 2012
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Bench Testing And Mythbusting Video On The Kindle Fire

It seems to me that many, maybe even most, Kindle Fire owners aren’t using their Fire to watch video. An informal survey of online comments posted by Fire owners reveals opinions like these: 1. Any videos you want to watch on a Fire have to be purchased from Amazon, and they’re expensive 2. It...

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Video Spotlight, Editor’s Picks: Shakespeare Adaptations

May 11, 2012
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Video Spotlight, Editor’s Picks: Shakespeare Adaptations

I am a HUGE fan of good Shakespeare adaptations that put the Bard’s stories and language into contemporary settings. I’ve found that despite having read many Shakespeare plays in high school, and having re-read and thoroughly analyzed them further in college, I never fully grasped or understood the works until seeing them in modern...

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Tips & Tricks: Play Video You Already Own, Plus Ultraviolet and Netflix Videos, On Your Fire

May 9, 2012
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Tips & Tricks: Play Video You Already Own, Plus Ultraviolet and Netflix Videos, On Your Fire

Did you know you can play video you already own on your Kindle Fire, and without being a tech whiz, learning how to “sideload” content, or installing extra software? As long as the video is in MP4 format (the same format that will play on Apple devices) and doesn’t have DRM, all you need is...

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Editor’s Ebook Pick: Grabarchuk Puzzlebooks

April 29, 2012
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Editor’s Ebook Pick: Grabarchuk Puzzlebooks

If you’re a fan of puzzles and brainteasers, you’ll want to try the Grabarchuk series of puzzle books. I’ve just tried my hand at  Puzzlebook: 103 Puzzle Quizzes and Puzzlebook: 101 Puzzle Quizzes, and can tell you these puzzles are quick, fun and addictive. The collections include puzzles based on pattern recognition, spatial reasoning,...

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Instant Video Spotlight: Editor’s Picks For Offbeat, Cliche-Free Rom-Coms

April 23, 2012
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Instant Video Spotlight: Editor’s Picks For Offbeat, Cliche-Free Rom-Coms

In general, I am not a fan of the Romantic Comedy genre of films. Taken as a group, I find them to be too predictable, too pat, and filled with too many cliches and coincidences to be remotely believable or relatable. But every now and then, an exceptional gem comes along to buck the...

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Editor’s Instant Video Picks: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Attack the Block

April 19, 2012
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Editor’s Instant Video Picks: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, Attack the Block

If you’re a fan of the comedy-horror genre (Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland) then you’re in for a treat with the hilarious Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Tucker and Dale aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed, but they’re a decent couple of small town guys looking to spend a peaceful weekend starting to fix up...

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Editor Audiobook Pick: Michael Caine’s Memoir, The Elephant To Hollywood

April 16, 2012
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Editor Audiobook Pick: Michael Caine’s Memoir, The Elephant To Hollywood

(Psst! Audible members, at the end of this post there’s a link to a full cast performance of The Importance of Being Earnest that’s being offered free to Audible members all this month!) I’ve never been one to watch or read celebrity gossip tabloids, and I don’t care for any of those B-list celebrity...

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Amazon vs. Apple And The Agency 5: Let’s Get The Facts Straight

April 13, 2012
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This is a cross-posting of an editorial from April L. Hamilton’s Indie Author Blog. Given that anyone who reads my blog is an author, publisher, or otherwise involved in the book business, I don’t think I need to trouble myself with recounting every detail of how the U.S. Department of Justice came to charge...

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What’s So Great About Audible, Anyway?

March 19, 2012
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What’s So Great About Audible, Anyway?

Think You Don’t Have Time To Read? Think Again. As a busy, single mother of a young daughter and teenaged son, not to mention being an author and running several websites as well, I used to despair of ever again being able to read all those great books I kept hearing about. As my...

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