My Reads in 2010

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Using the Motorola Droid as an Ebook Reader

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The trend with smartphones these days is to go big in size and with a blazing screen! Ofcourse that makes it almost perfect (ok, not all phones have a Retina display!) for ebooks. So if you’ve got a Motorola Droid then you’ve got a capable ebook reading device. It might seem pretty straightforward an idea, but hey, if motorola had thought of it they would have thrown in some basic ereader app..! So the trick is that you’ve got to go find apps that will turn your Motorola droid into a ebook reader.

Here’s my choice of three apps that will let you turn your motorola droid into an ebook reader:

Aldiko, with one of the coolest looking interface for an ebook app on the Android platform is a perfect choice to begin with. The app easily organizes and brings a beautiful library complete with the wooden shelves look.

Aldiko Ebook Reader for Android Devices

FBReader is a open source ebook reading client for the Android operating system and plays well on the Motorola Droid. Its a bit rough around the edges lacking that shine that Aldiko brings in, but hey I’m not complaining because its a great app for the price – Free!

eReader has been a long time player in the ebook market and has recently come out with client apps that will allow eReader users to consume ebooks on their mobile devices like the Motorola Droid. The app intergrates well with the eReader book store and you can easily buy books and carry them with you wherever you go. The app is not just for reading books that you bought from eReader but you can as well import your own existing ebooks in supported format into the app and enjoy them on your droid.

You can read my complete breakdown of apps that will enable your Motorola Droid ebook reader functionality as well as the best places to get your ebook from.

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Audible – On shopping & Cancelling subscriptions

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There is little time one can find to read books these days. Talk about information overflow and pollution, or just the reality of the digital age – one has to really work hard to find time to sit down with a book and enjoy the company of words. I was introduced to Audio books just about when podcasting was taking off or may be when I bought my first iPod and saw this menu listing called Audio books (I am not sure which!). Audible wasn’t actually my primary source of audio books when I started out, however their Science Frontiers initiative which brought out some of the best Sci-fi classics ever, instantly made me a customer. Together with the sweet free book offer using the TWiT referral I had been

I’m about to temporarily deactivate/cancel my Audible account and wanted to use up my remaining credits since they expire once you cancel the subscription. I’ve picked up Lucifer’s Hammer which I read long time back and would love to listen to an audio version. The Lost Fleet: Victorious is the last book in the Lost Fleet series and I’m really looking forward to see how Black Jack handles the politics and aliens! in this finale. Avenger is more of an impulse buy (damn Forsyth!), really looking forward to The Hidden Brain which is all about “How our unconscious Minds elects Presidents, Control markets, wage wars and save our lives” – if that doesn’t get one interested then what will?

On cancelling an Audible Account I’ve previously cancelled my Audible account when I was held up by other priorities in life and did not have the time to do justice to my Audible subscription, it was just a matter of going to the account page and canceling my billing account. Audible allows cancellation of their accounts over the internet only once, if you’ve already canceled your account before and have reactivated it again you can no longer go the online way for cancellation of your subscription. I’ve seen quite a number of posts describing what an ordeal the whole process could be, which involves contacting Audible customer support and getting them to close your account. My experience with Audible Customer support was has been very good. I emailed them regarding cancellation of my subscription they emailed be back suggesting some other options ( like every customer service should!) and I actually liked one of their suggestions and took it. They were happy about it and offered me a small discount (a gesture of goodwill) for being a trusted Audible customer for over 3 years now! So if you do a search for Audible account cancellations and come up with blog posts drenched in negativity… I’ve just got to say that I feel sorry for their experience and your’s might be good like mine 😉

Ps: If you did take the time to read through the complete post you might have noted the prevalent use of “I”, well this post is based solely on my experience! you have been warned.

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The Copper Bracelet

Thrilling Sequel to The Chopin Manuscript,
Audiobook of the Year Winner

Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton must once again crack a secretive global conspiracy in this new international thriller penned by a dream team of top-selling authors, including Jeffery Deaver, Lisa Scottoline, Lee Child, and Joseph Finder.The complete, unabridged audiobook will be available starting October 29, 2009.

After the first book “The Chopin Manuscript” I fell in love with the style of bringing together several prominent writers and let them build upon each other’s writing. Now the second installment “The Copper Bracelet” is out or rather will be out tomorrow, but the first chapter is already available (for free) from Audible. The book has got some of my favorite authors and the story is based upon some characters from India! which makes me even more curious as to how the authors would have taken the story and the mystery. You can see the complete author list above, I’ve already gone through the first chapter and its definitely kindled my interest.