Facts are and must be the coin of the realm in a democracy, for government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” requires and assumes to some extent an informed citizenry. Unfortunately, for citizens in the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing between fact and fiction has always been a formidable challenge, often with real life and death consequences. But now it is more difficult and confusing than ever. The Internet Age makes comment indistinguishable from fact, and erodes authority. It is liberating but annihilating at the same time.For those wielding power, whether in the private or the public sector, the increasingly sophisticated control of information is regarded as utterly essential to achieving success. Internal information is severely limited, including calendars, memoranda, phone logs and emails. History is sculpted by its absence.Often those in power strictly control the flow of information, corroding and corrupting its content, of course, using newspapers, radio, television and other mass means of communication to carefully consolidate their authority and cover their crimes in a thick veneer of fervent racialism or nationalism. And always with the specter of some kind of imminent public threat, what Hannah Arendt called ‘objective enemies.’”An epiphanic, public comment about the Bush “war on terror” years was made by an unidentified White House official revealing how information is managed and how the news media and the public itself are regarded by those in power: “[You journalists live] “in what we call the reality-based community. [But] that’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality . . . we’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” And yet, as aggressive as the Republican Bush administration was in attempting to define reality, the subsequent, Democratic Obama administration may be more so.Into the battle for truth steps Charles Lewis, a pioneer of journalistic objectivity. His book looks at the various ways in which truth can be manipulated and distorted by governments, corporations, even lone individuals. He shows how truth is often distorted or diminished by delay: truth in time can save terrible erroneous choices. In part a history of communication in America, a cri de coeur for the principles and practice of objective reporting, and a journey into several notably labyrinths of deception, 935 Lies is a valorous search for honesty in an age of casual, sometimes malevolent distortion of the facts.
Author: Charles Lewis
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 1, 2014– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced it has added the hour-long dramatic thriller Hysteria, from Amazon Studios, Universal Television and Alcon Television Group, to its third pilot season, which will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Starring Mena Suvari (American Beauty) as “Dr. Logan Harlen,” James McDaniel (Orange Is The New Black) as “Carl Sapsi,” Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises) as “Ray Ratajeck,” Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as “Matt Sanchez,” Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace) as “Grace Pelayo” and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as “Carter Harlen,” Hysteria follows a doctor (Suvari) who returns to her hometown of Austin, Texas to investigate a growing epidemic that appears to be spreading through social media. The show is written by Shaun Cassidy who also serves as Executive Producer alongside Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff, and Director Otto Bathurst. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the pilots they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video.
“We’re very excited to be collaborating with Universal Television and Alcon Television Group to bring Hysteria to life for viewers,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “Shaun is known for creating shows with layers of mystery, depth of character and topical themes. His script immediately hooked us and we can’t wait to hear what customers think.”
“I can think of no better platform than Amazon to tell a story that explores the price of fear and the very real threat of viral connection becoming contagion,” said Shaun Cassidy.
Directed by Bathurst, who recently won the BAFTA for his work on the critically acclaimed U.K. mini-series Peaky Blinders, Hysteria takes viewers to Austin where members of a girls’ competitive dance team are stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests in violent fits and spasms. Neurologist Logan Harlen (Suvari) is called back to her hometown to investigate the cause. Fighting her own demons (and the growing manipulation of a brother on death row), Logan develops an uneasy suspicion that the hysteria surrounding the girls might actually be linked to social media and her own tragic past. In addition to Suvari, McDaniel, Stewart, Canto, San Giacomo and Knight, Hysteria also stars, Ella Rae Peck and Jenessa Grant. Guest stars include Jason Douglas, Heather Kafka, Asjha Cooper, and Evie Thompson.
About Amazon Studios
Last year Amazon Studios launched its first two prime time series Alpha House and Betas, and recently debuted its first two children’s series, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Award-winning Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment, as well as Creative Galaxy from Angela Santomero, the creator of Blue’s Clues. A third kids’ series, Annedroids, from Emmy nominated Sinking Ship Entertainment will debut in July. Amazon Studios recently announced six additional, original series including Chris Carter’s The After; Michael Connelly’s Bosch; Jill Soloway’s Transparent; Mozart in the Jungle from Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman; Wishenpoof! from Angela Santomero; and Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street from David Anaxagoras, as well as a second season of Alpha House. Amazon Original Series are available exclusively to Prime members through Prime Instant Video.
Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script and Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions. Those who choose to make their projects public will also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.
Comprehensive cast and crew information, including bios and filmographies, is available on Amazon’s IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.
Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
Source: Amazon.com, Inc.
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Have you ever had really poor wifi and wanted to watch a video on Amazon Prime? Maybe you just want to take some videos on a trip with you. I stumbled upon this the other day when I went to play a movie on my Kindle Fire. There was a link to download the video at no cost. Odd I thought, but then great for me. Amazon Prime members can download selected Prime Instant Video titles to Kindle Fire 2nd Generation, Kindle Fire HD, and Amazon Prime devices.
