Why is it so hard to give digital gifts?

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An eReader with a pen.

I am reading The Digital Transformation Playbook for part of my MSc. It’s a good book, but I found this passage about eBooks a little confusing: what about gift giving? No one I have ever asked has thought that an e-book was an acceptable substitute for a printed book when giving a gift. I’ve received…

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How do you raise a software bug with a book publisher?

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HTML code - a span wraps the first letter of a word.

Recently, I bought an eBook which has a bug. I’d like to explain what the bug is, why it is a problem, and how I’m trying to get it corrected. Amazon sells eBooks in KF8 format. That is an ePub with some proprietary extras. ePub is a standard based off HTML5. You can read the…

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If you don’t sell it, I can’t buy it

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A book towering above some flames.

I don’t understand the world of academic publishing. Incredibly niche books, some barely longer than a novella, are sold for ridiculously high prices. Or, worse than that, they’re not sold at all. Let me explain. A friend of mine recommended an obscure book, published a couple of years ago. The blurb made it look right…

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Guide: Add an English Dictionary to Boyue Likebook eReaders

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Wikitionary definition popup.

This is a quick guide to adding a new dictionary to your eBook. This uses the English Wiktionary Dictionary. I’ve tested it on my Likebook Ares and it works! Download the latest dictionary from DictInfo.com. At the time of writing, the latest English version is October 2018 The dictionary file is a .7z file. It’s…

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Gadget Review – Boyue Likebook Ares

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An eReader with a pen.

I’ll be upfront, I mostly got this eReader because it’s the only one on the market with a USB-C connection. OK! OK! That’s not the main reason. It has pretty good support from the manufacturer and a vibrant community around it. Masses of memory, warm lighting, and oodles of space. And, I think, pretty hackable.…

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“I, Robot” – the 3 laws considered harmful

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A metal face with glowing eyes stares at you.

What happens when a robot begins to question its creators? What would be the consequences of creating a robot with a sense of humour? Or the ability to lie? How do we truly tell the difference between man and machine?

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Book Review – Longitude

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A book cover.

The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest: the search for the solution of how to calculate longitude and the unlikely triumph of an English genius.

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Book Review – Death’s End

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An explosion in space.

Death’s End (死神永生) is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It is the third novel in the trilogy titled Remembrance of Earth’s Past, following the Hugo Award-winning novel The Three-Body Problem and its sequel, The Dark Forest.

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Book Review – This Is Going To Hurt

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A doctor's white coat hangs on the wall. A red pen in the pocket is leaking.

​Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships…

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.

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Review – Space Odyssey the Making of a Masterpiece

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A red-suited spaceman floats inside a giant computer.

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.

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