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Did you get a tablet for Christmas?  If so, here are a few posts that give you an idea what you should load onto your tablet:

My advice of must have apps?  They haven’t changed in a couple of years but I promise to update this for you on Sunday.


Google just stripped Sony and Universal of some 2 billion views on their YouTube channels. Google, like Amazon, is the target of unscrupulous social media tactics from a familiar source – Fiverr, a place where an author can buy reviews, one can also buy views on Youtube, increasing the videos relevancy in search engine results. Google is trying to address this by stripping viewcounts for channels that have improperly inflated views. Daily Dot

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. Liz H.
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 09:25:00

    Jane, what epub reader would you recommend for macs? I love Calibre for organizing, but it’s not a very pleasant reading experience.

  2. Jane
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 09:27:49

    @Liz H.: On your Mac? I hardly ever read on the computer but I recall the Nook App being nice. The Nook App has some customizable features and if you download the Nook Study App, it’s designed for students so there are some decent note taking utilities in the app itself.

  3. Ridley
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 11:19:39

    Regardless of whether you believe in global warming

    Global warming isn’t any more subject to belief than multiplication tables. It’s easily quantifiable and the numbers show that the Earth’s temperature is rising. The only facets of global warming that are at all debatable is what has caused this and what, if anything, we should do about it.

    Anyone who says the don’t “believe” in global warming is just ignorant. Full stop.

  4. Karlynp
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 20:54:17

    Looks like Apple finally has an Amazon app for the iPad & iPhone. Never thought I’d see that day come. Amazon also just released an app for anyone with a Samsung smart TV (or their older Internet TV with the wifi adapter). Finally, I can watch Amazon prime movies on my iPad or directly from my TV.

  5. E
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 21:15:33

    @Karlynp: Amazon has had iOS apps for years. I’ve been purchasing and reading Kindle ebooks through several generations of my iThings (including borrowing Kindle ebooks through my local library system). There’s also a downloadable program for OSX for reading on your computer screen and managing your Kindle collections. I find Calibre more useful, in general.

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