To download a Prime Instant Video title:
Connect your Kindle Fire to a Wi-Fi network. Prime Instant Video titles can’t be downloaded with mobile data services (3G, 4G, LTE).Browse or search for a downloadable Prime Instant Video title and open the detail page. Tips:You can browse Prime Instant Video titles available for download by tapping either Prime TV to Download or Prime Movies to Download from the Video Menu on your Kindle Fire.A Download button appears on the detail pages of eligible titles.For movies, tap Download; for TV Shows tap the down arrow next to the episode you want to download.When the download is complete, open your Kindle Fire Video library and tap On Device to find and watch the video.The time period you have to view a downloaded video while your Kindle Fire is offline varies by title. For most titles, you have 15 to 30 days to begin watching the video. After you begin watching, you’ll usually have at least 48 hours to finish. For more information, go to About Offline Viewing Periods for Prime Instant Video Downloads.
To learn more about watching videos on your Kindle Fire, go to Kindle Support and select your device.
Due to licensing agreements, you must be located in the U.S. or Puerto Rico (with a billing address and payment method from the U.S. or Puerto Rico) to access Prime titles. If you’re a U.S. customer and need help accessing Prime Instant Video because of your location, please Contact Us.Prime Instant Video requires a paid Amazon Prime, Amazon Mom, or Amazon Student Membership. Prime Instant Video is also available with trial Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom memberships. It is not available with Amazon Student trial memberships or for invited guests of a shared household Prime account. To learn more about Prime Instant Video, go to About Prime Instant Video.Download availability depends on our agreements with content owners. We’re constantly working to establish and enhance these agreements so we can offer downloading across more of our full Prime Instant Video catalog.
Today I put together several video reviews of the Onyx Boox T68 Lynx ebook reader, a new 6.8-inch ereader that runs Android 4.0 and sells on Amazon for $199.
The Boox T68 is one of the first E Ink ebook readers to run Android and come with Google Play onboard to install Android apps.
Since Android apps are designed for tablets and phones with LCD screens, not all translate well to E Ink with the way the screen refreshes. It takes some experimenting and trial and error to figure things out. Some menus don’t display properly on E Ink, and scrolling can be difficult at times.
I’ve been testing a bunch of different Android reading apps to see how well they work on the Boox T68. I’ve posted individual video reviews for some of them, including Kindle, Kobo, Comixology, and Feedly. I’ll be posting them on the The eBook Reader Blog over the next couple days with written reviews explaining in more detail. In the meantime you can see the videos on The eBook Reader YouTube channel.
The video below is my main review of the Onyx Boox T68. It covers the pre-installed reading apps, the hardware features, and general software functions. I’ll post a detailed written review in a day or two.
The video ended up being way too long—there’s so much to go over with a device like this—that’s why I decided to do some separate reviews for individual apps. I’ll also put together a PDF review, a tips and tricks video, and some comparison videos later this week. Subscribe to keep updated!
Onyx Boox T68 Video Review
Here’s a list of free Kindle books as of June 29th, 2014.
Please note that some of these ebooks are free for a limited-time only and could expire at anytime.
Make sure to double-check that they are still free before hitting the buy button.
Subscribe to The eBook Reader Blog to keep updated on future free ebooks posts.
10 Free Kindle eBooks
Lust, Money & Murder – Book 1 (Lust, Money & Murder Series) by Mike Wells
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, 4.2 stars, 249 reviews
Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks…or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?
Amid the Shadows by Michael C. Grumley
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, 4.6 stars, 635 reviews
After her mother is murdered trying to protect her, young Sarah Baxter ends up in the care of an unlikely hero; a new and inexperienced social worker with problems of her own. Yet when Christine Rose discovers something very special about Sarah, she also learns a terrifying secret that few would ever dream possible. But it’s more than just possible…it’s imminent. For over a century, in countries around the globe, a dark and meticulous plan has been set. But now an immensely powerful group must find and eliminate Sarah, the one person who can change the outcome. With unlimited resources and the unwitting support of a powerful government, they will stop at nothing to see their plan through. A strike at the very heart of faith itself.
Beneath a Buried House by Bob Avey
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, 4 stars, 46 reviews
Things aren’t always what they seem. Tulsa Police Detective, Kenny Elliot’s quest to uncover the truth behind the death of a transient makes him a target – from whom or what he isn’t sure. When he brushes the dirt from the surface of an apparent John Doe overdose case, he finds a labyrinth of misdirection and deception beneath, and a trail, which leads him to an encounter with an aberration in human nature, the likes of which he’s not prepared to deal with.
