Apr 05

How Have e-Readers Reduced Our Reading Experience?

Recently, we’ve been informed that e-readers may slow down reading speed and less helpful for human’s memory than paper books.

The suspect is based on experiment of observation results and research about memory and recognition abilities. It turns out that the situational clues of the text documents can leave deeper impression for reading, and the design of physical books will speed up readers’ info extraction. Three-dimensional space and multi-layered sensibility contribute to establishment of a story background. However, e-Readers have stripped the experience of using three dimensions related contextual information thus make the human’s reading discounted.

Cover – to a paper book, one may be not able to tear himself from a beloved book and look at the cover repeatedly, and generally they will see the front cover and then back cover time and again, which is absolutely an important part of reading a really good book. You see the specially textured covers, with either knurling prints of titles or photographs of authors on or other impressive features, and feel the style of the books and grasp the designers’ intentions which have been knitted the contents together. However, one can hardly memorize the scanned covers of eBooks. Often you may take a quick glance at the cover then forget it soon later on.

Tactility – Paper books have different weights and appearances. Your reading experience certainly will be varied according to different book design. Are they made from laid paper or light paper? Have they been cut into square or rectangle? Thick or thin? All of these elements lead to unique reading experience of each book. However, e-Readers make all of the books the same texture and tactility.

Fonts – Seldom have we seen the e-Readers will adopt other fonts except for their default fonts. However, font design is a slight and subtle method to express designers’ opinions about the pages, words and stories. Fonts can form a brilliant characteristic of a book in spirit and provide a realistic contextual situation, whilst eBook has surrendered the function.

Layout – Paper books are made by specific layouts and their chapters often go from left to right. When reading, the contextual situation can be well established with folio, and undoubtedly, readers can decide whether they will read continuously or not when their eyes move from left to right. They can pause for a while on the right page and spare more time for reflection. However, without the cooperation of folio, the mono screen of the e-Readers makes it impossible, and the page-turning of each layout have decreased your reading speed as well as right of memory suspension.

Paper – To choose a kind of paper is an important part of book design. Want to use rough edge paper or acid-free paper, or any other cheap paper? Whichever papers you may choose will be expressions of which types of the books belong to or where the books will appear of sorts. Also paper can create background of the stories. The Bible has adopted a kind of paper like onion skin and it wrinkles and laps over in an extraordinary style, which of course will bring entirely different experience comparing with exquisite novels that made from heavy and silky rough edge paper. Different papers deliver different info to affect your feelings about the book. Nevertheless, the same sleek and hard enclosure of the e-Readers plus their uniform screen color let your reading experience not much difference among different contents.

Flavor – It is well known that paper books have flavors, and most of them smell really good. If you come into a second-hand bookstore, a special scents seemingly gave out from slow fire under acid environment will be smelt. Some books emit adhesives smell, some books have coating chemicals flavors, and some books bring you air breath from island. Whereas, e-Readers cannot send out smells.

To those bibliophiles who have physical shelves with tons of paper books, spatiality is significant. Although the popularity of eBooks and their loaders like iPad or Kindle Fire all convey a signal that we relay on papers no more. However, we still need traditional paper books to contribute more on our recognition and learning from books.

Mar 31

Top10 Potential Search Engines Released by Forbes

The internationally-known financial magazine Forbes has released a list of top 10 potential search engines in America recently. It says that those new-style search engine service providers will challenge to the magnate Google in different business scopes. The internet latecomers keep on sharpening their abilities in technology developments although the superiority of the Google is obvious. The total of fifty search engine venture firms in America amounted to $USD 330 millions in 2008, according to the MoneyTree report that published by NVDB (National Venture Capital Association) before.

As a matter of fact, those new search engines like Cuil.com, Powerset, Wolfram Alpha, etc. already have been known in public gradually. Now, let’s take a look at the top 10 potential search engines released by Forbes. (Note: they are listed by the initial letter)

1. Aardvark
Market Positioning: Social and daily life information search
Headquarter: San Francisco, California
Website: vark.com

2. Chacha
Market Positioning: Mobile phone internet search
Headquarter & Website: Carmel, Indiana
Website: chacha.com

3. Cuil
Market Positioning: Data search
Website: cull.com

4. Gist
Market Positioning: Email inbox search
Headquarter: Seattle, Washington
Website: gist.com

5. Kosmix
Market Positioning: App search
Headquarter: Mountain View, California
Website: kosmix.com

6. Like.com
Market Positioning: Visual search
Headquarter: San Mateo, California
Website: like.com

7. Powerset
Market Positioning: Natural language search
Headquarter: San Francisco, California
Website: powerset.com

8. Twitter
Market Positioning: Idea search
Headquarter: San Francisco, California
Website: search.twitter.com

9. Wolfram Alpha
Market Positioning: Computational knowledge search
Headquarter: Champaign, Illinois
Website: wolframalpha.com

10. Zillow
Market Positioning: Real estate search
Headquarter: Seattle, Washington
Website: zillow.com

 

Mar 29

Cool Stuff: Top 10 eBook Readers for Mobiles

Round up the cool stuff for you! Recommend you top 10 eBook readers to read digital books on your handheld mobile phones. As an eBook enthusiast, you must eager to find a perfect tool to help you read on the go without hassles and enhance your reading experience on mobiles. Do not miss out today!

