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Tuesday News: 7″ Tablet Phone; Library For All Kickstarter; Failure; and...

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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  1. Angela
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 06:28:25

    Great kickstarter! I don’t do a lot of looking around at that site, because I just haven’t been interested – so I’m glad you mentioned it. I love that one.

    I just can’t do a screen that big for my phone. It’s inconvenient and doesn’t fit in my pocket – that’s the deal-breaker for me. It has to fit in my pocket. But it wouldn’t surprise me at all to be heading that way sooner rather than later.

    I like the idea of the No Names, No Jackets. I’ll be checking that out later when I have more time to settle in and read some stuff. I’m interested to see how the execution of the idea ends up working for me.

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  2. Carolyne
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 08:16:20

    I love the idea of No Names, No Jackets. I’ve already been caught up in four different sample chapters. Very clever and a very clean, easy-to-use interface. Much simpler than clicking through a bunch of pages on a publisher’s site for sample text or downloading samples from Amazon–though it still needs some navigational tweaks. I hope readers find it and it doesn’t become mostly a place where authors are staring at one another.

    A forum on the site where people can pass along recommendations might either help or be chaos. Hard to say.

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  3. Lindsay
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 14:58:37

    Thank you for the Kickstarter — fantastic cause, I’m really excited about it. At first I was hoping it was an actual decent searchable library of KS projects as the site isn’t… really very good for that, but I’m happier with what it turned out to be.

    I don’t think it would look that weird holding a tablet up — no stranger than the people who appear to be talking to themselves on earpieces, or are talking to the tablet on the bus. I discovered one of my gadgets does Skype quite nicely, so I don’t know if I’d need a phone number for it as well.

    No Names, No Jackets is promising to fill my week — I hope it grows as it’s a pretty fantastic way to discover people I’ve never heard of. Recommendations are still my first and best way, but this looks like it could be quite decent if there’s enough involvement and some polish.

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  4. MaryK
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 17:30:27

    If your mini is in a case, holding it up to your head might look odd. I think it’d be too heavy to hold like that very long.

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  5. galen
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 10:32:04

    At least a couple of Samsung tablet models, and I believe, some other brands’ tablets, have phone functionality. I know my friend’s Galaxy 7″ or 7.7″ is phone-capable, and it’s at least a year old, maybe more. And yes, I’ve seen people holding these devices up to their ears, although it’s more common to see them using the hands-free earphones + mic.

    I’m not holding much faith in the Kickstarter, unfortunately. Much as I would like to contribute, the details are too fuzzy for me to believe – they want something “device agnostic”, then they go on to talk about phones, e-readers and low-cost tablets. I would think the 1st issue with this is that they’d first have to overcome 1) consistent electricity to use these things, 2) identification of the electronic devices these actually people own (even low-cost tablets US$40 is way above the purchasing power of the people, unless there are projects funding the devices as well as the technology, 3) language of the books. The example only talks about Haiti, where the medium of instruction may be English, but for most of the “260 million children” globally, that’s not going to be the case, so are there plans for translations or making available the local texts? I feel like a wet blanket, but there is too little information right now for me to believe that they actually think that what they are doing is going to work on a worldwide scale. If they had said “Library for All in Haiti and some other nations”, I’d be in for it, but at the moment, no, sorry.

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