Cold Fear by Rick Mofina
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, 4.4 stars, 356 reviews
In the remote, rugged corner of Montana’s Glacier National Park known as the Devil’s Grasp, little Paige Baker of San Francisco disappears with her dog, Kobee, while on a camping trip with her family; or so her mother and father have told authorities. A multi-agency task force launches a massive search as Paige fights to survive in the wilderness. Time hammers against her and soon the nation is gripped by the life-and-death drama. Secretly, behind the scenes, the FBI grows suspicious of Paige’s parents. Their recent history and disturbing evidence links them to a horrible secret from the past.
JET – Ops Files by Russell Blake
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, 4.8 stars, 60 reviews
JET – Ops Files chronicles the early years of Maya, who would go on to become the Mossad’s deadliest operative: the assassin known as Jet. From the West Bank to Tel Aviv to Jordan to Singapore to Indonesia, Ops Files is a breakneck adrenaline rush that will leave action thriller fans gasping.
This is the prequel novel in the JET series.
Saving Grace (Katie & Annalise Book 1) by Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Mystery & Suspense, 4.5 stars, 213 reviews
Katie Connell is a high-strung attorney whose sloppy drinking habits and stunted love life collide hilariously during a doomed celebrity case in Dallas. She flees Texas for the Caribbean and escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and a wicked Bloody Mary habit, but ends up trading one set of problems for another when she begins to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents on the island of St. Marcos. She’s bewitched by the voodoo spirit of an abandoned house in the rainforest and discovers that she’s as much a danger to herself as the island’s bad guys are.
Galapula, The Great Codex of Times: Metaphysical & Visionary Fantasy by Hadas D hayot
Science Fiction & Fantasy, 4.9 stars, 27 reviews
“Galapula” is about Anishi, an unusual boy who was born with a heart bigger than normal size, and therefore always carries it in a pouch attached to his belt. One day, Anishi discovers two major things that turn his world upside down. One: his beloved grandfather, an astrophysics professor who mysteriously disappeared eight months beforehand, has turned into a roach while attempting to make contact with extraterritorial creatures. Two: a blue electric creature, a Galapalian by the name of Circula needs his help. Anishi’s has never left his house nor helped a blue electric creature saving the planet. But Anishi has one skill he learned from his grandfather, to use his imagination.
Regulation 19 (Deadlock) by P.T. Hylton
Science Fiction & Fantasy, 4.9 stars, 17 reviews
Frank Hinkle is thrilled when he is unexpectedly released from prison, but after a few days in his hometown he’s going to wish he had stayed safely behind bars. Things have changed in Rook Mountain, Tennessee, since Frank went away. His brother Jake has been missing for seven years, a fact no one bothered to share with Frank. His fun-loving buddy Will is now a somber man known for his violent enforcement of the town’s bizarre new laws. Frank’s sister-in-law Christine has a freezer chest containing a collection of illegal objects and a severed head.
Origins: Centurion’s Rise by Mark Henrikson
Science Fiction & Fantasy, 4.3 stars, 101 reviews
Book 2 in the Origins series. Rome. The mere mention of the name instills images of grandeur. The mighty empire was a guiding light for the civilized world for a thousand years. Was that by chance or careful design? A psychiatric patient named Hastelloy has the answer. He believes he was there for it all: Caesar, legions, gladiators. According to his tale even the great gods Jupiter, Vesta and the advent of Christianity were not immune to his influence. Is he crazy or is it still crazy to ignore him?
Cobweb Bride (Cobweb Bride Trilogy Book 1) by Vera Nazarian
Science Fiction & Fantasy, 4.2 stars, 113 reviews
Cobweb Bride is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death’s ultimatum to the world. What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them? In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary “pocket” of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill….
Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.
Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . .
Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with sixteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back—from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy—has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.
Following the success of his smash hit The English Girl, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.
Author: Daniel Silva
A necropost over at MobileRead led me to an interesting project that I hadn’t seen before involving a Kobo Mini and some major hacking.
Over at GoFly Instruments, they’ve turned the Kobo Mini into an E Ink navigation device of sorts that is designed for use with paragliders, hang-gliders, and sailplanes.
The device is called the GoFly Project V4, and it barely resembles the Kobo Mini with all the hacks and mods done to it.
Basically they’ve taken a Kobo Mini and added a GPS chip, an extra battery, speakers, a barometer, variometer, and open source XCsoar software, among other things.