Anyview
The free eBook reader is written by JAVA and can compatible with all JAVA-based and JSR-75 supported cell phones. That’s not all! Once you put your favorite novels into the cell phone and install&run the Anyview, it will automatically work for you. To date, more than hundreds mobiles including SONYERICSSON, MOTO, NOKIA can read with the app.

iSilo
The all-in-one eBook Reader supports HTML format and compressed documents with hyperlink, bookmark, paste & copy functions. Readers can put existing books, create their own HTML doc or download from websites to/via iSilo to read books on Palm OS, Pocket PC, and Windows CE Handheld PC handhelds as well as Windows system docs on PC.

XReader
The eBook Reader allows users to read TXT, PDF, HTM and other formatted eBooks, and it is the only one eBook reader that supports EBX format which is compressed with high efficient algorithm and hugely reduced capacity. Users can conveniently download EBX eBooks online and store them on mobiles.

HaaliReader
As a fairy powerful eBook reader app, HaaliReader supports TXT, TCR, PDB, PRC, HTM, HTML, ZIP, CHM, PDF eBook formats as well as images like JPG, BMP, GIF, etc. with full screen reading. Customized fonts types, font sizes, row pitches, page margins and formats, encoding, intelligent divisioning, traditional-to-simplified conversion are available flexibly. Of course, the superb app even allows changing background, mapping hardware button, decrypting locked compression archives automatically together with features of dictionary, auto scrolling & rotating and latest doc memory. Really a magnificent tool!

Adobe Reader LE
Now that PDF is so popular in market, why not put on mobile and read anywhere? Although it is not ideal to read PDF on mobile phones and the non-reflow feature make it flawed for small screen reading, go ahead to install this app and read on Windows Mobile. It would be a good solution!

AlReader 2+
The eBook reader is able to let view TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, PDB/PRC (PalmDOC, zTXT mode 1), CHM, image and TCR formats and supports landscape and portrait display as well as 90, 180, 270 degrees rotation. Users can create bookmark, save excerpt, add&set façade and change between Day and Night modes to facilitate their reading experience.

GGBook
The first intelligent online reading app for PPC/SP! GGBook supports Windows CE 3.0 version and above as well as Windows mobile 2003/5.0/6.0, and it can be adopted for SP/PPC models of Dopod series and other brands for general use.

RepliGo
Recommend you the miscellaneous RepliGo! All the printable documents, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat electronic documents, Project document, Visio flow sheet, WordPerfect document, CAD drafting and all kinds of formatted images, webs, Access databases and so on can be viewed on mobiles with this tool with same reading effect on PC.

KingReaderPPC
The excellent eBook reader is an easy-to-use tool with beautiful user interface and quick response. It supports UMD format and TXT format with ANSI (normal mode), UTF8, Unicode 16L, Unicode 16B encodings. Users can read with freely clicking, dragging, sliding and flipping in a landscape, portrait, and G-sensor display screen., and search, input, locate the docs accurately with multi-file bookmarking features.

PhoneReader
The small app is very practical. User can read TXT and HTM eBooks with full screen, auto page-turning and so on, and the location of your books are unlimited.

Mar 27

Top 10 April Fool’s Day No-Nos

Since the April Fool’s day is around the corner, have you gotten ready to welcome the special day? All Fools’ Day is favored by numerous folks worldwide, although it is not a national holiday. The good-humored pranks and airy atmosphere must be a nice reliever and balance for plain hectic days. So, come on, guys and gals! It’s your day!

However, when you are preparing jokes for the April 1, you have to take cautions. There’re some no-nos for the April Fool’s Day you should not overlook. Otherwise, you will be a reeeeeal “April Fool”!

1. Do not play jokes after noon
All games have rules! The April hoaxes only last until noon. So, one should not play tricks after April Fool’s Day past and gone. However, in some other countries, such as America, Japan, France, Italy, they can trick for all day long.

2. Do not carry jokes too far
You should weigh the consequences before playing jokes on others. Do not cod others that his friend has an accident and is sent to hospital. If that, you are so unmerciful.

3. Say No to any political or scary jokes
Certainly these kinds of jokes possibly will cause crisis among the public.

4. Do not make any wishes
Whatever and wherever you want to make wishes, propose you do not choose this day.

5. No presents
Do not present gifts to others. It is worse that if you want to present valuables this day.

6. No birthday parties
If someone’s birthday is April 1, you’d better change to the next day or the day before.

7. Be careful of business negotiations
It is an evil day. You should avoid these issues in case of misfortunes.

8. No confession affairs
Just image when you confess to your beloved one, she most probably will take is as an April Fool joke and not believe you.

9. Do not move house
It is not advisable to make a move on April 1. You’d better change to another day. It is easy!

10. Do not change your purse
Do not change or purchase purse at this day. Accordingly, company should better not to change their CFO or supervisor.