Not being a glider pilot, most of the lingo is over my head. But here are some of the key points:
Runs XCsoar 6.7.x software
Kobo’s software is still onboard too, so you can read ebooks while parasailing
Estimated 20 hours battery life
E Ink screen is easily readable in direct sunlight (5-inch 800 x 600 E Ink Vizplex)
Includes airspace maps, TOPO maps, flight data computer, flight assistant
Environmental resistant bottom cover enclosure (marine grade CNC cut plastic)
Additional internal 3500mAh battery (+ original 1000mAh battery) gives total 4500mAh
66channel gps module (Mediatek 3339) with 2Hz data output located outside device with good sky view
Informational GPS fix LED (LED is blinking blue if there is no GPS fix, LED goes dark if GPS fix is ready)
Precision acoustic variometer and baro data with 2Hz output based on MS5611 sensor with new dedicated piezo speakers amplifier
Adjustable variometer settings
20mm piezo speaker for wide range sound spectrum and low power consumption
Internal 2GB SD card with plenty of room for tracks and maps
Micro USB interface to charge, upload maps/airspace, download IGC tracks
Dimensions: 155 x 104 x 16mm
The GoFly Project V4 sells for $249 plus shipping, and is available in black or white. Or if you already have a Kobo Mini and possess technical know-how and soldering skills, they sell a kit with all the parts to do the mods yourself for $150 plus shipping. More information, including the user manual, can be found by following the link below.
GoFly Project V4
GoFly Project V4 Video Demo
Yesterday I was looking over Amazon’s best sellers list for the top 100 tablets when I made an interesting observation.
In addition to the best sellers list, Amazon has top 100 lists for hot new releases, most wished for, gift ideas, and top rated.
Amazon’s own Kindle Fire tablets top the lists for best sellers, most wished for, and gift ideas, but they are no where to be found on the top rated list, which ranks products based solely on customer reviews.
That’s because Apple completely dominates that category. It’s quite impressive, really. The top 100 best rated tablets sold on Amazon include 98 iPads. It’s pretty incredible that they even have 98 different listings for iPad devices, even with all the various models and sub-models.
The only non-iPad tablets to make the list are two 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablets, ranking in at number 65 and 66.
The iPad Air dominates the top 40 listings with 825 total reviews and a 4.6 star rating. The iPad Mini is the next most highly-rated iPad, also with 4.6 stars, and it’s not even the Retina model. Somehow the newer iPad Mini ranks lower with 4.5 stars, and sits just behind the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3, which is surprising.
There’s no question that the iPad is the most popular tablet on the market, but I wouldn’t have expected it to take 98 of the top 100 spots based on customer reviews at Amazon. Granted the results are somewhat skewed because one well-rated iPad takes several slots with all the various sub-models. But that’s still an impressive feat nonetheless.
The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. Now comes Lisa See’s highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls. It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.Advance praise for China Dolls “China Dolls mines a fascinating part of our cultural history through the story of a trio of women who become a complex constant in one another’s lives even as the world serves up painful transformation. Lisa See gets so much just right here. You’ll want to dive right in.”—Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife “This is one of those stories I’ve always wanted to tell, but Lisa See beat me to it, and she did it better than I ever could. Bravo! Here’s a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs.”—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Songs of Willow Frost “In the beginning of See’s stellar ninth book, three young women, Grace, Helen, and Ruby, meet and form an unlikely but strong bond in San Francisco in 1938. . . . The story alternates between their viewpoints, with each woman’s voice strong and dynamic, developing a multilayered richness as it progresses. The depth of See’s characters and her winning prose make this book a wonderful journey through love and loss.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for Dreams of Joy “Astonishing . . . one of those hard-to-put-down-until-four-in-the-morning books . . . a story with characters who enter a reader’s life, take up residence, and illuminate the myriad decisions and stories that make up human history.”—Los Angeles Times “[Lisa] See is a gifted historical novelist. . . . [In Dreams of Joy,] there are no clear heroes or villains, just people who often take wrong turns to their own detriment but for the good of the story, leading to greater strength of character and more durable relationships.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Author: Lisa See
Publisher: Random House
Amazon has placed an interesting banner at the top of their homepage.
The banner says, “Want an invite to our new device unveiling?” It includes a link to request an invitation to the launch event in Seattle, Washington on June 18th, 2014.
The event is open to Amazon customers, developers, and journalists. It’s rather unusual to invite regular folks to a product launch event, but Amazon is doing just that.
I’d like to think that a new large-screen Kindle ebook reader is going to be released, but that’s unlikely to happen. It’s pretty obvious that Amazon is going to release a smartphone, likely with the same Kindle or Fire branding as their ereaders and TV box.
There’s a video included over on the invitation page (embedded below). It doesn’t actually show the product, just people saying how great it is, but it’s pretty obvious they are holding a handheld device in the video and are talking about the rumored 3D user interface that uses front-facing sensors to track eye movement.
Supposedly the phone’s 3D interface moves as the user’s eyes move, as you tilt your head around from side-to-side and back-and-forth. The phone can even be controlled by tilting the device in different directions.
Other leaked details suggest Amazon’s phone will have a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and 2GB of RAM. Guess we’ll have to wait two more weeks to know for sure…